A great deal of people who stammer find it difficult to live their lives how they would like. Something as seemingly simple as taking a phone call can feel stressful, embarrassing and frustrating to a person who gets caught on their words. Going to the supermarket can result in a person coming home with products they didn’t want, simply because they couldn’t tell the cashier what it was they really wanted.
Now, Pulp Fiction star Samuel L. Jackson has come forward to talk about his own stammer, and how he overcame his embarrassment to become one of the most recognised actors in the world.
Although the star performed in school plays from a young age, he still endured constant teasing from his classmates. His aunt eventually took him to see a communication specialist in the hope that it would help to boost his confidence. Now, at 63 years of age, the actor no longer feels ashamed of his stammer and insists some of the best actors battle with speech disorders. He said: “Denzel (Washington) stuttered. James Earl Jones stuttered. There are still days when I have my n-n-n days or r-r-r days. I try to find another word.”
Hypnoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy which uses elements of hypnosis. It aims to address the psychological element of stammering in order to change patterns of thinking and ‘train’ the brain to overcome the behavioural patterns that cause the mental blocks.
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