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When people fail to live up to their level of expectation, they sometimes experience feelings of shame. Stutterers are frequently ashamed of their stuttering. Closely related to shame are the associated feelings of guilt. Stutterers often feel guilty because of their stuttering, guilty because of their avoidance and guilty because their stuttering is distressing to listeners. Guilt pertains more to what the person does (stutters) shame pertains more to who the person is (stutterer). (See guilt.)

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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