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The Veep’s Speech – Physique Studying Weblog


You might bear in mind The King’s Speech, a 2010 film about King George VI who, after his brother abdicated the throne in 1936, wanted to have the ability to converse successfully in public regardless of the stammer he had since childhood. He enlisted the assistance of Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist who was an excellent assist to the King. The 2 males grew to become pals and later, when Britain declared Conflict on Germany in 1939, he relied on Logue to assist him make his first wartime radio broadcast.

Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic nominee for President, additionally overcame stuttering to a big extent, in his case by engaged on his personal. In 2020 he talked about King George’s experiences, and his personal, at a city corridor occasion through the New Hampshire major, which you’ll see within the clip above.

After I noticed the film it occurred to me that when the King reached out for assist, a unique advisor with completely different contacts would possibly properly have recommended F. Matthias Alexander.  Alexander, who was additionally from Australia, was dwelling and instructing in London and was recognized for serving to folks with respiration and talking points, and had fairly just a few purchasers among the many “proper folks”.

The Alexander Approach, which he developed, might have taken fairly a unique path had that occurred!*

Like lots of people, I didn’t know that Biden had a stuttering problem and I owe it to Monika Gross, an Alexander Approach trainer in North Carolina, for bringing it to my consideration along with her posts on the Alexander Approach Discussion board.

Right here’s a bit about what she stated:

Fascinating – and very shifting – testimonial by VP Joe Biden about his private expertise as a stutterer, at a February 2020 New Hampshire Democratic Major City Corridor. FM had an entire chapter in The Use of the Self a couple of case examine of a shopper who was a stutterer. Fantastic to assume that round 1955, on the similar time FM was on the finish of his life in London, in Wilmington, Delaware, younger Joey Biden was utilizing a mirror and self-observation to develop constructive conscious management of his method of use.

The chapter is titled “The Stutterer” and whereas it incorporates some helpful insights,** I’m undecided I’d give it to somebody not already a bit accustomed to the Alexander Approach.  For me, Alexander comes throughout as being the knowledgeable that the reader (presumably somebody who stutters) ought to submit him or herself to.

However, I’m fairly positive Biden might get some very helpful assist from an Alexander trainer – who I feel might make his “anti-stuttering” methods extra fluid, and fewer more likely to appear to be cognitive points.


* You may learn extra about these parallels in The King’s Speech and The Alexander Approach…Is there a hyperlink between Lionel Logue and FM Alexander?

**For instance that stuttering includes “many different components of (the) physique moreover…tongue and lips” and that the simplest technique of stopping it requires making modifications in how the entire physique capabilities.


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