Roy Baumeister wrote a wonderful book on the benefits of self-control, or discipline. He notes self-control is one of the most important traits in predicting success in life, good relationships, earning more money, being successful in your field, staying out of jail, even living longer.
It’s the foundation for morality and moral behaviour. It is one of the more important factors in a person’s success, and unlike IQ very amenable to training.
Here he notes the benefits of practicing self-control, including not swearing, and so like a muscle, willpower improves with practice:
In contrast, here’s beatnick poet Allen Ginsberg, arguing that restrictions on swearing inhibit communication, even morality:
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