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Why Do We Take Our Anger Out on Machines?

By: HopesandFears.com

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You have to print 100 pages for an important meeting in 5 minutes and the printer just jammed. Your computer just froze and you didn’t save your Photoshop creation within the last hour. We’ve all been there and we’ve all had a similar reaction; to release a string of expletives and then to probably start hitting the source of your frustration. You shake your laptop, bang your printer, hit an old television set. We’ve all done it, but why? Do we simply want to take our anger out on defenseless things?

Or do we think that these actions will actually fix them? This primitive method of repair even has a name: percussive maintenance. We asked experts why we take our anger out on machines and whether you can actually fix your computer/printer/television/car/radio with a good old slap.

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