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Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

Posted by on May. 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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(Note: Read Bruce Levine’s latest post: Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better?

In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. And when anti-authoritarians assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority—sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.

Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States. One reason could be that many natural anti-authoritarians are now psychopathologized and medicated before they achieve political consciousness of society’s most oppressive authorities.

Why Mental Health Professionals Diagnose Anti-Authoritarians with Mental Illness

Gaining acceptance into graduate school or medical school and achieving a PhD or MD and becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist means jumping through many hoops, all of which require much behavioral and attentional compliance to authorities, even to those authorities that one lacks respect for. The selection and socialization of mental health professionals tends to breed out many anti-authoritarians. Having steered the higher-education terrain for a decade of my life, I know that degrees and credentials are primarily badges of compliance. Those with extended schooling have lived for many years in a world where one routinely conforms to the demands of authorities. Thus for many MDs and PhDs, people different from them who reject this attentional and behavioral compliance appear to be from another world—a diagnosable one.

I have found that most psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals are not only extraordinarily compliant with authorities but also unaware of the magnitude of their obedience. And it also has become clear to me that the anti-authoritarianism of their patients creates enormous anxiety for these professionals, and their anxiety fuels diagnoses and treatments.

In graduate school, I discovered that all it took to be labeled as having “issues with authority” was to not kiss up to a director of clinical training whose personality was a combination of Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Howard Cosell. When I was told by some faculty that I had “issues with authority,” I had mixed feelings about being so labeled. On the one hand, I found it quite amusing, because among the working-class kids whom I had grown up with, I was considered relatively compliant with authorities. After all, I had done my homework, studied, and received good grades. However, while my new “issues with authority” label made me grin because I was now being seen as a “bad boy,” it also very much concerned me about just what kind of a profession that I had entered. Specifically, if somebody such as myself was being labeled with “issues with authority,” what were they calling the kids I grew up with who paid attention to many things that they cared about but didn’t care enough about school to comply there? Well, the answer soon became clear.

Mental Illness Diagnoses for Anti-Authoritarians

A 2009 Psychiatric Times article titled “ADHD & ODD: Confronting the Challenges of Disruptive Behavior” reports that “disruptive disorders,” which include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and opposition defiant disorder (ODD), are the most common mental health problem of children and teenagers. ADHD is defined by poor attention and distractibility, poor self-control and impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ODD is defined as a “a pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior without the more serious violations of the basic rights of others that are seen in conduct disorder”; and ODD symptoms include “often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules” and “often argues with adults.”

Psychologist Russell Barkley, one of mainstream mental health’s leading authorities on ADHD, says that those afflicted with ADHD have deficits in what he calls “rule-governed behavior,” as they are less responsive to rules of established authorities and less sensitive to positive or negative consequences. ODD young people, according to mainstream mental health authorities, also have these so-called deficits in rule-governed behavior, and so it is extremely common for young people to have a “duel diagnosis” of AHDH and ODD.

Do we really want to diagnose and medicate everyone with “deficits in rule-governed behavior”?

Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and had difficulty holding jobs. However, Einstein biographer Ronald Clark (Einstein: The Life and Times) asserts that Albert’s problems did not stem from attention deficits but rather from his hatred of authoritarian, Prussian discipline in his schools. Einstein said, “The teachers in the elementary school appeared to me like sergeants and in the Gymnasium the teachers were like lieutenants.” At age 13, Einstein read Kant’s difficult Critique of Pure Reason—because Albert was interested in it. Clark also tells us Einstein refused to prepare himself for his college admissions as a rebellion against his father’s “unbearable” path of a “practical profession.” After he did enter college, one professor told Einstein, “You have one fault; one can’t tell you anything.” The very characteristics of Einstein that upset authorities so much were exactly the ones that allowed him to excel.

By today’s standards, Saul Alinsky, the legendary organizer and author of Reveille for Radicalsand Rules for Radicals, would have certainly been diagnosed with one or more disruptive disorders. Recalling his childhood, Alinsky said, “I never thought of walking on the grass until I saw a sign saying ‘Keep off the grass.’ Then I would stomp all over it.” Alinsky also recalls a time when he was ten or eleven and his rabbi was tutoring him in Hebrew:

One particular day I read three pages in a row without any errors in pronunciation, and suddenly a penny fell onto the Bible . . . Then the next day the rabbi turned up and he told me to start reading. And I wouldn’t; I just sat there in silence, refusing to read. He asked me why I was so quiet, and I said, “This time it’s a nickel or nothing.” He threw back his arm and slammed me across the room.

Many people with severe anxiety and/or depression are also anti-authoritarians. Often a major pain of their lives that fuels their anxiety and/or depression is fear that their contempt for illegitimate authorities will cause them to be financially and socially marginalized; but they fear that compliance with such illegitimate authorities will cause them existential death.

I have also spent a great deal of time with people who had at one time in their lives had thoughts and behavior that were so bizarre that they were extremely frightening for their families and even themselves; they were diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses, but have fully recovered and have been, for many years, leading productive lives. Among this population, I have not met one person whom I would not consider a major anti-authoritarian. Once recovered, they have learned to channel their anti-authoritarianism into more constructive political ends, including reforming mental health treatment.

