I consider myself to be a fairly confident person. I wasn’t always like this, but since becoming involved with the National Stuttering Association and talking more about my stuttering I have become increasingly confident. I take pride in my confidence and I enjoy empowering others and improving others views on themselves about their own stuttering. In my opinion, confidence in oneself is key to decreasing your negative feelings and attitudes about stuttering.
Although I feel that I am a fairly confident person, recently I have found my confidence decreasing a bit. I have just started a new job as a Speech-Language Pathologist working in home care. This is stepping way outside of my comfort zone and I think this is part of the reason why my confidence has decreased a bit. WIth a decrease in confidence comes an increase in stuttering for me and I am finding myself increasingly disfluent, especially in my new work environement. I am finding myself losing eye contact, using secondary characteristics, and using a lot of interjections.. This is not me, why am I doing this right now?
I know I will bounce back. Im not sure how I will attempt to bounce back, but I know I will. Things will get better, but why do things fall backward sometimes? Even the most confident people who stutter have a tendency to fall backwards from time to time. As you can all see, I am human too. I guess that is just the roller coaster ride that people who stutter deal with, even the confident ones. Tell me about about your roller coaster ride? When you fall backwards, how do you rebound from those experiences to move forward again?
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