Some studies recommend that you go ahead and do it. Recent research suggests that swearing can help reduce pain and lower stress levels. Keele University psychologist Dr. Richard Stephens says that, “Swearing triggers a well-known stress-induced analgesia. Adrenaline is released, the heart pumps faster and we become more enabled to overcome an aggressor or make a swift getaway. Swearing helps many people better tolerate pain.” Research also indicates that the benefits of using profanity decrease with the frequency of swearing.
Dr. Emma Byrne, author of Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, tells the Telegraph, “Scientists have shown that teams who share the same lexicon of swearing tend to work more effectively together, feel closer, and are more productive than those who don’t.”
Timothy Jay, a psychological scientist and author of Cursing in America says that swear words make up one-percent of our daily vocabulary. To put the number in perspective, we use words like we, our and ourselves at around the same daily rate.
A compilation of several studies states the benefits of occasional swearing:
◊ Pain Management
◊ It improves your workout. Research shows that participants who swore saw a two to four percent increase in performance and eight percent boost in strength.
◊ Stress Release: Laura MacLeod, LMSW says that, “By using words that are not welcomed or appropriate in most settings, it can be very liberating to throw caution to the wind and curse.”
◊ Expressing Yourself: Some people think that frequent cursing is an indicator of a limited vocabulary. But, one study published in the journal, Language Sciences, shows that the opposite is true.
◊ Clinical therapist Amy Deacon says that cursing can make you appear more genuine within your social circles.
Our Note: Remember! Exercise good judgment when deciding the time is right to swear because the time could be very wrong and the consequences could be dire. Source: Gary R’nel
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