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    Don't Judge Me! Haphazard's Avatar
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    Default Psychology of Cursing

    I've heard that when people curse genuinely (like dropping a bowling ball on their toes) they always go back to their native language/dialect. Is this true?

    Does cursing serve a specific psychological purpose? Does it do any good to suppress cursing? Does cursing too much defeat this purpose?

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    Studies have proven that swearing is an effective pain reliever.

    Edit: and supposedly yes, according to the article swearing alot reduces it's efficacy as a pain reliever.
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    Well I often curse in Polish - so it must be true.

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    Cursing is a verbal form of aggression. When we're stressed we can relieve some of that stress by cursing. It's probably more constructive to curse than to hit something.
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    Yes, I do. Even when I was in places where I spoke english all day long, I would still curse in my original dialect. It's funny, because even when I'm in Italy I never speak in dialect - always standard italian. Yet, cursing seems much more effective when done in dialect, definitely.
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    I think Cursing helps relieve stress in a verbal way. But then again, so does saying "Ow!"

    Usually when I see people cursing, it's a result of mental or physical pain. In my experience, they don't say it unless they're angry, hurt, or freaked out... so when I hear "F-word" or "G-d word," what I hear is, "This hurts!" in a more aggressive, defiant tone.

    Cursing makes people feel like they're acting rather than reacting, even when they really are just reacting to discomfort. That's the appeal, IMO.

    And yes, they will often revert, because it's a more instinctive reaction than many other impulses. This is why Turret's Syndrome sufferers with Coprolalia find themselves cursing all the time. Something keeps triggering that instinctive response.

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    I dunno. I find those who curse much have much less wisdom than those who don't.

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    ^ What a bunch of bullshit...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I've heard that when people curse genuinely (like dropping a bowling ball on their toes) they always go back to their native language/dialect. Is this true?

    Does cursing serve a specific psychological purpose? Does it do any good to suppress cursing? Does cursing too much defeat this purpose?

    Discuss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Litvyak View Post
    ^ What a bunch of bullshit...

    I see what you did there.

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