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Study: Cursing Increases Your Pain Tolerance

Study: Cursing Increases Your Pain Tolerance
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By    |   Friday, 19 July 2019 03:26 PM

Stubbed your toe? Dropping the occasional F-bomb can actually make the pain more bearable.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study, which found that cursing can increase a person's pain tolerance by up to 33%, reported science news outlet Study Finds. The research is based on previous studies by Keele University's Dr. Richard Stephens, who has been looking into the potentially beneficial effects swearing has to pain responses.

The latest study delved deeper into the role that established and invented swear words can play in increasing pain threshold.

For this experiment, Stephens teamed up with Dr. Emma Byrne, who is a language expert, and Jonathon Green, a renowned lexicographer. They created two new swear words, "twizpipe" and "fouch," then tested them out on a group of volunteers, who were asked to submerge their hands in ice water then to test out the new words alongside actual swear words.

The made-up swear words proved to be less effective in raising pain tolerance as the traditional swear words. Researchers believe the link may lie in our emotions.

"From a young age we typically learn to associate them with high-stress situations and that they are forbidden. The study found that these strong sentiments cannot be mimicked by newly created swear words," said Stephens, according to Study Finds. "Although the words we created, twizpipe or fouch, were shown to be similar to existing swear words in that they were rated as emotion evoking and humorous, they didn’t cut it when it came to pain relief. Repeating the f-word was the best option for increasing tolerance to pain."

The study comes on the back of a separate experiment by Stephens, which explored the effectiveness that taboo hand gestures had in pain tolerance. They found that, while extending the middle finger improved the mood of volunteers, it failed to produce the same effects that swearing verbally did.

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Stubbed your toe? Dropping the occasional F-bomb can actually make the pain more bearable.That's the conclusion of a recent study, which found that cursing can increase a person's pain tolerance by up to 33%, reported science news outlet Study Finds.
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