Stephen: Study suggests swearing a sign of intelligence and creativity

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Some may be offended by swearing, but those who choose to swear might actually have good qualities. Timothy Jay is a professor of psychology at Massachusetts University, and says that new research in the past two decades on the brain and emotion, along with better technology, has unveiled the benefits of swearing. He believes that there is an evolutionary advantage to using curse words, “or we would not have evolved to do it.”

His older studies on swearing have shown that well-educated people were better at coming up with curse words compared to those with a smaller vocabulary, and that profanity has been linked to honesty and creativity, “as people choose such powerful words to express their emotions and when doing so an area of the right brain is activated, which is known as the ‘creative brain.’” Another study found that swearing can help lessen pain, and might even trigger our natural “fight-or-flight” response. Science has also found that unfortunately, people tend to view those who swear as lacking intelligence and trustworthiness, being less likeable, and see them as more aggressive.

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