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Courses in France :

- Every week in Berck-sur-Mer
Twice a year in
(south of france)       


The I.E.B. has been the first one to speak of "oral uncertainty" in french and international press. The teachers are themselves concerned by the problem, and able to speak correctly owing to the technique that is taught. At the I.E.B., you are not a sick person at the doctor's but a person who learns the same technique as the founder's and the eldest students. Please call :

00 33 609 36 20 39

Oral Uncertainty

Oral Uncertainty is an aleatory sensation of the risk of not being able to say exactly what you want the minute you feel yourself observed, listened to, or submitted to an obligation to be audible, which is inexistent when you are alone and not speaking to anyone, since you have the same vocal chords as everybody. When you know that you will be heard by someone, you are subjected to intermittent destabilisation, variable according to the assemblage of the circumstances of the intervention. You have a feeling that the listener produces a pressure on you, requires the sentence you want to say and is capable of preventing you from saying it as you expected. More precisely, this make you anticipate that you will remain blocked before a syllable beginning or continuing "heavy with obligation" words, that is those you feel the most obliged to say (eg : words breaking the silence, or giving the more meaning to a sentence). The result of such an anticipation, (called "syllabic anxiety") can be of two kinds : either the realisation of the anticipation : blocking and other spectacular manifestations, or its preventive avoidance on the basis of modification of the contents which are imperceptible (addition or substraction of words, using of "er", "in fact", and so on, or, more simply silence).With all the consequences in the current life (humiliations, frustrations and a different image of yourself)

Presentation of I.E.B.and admittance conditions

In the name I.E.B., "B" means bégaiement, which is translated by : "Stuttering". Now, as we will see, the principle problem is that of terminology, which is a source of confusion, and it is more judicious to say "oral uncertainty". Some people concerned by oral uncertainty would often say : "In my case, it is not really stuttering". That comes from a lack of true designation of the specific reality, which is completely unnoticed by external people.

Since 1985, date of its foundation in Lille, France, by Ivan IMPOCO, who had been himself submitted to oral uncertainty until the age of 27 and then became able to speak exactly and fluently owing to a self-found technique, the I.E.B. has taught, in a form of workshops, a discipline permitting people who live this reality to express themselves with fluidity and exactitude. But the I.E.B. workshops are neither sessions of psychoanalysis nor forums for debate, but periods of rigorous work which only concern true demanders. Thus the indispensable self-preselection to which we submit those who want to come for our teaching : we do not accept those who want to come by curiosity, impulse, or wish to obtain passively a miraculous remedy for something which is not a disease, or to argue about the teaching. In this purpose, you may usefully contact an english "elder student" indicated above before your inscription at a workshop, maybe in Britain if there are enough candidates, or in France with english-speaking teachers and elders.

The experience lived, the exact analysis of the problem, ununderstood by those exterior, and the experimental discovery of means permitting to speak exactly in the most hostile situations are the essential attributes of the I.E.B. and of the discipline it teaches. This is practised now by more than 3,500 people distributed in about 30 countries and speaking 20 languages.

Former workshops participants dispose of free and unlimited access to following workshops in order to re-immerse themselves in the learning as well as to give a good example to the new participants. Among them there are even medical doctors, who would have been better situated to find solutions by their phoniatrist or psychiatrist colleagues, or by speechtherapists if that had been possible.