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Is Smashing Things a Good Way To Relieve Stress? (Clients of the Anger Room Sure Think So)

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Have you ever had such a bad day that you just wanted to break something? Or maybe throw a piece of furniture across the room? Well, now a Texas entrepreneur has devised a socially acceptable way for you to spew your rage.

The Anger Room is the brainchild of Donna Alexander, who first launched the business out of her garage. Friends seeking to relieve stress would come over and take baseball bats to old junk in the room. When word got out about what they were doing, strangers began to show up and demand became too much to handle. That’s when Alexander decided to turn the Anger Room into a legitimate business.

Now when clients come to the Anger Room’s new location in a Dallas strip mall, they are decked out in safety goggles and helmets to protect themselves. They then enter a room filled with old furniture and electronics, arranged to look like an office, bedroom, or kitchen. Once inside, anything is fair game. You can smash, break, throw, and destroy to your heart’s content.

If you want, you can also take out relationship stress on mannequins. Alexander told a Dallas TV station that some customers “put pictures on them, write on them, and then they try to beat the crap out of them.”



Anger Room sessions are available in three time options: “I need a Break!”—$25 for 5 minutes; “Lash Out”—$45 for 15 minutes; and “Total Demolition”—$75 for 25 minutes. The rates are pretty affordable considering you don’t have to collect the items or do any of the setup and cleanup.

So what do you think SodaHeads? Is smashing things a good way to relieve stress?

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  • AmericanVirus 2012/05/13 07:30:25
    Yes
    AmericanVirus
    +2
    There is a destroyed Mac laptop outside nailed to my tree that is proof of that.
    I took a hammer to it for a good 10 minutes
  • Loop 2012/05/13 07:28:12
    Yes
    Loop
    +2
    I know someone who would swear at grass blades and attack them with a machete to relieve stress, and apparently it worked every time :D
  • ♥Gabs1697♥ 2012/05/13 07:04:07
    Undecided
    ♥Gabs1697♥
    +1
    Haven't tried as yet !
  • CREW grand 2012/05/13 06:54:33
    Undecided
    CREW grand
    +1
    Any client of this service is in desperate need of anger management.
    However, I suppose it's a better release than beating on an innocent person or animal.

    Don
  • Peace Out 2012/05/13 06:43:29
    Yes
    Peace Out
    +2
    it certain situations it can be helpful, not necessarily smashing but punching works.....
  • Kazaira 2012/05/13 06:37:52
    Yes
    Kazaira
    +2
    what a brilliant idea :') <3
  • Figment 2012/05/13 06:19:46
    No
    Figment
    +3
    Personally, no. I tend to put my anger to more constructive purposes. I work out in the gym or take a jog instead.
  • Kyle Figment 2012/05/13 08:28:37
    Kyle
    Same concept though.
  • The no.1 knuckle head ninja 2012/05/13 06:01:49
    Yes
    The no.1 knuckle head ninja
    +2
    And it's fun to
  • Redskin 2012/05/13 05:35:32
  • Party of One 2012/05/13 05:15:46 (edited)
    Undecided
    Party of One
    +1
    I think most people just need to GrowTFU or move on...you don't need to smash things, scream out a window, or beat on anyone for self-survival, ya know? If the environment's bad, either change your attitude or lead-foot it the Hell out of there. WTF.
  • Kyle Party o... 2012/05/13 08:37:55
    Kyle
    +3
    I completely disagree with you. You make it sound so black and white, maybe you can do that stuff in that case good for you but not everyone can. Some people need to let out their anger and if that means that they got to break something to do it then that's what they should do, anything to keep the anger from hurting someone.
  • Party o... Kyle 2012/05/13 11:56:55
    Party of One
    Hello, Kyle :)

    Yes, damaging something instead of someone is a better choice, if damage is the only way out - it usually isn't, and my comment's made to the majority rather than those few :)

    It isn't black and white and that's why I used the word "most"...the word "you" was pointed at them. Not everyone's in control of all life's choices that turn us into angry, swinging juggernauts, and there aren't perfect solutions for release of pent-up distress - I agree my suggestions won't always solve each situation.

    My response to the survey is based on my intimate interaction with people who, mostly, would be better off either rearranging their attitude or making changes to their life's conditions. If the percentage of those I've come into contact with, who fit those situations, is representative of those in the general public, my comments in the original message make more practical sense (this is an "opinion" poll).

