Many often found themselves thinking that in complexsituations from them by themselves erupt words that are commonly called obscene language. Someone swears a little more, someone a little less, but hardly someone after they put a piano on their foot, says: “Please remove the instrument from my foot”. Especially if this person does not try to control his emotions unnecessarily, but even he curses inside himself much more than outside. It turns out that this action helps to reduce the level of pain, and now scientists have proved this by conducting a series of experiments. Interestingly, it is precisely those very sharp words that are needed, and not analogs that are consonant with them.
Interestingly, the study was conducted.by the British, but not by the very British scientists who are figuring out how much the fly will jump without a left hind leg. This time, psychologists took up the matter, who conducted research and found out exactly how the mat affects the person, and not the words that are close in sound. The corresponding study is published in the journal Frontiers In Psychology.
During the experiment, people were subjected to painthe impact that they had to either endure, or somehow “extinguish”. As an anesthetic, they were asked to swear as they could, without any prohibitions or cultural norms.
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A group was selected for the study.volunteers at the age of 27 years. In order to hurt them, cold water was used with a temperature of about 3-5 degrees Celsius. Subjects dipped their hands in this water and had to tell the researchers when the pain was unbearable. Moreover, in different parts of the experiment, they had to be silent, shout obscene words or shout out analogies that were consonant with them.
During the experiment, it was noted that the mat really helps to increase the pain threshold. People tolerated pain much easier or simply did not pay attention to it.
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Moreover, in a separate part of the experimentthe subjects were asked to curse not with those words to which they are accustomed and which are all recognized as swearing, but their counterparts. Words were invented that are as consonant with those that cannot be pronounced in a decent society. The emphasis was placed on the combination of sounds, so that these linguistic analogs are pronounced and sounded about the same as the originals.
As a result of this, it turned out that such words did nothave no effect on the pain threshold and do not help people easier to tolerate pain. This was not a one-time occurrence and it was not within the margin of error. The evidence was clear, since most of the subjects did not receive any relief from shouting nonexistent words.
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It turns out that words are important not as a combination of sounds that we pronounce, but as the very words. Only in this format do they help you get distracted.
Distraction occurs precisely on the emotionallevel. Scientists still cannot fully explain the results of the study, but the observation suggests that the mat really makes it easier to tolerate pain.
As a hypothesis, it is suggested that the grosswords reduce pain by stimulating the autonomic nervous system. Only original words can handle this. Consonant analogs cannot cause such a surge of emotions and distract a person from pain.
Despite the fact that swearing distracted peoplemore than invented words, the level of such distraction has nothing to do with pain relief, the researchers specify. - Perhaps the effect of distraction does not explain the analgesic effect.
These same scientists previously conducted another experiment,associated with the influence of foul language on the endurance and physical capabilities of a person. As part of that experiment, it became clear how much more power people generate when they swear.
First, a group of subjects was supposed to drivea difficult but short section on a bicycle and at the same time actively shout out any rude word that they know or often use. The control group performed the exercise silently. As a result of the experiment, it turned out that swearing people were several percent more effective than those who did everything silently.
The second experiment was to determine the strengthhands of people. The two groups also had to perform the exercise either silently or with a rude word. As a result, those who swore made an effort that was almost 10 percent more. In kilograms it was more than two kilograms.
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Scientists associated this effect with the fact that theycalled generalized inhibition. This is when a person does not give out maximum of his capabilities and leaves a reserve of reserve of forces. In a situation where he actively swears, his nervous system is distracted and the muscles are able to give out more effort.
It turns out that the mat really helps, but does not give strength on its own, but only distracts the nervous system and allows a person to release a little more reserves of his body.