December 14, 2011
Potty Mouths Have More Fun…
…or at least less pain (h/t to Brad Plumer). Turns out I’ve been self-medicating all these years, particularly when repairing stuff around the house:
Previously we showed that swearing produces a pain lessening (hypoalgesic) effect for many people… Swearing increased pain tolerance and heart rate compared with not swearing… This article presents further evidence that, for many people, swearing (cursing) provides readily available and effective relief from pain. However, overuse of swearing in everyday situations lessens its effectiveness as a short-term intervention to reduce pain.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 14, 2011 10:35 PM
I wondered why it quit being so effective, but I do have a prescription, No shit, I have it on the refrigerator door from my pain doctor about 11/2 years ago at my request - I had been getting complaints about my language. I hoped it might keep me out of jail or at least create extenuating circumstances, but without due process I guess extenuating circumstances would never come into play. Thanks, B.O.
"overuse of swearing in everyday situations lessens its effectiveness as a short-term intervention to reduce pain"
I will have to post this by the computer.