Speeding Up Slows Us Down
Posted February 7, 2013on:
My friend asked me to raise this question on Facebook. Do people who stutter tend to stutter more when talking with people who talk very fast?
The question got a lot of responses. Many indicated that the pressure to speak faster increases anxiety, which then increases the stuttering.
Some said they know they can’t keep up, so they just don’t say anything, hoping the other person will notice eventually and invite them to respond.
Some said they speak even slower to encourage the fast talker to slow down.
Some said the pressure to keep up brings on more blocking.
I sometimes wonder where in the conversation it would work for me to jump in, as I worry I might block at that moment when I try to break into the conversation.
What do you think?