A Little Cursing Therapy Can Help Stop the @#$% Pain


cuss boxThis news just in, my friends. It seems that cursing to high heaven after cracking your baby toe on the door jamb will actually make it easier to bear. 

Of course, we already knew that, didn't we?

It seems, however, that some researchers weren't as clued in to the powers of yelling four-letter words for excrement. Instead, they constructed a study with the assumption that using profanity with pain would make it less bearable. They found the opposite.   

Swearing does in fact dull our perception of pain.

Well @#$%, as a woman, I could have told them they were wrong. We are queens of pain management starting with cramps and culminating in child birth. We may wash out our kids' mouth with soap for naughty language, but we all secretly know they learned it from us when we slammed our head into the @#$%lift gate of the minivan.

In fact, I think we mothers could start a revolution. Who needs epidurals when we can just scream yippee-ki-yay motha-f&^%$@. Peaceful births? Tom Cruise's silent births? Oh, hell no, let's f-bomb those babies into existence with a well deserved holy f**********cccckkk! 

I jest, but part of me says there is something to this phenomenon. Another part of me tries to cut out the bad habit I picked up in high school and the military. You know, the one that takes away the pain of driving behind the 95-year-old grandpa cruising a perfectly paced 26 MPH on the freeway with a well-placed word or two that my little ones absorbed like thirsty sponges.

So the next time your preschooler comes crying with a bloody knee, why not encourage a nice resounding shout of [insert cuss word of choice]? It's way better pain management than a lollipop in this nation of obesity, eh? Well, except when your toddler calls his brother a mutter-effer. (I'm not saying this actually happened or anything [whistling innocently].) Just promise me you won't think less of me -- I mean I truly do exist to make you look like a better mother. And my husband thinks the use of a well-placed, in-context epithet is pretty darn funny coming out of our kids' mouths.

So, yes, I do admit an occasional four-letter word. However, I kid you not, I actually sang the Mickey Mouse Club song during the labor of my last 10+ POUND baby. Yes, the Mickey Mouse Club. I don't know why. It just relaxed me and triggered an emotional shortcut to distance me from the pain. Some say the same occurs with a well placed f-bomb. In fact, there is research that links the brain's emotional shortcuts to why Tourette's sufferers use so much profanity. 

Back to the study results: "People withstood a moderately to strongly painful stimulus for significantly longer if they repeated a swear word rather than a nonswear word."

I find this sentence empowering. The next time you are suffering, I think a rather loud, resounding c@cksucking sonuvab$#tch would be a great deal better than a little too much wine or a handful of pills. 

I call it Cursing Therapy. Who's the @#$ is with me? What, you are worried about the neighbors?? !@#$ the neighbors.


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Addys... Addys_Mom

Lol nice article. I wanted to swear sooo bad during my last delivery a couple weeks ago but i just couldn't do it with my super religious parents in the room. So i settled for dropping a couple f bombs into my pillow. but that was more out of frustration that the dr wasn't there than for the pain.

Jespren Jespren

I don't curse, or rather, I only curse when I actually mean the words, meaning I've used what people would call a 'curse' word maybe 5 or 6 times in the last 7 or 8 years. When I curse everyone listens, and isn't that the (original) point to curse words? Still...I use non-curse words/phrases to pepper my language, especially when I bang my head: risfrashum disjatum dirty nogahonit being a generational (my dad used to say it) one, or, another dad-ism, flying fornication of a perforated pastry, or my own conglomeration, bloody thundering three legged goat!

That all said I spent a fair amount of time murmuring 'oh fudge' (no, literally, 'fudge') during the backlabor of my 1st child's labor.

But my dad taught us something that works a lot better than cursing for pain management, laughter. Although I admit I have freaked some friends out breaking into helpless gails of laughter over a bad bang/smash/hit.

dixie... dixiegurl223626

I think it helps dull perception of pain. This is a very interesting article!

eusta... eustacejessica

This is a very interesting article! I think the cussing takes your mind away from the pain

eusta... eustacejessica

oh and I do have a bit of a potty mouth!

deadp... deadpplrmyhero

Im not too much of a cusser but I have been nown to when in pain or staryled. I like the article

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