Greg has a really interesting concept on Stuttering.Me: the notion that “stuttered speech is nothing more than a reflexive behavior that the body uses to deal with the stuttering phenomenon (which is best represented as a neurological state).” If the neurological state includes the disconnection of speech control (and sometimes the awareness of this loss of control through feedback from the body), then this notion makes a lot of sense to me, as does his idea that “we produce stuttering behaviors to kick-start (or get out of) our stuttered neural state.” Looked at in a slightly different way, this is basically saying that going ahead and speaking, in spite of the feeling that we are blocked (which may result in overt stuttering behavior) is a way of resolving the block. He concludes this by saying that “stuttering has 2 components; the stuttered neural state, and a reflexive behavioral compensation to the stuttered neural state.”
We are then left with the question: where does the “stuttered neural state” come from?
That’s the question we’re exploring here. The key may be that we can sometimes actually feel that the loss of speech control is present. This feeling is the result of our awareness of underlying reactions and emotions (neurological phenomena and the resulting body state.) Resolving this feeling and state is the theory behind preparatory sets.