"Destruct Room" from Jack Kirby comic book becomes a reality

The "Destruct Room" in Jack Kirby's comic book OMAC (1974) was a place where stressed-out people could act on urges to smash things. Forty years later, there's a real Destruct Room.

Break Club is a club in Buenos Aires, Argentina where members (predominately women) go to break shit with a stick, shatter bottles against the wall, kick stuff, and all around have the best fifteen minutes of their day. It's like a one-sided Fight Club.

A Club For People To Go Smash Things, Vent Anger

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  1. I was under the impression that the current thought in psychology was that "venting" therapies are generally ineffective - they just make people more prone to acts of anger and aggression in general. Primal Scream is one I remember reading about in particular that was shown to just make people more angry more of the time (though the "release" felt good at the moment they did it).

    That said, I've gleefully smashed up all sorts of things, not because I was angry, just for fun.

  2. The Lost Horizons Night Market had a truck like this a few years ago in NYC.

  3. miasm says:

    not to denigrate psychology but that's a precept of (zazen) meditation practice too.
    Any impetus toward anger is ultimately counter productive.
    It seems like you should still be able to get away with zeal and the like but... no.

  4. One of the reasons I joined a volunteer group as a student was that it gave me a chance to indulge in strenuous physical work toward productive ends. Disassemble a small building, carefully enough that useful parts can be reused or resold. Put together 80 tent platforms in a weekend -- you learn not to be timid about driving nails. Reduce pile of "retired" furniture to parts small enough to fit in a single dumpster load.

    Pure venting may or may not be useful. Turning that energy into something productive definitely helps.

  5. In the late-70's that was a common thing except the cars were Japanese models which were starting to compete strongly with Detroit. Occasionally people "volunteered" their vehicle for similar abuse by parking it in the factory employee lot of a Big 3 auto manufacturer at the time...

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