- 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.
- TIP: Try using silly substitutes, like "fudge" and "fiddle-dee-dee." You'll feel so stupid, you'll probably swear off swearing.
- 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!
- FACT: Often, people who speak more than one language report that they always curse in their native tongue.
You Will Need
- Word substitutes