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Stressed? Try Smashing Stuff At Argentina’s ‘Break Club’
November 3, 2013
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"My nerves are at breaking point. Well, now it's time I break something, too."

That's Mora, a 22-year-old media producer who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She's a member of The Break Club, a place where people take out their frustrations by wailing on inanimate objects. Using bats, crowbars and their bare hands, they attack bottles, old computers, items of furniture and other discarded objects.

The club's creator Guido Dodero told BBC News his business is a place where people can both "enjoy anger," and engage in what he calls a form of "psychoanalysis."

Dodero notes that 85 per cent of his clients are women, and that many who use the club "work directly with customers, like secretaries, people working at front desks, people in touch with clients." Old computers are one of the most popular items to destroy at Break Club. 

"I really enjoyed breaking the keyboard,"  said Natasha, 29, who works in a call centre. "It is about time I had my revenge on it."

The Break Club is the only one of its kind in South America, Dodero says. Similar clubs exist in the U.S., Japan and Spain. Back in 2008, for instance, Sarah Lavely founded Sarah's Smash Shack in San Diego, where customers got to destroy tableware, including wine glasses, dinner plates and vases. 

For more on the relationship between stress and physical health, check out this video from AsapSCIENCE, which investigates the question "Can Stress Actually Kill You?" 

Via Public Radio International

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