I swear more than I like; as a child I fully succumbed to my father’s theory that people who swore just didn’t have good enough imaginations to choose better words. But I am, in the heat of the moment, a potty mouth. I’ve always kind of wished that I were a sailor; as I understand that sailors and longshoremen are the best swearers . Then maybe I’d have a bigger swearing vocabulary and wouldn’t need to feel my father’s disapproval from the great beyond.
So lo and behold, I see online today (SciShow) that it turns out that swearing can confer stress release, pain amelioration and increased social bonding. This backs up a Mythbusters episode I saw a few years back in which they tested pain response (iced water) in volunteers who either had to stay silent or could swear to their heart’s content. The swearers were able to hold their hands in the iced water longer and recorded a less intense level of pain.
Apparently the social bonding is based on the perception that you are more open/forthright if you swear, as opposed to “holding something back” by not swearing occasionally. There is apparently science to back this up along with the stress relief aspect of swearing as well.
I don’t know if having this knowledge will make me swear more or if I will always hear my father’s voice in the back of my head.
What bad habit would you have that you’d like to be redeemed by science?