PsychCentral – Feel Like Venting to a Complete Stranger? Try

January 3, 2013


There’s no question about it — airing a complaint and getting it off of your chest can be relieving. Letting a secret or a complaint sit inside of us can hurt.

The word “vent” calls forth images of air, smoke, or steam escaping through an opening from a confined area — like carbonation from a soda bottle.  It’s no surprise, then, that we describe ourselves as feeling “bottled up” when we’ve got something major to vent.

And now there’s a new way to do it online at

BLAH Therapy’s premise is simple — it’s a chat website designed to let you twist that proverbial soda bottle lid anonymously and seek a release of pent-up steam.  Once you arrive at the site, you’re prompted to play the role of either “Venter” or “Listener”.  As a Venter, you’re given the floor to talk about anything that needs to be released from your mind. As a Listener, your job is to, well, listen.


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