By Anthony Savonarota
Toronto is now the exclusive Canadian outlet for what's known as a ‘Rage Room’. Rage Room participants order or bring in items, and with provided weapons of choice wreck as much havoc as they can.
For an activity completely committed to amplifying our dark side, the place is ironically as comfortable as can be. The location is fully air conditioned, change rooms are provided and equipped with individual lockers, and there is free wifi throughout the entire facility.
Paying to vent your anger may be new, but the ordering process works very much like a restaurant. For first timers, the standard package will likely do. However, those with larger appetites can even add more items as either packages or individual pieces. Battlesports retrieves all items to be destroyed from recycling plants, landfills, or individual donations. The only heating that happens is not released into the planet, just released from you!
It may be one of the newest therapeutic phenomena tapped into. As Mr. Cheung, the owner of Toronto’s Rage Room, pointed out in an interview with The Guardian that there may be some psychological reasoning as to why the rage room is starting to become routine for many Torontonians:
“You are told your whole life not to break things, but the Rage Room goes against it. It can’t help but be cathartic.”
Most of us have broken an object at some point in our lives, whether unintentionally or in a moment of (you guessed it) crusading anger. However, it is very rare that we have ever broken things in a way that is completely intentional, safe to do so, and without consequences. What I am suggesting is maybe it is just as important to find a viable, peaceful alternative of releasing rage.