Swearing Reduces Pain?

I’ve always felt that a good swear word makes me feel better. While I’m not one to cuss at people, appliances and bad hair days, well, I’m all for it. And it turns out I was right. According to a study reported by the Telegraph, swearing can actually relieve pain.

According to the story:

Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives.To test the theory, student volunteers placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while swearing repeatedly.

They then repeated the exercise but, instead of swearing, used a harmless phrase instead.

Researchers found that the students were able to keep their hands submerged in the icy water for longer when repeating the swear word – establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.

Pain is reduced as a result of the adrenalin released while swearing, triggering the ”fight or flight” response. The study demonstrates that swearing elicits both a mental and physical response.

”Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon,” said researcher Dr. Richard Stephens.

So let ‘er rip, just direct your anger towards inanimate objects.

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By Sara Novak, Planet Green

276 comments

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez2 months ago

The article says it works for folks who don't normally swear, so it wouldn't work for me, as I have no problem using foul language on a regular basis. I think it is because you're focusing on doing the unusual, that your brain ignores the pain. Guess I'll have to come up with another form of pain reduction.

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer2 months ago

Hmmmmmm. Hi Glennis - so swearing works for you?

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Well said everyone Thank you for cring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Oh Shit bugger far out Thank you for cring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Works for me hahahaha!!!! Thank you for cring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

A wonderful article Thank you for cring and sharing

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Lesa D
Lesa D2 months ago

hmmm...

thank you Megan...

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Gino C
Gino C2 months ago

Thank you

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William C
William C1 years ago

Thank you.

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W. C
W. C1 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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