Skip to comments.Out of Motrin? Try Swearing!
Posted on 08/06/2009 10:56:58 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
Swearing may actually reduce the pain of, say, slicing your finger with a kitchen knife or accidentally banging your toes or your head. New research from Britains Keele University shows that when you let loose with a few four-letter words after these commonplace injuries, you can ease the discomfort. For the study, the investigators asked 64 volunteers to immerse their hands in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating their favorite swear word. Then, they were asked to repeat the experiment but to choose a word that they would use to describe a table. The researchers found that the volunteers could keep their hands in the ice water longer while swearing than when they repeated a non-swear word. Just how swearing helps reduce pain isnt known, although the researchers commented that profanity appears to arise in the right brain and taps into emotional brain centers. And they noted that swearing may have persisted for many centuries and across cultures because it makes us feel somewhat better when were in pain. The study was published in the August 5, 2009 issue of the journal NeuroReport.
Note to self: remember this when the govt. decides they won’t give the pain pills anymore, either.
“when you let loose with a few four-letter words after these commonplace injuries, you can ease the discomfort.”...
So the idiot in the white house requires a few hundred four letter words to ease my discomfort?.....
Everytime I hear Obummer’s voice, I take the same medicine. It doesn’t seem to help. He won’t go away.
For that you don’t need a painkiller, you need a vermicide.
I should try this the next time the boss wants to right me up for foul language. I can tell him that by forcing me to keep it clean, he is making my job painful.
And they spent how much f&*%#@ money on this study!?!?!...boy, I DO feel better!
Being a mechanic, I can tell you, I have performed this experiment
many times and I agree with there conclusion.
I told you I was a mechanic, There = “Their”
A wonderful example of an extremely poor experimental design. If they really did it this way, the real explanation for shorter non-swearing duration is probably that their hands were already cold....
Why worry about cost? It’s a British university and likely a private grant that funded. It would be fun to be paid to participate in the experiment.... except for the pain part. Ouch..... d****it!!
Andrew Weil’s books are interesting. Some of the self-help stuff is good and cheaper than going to doc.
>> It would be fun to be paid to participate in the experiment.... except for the pain part.
Maybe you could be on the part of the team that INFLICTS the pain. For money. It’s great work if you can get it! :-)
when you let loose with a few four-letter words after these commonplace injuries, you can ease the discomfort....
I knew that. The man has never been in a labor and delivery room...
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