If you have been following our other social media channels, you would know that we have been putting together a series of common myths around stuttering. The fifth and final myth of the series has been posted, and we have decided to dedicate a post about these common myths. Social stigmas are more than often created by and sustained through untrue perceptions and stereotypes. It is therefore important that people become aware of what these stereotypes are, and become educated on what the true facts are.
Myth 1: Stuttering is caused by laziness
There is a perception that stuttering is a result of laziness. Stuttering is not simply due to laziness, and it is caused by a combination of factors that are beyond one’s control.
Myth 2: People who stutter are not intelligent
A popular myth is that there is a close link between stuttering and intelligence. There is no correlation whatsoever between the two. Stutterers have diverse backgrounds and interests, and work in a variety of fields.
Myth 3: People who stutter are not good leaders
It is assumed that people who stutter would not make effective leaders. Stuttering has no effect on leadership, as confirmed by the many renowned leaders worldwide who have, or had, a stutter!
Myth 4: Nervousness causes stuttering
Another common assumption is that people stutter because they are nervous. As mentioned before, stuttering is caused by a combination of largely neurological factors that are beyond one’s control.
Myth 5: Stutterers are not good communicators
Just because a person has a stutter, it does not mean that they are ineffective communicators. While they may take longer to say what they want, their stutter has no impact on their actual message. In this case, it is important to listen to what people say, not how they say it.
Preston, K 2015, Breaking the Stigma of Stuttering, The Huffington Post, <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-preston/stuttering-myths_b_5031196.html?ir=Australia>