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guilt (stuttering glossary)

A feeling reflecting the level of difference between how conflicting roles of how the stutterer expects to perform and how he actually does perform. A self-directed reproach resulting from not measuring up to one's own self-expectations: also, feelings of regret or remorse over what he may have done to others. Many stutterers feel guilt both over their own stuttering, and the effect that stuttering has on the listener. (See shame.)

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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