What scolds means what

3 reasons why ranting is really good for us!

How often as a child are we told not to curse? The little daughter of a good friend once said to me that "shit" and "asshole" are "toilet words", words that you just say secretly into the toilet bowl and then quickly flush it down.

How good that I can now jubilantly reply to this child that all the wonderful swear words are by no means bad and ugh and taboo, but - yes - actually something really good.

Here are three powerful arguments in favor of well-tended swearing:

1. Insults instead of aggression

Anyone who insults someone lets off steam and thus ensures that there are no fights. It is, so to speak, a substitute for aggressiveness. By swearing loudly, we can let out our anger and then quickly catch ourselves again. And such a shouted "A ***!" is truly a thousand times more social than giving the other one on the twelve.

And there is something else that speaks for the dear scolding: Those who let their aggressor run wild in the form of cursing also live more healthily. At least you don't get a stomach ulcer that easily from all that annoyance.

2. Those who scold are honest

Scientists found that people who swear regularly were less likely to lie and cheat. Various scientists from Maastricht, Stanford, Hong Kong and Cambridge were able to confirm that there is a "consistently positive connection between profanity and honesty".

Those who scold usually say freely what they think and feel. Regardless of the consequences. After all, it is out of the moment of anger that we throw around us with wild swear words. Insulting people are rude, but at least honest.

3. Scolding helps against the pain

When you're really badly ramming your shin against the table, it is not uncommon for you to want to kick the table at first glance. Because that would in turn cause new pain, we are smart enough to vent verbally. We shout out loud once. We do that automatically. But what has now come out in a study: The moment we shout and scold loudly, the pain also subsides and we can endure it better.

Researchers led by Richard Stephens from the University of Keele carried out the following test with 38 men and 29 women: The test subjects had to put their hands in ice-cold water. Those who loudly vented their pain with a swear word found the pain more bearable and could keep their hands in the ice water longer. By the way: it works even better for women than for men.

Three good reasons that show: So it's not that bad if your own child often says "toilet words".

Video: Wonderfully honest: These children openly reveal how their mothers curse

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