- Kentucky city called socialist for buying gas station, undercutting competitor fuel prices
- Israel hits five mosques, sports complex in overnight Gaza strikes
- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters’ questions on book tour
- EPA tweet baffles: ‘I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ iPhone game
- Australian P.M. Abbott: MH17 evidence tampered with on ‘industrial scale’
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez tells Hispanics to vote and ‘punish those’ who oppose amnesty
- Country singer Tim McGraw not sorry for slapping female fan: ‘Things happen’
- Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks
- White House takes credit for drop in unaccompanied children at border
- International crises be damned, Obama’s fundraising trip must go on
Serbs set up ‘Rage Room’ for unleashing anger
Question of the Day
This isn’t a criminal onslaught. It’s the Rage Room.
And it’s smashing its way to success in Serbia one angry visitor at a time.
“This feels so good!” Duvnjak said sweating and panting, as he admired the mound of debris he created — for just a modest fee.
“I feel I let go of all my negative energy,” the 18-year-old gushed. “This last year was a tough one and I wanted to end it with a bang!”
Since it opened in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad in October, the Rage Room has drawn a flurry of attention in the Balkan country where two decades of war, political crisis and economic hardship have driven many people over the edge. Inspired by a similar “Anger Room” in Dallas, Texas, Serbia’s version was set up by two teens who saw the U.S. original online and figured it could be a way to earn pocket money.
“On average, we have one person a day, enough to keep us going,” said Nikola Pausic, an 18-year-old who runs the room with a friend.
The Dallas version costs up to $75 per session and has an array of objects to destroy, including computers and office furniture. Serbia’s Rage Room, organized in a refurbished garage, is much more basic — and cheaper.
Included in the roughly $6 fee is the right to smash a chair, a table, a bed, a coat-rack and a book-shelf, along with items such as framed photographs, empty cans and plastic containers. Clients must wear a helmet, protective glasses and gloves. Afterward they get to unwind to relaxing music, leaving the clean-up to staff.
“Dozens have come so far,” Pausic said, “people of all ages” — adding that it’s also popular among women. He said that visitors usually need about five minutes to destroy everything inside.
While it may be an easy way to let off steam, experts warn that projects like this are no replacement for anger management therapy.
Sanja Marjanovic, a psychologist from Belgrade, said that modern science looks for ways to control frustrations before they explode into full-blown rage. She explained that “venting anger does give you an immediate sense of relief but in the long run, one becomes accustomed to feeling angry.”
“In a stressful situation, one can count to ten, or take calm, deep breaths,” she said. “It’s much more useful to practice yoga.”
Pausic said each visitor must sign a document that includes a clause saying the Rage Room does not aspire to offer medical assistance.
And, after the session is over, customers are given a CD that includes information about professional therapists and how to contact them.
For his part, Duvnjak found therapeutic value in the Rage Room. He said the session helped to take off some of the pressure that had built up in his studies — adding that many of his friends felt the same way.
“This is better than getting into a fight,” he concluded.
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- Edward Snowden to work with Russia on anti-spy technology
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- U.S. scrambles as violence escalates in Israel-Hamas conflict
- Humanists seek support from Congress on military chaplains
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- Big milestone for Britain's little prince
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq