Why swearing feels so damn good
It’s science: “Spewing vulgarities is a scientifically proven coping and communication mechanism that enhances pain tolerance, conveys emotion, and can create a sense of belonging in groups. It may even have helped humans get motivated to develop language in the first place, “
Not reviewed here but equally important is how we feel about people who swear. People trust bosses who curse more, for example, because it shows a kind of humanistic transparency that is valued in the workplace. So watch out for that monkey - she maybe your next manager.
File under the “science-proves-the-things-we-intuitively-know” heading. Dogs yelp when you step on their paw, cats shriek if you catch their tail, humans say “Bleep!” before they are even conscious of the pain. As my father used to say in his best Bronx Yiddish “Shteyner af zayne beyner!”
I’m trying not to swear, but for me sometimes it can be used not just to feel good but to connect with someone else informally so they feel you are being real with them....could be just me but swearing sometimes can do good ; )
If I'm being completely honest with all my new friends here on NewsPicks, I mutter swears under my breath while I'm running. What can I say, it gets me to that extra mile.
It was definitely good for Trip Middleton, who sailed the world with his family, & came back able to curse in 7 languages, which made him the coolest kid in our 3rd-grade class.
(Quiet) Outbursts not directed at anyone are great stress relief
Repeating already established knowledge with new research in a new way.
I’d say swearing is a hell of a lot better than physically assaulting someone... I’ve seen times where the verbal escalated and would have been much nicer if it hadn’t! So... let us curse and keep our hands to ourselves if one is inclined to be physical.