OK, My mom would not approve. This study on swearing is F’ing amusing but very flawed, (which makes for great news headlines and conversational starters). However, “they” did not test the impact of positive statements or encouragement, etc.
I enjoy a good swear at the appropriate time and plus cussing a blue streak can be liberating, but really…it is far more satisfying to hurl an insult that is an educated, clever, witty retort to a situation. Frankly, if you can bewilder a gormless, mouth breather that has offended your moral concept of justice; you may obtain a better stress relief than a simpleton’s four letter quip. Get out your Thesaurus and do yourself justice! OK, I am only joking. There is much truth to letting off steam’s ability to help us endure situations, however there are just as many studies on meditation (and going to our “happy place”) to provide relief when things are painful or when morons vex us. (http://www.healthnews.com/Categories/Natural-Health/Meditation-Can-Provide-Greater-Pain-Relief-Than-Powerful-Medication) Positive thoughts and happy places actually are proven to do more good in our bodies than negativity. Check out the studies on the structure of water and the impact of negative language if you do not believe me. (Masaru Emoto studies on water. Plus “What the Bleep do we Know”) This is just something to think about as we succumb to cussing out the self righteous…beautiful human that cut in line in front of us.
Ramsay’s Remedy: Swearing ‘Lessens Pain’
A study into people’s tolerance to physical pain has got scientists swearing by foul-mouthed outbursts.
‘Effing and blinding’ like Gordon helped volunteers cope with pain
Gordon Ramsay-style profanities could actually help people cope with the effects of knocks, bumps and other mishaps, researchers from Keele University in Staffordshire found.
The scientists were investigating whether swearing could have a psychological effect on increasing pain tolerance.
To test the theory they had 66 volunteer students submerge a hand into a iced water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.
At the start of the experiment, participants were asked for “five words you might use after hitting yourself on the thumb with a hammer” and then told to use the first swear word on the list.
They then repeated the task, with the students instead asked to use one of “five words to describe a table”.
The evidence discovered a virtue in the participants’ vulgarities.
The study found volunteers were able to keep their hands in the freezing water for significantly longer when they swore.
At the same time their heart rates accelerated and their pain-perception, as measured with a questionnaire, reduced.
The scientists believe swearing triggers a “fight-or-flight” response and heightens aggression.
They wrote in the journal NeuroReport of the effect of “everyday examples of aggressive swearing”.
They included: “The football manger who ‘psychs up’ players with expletive-laden team talks, or the drill sergeant barking orders interspersed with profanities.
“Swearing in these contexts may serve to raise levels of aggression, downplaying feebleness in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo,” the researchers wrote.
Dr Richard Stephens, who led the study, said: “Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon.
“It taps into emotional brain centres and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.
“Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists.”