Psychologists Reveal That People Who Swear A Lot Have Many Unique Personality Traits
Although it’s frowned upon to use swear words in many different situations, there’s nothing wrong with cursing every now and again. In fact, researchers have discovered that people who swear on a regular basis have many unique personality traits that those who refrain from swearing do not possess.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge, Maastricht University, Hong Kong University, and Stanford University found that people who swear often are more likely to be honest. After observing people in a lab and social interactions on Facebook, researchers concluded that there is “a consistent positive relationship between profanity and honesty; profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the society level.”
“The main thing we found is if you filter your language when speaking, then you’re probably also filtering what you’re saying as well,” explained David Stilwell from the University of Cambridge, co-author of the study. “You are less likely to be about what you think and more about what you think other people want to hear. Someone who does not filter their language, so swears, is more likely to be saying what they think to be true, so are being more honest and genuine from their perspective,” he continued.
Multiple studies have also revealed that people who swear a lot tend to be more intelligent. One particular study showed that people who could name the most swear words within a minute tended to score higher on IQ tests. The study concluded that “a rich vocabulary of swear words is a sign of rhetorical strength rather than the attempt to hide verbal deficits.”
So, if you’re prone to swearing every now and then, don’t feel bad about it! Although swearing isn’t acceptable in every situation, letting out a curse word on a regular basis may just signify that you’re honest and intelligent — at least, that’s what I’m choosing to believe!