Reluctant Verbality

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Brief mention of institutional abuse


A term for times when a usually verbal person feels a need to be nonverbal but can, with effort and stress, still talk. Sometimes they are able to “overcome” their nonverbality due to having been through abusive therapy practices (such as those sometimes aimed at autistic children) that taught them that the pain of speaking was less than the pain they would suffer if they did not speak.

This is different from just being a quiet person or not feeling like talking due to disinterest. Reluctantly verbal people feel pain, be it physical, mental, or emotional, when forced to talk during times when they feel the need to be nonverbal.


Coined by Astrophel Choir.


ID: 178, category: Plurality (ID: 1)

Created: Fri March 12 2021