I don't know why everyone does it, but I usually do it without even realizing I am doing it. I get soooooo angry that the swears and the hurting words just come out before I can censor them. I have been trying to curb that behavior in myself, and have succeeded to some extent, but when I am really angry, well, I slip. It's an uphill battle, but I'm winning.....
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Every culture out there uses profanity when they get upset, its just in human nature now to swear when we get upset. Even the most clean mouthed, god serving, housewife of four will swear when upset every now and again. Just the way we are. Makes us feel good for that split second when yelling it out loud I guess. Good question, never really thought about it much. lol
There are three basic reasons why people resort to abusive language when angry. First, many people refuse to or do not know how to deal with their problems correctly, so they resort to foul language as an outlet.
Second, many people resort to filthy language because they cannot come up with a logical, sensible answer to refute the opinions of others.
Third, many people resort to abusive and foul language because they are just following the corrupt sin nature with which each one of us is born. God's Word says, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." (Matt.12:34)
Foul language is never an option for those who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
I think CalebSparks has the best answer.
Many people get caught-up in the heat of the moment and not knowing how to de-escalate a situation or answer in a calm and logical manner, they try to put the other person down with personal insults.
Of course, insulting someone does not in any way solve the matter at hand or win an argument but many people fail to realize that and try to satisfy their ego by trying to feel that they are better than another. That really never works, that is why angry people continue to be angry ...
Angry is a state of mind - we all chose our states of mind and in the end, it is up to us how we feel: what bothers us and what does not.
Great question - thank You.
Sometimes it is used for it's shock value. A person who is tired of not being heard will sometimes use such language to make people listen.
When something like that is said people think "What did he say?" and THEN they actually hear what follows the foul language. Childish but the strategy works.
Because it makes you feel powerful and in control. Shock value and the responses you get from it add to these feelings.
I think to get noticed 'cause if bad language not used...no one will know that you are angry over something.
That's what we call lost control. Emotional tension clouds the soundness of our thinking. Like a volcano that burst without control so the tongue when heated up with angry feeling can say whatever we want to say.
Abusive language and swearing is basically used when we have nothing better to say. When our mind lacks the right word at the right moment, it will often automatically jump to abusive language and swearing, so as to fill the void.
it gives them instant release of anger and stress. People are also very influenced by their upbringing and environment. We live in a society where being rude is funny or efficient for people, abuse is often a mean or a purpose. So, people feel like they establish or defend themselves by using abusive language.
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