We've all been in positions when we feel the need to censor ourselves, especially in professional settings. It's never been perceived as classy--or, sometimes, even educated--to swear in more formal places. But even though profanity has long been associated with caustic or uncomely behavior, could it be that those who curse a lot actually have advantage over those who don't?

The answer is yes.

In a recent study conducted by the University of Cambridge, psychologists found that people who curse more often have the tendency of being more honest. Research from across multiple countries--including the Netherlands, the U.K., United States, and Hong Kong--show that people who regularly engage in profanity may ultimately be more removed from lying and deception than those who keep a clean mouth.

The reason for this is that, even though profanity has long been synonymous with vulgarity, it's really--at its core--something with raw emotion. When people feel uncontrollably angry, they let out a string of expletives accordingly. When people feel mad, frustrated, or excited, similar results follow.

Consider the example of Donald Trump. Trump was perceived by the public to be more honest than the other candidates during the Presidential campaign because of his lack of self-censorship. He said what was on his mind, often cursing to emphasize his points.

Dr. David Stillwell, a lecturer in big data analytics at the University of Cambridge, and a co-author of the paper, expressed that "The relationship between profanity and dishonesty is a tricky one. Swearing is often inappropriate but it can also be evidence that someone is telling you their honest opinion."

In general, due to the fact that people are not actively censoring or limiting their words, many feel that they are not hiding their real political views, agendas, or dreams into office. A number of international studies were used as evidence to back this finding up--participants were asked to name their favorite swear word, reasons for using such words, and whether or not they felt they were being truthful.

The responses ultimately allowed researchers to determine that those who utilized profanity really had less to hind than those who did not--so as long they weren't being harmful towards others.

Published on: Feb 16, 2017