Swearing is Good for Us?
What the Actual FRUCTOSE
You swear. I swear. We all swear for…what are we actually swearing for?
No, I get it. You want to let off some steam. Get something off your chest.
A normal word won’t do the trick. In this moment, this MOMENT of moments. Where your fists and jaw are clenching under the magnitude of your wrath.
AWW TOOTHBRUSH, WHAT THE LAMP ARE YOU DOING?!?!
I don’t know what you’re doing but it sounds painful.
Swearing Prevents Cancer
Wait, no. Let me explain.
Swearing prevents you from bottling up your emotions.
Bottling up your emotions weakens your stress response.
Weakening your stress response leads to chronic stress.
Accumulating chronic stress can lead to heart disease and cancer.
The key lies in the catharsis, allowing us to fully (or at least partially) express our negative emotions.
Swearing Lessens Pain
Spewing profanity helps with emotional pain. We talked about this. But it also decreases physical pain.
You’re full of candles!
Nope. And yikes.
Let’s do a similar walk-through here:
When you swear, your heart rate climbs.
When your heart rate climbs, your fight-or-flight system is activated.
When your sympathetic nervous system is activated, you are less sensitive to pain.
Swearing Empowers You
Let’s see what swearing has done for us so far:
- You’re expressing your emotions better.
- You’re less likely to die from heart disease and cancer.
- You’re less sensitive to pain.
Congratulations! You now have the traits of a superhero. Except maybe the emotion-expressing part.
But you are probably feeling a lot more in control now. You now don’t have to punch that co-worker out; you can just swear at him instead. You’re welcome.
Swearing Makes Friends
For every swear, you gain 2 friends. Lol.
But you must admit, finding that person, with the same dirty, swear-ridden humor = new friend.
Plus, it’s freeing. When you’re swearing, you are expressing yourself. And what better way to make a new friend than when you’re both being open and true to yourselves?
Swearing in Moderation
Say, Sonia, do you swear?
Nope. Well, yes. But only when I’m playing sports and get really competitive.
Random rhetorical, third-person question? Actually, no. Kinda.
Obviously swearing is not so commonplace (although it’s getting to that point…) and the act of swearing feels like…getting away with something.
Swear words carry that taboo, “wow, you’re such a delinquent” vibe to them and it’s fun to break the rules! But when you over-use profanity, it loses its appeal and power.
Usually when we swear, there is emotion attached to the word. But if you’re going around, swearing all the time, you lose that emotional connection.
And a swear without emotion is harmful.
You might not feel the sting of it, now that swearing is a part of your daily vernacular. But others will.
And it’s not preventing cancer or soothing any pain, neither!
It’s just like any other desensitization. Let’s say you hate blood and guts but you start watching Game of Thrones and 300 on repeat…you’ll be a gore expert in a week.
So, I’ll leave you with these poignant words:
Go chia seed yourself!