Range of terms demon­strates your in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­i­ties. And your swear­ing might not just sig­nal smarts. Read along to find out what other ben­e­fits your filthy mouth may give you.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - GUY WISDOM -

From the mo­ment your mum threat­ened to wash your mouth out with soap, you know cer­tain “dirty” words pack greater power, says Richard Stephens, au­thor of Black­Sheep: The Hid­den Ben­e­fits of Be­ing Bad.

As a sci­en­tist, Richard was cu­ri­ous to see how that power trans­lated phys­i­cally. So in sev­eral ex­per­i­ments, he asked lucky vol­un­teers to hold their hands in ice- cold buck­ets of wa­ter un­til they just couldn’t stand the pain.

When al­lowed to ut­ter their favourite foul word, par­tic­i­pants stayed sub­merged longer, had a stead­ier heart rate, and re­ported less agony than when they re­peated a neu­tral word in­stead.

That’s be­cause swear­ing seems to pro­voke an emo­tional re­sponse sim­i­lar to fight- or-flight, re­leas­ing a surge of adrenalin that damp­ens pain sig­nals to the brain, he says.

Sci­en­tists call this type of curs­ing – de­signed to ex­press emo­tions or let off steam – “an­noy­ance swear­ing.” That’s in con­trast to so­cial swear­ing, or us­ing foul lan­guage to fit/ boost group co­he­sion. though, you may want to keep your swear­ing on mute un­til you’ve learned the cor­po­rate lingo. Then model your mouth af­ter what the higher-ups are do­ing. Or bet­ter yet, keep any pro­fan­ity you do use among col­leagues of the same level. And re­mem­ber: Swear about some­thing – say, the crappy weather – not at some­one.

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