Stuttering tip #11

The way people react to you is because of who THEY are, not because of who YOU are.

The Ti-Ger Analogy
of Stuttering

About the Ti-Ger Analogy of Stuttering Empowerment

image of Ti-Ger on the prowl

Let’s say we have a ferocious tiger that represents our stuttering. Your tiger and your stuttering are one and the same.

Ti-Ger bursting through a door

We can try to lock that tiger in a closet but he’s too powerful for the door so he bursts through it. The tiger is able to escape whenever it wants.

Ti-Ger kicking Franky Banky's butt

And when it exits its closet, he will pounce on you, tear you up and ruthlessly kick your butt.

Franky Banky has a sore butt

It won’t work if you try to deal with this ferocious tiger by turning your back on him. He’ll continue to kick your butt.

You think to yourself Tiger’s not there— OW! Tiger’s not there— OW!

Franky Banky trying to hide his stuttering

Denial of stuttering does not work. Covering up your stutter doesn’t seem to work either.

Franky Banky facing his stuttering

So you turn to face the tiger.

It’s a frightening process but you confront him.

Franky Banky stuttering on his own terms

And you may get beat down at first, but you don’t let that tiger make your decisions.

Franly Banky's stuttering is under control

Slowly, your tiger begins to lose its power over you, and you begin to experience more peace and control over your life.

Franky Banky saying YES!

You may even get into voluntary stuttering, which is a reversal of power.

Stuttering used to make you afraid of talking and feel like a failure of communication. But as your tiger gets weaker, you get to that point that you’re more in control of yourself and your speech.

Franky Banky taking Ti-Ger for a walk

You now have the tiger on a leash and you walk around town; your fear of stuttering and social punishment is now minimal.

Franky Banky holding up Ti-Ger so everyone can see

You may even go up to people and volitionally stutter!

Hey! Do you wanna see my tiger?

And you reach a point where you’re actually proud of it.

Franky Banky at ease with his stuttering

And you start showing him off. And you take the tiger back off the leash and you’re petting him.

When you face the animal, the animal can back down. When you face stuttering, it is so much easier to manage than when you try to turn your back on it.

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