The Perfect Stutter

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Paul H Brocklehurst, 24 juil. 2021 - 438 pages

After failing at university, socially isolated and driven by his stuttering to the point of despair, an unexpected encounter with a book about Zen provided a glimmer of hope. Then, little by little his fortune changed, and the stutter - which, previously had posed the greatest obstacle - became the catalyst for the development of a new and profoundly liberating perspective on life.

Interwoven with Brocklehurst's personal story, The Perfect Stutter explores the nature of language and verbal communication, the significance of mistakes, and the roles that values and value-judgements play in our lives. In so doing, the book highlights the importance of our deepest desires and their relevance to our understanding of what it means to be a human being.

 

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This is a very special book because Paul Brockelhurst combines two things : he's an ex-PWS so he lived through the agony and the suffering related to stuttering, and he was also a researcher in that field so he has a scientific background. The combination of the two makes the book very appealing.
The book is also well written, in many paragraphs there is a sort of a “detached” humour that made me laugh.
For me, the main take-away messages of the book are :
- a person stutters because he/she anticipates or evaluates speech negatively.
- your speech doesn't have to be perfect because there isn't such thing as perfect speech, especially if you have an underlying impediment like most stutterers have (their speech is generally more error-prone than non-stutterers).
- you can't overcome stuttering without healing the whole person. In that regard, Zen and meditation were crucial for Paul.
- the relation between stuttering and dopamine. It is the most solid hypothesis that I 've ever read about stuttering.
"The perfect stutter" was a mind blowing reading, few people understand and explains stuttering like Paul Brockelhurst does.
 

Table des matières

Part 1
1
Doctor Yorkston
7
A Change of School
30
Faith
51
Medical School
60
The Edinburgh Masker
66
Remission and Relapse
76
Van Ripers Book
85
Disillusionment
217
Drama School
231
The Covert Repair Hypothesis
234
Part 2
243
Back to University
245
Reviewing the Covert Repair Hypothesis
259
Clinical Work
276
The Primary and Secondary Symptoms of Stuttering
292

Cologne
102
Wilmslow
109
America
122
Philip Kapleau The Three Pillars of Zen
134
Zen Practice
141
Mindfulness in Action
153
A Middle Way
161
Paros and Peterborough
167
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
176
Soul Consciousness
192
Separation
213
The Role of Dopamine
302
Psycholinguistic Insights into Dialogue
318
Testing the Covert Repair Hypothesis
329
The Role of Anticipation in Stuttering
336
The Variable Release Threshold VRT Hypothesis
342
The Australian Stuttering Research Centre the ASRC
356
Stuttering in Early Childhood
364
Late Onset Stuttering
386
Epilogue
389
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About the Author

After his stuttering ceased to be a problem, Paul Brocklehurst returned to university to study Speech Therapy, then Psycholinguistics, and then finally completed a doctorate in Experimental Psychology. As a researcher, he is best known for his investigation of the nature of inner speech, the relationship between stuttering and the fear of communication failure, and for his development of the Variable Release Threshold Hypothesis of stuttering. In recent years he has become an active member of the stuttering self-help community and is well known for his promotion of mindfulness in people who stutter and for his work as director of the Stammering Self-Empowerment Programme. After retiring from academic life, he moved to the French Pyrenees where he now divides his time between walking in the mountains, growing organic vegetables, running mindfulness groups, and writing.

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