"Destruction Therapy." Now THIS sounds like something worth doing! lol.

@James72 (26832)
Australia
August 31, 2008 7:04am CST
I have just read a brief reference to an event that was held at a fiesta in Castejon, Northern Spain in July of this year. It was called "Destruction Therapy" and was aimed at helping people relieve stress in the workplace. Basically the general public were handed hard hats and sledge hammers; and were then allowed to pretty much smack the living crap out of a whole field full of strategically placed refrigerators, cars and televisions! Sounds therapeutic to me! lol. I reckon there would have been a large number of VERY satsified and calm people leaving that event at the end of the day! So am I twisted for seeing the joy in participating in an event like this? Or would you too LOVE to have the chance to smack the absolute heck out of stuff like these people were given the chance to?
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• United States
31 Aug 08
The only people who would actually benefit from that would be people whose emotional tone level was at or below anger. To someone who was irritated, annoyed, bored, or hopeful... no need to even mention optimistic or joyful... such activity would be counter-productive for them. Most of my life has been spent in the emotional range from depression up to anger and rage. At that time in my life I would have definitely benefited and enjoyed such an activity as you have described! It really is a very good idea! I decided a while back to raise my tone level, and my time here on MyLot has coincided with my achieving the range of disappointment up through irritation to hopefulness... I definitely do not wish to engage in angry activities!!! I have included the tone scale just in case anyone else is interested in evaluating whether smashing up a refrigerator would be a beneficial action for them, hehehehehe. 1. Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation 2. Passion 3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness 4. Positive Expectation/Belief 5. Optimism 6. Hopefulness 7. Contentment 8. Boredom 9. Pessimism 10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience 11. “Overwhelment” 12. Disappointment 13. Doubt 14. Worry 15. Blame 16. Discouragement 17. Anger 18. Revenge 19. Hatred/Rage 20. Jealousy 21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness 22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness
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• United States
31 Aug 08
This tone scale is something that I have come across in my 'research'. My own experiences have proved it a tool of tremendous value. I take it you enjoy slapstick humor. Ha ha ha.
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• United States
31 Aug 08
Although, if you're so inclined, my brother has a sh!t-load of refrigerators lined up outside the house... I would LOVE for someone to take a sledge hammer to them!!!!
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• United States
31 Aug 08
However, you need to bring your own marbles as I am not willing to lose any of mine!
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@Wizzywig (7859)
31 Aug 08
Oh yes! I think the local council refuse tip could take this on board! They could make a small hire charge for the hats and hammers and reduce the council tax burden on residents !! Count me in! I do actually have a small sledgehammer which I use to crush cans for recycling... that's therapeutic...
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
Quickly! Get on to this as soon as you possibly can..... There are thousands of stressed citizens in your area just ITCHING to release some tension! lol. I honestly can see the benefit in something like this. It's obviously not for everybody but I know that I would like the chance to do something like this once in a while! Thanks for responding and maybe its time for you to upgrade that sledgehammer!
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@Wizzywig (7859)
31 Aug 08
Unfortunately, I cant lift the sledgehammer at the moment due to recent surgery so I am currently banging my head against a brick wall and I find that really isnt very effective in terms of stress relief Lucky I can still throw plates and hurl abuse..
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
Oh! Well God bless abuse and plates then..... I hope you are back to full health soon as well!
