Psychologists Say Swearing May Be Good for You

Katie Sweeney

When I was growing up, my father never cursed around us—in fact, he still doesn’t swear, but my mother was known to drop a F-bomb when she was angry. She actually didn’t care if we used swear words, and as a special education teacher, she found it more offensive if we used the word "retard" than if we used the word "bitch." It seems my mom was onto something, because Fox News L.A. is reporting that swearing may actually be good for you. Why? It allows people to become more tolerant of pain.

British psychology professor Richard Stephens is the pro-cussing scientist who is encouraging people everywhere to spew profanities. “Part of the process of giving birth to my daughter that my wife went through involved swearing,” explains Stephens. Swearing helped her deal with the pain of childbirth, and after a series of experiments, Stephens discovered that most people become more pain-tolerant when they swear. Plus, the less frequently one swears in general, the more pain relief they receive from a well-timed curse word. Considering I can’t help but swear every time I burn myself while cooking, I have to agree with this philosophy! 

Learn how to swear in every language by reading Essential Foreign Swear Words.

What causes you to curse? 

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