Does swearing make you feel better?

July 13, 2009

What a relief! A new study from Keele University shows that swearing can lessen the pain of injury.

Volunteers recruited for the study were first asked to put a hand in a tub of icy water for as long as possible and repeat a swear word.

A second run through of the experiment involved volunteers simply using a commonplace word as they dunked a hand in icy water.

When volunteers didn’t swear they were unable to keep a hand in the water for as long as they could when they swore.

From this, the researchers deduced that swearing apparently has a “pain-lessening effect.”

When you get hurt do you swear? Does it make you feel better?


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I can’t be sure if it actually helps lessen the pain, but I do feel better.

Posted by Jill Smot | Report as abusive

i imagine the moderator on this thread has had a busy day!! i’ll resist the temptation to add to their woes!!

Posted by mark | Report as abusive

Yes! It certainly does make me feel better!

Posted by John | Report as abusive