With my boyfriend and his Hell's Kitchen addiction I was doing research on the topic of whether venting decreases anger or if it actually makes you more angry in the long term.
Studies seem to indicate that venting revs up your anger - in essence it makes you more angry -http://www.magicstream.org/venting.html
"participants who did hit the punching bag were significantly more aggressive during the noise blast exercises than those who did not hit the bag."
I've read several studies which come to the same conclusion - that people who hit pillows or hit bags were then tested higher for anger levels vs someone who journaled about what they felt.
What is your thought on stress release?
Certainly I would agree that probably anything is better than just bottling it in and waiting until you explode