Swearing — in any language — helps to deal with pain

Cross-cultural study between British and Japanese speakers evaluates swearing as a response to pain.

Research suggests swearing can moderate pain perception. The present study assessed whether changes in pain perception due to swearing reflect a “scripting” effect by comparing swearing as a response to pain in native English and Japanese speakers. Cognitive psychology denotes a ‘script’ to be a sequence of learnt behaviours expected for given situations.

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