I STILL have to have a conscious lag in order to speak without stuttering, even though the lag time isn’t perceptible outside of my own head.

I stuttered when I was young. My brain worked well enough but my vocal chords and tongue didn’t work fast enough. I’d get stuck.

I learned when I was 8 years old to “delay” my word production by just a moment. So there’s always a slight conscious gap between thinking and speaking for me.

It’s shown itself to be useful in other ways (self-awareness in general) but it has also made me conscious of the entire process of language production as I live it daily. I rarely get to just “speak” because I STILL have to have a conscious lag in order to speak without stuttering, even though the lag time isn’t perceptible outside of my own head.

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