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6 Reasons Those Who Swear A Lot Are Intelligent, Honest, And Happy

6 Reasons Those Who Swear A Lot Are Intelligent, Honest, And Happy

Looks like those who swear have a lot more going for them than you would have imagined. A few studies bust many myths about swearing.

Most cultures and societies across the world regard the use of rude, offensive language as a matter of misconduct. It wouldn't be surprising for parents of particularly rebellious teens to have a swear jar at home either. As frowned upon as it might be, research suggests that it may not be all that bad, at least for the person doing all the swearing. While some use it to express anger,  others swear to express surprise and even joy!

According to the Huffington Post, swearing is good for the overall health and well being of a person. Here is what experts have to say. 

1. Swearing is a sign of intelligence

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People who use obscene language are usually frowned upon and are regarded as those who lack good vocabulary. A study done by psychologists debunks this myth. It found a positive correlation between fluency in swearing and fluency in general language. It proved that people swear not because they lack a decent amount of word choices. The broader their vocabulary, they are also likely to know a few cool curse words. There are also indications that those who swear are likely to have a high IQ.  A book written by  Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele University called the  Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad said that knowing a lot of swear words is a mark of intelligence. 

2. Swearing gives you a sense of calm

Letting out swear words gives you a sense of calm, control, and well-being. Neel Burton, a psychiatrist based in Oxford, England, and author of Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions said that swearing gives you greater control in bad circumstances. He stated in Psychology Today, "The health benefits of swearing include increased circulation, elevated endorphins, and an overall sense of calm, control, and well-being." However, Burton adds that getting angry at the same time may be a bad idea. 

3. Swearing a lot means you are honest

Researchers who examined participants for the use of obscene language put them through a lie scale, where the participants were asked to answer redundant questions to determine their truthfulness. The study concluded that people who swear a lot lied a lot lesser and had a higher level of integrity than those who had an apparently clean vocabulary.

4. Swearing shows that you have an effective way of communicating

When you are swearing, you are not only communicating a thought but also expressing the emotion behind it: pain, anger, disgust or sadness.  Research showed that swearing communicates your feelings about a topic without having to use too many words to explain. 

5. Swearing helps to perform better during exercise

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Working out may be easy for some, but it does isn't a favorite activity for many others. Scientists now say swearing can help improve the performance of your workout. Shouting a few curse words while pushing your limits is not a bad idea. The research conducted in 2017 asked participants who were working out to shout curse words during physical activity. They found that this helped them improve the quality of their workout. 

6. Swearing improves your pain tolerance 

An interesting study also found that swearing can help you cope with pain a bit better. The study conducted in 2011 said that it increases the ability of the person to withstand pain. According to Time, the researchers hypothesized that cursing can release natural and pain-relieving chemicals that have a similar effect like morphine.

References:

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/health-benefits-of-swearing_n_5a5e44a8e4b0106b7f65b3a6
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/unique-everybody-else/201703/is-using-profanity-sign-honesty
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https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/swear-often-honest-study_n_587493a0e4b099cdb0ff47ad
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