Swearing is Good for Us?

A man holding a sign that says "I don't know what we're yelling about!"

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.

Ta-da!

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.

Voila!

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!

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Sonia Lipov

My purpose for the blog is to create awareness, in all its forms. I approach all topics with humor but don't let it detract from the essence. I hope that you read or watch each post and take a moment to ponder its meaning. And if you want to engage in conversation, I am SO there.

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18 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    As somebody who never got into swearing, I don’t think I have any issues with “bottling up emotions.” That said, maybe somebody who has been swearing their whole life and suddenly tries to give it up would feel that way… Not sure. Interesting to think about that though, thanks for the article

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Sonia – so cool! you put it really nicely into words why it can be so great to swear. hahaha – also heard about some research at some point that swearing does up your game when exercising/playing sports so you’re doing something right there! Love – Ron

  3. Anonymous says:

    Im pretty good at turning my potty mouth off but I do swear selectively and I agree its quite effective and satisfying in all the ways you’ve described ????????

  4. Anonymous says:

    So I can swear at you all the time now, right?!

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