How do you feel about swearing?
Not the ‘making a solemn promise under oath’ kind of swearing. The offensive language, cursing, or using profanities kind of swearing.
People Voodoo seeks to reduce suffering, so you’d think that swearing would be on the list of things to avoid, but it’s not. If used wisely, swearing can actually be good for you!
If you take a dim view of swearing, or feel generally uncomfortable about, or around swearing, then please be reassured that People Voodoo does not promote swearing as a daily activity. There is however value in it for remedial purposes.
There is evidence that swearing helps you feel less pain. Yes, in the name of science volunteers put their hands in icy water and if they were allowed to swear, it reduced their pain experience compared to those who were only allowed to use neutral words. But look out, if you overuse swearing, the benefit reduces. It’s only effective in moderation.
So, regardless of how you feel about swearing, there is an opportunity to apply People Voodoo to a swearing situation. Try asking yourself:
Is this a physically or emotionally painful situation where someone is using swearing to manage their pain?
- If yes – does the person need help to reduce suffering, and can you help?
- If no – what’s really going on? maybe this is a swear-oholic who might benefit from some People Voodoo.
- Before you rush in, just be prepared that they might not want your @!!*%’! opinion.
And when you next stub your toe, grab the opportunity to be kind to yourself and swear!
If you think any of this sounds challenging, here is a reminder that progress does not happen overnight. A ‘hole’ lot of progress.