Feeling Pain? Swearing Might Be The Solution To Reduce It.

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Stub your toe and let out a curse word – it might actually make you feel better! A new study finds that swearing and even making obscene gestures can increase your tolerance for pain. While scientists are still figuring out exactly why, they think it might be a distraction technique or a way to regulate our emotions.

In this ‘Psychology Behind the Headlines’, hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober, discuss the surprising link between cursing and pain relief, and why it just might be a sign of intelligence!

Swearing as Pain Management

Science backs up the idea that letting out a good swear word when you’re hurt might make a difference.

The Power of Distraction

It’s possible that the act of cursing focuses your attention away from the pain, making it more manageable.

Context is Key

While a well-timed curse word might help, Dr. Bober reminds us it’s important to be mindful of the setting – especially around kids!

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