Monday 18 June 2018

Darragh McManus: I'd swear we're among the happiest people on Earth because we know cursing's effing fun

Bad language eases your mental and emotional anguish too
Bad language eases your mental and emotional anguish too
Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

THIS won't come as a surprise to anyone who, after accidentally hammering their own thumb, lets out a long and satisfying stream of four-letter words - but swearing helps us deal with pain.

In research conducted by psychologist Richard Stephens, as recently reported on the 'Wired Science' podcast, cursing allowed volunteers to endure freezing water for longer than clean-mouthed counterparts.

Apparently, most pain is actually psychological; in other words, bad language eases your mental and emotional anguish too.

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