People Who Swear A Lot Tend To Be More Honest, Loyal And Upfront With Their Friends

I recently wrote an article discussing the power of swearing to alleviate pain. However, it may actually do even more. Timothy Jay and Kristin Janschewitz (2012) suggest that swearing may also indicate a tendency to be more honest and upfront with their loved ones.

The basic premise that is put forth is that those who cuss are seen as more loyal, trustworthy, and upfront. As such, those who swear may make better friends. Their work suggests that extroverted people and those with Type A personalities swear more (Jay & Janschewitz, 2012), which could be one contributing factor to why those who swear are seen as more trustworthy and loyal. Their research also suggests that the increase in swearing in general, and specifically the use of cussing as a way to speak with friends, may contribute to this image (Burton, 2012).

Unfortunately, after searching for additional research on the subject, no corroborating studies could be found that can validate this claim. Additionally, Jay and Janschewitz have drawn these conclusions about swearing through observation. The major limitation to observation is that, when it is not scientifically validated, it is simply that – an observation.

Nevertheless, what do you think? Do you feel more inclined to trust someone who swears? Food for thought.


 Edited by: Seraphina Leong

Edited by: Tatum Wilson

QUICK FAVOR NEEDED: Could you support us by subscribing to our YouTube Channel?


In return, we will give you a free digital Psych2Go Magazine if you email us: psych2go@outlook.com. Thanks!


Jay, Timothy, Janschewitz, K. (2012),”The Science Of Swearing.” The Observer, Vol. 25, Issue 5.

Burton, Neel. (2012). “Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons For Swearing.” Hide and Seek.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Written by Cassey Hidalgo

Profile photo of Cassey Hidalgo

Cassey Hidalgo recently graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy and is currently in the process of attempting to get her Master's in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a 22 year old riddled with social anxiety and a terrible case of insomnia but do not fret, she takes it all in stride and tends to dance, sing, and laugh at herself quite a lot. When she is not participating in the party in her head she is often times reading anything from distinguished research journals focused on new psychological findings to queer friendly fanfiction. She likes art of any kind, music, and food. Currently she has undertaken the task of teaching herself Sign language and curse words in ten different languages, needless to say the endeavor is proving to be quite interesting if the stares from the people around her are anything to go by.

The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude Video

People Who Swear A Lot Tend To Be More Honest, Loyal And Upfront With Their Friends