October 10, 2016

Adelphi Psychology Professor Says Axing Your Past Has Benefits

by Amanda Hayman '17

The New York Post recently reported on the “ax your past” party trend in New Jersey. Party-goers can literally bury the hatchet by throwing axes at a bulls-eye or at a photo of their former partners at Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown, New Jersey.

photo credit: New York Post

photo credit: New York Post

Deborah Serani, Psy.D, adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and author of Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide, commented on the popularity of these parties.

“This is something that could have some benefits,” Serani said. “Its constructive deconstruction. It’s a way to take excess energy that may be agitating you and use it in a productive way. As long as it’s all in fun, I don’t see anything wrong with it.”

Serani also added, “I imagine it would be extremely satisfying.”

 Read the full New York Post article.


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