The Word-Repeater: Unveiling the Secrets of Stuttering and Overcoming Speech Anxieties


Stuttering is a speech disorder that affects millions of people around the world, causing them to struggle with the fluency of their speech. In the fascinating world of speech anxieties, one intriguing subgroup of individuals deals specifically with the repetition of words, known as “Word-Repeaters” (WRs). This unique condition poses a distinct set of challenges and anxieties for those who experience it. In this blog post, we will explore the central theme of a book that delves into the world of speech anxieties, with a specific focus on Word-Repeaters, and the methods and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

1. The Roots of Speech Anxieties

The book at the heart of our discussion highlights the notion that all forms of speech anxieties, including stuttering and blocking, can be traced back to various forms of fear. These anxieties manifest in the repetition of words, forced silences, and the struggle to articulate thoughts. The book outlines three main methods to combat speech anxieties:

(1) Exposing oneself to fluent speech as much as possible through activities like reading aloud and participating in stutter-free zones. (2) Engaging in daily mind-training exercises, such as auto-suggestion or self-hypnosis treatments, performed at least twice a day. (3) Using “Crutches” to break the cycle of stutters, blocks, and fear-induced silences.

2. Tailoring Solutions to the Individual

Each person who stutters is unique, and their problems can be identified with precision. The three methods mentioned above can be tailored to fit the individual’s specific needs. While most methods are generally effective, the key is mastering each technique before selecting the one that best suits the individual’s needs.

3. The Word-Repeater: A Closer Look

Stuttering or stammering and the more specific definition of these terms. Stuttering or stammering, as used in this context, refers to the repetition of words, as opposed to blocking or silences. Individuals who struggle with repeating words are referred to as “Word-Repeaters” (WRs). The root cause of word-repetition often lies in the fear of being unable to say the next letter, syllable, or word.

4. Solutions for Word-Repeaters

For Word-Repeaters, the most effective solution is to slow down the speech rate and focus on extreme pronunciation and word linkage. Slower speech allows for better control and reduces the chances of repetition. Additionally, emphasizing proper pronunciation and connecting words effectively can minimize word repetitions.

5. Addressing Spasmodic Dysphonia

A related form of speech disorder known as “word-cracking,” or spasmodic dysphonia. One student with this condition was noted to exhale before speaking, leading to word fragmentation. The solution proposed was to engage in singing, whispering, and holding tones to prevent the habit of cracking words. It is important to avoid exhaling before speaking and to tightly link words and syllables by humming through words.

6. The Power of Enthusiasm

A strategy that can assist Word-Repeaters and those with other speech anxieties is enthusiam. An essential aspect of this approach is to speak with enthusiasm and maintain a continuous smile while speaking. This not only improves fluency but also boosts the speaker’s confidence. If the initial methods do not work, taking a brief two-count pause and rephrasing the thought can help shift the mind’s focus away from the next feared word, promoting smoother speech.

7. Sound-Launch Technique

Another helpful technique for Word-Repeaters is to use the repeated syllable or word as a sound-launch. This involves holding the repeated element and smoothly incorporating it into the following word or syllable. This technique is illustrated in various video demonstrations, emphasizing the importance of word-linking and continuous speech.

8. Patience and Perseverance

Resolving pure word-repetitions is considered relatively easy in the realm of speech anxieties. However, breaking old habits takes time. The key is to be patient with oneself and continue using the recommended methods consistently. Over time, these strategies can bring about significant improvement, just as they have for many others.

9. Three Approaches to Word-Repetition

Three distinct approaches to address word-repetitions among Word-Repeaters:

(1) Speaking more slowly and focusing on extreme pronunciation and word-linkage. (2) Holding and elongating repeated letters, words, or syllables and connecting them seamlessly to the next word. (3) In cases where word-repetition persists, taking a brief pause and changing the subject of conversation to redirect the mind’s focus.


The journey to overcome speech anxieties, particularly for Word-Repeaters, involves patience, practice, and a tailored approach to individual needs. The methods and strategies outlined in the book provide a comprehensive guide for those seeking to improve their speech fluency and conquer their anxieties. By understanding the root causes of speech anxieties and applying these techniques, individuals can make significant progress in their quest to stop stuttering and love speaking.

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