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Well, Swearing is a Good Painkiller!

Well, I get mad when people expect the most difficult out of me wherein it is unfair to myself! I agree, it is not rational or civilized to swear – but, new research study at Keele University, UK – has revealed that Swearing is a good pain-killer. It is like getting it ‘out of the system’ of the victimized in a unwelcome situation!!

It could be a simple knock of your toe against a hurdle on the way. And you land up swearing! Or something unpleasant event you were not really prepared for. In the developed world, swearing is considered not civilized, but in India it happens all the time – on the highway (due to a traffic snarl?), or in the serpentine queues that do not seem to progress or end soon ( especially, at the railway ticket counters), due to unfriendly neighbor or a relative who says something really unpleasant! Here, in Mumbai, it is quite natural to dole out “gaalis” ( meaning ‘swear words’ in Hindi) and in fact, many consider it manly to swear! The grade ( really, there is one!) of ‘gaalis’ vary as per the intensity of situation!

Researchers at the Keele University, UK – conducted a research study and recruited 71 young adults and divided them in to two groups – those who utter fewer than ten swear words a day and those who utter up to 40 daily. All of them were asked to dip their hand into ice cold water and hold there as long as long as possible. Swearers could withstand the pain of icy water longer when compared to those who did swear less!

Strange ‘revelation’ indeed! As if we should be wise enough and really yell out or swear to kill our pain. But then, why should one bottle up negative emotions and be nice to others while causing pain to himself or herself?


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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