As animals we have a base instinct. I will call this our 'monkey brain' for ease. This base instinct runs on a process of hormonal responses triggered by stimuli (internally and environmentally). Once triggered, hormones race and activates the monkey brain to either run or fight.
As we are verbal communicators, in the social environment for which we are brought up, some allow their aggression to be released by using socially unacceptable bad words during their angry moments. It is, therefore, a reaction to stress, whether internally or externally.
The purpose of words is to be signifiers, to create certain images when the words are said. For some words, they go deeper and tie into certain emotions. When you are angry and feeling pent up, needing to release frustration, such words can help this, creating an outlet.
In a similar vein, a study was conducted where people, after hurting themselves accidentally like stubbing their toe, said a normal word like 'chair' in one instance, and a swear word in another. Saying a swear word helped lessen the pain more than a normal word.
Swearing can be somewhat cathartic, although swearing AT people isn't cool.
I think this is an excellent question.
I remember when I was younger and still living at home, the only time my mother would NOT come down on me for using bad words was when I was angry about something.
Someone (if they haven't already) should study this because there's something about using bad words that seems to help to alleviate frustrations and anger. Hmm. Maybe they're not such bad words after all if they can have this effect on us.
This is because we are taught that some words are profanity and profane to use. So you do something when angry that you are not supposed to do. A woman told me that her Muslim friend is from Lebanon and his name is Matthew. She told me not to call him Matt since it is a profane word in Lebanese.
So your question is like asking why does a mother slam her baby to the ground when she gets angry with it or why does a guy kill his wife when he gets angry with her. A police officer got angry with his girlfriend and set her on fire.
Some people will call an angry person a mad person. Then a teacher will say that mad means insane. Well being angry is a type of insanity. In some neighborhoods if you insult someone they will get angry and kill you. Then in jail they will brag about it.
As far as feeling good about using profanity, Mike Tyson talked about how good he felt when his wife insulted him and he hit her so hard that she flew across the room and bounced off the wall. It made him feel good just to brag about it.
Often times it is frustration that leads to profanity. The lack of ability to know how to handle the situation or the unwillingness of the other person to reson with you even when yo've been polite in your exchanges with them will lead to cursing.
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