According to a science study, researchers believe that swearing helps to reduce pain in relation to your physical health.
Students often use profane language to express themselves but in this case it’s portrayed as a temporary sense of pain relief.
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Have you ever walked into a chair and shouted out in pain? Normally, some people laugh it off while others make a scene. Well don’t feel embarrassed, it happens to everyone. Now it’s been accepted that you are easing your pain. Swearing is woven into everyday language but used differently according to each person.
From Time magazine, UK researchers created an experiment where student volunteers placed their arms into icy water and repeated a swear word. Results have proven that students endured the icy water longer when using a swear word than a standard word. Swearing has been linked to an increase in tolerance to pain.
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Psychologist, Richard Stephens from Keele University said, “Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it. I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear.” Using profanity allows you to express a variety of emotions such as anger, joy, surprise, fear, happiness and sadness.
It can be understood that swearing has an act of aggression since that type of language is not a part of one’s daily vernacular language. This can also trigger your fight-or-flight instincts when cursing to relieve pain coincides with your physical health.
However, the more you swear, the less emotionally potent the words become. Then without emotion, only swear words are left in the brain which can affect your mental health. It becomes more difficult to soothe anyone’s pain.