S*@%! Understanding the psychology of swearing

Why is it that some people struggle to mind their language?

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer says the occasional profanity is justifiable, particularly when a person's emotions run high.

There is a sanity to profanity.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Dr. Schomer explains that different parts of the brain are used when swearing versus when using regular vocabulary.

He advises that research has also shown that swearing helps with pain management.

According to Dr. Schomer, swearing can calm the brain during strenuous situations, but swearing should not become common practice.

Swearing is a very primitive act. It counters all the negative emotions summarised as stress.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

He says if people swear too often, it can change the chemistry in the brain and make it less effective over time.

Schomer also advises that swearing can be context dependent and less appropriate in certain environments.

Listeners shared their views of profanities and their own swearing habits.

Take a listen to the insightful discussion:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : S*@%! Understanding the psychology of swearing


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