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How Saying 'Ow' Helps You Tolerate Pain - Huff Post #375367
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When you stub your toe or bang your head, why is the initial response always to yell "ouch" (or something less printable)? Scientists may have the answer.

New research from the National University of Singapore suggests that vocalizing may interfere with pain signals traveling to the brain, distracting you from the uncomfortable sensations you're feeling.

The researchers gathered 56 test participants and had each person submerge his or her hand into painfully cold water four separate times. In each case, participants were asked either to say "ow," to listen to a recording of a person saying "ow," to press a button or to remain passive and silent.

Both saying "ow" and pressing the button were found to have a positive effect on pain tolerance. When participants said "ow" or pushed a button, they were able to withstand the pain for an average of 30 seconds, compared to an average of 23 seconds among participants who did neither. Sitting passively, on the other hand, did not improve pain tolerance. Nor did hearing a recording of someone saying "ow," whether it was the participant's own voice or someone else's.

The findings suggest that making some kind of vocal utterance may be an effective way of coping with pain...


How Saying 'Ow' Helps You Tolerate Pain


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Re: How Saying 'Ow' Helps You Tolerate Pain - Huff Post [Re: AntigoneRisen] #375399
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The findings suggest that making some kind of vocal utterance may be an effective way of coping with pain.



Those same (unprintable) utterings can assuage frustration too. whistle

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I've tried to explain to my husband that I say " $%$* &*%*?! " to keep from punching him in the face. He doesn't understand. lol


When we open to this moment and don't judge it or try to change it, even when we're suffering and wish it were otherwise, we tap into the spaciousness of mind that allows us to move forward skillfully, with discernment and joy. -- Sharon Salzberg
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Originally Posted By: Miranda
I've tried to explain to my husband that I say " $%$* &*%*?! " to keep from punching him in the face. He doesn't understand. lol


LOL

Miranda, you slay me!

I rarely curse, and I rarely want to punch my husband, but I will keep this in mind for the next time to see if it works!

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I curse like a go$%@% mo@&$#!f*+?<#% sailor! Always have. I went to work in a very busy restaurant kitchen when I was 15. Besides that I spent a LOT of time in auto parts stores, junkyards and auto garages a young woman. What did my parents THINK was going to happen? <shrug>

I can turn it off and on, I don't do it at work (in the office) but if I go out onto the shop floor, the guys love me, because I will let fly with them, and they know they don't have to watch themselves with me. Although when I do let fly, they laugh their @$$e$ off. It seems even more hysterical now, that I'm a little dumpy middle aged woman, then it did when I was a tiny petite young woman. Go figure.


When we open to this moment and don't judge it or try to change it, even when we're suffering and wish it were otherwise, we tap into the spaciousness of mind that allows us to move forward skillfully, with discernment and joy. -- Sharon Salzberg
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My father cursed like a sailor, but was quick to label any female who did so as a "floozy". I didn't really know what that was,but knew I didn't want to be one. Plus I just hated the atmosphere that surrounded his cursing. If I really get mad I might drop a word, but NEVER the f-bomb. I might hear my daddy calling me a floozy from his grave.....

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Both my parent hate that I do it. Still to this day. But I was a hardcore rebel so what they hated it as exactly what I was going to do. And then it became part of my makeup I guess. Working in kitchens and bars hanging out with the type of people I did.

Like I said, now I can turn it off when I need to. But the default setting from the factory is "on Mo#~#+=!"


When we open to this moment and don't judge it or try to change it, even when we're suffering and wish it were otherwise, we tap into the spaciousness of mind that allows us to move forward skillfully, with discernment and joy. -- Sharon Salzberg
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The other reason to train yourself to say "ow" is that it fills the space so you don't say something snarky to the person who hurt you.

Last night Mrs. Hold mentioned that she freaked out D20 by saying that since he has a November birthday, he was probably conceived on Valentine's Day. She meant for the statement to be a funny bonding incident for her and me. For me it was painful. If we had sex that year on Valentine's Day, it may well have been the only time we had sex on Valentine's Day, and that absence causes me huge pain.

Instead of saying "ow" and perhaps triggering a conversation that would help us bond, I said "oh, did we used to have sex on Valentine's Day back then?" Which was a huge "ow" for Mrs. Hold and spoiled the rest of our evening.


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