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Will saying 'dirty words' during hard times make you feel better?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8212points) June 6th, 2011

Many people tend to say dirty words whenever something’s bad happening in their life. It could be their habit or else but it seems like it makes them feel better by being able to express their feeling through words thus reducing their current pain.

I said some dirty words (sometimes) when I had a bad experience and it makes me feel worse. I don’t know if I was guilty or what but it suppose to make me feel better.

So back to yourself. How could saying these words will affect you?

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wundayatta's avatar

When you hurt or are really pissed, it helps reduce the pain if you swear.

tom_g's avatar

There is plenty of current science on the topic. relieves pain?

(EDIT: oops. Sorry. After posting I noticed that @wundayatta said this.)

Steven Pinker has some interesting things to say about swearing.

john65pennington's avatar

I guess you could say that profanity is just another method of venting for humans.

Yes, I am no exception. When a driver cuts me off on the interstate is a real problem for me. I usually make the traffic stop and issue a citation.

Anger has no place behind the wheel and on the interstate. And, reckless drivers need to stay home.

rebbel's avatar

The Mythbusters did an experiment on this.
Apparently it helps.

Your_Majesty's avatar

@tom_g and @rebbel Cool facts! I’m not used to this but I think I should be able to get some advantage from it. Any ideas?

Cruiser's avatar

I swear loudly and robustly at tough times and feel very good about it afterwards.

mazingerz88's avatar

If only Hitler just kept swearing and cussing and stayed home his whole life, the world would have been better off. F*!@k nein!

AmWiser's avatar

They (dirty words) definitely make me feel better to spew them out, at the moment. But afterwards I feel a tinge of guilt because…were they really necessary. Dammit, is not in my list of dirty words and I do use it daily.:D

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Makes me feel better, never worse. Like there isn’t enough to feel guilty about…

rebbel's avatar

I don’t get you @Your_Majesty , what do you mean by get advantage from it?
Advantage from pain?

Your_Majesty's avatar

@rebbel I meant pain relief. I’m not used to this so…I feel worse.

ucme's avatar

It releases tension, just like a bloody good SCREAM!!!
I like to complete the exercise by kicking & punching inanimate objects, you know….Mister Calm!

CaptainHarley's avatar

The Army taught me to cuss too, and man… do I ever have some colorful language when I get mad! Heh!

jerv's avatar

I would probably kill people at work and on the road if it weren’t for the relief of a good, loud, cathartic “Fuck!”. And the way some days are, I say it at least twenty times a day at work.

@CaptainHarley Many of mine involve farm animals and/or power tools, along with anatomy lessons.

marinelife's avatar

If it makes you feel worse, don’t curse. Try scream therapy or hitting a pillow.

sliceswiththings's avatar

If I let out a string of swears I usually make myself laugh, which always makes me feel better.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Swearing allows me to retain sanity. Like @jerv, I must say Fuck many times per day. If anyone in my family is correct, somewhere in outer space there is a blue cloud that I have created ;)

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Hell yes, it makes me feel better, dammit! =0)

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t use (expletive deleted), but I suppose the different inflections of OH NO probably count.

jerv's avatar

@YARNLADY Why am I not surprised? You always struck me as too lady-like to use the sort of language that @CaptainHarley and I do :D

aprilsimnel's avatar

I said a “bad” word as a kid after nailing my thumb instead of the nail. Well. Someone heard it. I got my mouth washed out with soap and a whipping. I didn’t swear again until I was at uni.

Shit, go ahead and say the so-called bad word if you’re frustrated. The only caveat is using those words in anger at someone else is fraught with misunderstanding. People take words personally, so that’s the only thing I’d advise against doing.

MilkyWay's avatar

Yes, It will.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Something about unleashing my potty mouth conveys my irritation or exasperation better.

ddude1116's avatar

I read somewhere that it does, but I never felt the need to. When I do, it’s usually because the people I’m with do, like a kind of mild conformity, but quite frankly, I’ve tried writing using the occasional expletive and I don’t dig it much, unless I’m quoting something, then it’s perfectly alright. To relieve stress, I don’t even use words, just loud incoherent guttural noise.

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