It’s the topic that’s near and dear to Aidan’s heart: Swearing. Is swearing that big a deal? Find out what the research says, what his dad and other parents think, and what Aidan’s friends tell him. All in this week’s episode of Hold Me Back. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast platforms.
Episode #2: Swearing – Is It Really a Big Deal?
It’s the topic that’s near and dear to Aidan’s heart: Swearing. Is swearing that big a deal? Find out what the research says, what his dad and other parents think, and what Aidan’s friends tell him. Hear the surprising psychological benefits of swearing and when it might actually be a good thing, why it’s still considered taboo, and how swearing can affect your reputation and personal brand. This episode covers everything from teachers swearing to The Wolf of Wall Street. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:
- How often do teachers and coaches swear?
- Why are some parents stricter on swearing?
- What are the social benefits of swearing?
- Growing up in a G-rated world vs. R-rated world
- What are the risks of de-sensitizing people to swearing?
- Is swearing a “gateway” to something much worse?
- Should you swear at work?
- What did Aidan and Ash convince each other of?
Who was more convincing: Aidan or Ash? Vote below the show notes.
Enjoy the show! Check out the show notes below for much more detail.
- Intro to Swearing
- [0:23] Welcome to Hold Me Back
- [0:28] Meet Aidan (Gen Z) & Ash (Gen X)
- [0:46] Boomers
- [0:54] Where did the topic of Swearing come from?
- [1:34] COVID-19
- [3:46] How often do teachers and coaches swear?
- [5:06] How do parents compare and differ on swearing?
- [5:56] Why are some parents stricter on swearing?
- What does the research tell us about swearing?
- [6:38] Psychologist
- [6:43] Why doesn’t Psychology focus on swearing?
- [7:04] Anthropology, Linguistics
- [7:35] Sociology, Mental Health
- [7:57] “Swearing as a Response to Pain” by Richard Stevens
- [9:46] “Science Says Swearing is Good for You“
- [10:33] Hypoalgesic Effect
- [10:58] Habitual Conditioning
- [11:09] The Wolf of Wall Street
- [11:39] “Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour“
- What are the benefits of swearing?
- [14:35] Mark Twain
- [15:05] What are the social benefits of swearing?
- [16:35] Intrinsic Value
- How does swearing impact your personal brand?
- [17:23] “Taboo word fluency and knowledge of slurs and general pejoratives” by Kristin L. Jay and Timothy B. Jay
- [18:24] Facebook
- [19:41] Family Therapist
- [21:02] How do you view teachers and coaches that swear?
- [21:23] Superiority Complex
- [23:00] Growing up in a G-rated world vs. R-rated world
- [23:11] Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor
- [23:47] STFU
- [24:02] Do we want to desensitize people to swearing?
- [24:08] Dave Chappelle
- [24:57] Social Media
- [27:43] Expletives, Profanity
- [28:02] CEO (Chief Executive Officer), McKinsey & Company, Google, The University of Chicago, Nobel Peace Prize
- [28:28] Can you swear at work?
- [29:09] Social Norms
- [30:09] Gateway Drug
- [31:58] Gay Equality, Gay Marriage
- [32:16] Black Lives Matter (BLM)
- You convinced me
- [33:32] What did Ash convince Aidan of?
- [34:12] What did Aidan convince Ash of?
- [35:06] Name-calling
- [36:06] Thank you for listening! Subscribe to Hold Me Back on HoldMeBack.com
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What is Hold Me Back?
Gen X and Gen Z live together, but we occupy different worlds. As the generational gap widens and conventional wisdom on parenting and education fails, is it even possible to understand one another? In this unique son-and-father podcast, Aidan & Ash ElDifrawi hash out a new contract between generations, forcing them to violate comfort zones on today’s most charged topics: social media and screen time, bullying and loneliness, inequality and privilege, sex and drugs, education and etiquette, even politics, religion, and sports. All to uncover a path toward greater harmony and a hopeful future for the next generation.