But as cathartic as destroying a refrigerator may be, it may not be good for you.
According to Dr. Nelly Alia-Klein of the Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai in New York City, smashing things to exhibit anger or to display physical abilities is counterproductive in the modern world. “The police will be called on you. You will lose you job. Your wife will hate you. Your children will be afraid. The dog won't wag its tail anymore," Alia-Klein told Healthline.
And while it may seem that throwing tantrums in a controlled environment gets around these negative consequences, there's a problem: By destroying things when a certain situation makes you angry, you're training your brain to go into "destroy mode" every time you feel that way.
“The types of behaviors you engage in over long periods of time ... are the types of things that train your brain,” said Alia-Klein, a psychiatrist who specializes in aggression and intermittent explosive disorder. “If you think of yourself as the owner of your brain—this amazing thing that can change—you need to nourish it with positive, proactive things.