How to Stop Swearing

Is your cursing and cussing out of control? Stop the profanity with this behavior modification plan.

You will need

  • Introspection
  • Word substitutes
  • Visualization

Step 1 Realize why you're cursing Realize why you’re swearing: it’s often just a lazy way of expressing rage or frustration. Learn other anger management coping skills and you may not be so tempted to curse so much.

Step 2 Hear how unattractive it is Pay attention the next time someone else lets a few choice words rip. Is that really how you want to sound to others?

Step 3 Learn some new words Scan a thesaurus for satisfying stand-ins for your favorite swear words. A good vocabulary allows you to be as cutting and colorful as you want to — without the foul language.

Step 4 Imagine an audience The next time you’re on the verge of a four-letter tirade, ask yourself if you’d use this language around a young child, an elderly person, or a clergy member. That should stop the swearing.

Step 5 Go ahead Go ahead and drop the F-bomb — if you’re in pain. A group of researchers concluded that cursing intensifies our fight-or-flight response, making us better able to withstand pain by minimizing our perception of it. Guess that explains all the swearing in hospital delivery rooms!