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Angry Swearing - November 11th 2015, 12:11 AM

I have a terrible problem with swearing
And I mean, really really bad

I can control it when I'm around parents and teachers (or I try to at least) but every other time i just....ahgh! Sometimes I just have random outbursts of quiet swearing (Thank frikkin god its quiet too, because it can happen during classes)

If I do a swear jar ill end up owing about 50 pounds every day just because of this thing!
Anyone got any suggestions? (I've ene tried swear free days)
(Reminder: This might sound a little stupid, but hey, sh!t happens)
(I've noticed I usually say frickety frack now for some reason ._.)
(Final edit: I've also noticed it isn't under my control, like I know what i'm going to say, but I cant stop it, in a way.)

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Re: Swearing - November 11th 2015, 12:33 AM

You're 13. You'll grow out of it.
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Re: Swearing - November 11th 2015, 12:47 AM

I started swearing at thirteen too. I still do it this day and it's a hard habit to quit. I would try and start by not saying the f word. And every time you say the f word you ow like a quarter or something like that. then go with shit and so on until you loose the habit.

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Re: Swearing - November 11th 2015, 03:39 AM

Hey, Izzy.

Frankie offered a couple helpful tips that could work quite well so I suggest trying her ideas out. I hope I can be of some help too. Saying swear words often can begin to become a natural response for you, therefore a difficult habit to shake. However, I do believe it is possible and I'm glad you're reaching out for help regarding it!

You mentioned how you don't use swear words around parents or teachers but do you normally do so around friends or anyone else? If those friends are generally supportive of you and aren't encouraging the use of swear words then perhaps you could share your problem. Explain you're working on not using swear words so much and ask for their help. They can't do a great deal but they could help you in small ways that could eventually make a big difference. To help you, you could ask them to politely speak up to make you aware of the fact that you are using language. That may eventually cause you to be more aware and mindful of your words.

What about working to replace swear words with more PG-13 words? When you know you're about to have an outburst and will most likely use swear words, be mindful and put other words that express frustration in place of swear words. In addition to that, when you are speaking via writing or any form of typing, you could practice clean speech by editing out any swear words as well. Avoiding music, books, TV shows and movies among other things that has extremely excessive and unnecessary language (swear words put in simply to fill up space in text, lyrics or a dialogue) could help as well. Hearing swear words and being surrounded by it in a lot of things you listen to, read and watch can cause you to remain desensitized to it.

Be patient and mindful and I'm sure you will see progress at some point! Hope some of this helped. I wish you the best of luck.
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