Since I was young my mother always tried to keep me from swearing but now years later scientists seem to think that using those four letter words may help to decrease pain.
Since i was young my mother always tried to keep me from swearing but now years later scientists seem to think that using those four letter words may help to decrease pain.
A study was preformed by Keele University. Using 66 volunteers who were asked to submerge their hand into ice water while singing out their favorite swear. It seems that the outcome of the study was that swearing while having discomfort made it possible for them to keep their hands in the ice water longer. Swearing increased their pain tolerance.
The volunteers were asked first to submerge their hands in the ice water and swear then the second time they were asked to use 5 words to describe a table. The study showed that those who swore could submerge their hands much longer than those who used the 5 words to describe the table.
It seems that when you swear it makes things more tolerable because swearing triggers your fight or flight response. This means when you swear it makes you seem more aggressive and less feeble. This also seems to be the reason many people swear in the first place.
So the next time you see that guy walking down the street swearing his head off, who knows maybe he is in some incredible pain and just trying to relieve it. I bet the guy with turrets syndrome does not have any pain issues either. Who knows maybe Mom was wrong on this one.
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