Why People Who Swear A Lot Make Good Friends, According To Psychologists

It is known that highly intelligent people tend to see the world and the things around them differently.

Strangely, they also tend to be very creative when it comes to hurling around swear words, according to recent research.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the uneducated or dumb people who swear the most.

Most of us tend to distance ourselves from people who swear as we believe that they simply lack the language capabilities to express themselves in a polite manner or have a limited way of thinking.

According to psychologists Kristin Joy and Timothy Jay, it’s completely the other way around and they’ve backed this up with a study.

‘People who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately,’ the researchers wrote. ‘The ability to make nuanced distinction indicates the presence of more rather than less linguistic knowledge.’

In addition to their high intelligence, those who swear more tend to be more honest as well, which in turn makes them better friends. 

These findings stem from a study that analyzed hundreds of thousands of Facebook status updates for deceptive words and profanities. Solid data goes in favor of the claim that honest people are likely to swear.

In addition, studies have found that when suspects in criminal cases were interrogated, those who were innocent were more likely to curse. The guilty ones, in contrast, were trying to mask themselves and remain calm.

The takeaway? If you have friends who use the most imaginative profanities, you should know that they’re probably highly intelligent and honest at heart.

Do you think those findings reaffirm or contradict your own thoughts on the subject? Let us know in the comment section below.

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