Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aw F*ck! Study Shows Cursing Reduces Pain

The next time you're experiencing extreme pain, drop an F-bomb - or a couple - and the pain will magically go away.


There was an actually study. Researchers tested 64 people and measured their tolerance of pain after submerging their hands in frigid water.

Those who cursed could withstand the pain of the ice cold water for an average of two minutes; Those who didn't curse could only bear the pain for one minute and 15 seconds.

Researchers believe swearing has a pain-reducing effect because it triggers the body's natural fight-or-flight response.

They suggest that the accelerated heart rates of the volunteers repeating the swearword indicates an increase in aggression, in a classic fight-or-flight response of downplaying being hurt in favor of a more pain-tolerant machismo.

Dr Richard Stephens, who lead the study, said it was clear the swearing triggered both an emotional and a physical response.

"We are not sure why swearing works like this, but when it happens it's accompanied by an increase in heart rate," he said. "It could be the aggression of swearing, the machismo, makes you more pain resistant."

So there you have it. The next time you encounter pain -- or a pain the butt -- tell it (or them) to fuck off!

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