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Thanks to a certain broken doll, I found this discussion and I'm so glad I did! When I'm angry, so angry that I feel it in my bones, I have this need inside myself to break glass. More than anything else, I want to break glass. This event sounds like a dream come true to me, James72. I could stand a few minutes with some glass in my hands, then not in my hands. Glass hurled forward with whatever force I could muster. Yup, could bring some of that pent up outrage I've got. I don't mean to bring you down, but I recently got the news that my best friend has advanced lung cancer and lemme tell ya, when I got home that day, I wanted to break glass so badly I could taste it. I'm happy to say that I don't often have that compulsion, but when I do, boy do I ever. Thanks for the info on the event, James. I think destruction therapy could do quite a lot of good in the world.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
5 Sep 08
I think it could do some good in the world too. Pent up frustration can eat away at us and the chance to let it all out once in a while would be fantastic. Speaking of glass, one thing I have always wanted to do was to be rich enough to be able to sit in front of a fireplace drinking expensive Champagne out of fine crystal. I would have a box of these fine crystal glassses next to me and every time I finished a glass of Champagne I would hurl the glass into the fireplace and fill up a new one! lol. Now THIS would be fun! Thanks for responding.
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• United States
5 Sep 08
Oh honey, you're talkin my language now! Yes! Crystal makes the most amazing sound when it's hurled. I liken it to a scream. Crystal hates to be broken, but it's just soooooo satisfying!!!!!! Ahhhhh, maybe one day, maybe one day........
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
5 Sep 08
If only to dream! lol. Something to inspire us all maybe!
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
1 Sep 08
*thumbs up* Sounds like a good idea! If only more companies, cities, did something like this...I bet they'd be more peaceful and in general, happier lol. People need an outlet, sometimes.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
It DOES seem like a good idea for sure. We could all do with the occasional outlet for our inner rage and better to use a scenario like this than to take it out on some poor unsuspecting dude in a bar or something! Thanks for responding.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
1 Sep 08
I agree, I certainly think it has a place in corporate business. A bit like paintballing where you get to blast the boss, got to be a good thing blessed be
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• Singapore
2 Sep 08
I think these sessions would come at a premium.
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
Wow I never knewe that there is that kind of festivities that is like that. Well yeah maybe it may be therapeutic and weird . I haven't tried and seen it but its interesting to watch it first before trying it for myself how I would feel.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
I haven't tried it in a controlled environment like this either. But I HAVE smashed to smithereens an old abandoned car once when I was a teenager! lol. It was strangely enjoyable yet taboo all at the same time! ha ha. Thanks for responding.
@Cannonball (3636)
• France
31 Aug 08
I'm a 100 per cent with you on this one, I mean how many time I had this kind of fantasy at work...
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
Get yourself a ticket to Northern Spain and fantasies can become a reality apparently! We could all benefit from something like this once in a while for sure. Thanks for responding and for God's sake keep it a fantasy for now! lol.
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• United States
31 Aug 08
That definitely sounds like something I would love to do. Being destructive really does help release anger and emotions and I think that's why a lot of teens and what not become destructive. I think all of us would benefit from a safe place to go to be destructive. It would keep us safe and those safe around us.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
This is a very interesting point. Some teens ARE destructive (I know I was!) and something like this could be a great release for not just workers but teens as well. It's far better for anyone to go into a controlled environment like this and let loose once in a while than to have them go pick a fight in a bar or at a party or something! Thanks for responding and for the great new perspective on this.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Hey James! I think that is an absolutely fantastic idea! I would have loved to be invited to that event! I think they should have that everywhere and maybe the world would be alot safer and calmer if they did. Can you imagine being able to take out all your frustrations of a car or some other object without having any reprecusions? I know that it sure would make me feel so much better to release my tension! I think that is the ideal situation. There would be alot less people needing therapy if they would be allowed to just beat the crap out of some nice refrigerator with a sledgehammer for just a little while don't you think?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
I agree. The funny part is that I read this magazine three or so hours ago yet I have been picturing myself in this bloody field with a sledgehammer for all of this time! lol. I just can't seem to shake the thought..... I think these Spaniards are definitely on to something here! Thanks for responding and keep your eye out for any abandoned cars and I will meet you there! I'll bring the sledgehammers and you can bring the protective gear.....
