You know, I’d probably do this even if it had no therapeutic effect at all:
Can’t help but shout an expletive every time you stub your toe? Don’t feel too bad, you may actually be doing yourself a favor. A new study finds that swearing when injured has a measurable effect on pain tolerance. In fact, dropping the F-bomb specifically when in pain increases tolerance by up to 33%.
The study, led by a group of language and psychology experts in the United Kingdom, explored how effective established, new, and invented swear words can be in increasing pain tolerance and pain threshold.
The research is based on a 2009 study by Dr Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University, who found that swearing can increase pain tolerance for a short time. The new study investigated whether people could use more appropriate language when injured and get the same effect.
Stephens, along with language expert and author, Dr Emma Byrne, and acclaimed lexicographer Jonathon Green, created two invented swear words, “twizpipe” and “fouch,” for the study.
“Twizpipe”? “Fouch”? Who are these jackholes, anyway?
Says Dr Byrne:
“Twizpipe mirrors the humorous element of swearing and is fun to say, whereas fouch is harsh-sounding and concise, similar to the existing four-letter swear word.”
Narrator: ‘There exist other four-letter swear words.
The real swear words were also consistently rated higher in emotional impact than the invented ones, the researchers say.
Well, quelle farking surprise.
Oh, and this is probably worth mentioning:
The study was funded by the pain reliever Nurofen.
Which is available in many countries around the world, but not this one. If you want one, take an Advil.
(Via Stephen Green.)