Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 2174 - Swearing can help lessen pain

Hurt yourself?  Then let the F-Bombs fly ...




Put up your hand if you swear when you burn yourself.  What about when you stub your toe?  How about when you step on Lego?

Surely there's a "sh*!", "bugger", "poop" or "F*&!" in there somewhere.

No need to feel ashamed of the occasional swear bomb.  It turns out that swearing makes for good pain relief.



According to a lead researcher, Richard Stephens Ph.D from Keele University in Staffordhire, England, swearing can trigger the fight-or-flight response which raises the heart rate and gives that super-human feeling that makes us more tolerant to pain.

Swearing is also an emotional response which allows us to pop the cork allowing for the steam to escape which helps reduce stress.

Apparently the trick is to keep our swearing to a low decibel so we don't transfer our stress and pain onto the people around us.

So let off those F-Bombs .... just remember, you might want to clip on the silencer first.  

Or not ...

Information Source: Redbook Magazine October 2015. 

15 comments :

  1. This is perfect: "Apparently the trick is to keep our swearing to a low decibel so we don't transfer our stress and pain onto the people around us" I will keep that in mind and maybe share this with some people I work with ;)

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  2. I have a silencer on mine, habit of having kids in the house I suppose.

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  3. I try not to... but sometimes that lego hurts!!

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  4. I knew my swearing was worth while.. lol

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  5. I think Mythbusters have tested swearing to get through pain a few times too - and it always seems to help. Which means I say go for it!

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  6. I swear WAY more than I should and found I was worse after living overseas for a while.

    However.... I've always been good around kids and could rein it in. Interestingly when I spent time with my niece recently I noted I swore a few times and apologised to her before she reminded me she was 19 and it was really okay....

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  7. Well that's a relief! If anyone questions my swearing from now on, I will just quote your post :)

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  8. I swear like a trooper normally but in twenty-five years of teaching I've never once dropped even a little bomb in front of my students. Weird but true. Even when one of them rolls their chair over my toes!

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  9. I knew swearing felt good for a reason!

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  10. I absolutely let fly when I'm in pain. Sometimes in my head, depending on my audience. FAAAAAR OUT might come out of my mouth while something else rings in my head. x

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  11. I swear like a trooper too ... I try not to do it in front of the kids though! Unless I hurt myself, then I just apologise afterwards :)

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  12. I'm more likely to say crap or bugger than actually swear.
    Although my mother might argue that there's no difference between the two. ;)

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  13. LOL the first time I heard Mr 21 swear he was about 5 (I'm guessing, so long ago I'm not sure anymore!), and had dropped a can on his foot and out it came. I didn't go mad at him - I would have said the same thing in the same circumstances!

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