Swearing Helps Ease The F*!#ing Pain

ProfanityFrom Tiffany Sharples via TIME:

There is a certain four-letter word that evokes much emotion, is often uttered by mothers giving birth, and whose usage by humans is thought to be evolutionarily adaptive: f___!

According to a new study by British researchers, saying the F word or any other commonly used expletive can work to reduce physical pain — and it seems that people may use curse words by instinct. Indeed, as any owner of a banged shin, whacked funny bone or stubbed toe knows, dancing the agony jig — and shouting its profane theme tune — are about as automatic as the response to a doctor’s reflex hammer. (See 20 ways to get healthy and stay that way.)

To figure out why, psychologists at Britain’s Keele University recruited 64 college students and asked them to stick their hands in a bucket of ice water and endure the pain for several minutes. One group was allowed to repeat a curse word of their choice continuously while their hands were in the water; another group was asked to repeat a non-expletive control word, such as that which might be used to describe a table. The result was that swearing not only allowed students to withstand the discomfort longer, but also reduced their perception of pain intensity. Curse words, the study found, help you cope.

[Continues at TIME]

28 Comments on "Swearing Helps Ease The F*!#ing Pain"

  1. Anonymous | Apr 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm |

    Fuckin’ A…..

  2. Anonymous | Apr 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm |

    Fuckin’ A…..

  3. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |

    Fuckin’ A…..

  4. justagirl | Apr 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

    link to article = 404.
    anyway, i’d like to see video of that study.

  5. Very off topic, and I’m sorry if i’m spoiling some big secret or something, but why from the main disinfo page (not from this page) if i try to click the original TIME article for this I get a very strange 403:forbidden error followed by “/If you will let me know how many you want and where to ship them…” and information on how to order “them” without referring to what “them” are.

    This has both sparked curiosity and confusion.

  6. justagirl | Apr 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

    link to article = 404.
    anyway, i’d like to see video of that study.

  7. -removed my old comment-

    Meh the link is still messed up in one way or another.

  8. Anonymous | Apr 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm |

    There was an error in the article link, but it has corrected.

  9. hehe nevermind then, it was just a very weird error.

  10. hehe nevermind then, it was just a very weird error.

  11. mythbusters already did this one…

  12. mythbusters already did this one…

  13. Bud Bundy | Apr 19, 2011 at 7:15 am |

    I’m not banned?

    Yes, swearing helps ease the pain. Anger causes more Adrenaline, which dulls the senses. Basically you become more angry in response to the pain.

    No, Anger does not turn people into soul-less berserkers hell bent on killing everything they see.

  14. Bud Bundy | Apr 19, 2011 at 3:15 am |

    I’m not banned?

    Yes, swearing helps ease the pain. Anger causes more Adrenaline, which dulls the senses. Basically you become more angry in response to the pain.

    No, Anger does not turn people into soul-less berserkers hell bent on killing everything they see.

  15. justagirl | Apr 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    did you get the balloons?

  16. i missed out on balloons? Fuck!

  17. Occasionally being a soul-less berserkers hell bent on killing everything they see can be good for you.
    I saw it on 60 minutes

  18. justagirl | Apr 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |

    the incompetence around here is starting to bum me out. i’m about to clackerball some nerd heads together.

  19. Swearing is equivocal to candy is to a meal. Good for the moment but rotes your teeth. Cursing good for the moment but rotes your mentality. Meditation would be preferred, sharpens focus and mentality.

  20. Swearing is equivocal to candy is to a meal. Good for the moment but rotes your teeth. Cursing good for the moment but rotes your mentality. Meditation would be preferred, sharpens focus and mentality.

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