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Windows 7: Cursing can help cut pain

14 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 
Cursing can help cut pain

I've had 5 back surguries and I do believe this is true

Swearing when you hit your thumb or stub a toe may help to lessen the pain.

In the Aug. 5 issue of the journal NeuroReport, British researchers report that they found some volunteers were better able to withstand the pain from plunging their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible when they are asked to repeat a swear word of their choice compared with an inoffensive word.

Since swearing often has a "catastrophizing" or exaggerating effect, psychology researcher Richard Stephens of Keele University, North Midlands, and his colleagues expected the bad words would actually decrease pain tolerance.

"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," Richards said in a release.

"It taps into emotional brain centres and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain. Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists."

In contrast to their expectations, volunteers were able to keep their hands in the ice water for longer when repeating the swear word, showing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.

During the foul-mouthed test, volunteers kept their hands submerged for about 40 seconds longer and reported feeling less anxiety and less fear of the pain, the researchers found.
Fight-or-flight response?

The researchers suspect swearing helped to distract participants from their pain.

Cursers showed increased heart rates, which suggest the profanities might trigger a natural "fight-or-flight" response of donwnplaying "feebleness in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo," the researchers said.

Previous studies suggest swearing can provide an emotional release, while in other situations it can signal aggression.

The results show swearing triggers both a physical and an emotional response, which could help explain why cursing developed and still exists.

In the study, women's heart rates increased more than men's.
Swearing also did not increase pain tolerance in men with a tendency to catastrophize, the researchers said.

"The observed pain-lessening [hypoalgesic] effect may occur because swearing induces a fight-or-flight response and nullifies the link between fear of pain and pain perception," they concluded.
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14 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Well, it helps with the pain of non-English windows 7 builds

I've broken 7 bones and there hasn't been a single break where i haven't applied this theory
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14 Jul 2009   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

I wonder if the pain-lessening [hypoalgesic] effect occurs with women in child birth.
Any mothers in the forum willing to tell us ??????
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14 Jul 2009   #4

 

Fuc**n' A! Marines have always known this.
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14 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Appanently you're not a father.

They sure do!!

Mother:
Gimmme a shot...Gimme a shot

Nurse:
Sorry, you're too far along for that
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15 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

My dad says that people curse because they have a bad vocabulary and are stupid and low class.

I think he is a F***ing hypocrite. (Just to throw that out there. He really believe that btw).

I could see this actually working. The explanation makes sense. However, you could achieve the same effect via different means.

~Lordbob
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16 Jul 2009   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
My dad says that people curse because they have a bad vocabulary and are stupid and low class.

I think he is a F***ing hypocrite. (Just to throw that out there. He really believe that btw).

I could see this actually working. The explanation makes sense. However, you could achieve the same effect via different means.

~Lordbob
That may well have been so for his generation. Times have changed.
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16 Jul 2009   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
However, you could achieve the same effect via different means.
You cannot just throw it out there. Please expound.
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16 Jul 2009   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
That may well have been so for his generation. Times have changed.
I see, said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw. So, "I would just as soon gouge your eyeballs out and skullf*ck you as to look at you" - this must be some new way to say "I really like you."

The manner in which a man decorates his language is reflective of the man, not his time.
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16 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
That may well have been so for his generation. Times have changed.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
I see, said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw. So, "I would just as soon gouge your eyeballs out and skullf*ck you as to look at you" - this must be some new way to say "I really like you."

The manner in which a man decorates his language is reflective of the man, not his time.
LOL @ Antman.

It was pretty funny, because we were walking (on vacation again... bleah) and went by a theater that had another Megan Fox movie (Jennifers body or something). They (my parents) started talking about how she is a potty mouth (their wording) and she talked that way because she was obviously low-class and unintelligent, and she could not get attention any other way and had to fill out her limited vocabulary with something.

I mean, how hypocritical is that? I know plenty of smart people that curse. I see them as words, and as such, are not really insulting to me. Wow, I am really different from my family....
Hmm.

~Lordbob
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