If you thought that a person who stammers always stammers and a person who does not stammer never stammers, THEN THINK AGAIN…. In this article by Partha Bagchi, the Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore, shatters this basic notion that is popularly held by many. Partha Bagchi shares with you the situations when stammering occurs more.



It is a lesser known fact and an even rarer belief that stammering is not constant and can fluctuate at a rapid rate. Stammering is in fact dependent on a large number of variables like mental stability, anxiety, excitement, fear, sorrow, shock, anticipation of stammering, stress, sleep, weakness, confidence, fear of humiliation or embarrassment, shame, etc. only to name a few. Stammering is also very much affected by the person(s), object(s), place(s), situation(s) and most importantly, previous experiences of stammering in a similar scenario. When all these factors are at work in full throttle, stammering is most likely to occur more severely and frequently.  The list below suggests the situations when stammering occurs more.

 The situations when stammering occurs more are as follows:

  •  To speak out your name
  • Answering sudden questions
  • While talking to strangers
  • Responding in school and college
  • Before and during exams due to fear & tension
  • Answering oral exams
  • Interacting with seniors and people with authority
  • While facing interview
  • Over the telephone
  • While buying tickets & at enquiry counters in railway & bus station
  • During an emergency situation
  • Illness, tiredness & hunger
  • Social gatherings
  • Speaking before a mass gathering
  • With parents if they are very strict
  • When very much depressed and upset
  • During a clash or quarrel with anybody
  • If anybody charges and accuses you
  • While cracking jokes
  • When over-excited too emotional or overjoyed
  • If confidence is low
  • When you are in a new and unknown environment
  • If you are extremely frightened
  • When you are very irritated and frustrated with life

These are just a few occasions when stammering occurs more or can be observed to be more severe in adults as well as in children who stammer. And to think of it, if we all were under the effect of all these powerful factors that we can’t just shake off, any one would start stammering!!!! This brings me to my next argument that people who are not usually classified as a “stammerer” or lead a “stammering-free” life also stammer at some point or the other and for the very same reasons like fear, low confidence, stress, fear of being put to shame, etc. just like a “stammerer” would usually go through in the “feared” situations. Even well-known speakers, politicians, journalists, actors, ministers, anchors have been found in various occasions to fumble and repeat like the worst of people with stammering, but who dare call anything apart from a “SUCCESSFUL CELEBRITY”.

We all falter at some time or the other and I guess, that is what makes us more HUMAN. So if you stammer do not feel ashamed. Know that if these “great” men and women who have written history can stammer and stutter then why we should be lashed for stammering on a few words.

I am sure this blog, titled ‘Situations when stammering occurs more’ by Partha Bagchi will be helpful to understand your stammering better and give insights to others who are suffering from stammering.

For any more details about stammering/stuttering or to clear your doubts, feel free to visit or write to Partha Bagchi at



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