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@Munchkin547 (2779)
2 Sep 08
It's definitely a good idea! When i broke up with a long term boyfriend a few years ago and he moved out my parents came to stay with me! He was supposed to come take all his stuff but wouldn't so i said i'd get rid of it, my dad (being the responsible, upstanding member of the community that he is!) decided that we should smash the furniture up with a huge hammer, or by just kicking and jumping on it!! It wasn't really an attack on the ex boyfriend, more that there was spare furniture available for stress relief! and boy did it work!! My dad is a legend though, not sure how many other dad's would do this with their daughter in an attempt to mend her broken heart! haha so i can vouch for how much it works, it should be a world wide recognised stress relieving technique!! xxx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
Your Dad DOES sound pretty cool actually! Wasn't really an attack on the ex-boyfriend? Maybe not for you but maybe for your Dad! lol. The more I think on all of these responses and the concept in general I am pretty much convinced we would all get a good kick out of it! Thanks for responding.
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2 Sep 08
haha you might be right there, he'd been willing me to get rid of him for years! lol i am convinced that everyone would benefit from a bit of controlled destruction every now and again, we should open a therapy company, non of that getting on a sofa malarky, just beat the cr*p out of this wardrobe!! lol xxx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
Spread the word! All you need is a local Psychology Society endorsement and I reckon you'd be set!
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Could we have people in the arena also??.. After 17 years on my last job, I have a few in mind.. I have seen many days in which a sledge hammer could have been taken to work along with a bag lunch.. (FYI, just joking, I think) If we can't take out our frustrations on the bosses, managers and co-workers, then H*ll yes, give me a fridge, car or television.. If you are twisted, then I imagine many more people are also, frustration is a killer..
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
Oh goodness me! And I thought you were SUCH a people person DonnaLawson!! lol. Unfortunately I don't think they will let us throw some people in there too. Maybe they will let you paint some faces or stick photgraphs on the sides of some of the fridges? Thanks for responding.
• Singapore
1 Sep 08
Hey i've heard of that in AXN, they showing this on shows saying that this is one kind of an expression to realese yuor stress. Crashing and damaged cars that is no longer used, but this kind of therapy is not applicable to singapore. (Bored....)
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
I know AXN but I can't pick this up from here. Sounds good to me though. Maybe Singapore too needs something new like this? lol. You can't ALL be beyond the need for occasional destructive tendencies! Thanks for responding and go get Singapore on the "Destruction Therapy" map!
• United States
1 Sep 08
In a heartbeat. I would love to do this. Destroying things can be a big stress reliever.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
Better out than in right? lol. Thanks for responding.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
1 Sep 08
I have had children, we know a hell of a lot about destruction therapy, lol. Seriously, here in UK we have used it for years with violent prisoners, it is a most effective way of letting the anger out blessed be
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
I have to agree with you here too. Kids can be absolute MASTERS of destruction! All I can say is thank God the average sledgehammer is way to heavy for the average child..... Your paintball example above is also a good one. There is nothing an emloyee loves more than having the opportunity to shoot their own Boss. If we were able to see what was really going on in their minds while they were doing this I think we would all be horrified! lol. Thanks for responding.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
1 Sep 08
Wow, Sure seems like an intresting way to go about removing all that built up tension and frustration. I'd just see something like this and enjoy it for the fun. I'm not sure i'd like to smack the hell out stuff like this. Imagine what I'd start doing at home !
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
It does yes? It would definitely have to be a pursuit that we would leave out in the field with all the broken stuff once we finished. To bring something like this home would be disastrous! lol. Thanks for responding and given your concerns about what you might start at home; maybe you had better just be a spectator instead!
• United States
1 Sep 08
I don't think you are twisted at all. It is very theroputic to beat the crud out of something inanimate, as long as you don't get carried away and smash your shin with a hammer, or worse yet, hit yourself in the back of the head with the darned thing.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
Mmmmmmm..... Inanimate CRUD beating. Now we're talking! Yes, I am JUST the person to end up doing more damage to myself than the object at hand! lol. Thanks for responding.