“One of the key underlying principles of swear words is that they work as a sort of linguistic weapon which automatically triggers negative emotions in the brain of the listener,”
– Philip Seargeant in a post on Strong Language, a blog dedicated to swearing cited in this Quartz article. They continue to explain that taboo terms activate the same parts of the brain that respond to negative emotions: the amygdala and the basal ganglia.
One can't encounter a taboo word without involuntarily registering the negative emotion associated with it,
– Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist at Harvard University, in a 2008 lecture.
The point of the article is the use of emoji muddles the effect with one exception: 🖕. My lesson from that? Trying to be clever with emoji doesn't really work. Especially with dissess.
In other news, nine days ago was National Compliment Day and the guys at Rockboost pointed out in their newsletter:
Scientists have shown that people actually perform better when they receive more compliments. An HBR study showed that the highest performing teams gave each other 5 compliments for every criticism.
So maybe, to get the results you're looking for, in lieu of taboo emoji swearing, keep it simple & focus on more compliments to get what you want? ; )
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