This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed the award-winning movie The King’s Speech, the story of British King George VI and the speech therapist who helped him overcome his stammer. After years of searching in vain for a cure, the King (then the Duke of York) began to meet with Lionel Logue, a man without credentials, basically a nobody. Logue’s previous work with war veterans had exposed fear as the underlying cause of their non-physical speech issues. In time he helped the Duke recognize that his childhood dread of his father’s anger brought on his impairment. Eventually, fear of speaking had permeated his entire life, paralyzing him from discharging his royal duties as the voice of Britain.
All of us deal with fear to some extent.