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Blanton, S. (1943). How to Overcome Stammering: By Mabel Farrington Gifford. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1940. 169 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:285.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:285

How to Overcome Stammering: By Mabel Farrington Gifford. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1940. 169 pp.

Review by:
Smiley Blanton

This is a short book with a good reference list for further reading. It is divided into four chapters with an appendix.

In the first chapter there is a discussion of relaxation, the direct road to free speech, and of sighing and soft tones to help overcome the tension in stammering.

The second chapter discusses how to be more fluent in sounding the consonants. The third chapter deals with personality readjustment—how to obtain self-confidence, how to develop perseverance, the use of autosuggestion, and psychophysical control.

The fourth chapter is a discussion of discovering the inner world, with a section on the conscious and the unconscious mind, and the use of the frank autobiography and of free associations in self-analysis. The author lays great stress on the use of suggestion in overcoming the inferiority, fear and anxiety which occurs in stuttering. She says that 'Suggestion injects a psychological antitoxin into the mind which drives out this mental infection'.

This book will be helpful to stutterers although there will be a certain number who will need a much more deep analysis in order that their speech defect may be overcome.

The style is simple and flowing. It is an easy book to read.

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