    I definitely understand the urge to lash out - that feeling isn't foreign to me :) but smashing things is a childish reaction and won't clear up the reasons for the stress.
  • Karl 2012/05/13 05:14:27
    Yes
    Karl
    +2
    I think I may need to start one of those.
  • Metaldane 2012/05/13 04:54:14
    Yes
    Metaldane
    +2
    I personally prefer videogames like call of duty or shooting a few magazines ou my ak but smashing the crap out of things does feel great wish we had an anger room I could shoot in.
  • 666_Maggots 2012/05/13 04:53:56
    Yes
    666_Maggots
    +3
    Me go smashy! Hulk smash!!! Weeeeeeeeeeee!!
  • Party o... 666_Mag... 2012/05/13 05:24:12
    Party of One
    +2
    lol

    ... so schlag ich dir den schädel ein ;)
  • 666_Mag... Party o... 2012/05/13 05:27:38
    666_Maggots
    +2
    Pfft Du traust dich!
  • Party o... 666_Mag... 2012/05/13 05:43:45
    Party of One
    +2
    no no...that was meant to be coming from you, lol. i didn't mean i'd bash YOUR skull in, lol

    whoa :) es tut mir leid, vertrau mir :D
  • 666_Mag... Party o... 2012/05/13 14:04:45
    666_Maggots
    +2
    Haha it's okay. ^_^
  • Party o... 666_Mag... 2012/05/13 22:14:19
    Party of One
    +1
    lol...glad of that :D
  • Elizabeth Fine 2012/05/13 04:19:54
    Undecided
    Elizabeth Fine
    +1
    Better than hitting someone else but not better than destroying property.
  • JohnT 2012/05/13 03:45:28
    No
    JohnT
    +3
    I guess the client room thing is a good way to let off steam, but at home not a great idea. I remember years ago (perhaps 30 or so) I got real angry and broke a chair at home. I only did that once because the cost to repair was around $150.00 and that was a bit too much to spend on having a temper tantrum. Never did that again. A nice long walk in a quiet park or along the beach works quite well.
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/05/13 03:39:57
    Yes
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    +3
    It relieves my stress. Just make sure you're not at home...
  • Nekosarethebest 2012/05/13 03:37:44
    Undecided
    Nekosarethebest
    +2
    I don't think so, but they do. I think it actually would make me want to kill someone even more.
  • pyromaniaticwhale17 2012/05/13 03:29:35
    Yes
    pyromaniaticwhale17
    +4


    All the time.
  • Party o... pyroman... 2012/05/13 05:25:48
    Party of One
    +1
    funny lol
  • Mikayla Morgan 2012/05/13 03:27:14
    Yes
    Mikayla Morgan
    +2
    its better than smashing other PEOPLE, and i admit i have broken some things in anger
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/05/13 03:21:57
    Yes
    Rebel [SHP]
    +2
    Sounds like fun
  • Undecided
    ✩Batman's✩Epic✩Understudy✩
    +3
    Depends on the person
  • Kyle ✩Batman... 2012/05/13 08:39:02
    Kyle
    +2
    Perfect, that's exactly how I feel about this.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2012/05/13 03:15:31
    No
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +5
    kind of immature if you ask me.....I used to have a heavy bag that I would pound on, or I would run miles and miles to relieve stress...nothing was broken, no mess to clean up...
  • Party o... Bob, th... 2012/05/13 05:26:47
    Party of One
    +2
    Excellent attitude. That's the mature way to handle it ;)
  • Kyle Bob, th... 2012/05/13 08:40:24
    Kyle
    +2
    It's the same basic concept though, just less destructive.
  • Bob, th... Kyle 2012/05/13 19:51:10
    Bob, the reasonable one
    I don't like the sound and mess of breaking things....I'm a neat freak....LOL
  • sjalan 2012/05/13 03:10:55
    Yes
    sjalan
    +1
    But very expensive, unless it is pottery and you glue it back together for therapy and and then it makes reasonable sense.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/05/13 03:05:23
  • Party o... Vision ... 2012/05/13 05:29:09
    Party of One
    +1
    Yup ;) Grown up and sensible [my hero---> Brooke]
  • Kyle Vision ... 2012/05/13 08:04:37
    Kyle
    +1
    I see what you're saying but you sound like you missed the whole point of the place, if it's junk that nobody owns or is ever going to use, why not use it to release some anger, it's just gonna be thrown away anyway.
  • Drachen 2012/05/13 03:00:36
    Yes
    Drachen
    +3
    You can't believe how many times I wish I could just throw and toss and smash everything I see. I hate the feeling when I restrain myself from doing so.

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