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11.12.2021


Swearing as a painkiller | If you do it, do it right

Cursing has an analgesic effect, we wrote about ten years ago. This may be useful if you reach your pain threshold during intensive training, but it is of course quite vulgar, this shouting of sexual organs and activities, and the mentioning of paradoxical manifestations of religiosity. There are less hurtful curse words. But unfortunately, their pain inhibiting effect is zero.


Swearing as a painkiller | If you do it, do it right


Study
The Anglo-Saxon verb fuck refers to a traditional way of recombining genetic material, but for some reason has also become a popular and offensive curse word, especially among children ages 9-11. Alternative curse words for fuck are fouch and twizpipe coined by psychologists and other social scientists.

Richard Stephens and Olly Robertson, two psychologists from Keele University in the UK, wondered whether shouting fouch and twizpipe out loud has as much pain relief as shouting fuck. So they had 102 students hold their hands in ice water at 3-5 degrees Celsius for as long as possible on 4 different occasions.

On one occasion the students repeated the word fuck every 3 seconds, on another occasion the word fouch, on another occasion the word twizpipe, and on a fourth occasion the students repeated a neutral word without much significant emotional load.

Results
Shouting fuck made it take longer for the students to experience the ice water as painful. It also allowed the students to keep their hand in the water longer.

However, the non-offensove swear words invented by psychologists had no analgesic effect.


Swearing as a painkiller | If you do it, do it right


Source:
Front Psychol. 2020;11:723.

More:
Swearing reduces pain 18.05.2010

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