If they asked you: “Are you a good friend?” and you answered, “# *% @, yes I am”, so you might as well be the best friend a person could ask for, according to a study. When we were kids, we were always taught that cursing is bad and not doing that, but do you remember the first time you heard one of your friends curse? Most likely it brought them a little closer.
We love our friends who can perfectly score a point with a swear word, and we’ve rounded up a few reasons why people swear to make great friends.
They’ll Tell You The Truth
Swearing can be an involuntary act and often just slips away in moments of great emotion. One study found that someone who cursed was more likely to be sincere, unfiltered, and less prone to self-censorship.
Swearing can be proof that a person is expressing their honest opinion and is not leaking themselves or their views, which is such a valuable trait in a friend. Sometimes we need a friend to tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear.
They’ll Give Sage Advice
It is often assumed that the more a person curses, the less intelligent they are since it is assumed that they do not have the vocabulary to express themselves fully.
A study has shown that the more fluent a person is in a language, the more effectively he uses profanity to communicate and articulate, and the more diverse and extensive their vocabulary is.
They’ll Be Someone You Can Trust
Swearing between friends requires a certain level of confidence that what has been said does not leave the circle of trust. The case studies showed that teams that worked well together, such as manufacturing and IT, felt more comfortable playing with each other, which included swearing and having a certain level of trust with each other.
Swearing Can Be Good For Us
In one study, volunteers were asked to put their hands in ice water on 2 different occasions. One time, they could curse all they wanted, and the next, they were instructed to use a neutral word. Participants were able to endure more pain when they were able to curse.
So next time you hit, step on a piece of Lego or hit your funny bone, give yourself permission to let the curses fly, this can help reduce the pain.
This was also the case with emotional pain, as letting go of our frustrations made it less likely that we would act physically.
What do you think? Do you have friends who curse like sailors? If so, are they good friends?