Many anti-authoritarians who earlier in their lives were diagnosed with mental illness tell me that once they were labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis, they got caught in a dilemma. Authoritarians, by definition, demand unquestioning obedience, and so any resistance to their diagnosis and treatment created enormous anxiety for authoritarian mental health professionals; and professionals, feeling out of control, labeled them “noncompliant with treatment,” increased the severity of their diagnosis, and jacked up their medications. This was enraging for these anti-authoritarians, sometimes so much so that they reacted in ways that made them appear even more frightening to their families.

There are anti-authoritarians who use psychiatric drugs to help them function, but they often reject psychiatric authorities’ explanations for why they have difficulty functioning. So, for example, they may take Adderall (an amphetamine prescribed for ADHD), but they know that their attentional problem is not a result of a biochemical brain imbalance but rather caused by a boring job. And similarly, many anti-authoritarians in highly stressful environments will occasionally take prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax even though they believe it would be safer to occasionally use marijuana but can’t because of drug testing on their job

It has been my experience that many anti-authoritarians labeled with psychiatric diagnoses usually don’t reject all authorities, simply those they’ve assessed to be illegitimate ones, which just happens to be a great deal of society’s authorities.

Maintaining the Societal Status Quo

Americans have been increasingly socialized to equate inattention, anger, anxiety, and immobilizing despair with a medical condition, and to seek medical treatment rather than political remedies. What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society.

The reality is that depression is highly associated with societal and financial pains. One is much more likely to be depressed if one is unemployed, underemployed, on public assistance, or in debt (for documentation, see “400% Rise in Anti-Depressant Pill Use”). And ADHD labeled kids do pay attention when they are getting paid, or when an activity is novel, interests them, or is chosen by them (documented in my book Commonsense Rebellion).

In an earlier dark age, authoritarian monarchies partnered with authoritarian religious institutions. When the world exited from this dark age and entered the Enlightenment, there was a burst of energy. Much of this revitalization had to do with risking skepticism about authoritarian and corrupt institutions and regaining confidence in one’s own mind. We are now in another dark age, only the institutions have changed. Americans desperately need anti-authoritarians to question, challenge, and resist new illegitimate authorities and regain confidence in their own common sense.

In every generation there will be authoritarians and anti-authoritarians. While it is unusual in American history for anti-authoritarians to take the kind of effective action that inspires others to successfully revolt, every once in a while a Tom Paine, Crazy Horse, or Malcolm X come along. So authoritarians financially marginalize those who buck the system, they criminalize anti-authoritarianism, they psychopathologize anti-authoritarians, and they market drugs for their “cure.”

http://www.madinamerica.com/2012/02/why-anti-authoritarians-are-diagnosed-as-mentally-ill/

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stormcris
by Christy on May. 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

There are some excellent points here.

lancet98
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I don't think there are any excellent points there at all, LOL.   Buncha nutty stuff. 

I used to just laugh at these idiots but with so many actually mentally ill people listening to them instead of getting the health care they need, it's started to get pretty dangerous.  They aren't a laughing matter any more.

And these guys always seem to be out of the picture when it comes to cleaning up the trail of mess, mopping up the guts and blood and all that.

My friend's son listened to one of these jerks.   He was schizophrenic.  He dug both his eyes out with a dinner fork.   She found him when she walked into her kitchen.   There was blood sprayed all over - even on the walls up near the ceiling.

And golly gee, she had to clean it up by herself.   The author of the anti-help books her son read, was mysteriously absent at that point in time.

Another gal I know shot herself in the face with a shotgun after listening to these anti-treatment guys.   She got that bad.   She lived, but she will be in pain the rest of her life.

And the author of the books she read telling her to not get treatment?   He was mysteriously absent when she was in the hospital with the side of her face blown off.

Funny how that works, isn't it.

 

chelsea2007
by Member on May. 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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Quoting lancet98:

I don't think there are any excellent points there at all, LOL.   Buncha nutty stuff. 

I used to just laugh at these idiots but with so many actually mentally ill people listening to them instead of getting the health care they need, it's started to get pretty dangerous.  They aren't a laughing matter any more.

And these guys always seem to be out of the picture when it comes to cleaning up the trail of mess, mopping up the guts and blood and all that.

My friend's son listened to one of these jerks.   He was schizophrenic.  He dug both his eyes out with a dinner fork.   She found him when she walked into her kitchen.   There was blood sprayed all over - even on the walls up near the ceiling.

And golly gee, she had to clean it up by herself.   The author of the anti-help books her son read, was mysteriously absent at that point in time.

Another gal I know shot herself in the face with a shotgun after listening to these anti-treatment guys.   She got that bad.   She lived, but she will be in pain the rest of her life.

And the author of the books she read telling her to not get treatment?   He was mysteriously absent when she was in the hospital with the side of her face blown off.

Funny how that works, isn't it.

 

 I have to completely and adamantlydisagree with you! When I entered Kindergarten in 1994, I was completely aloof among the status quo ABC and 123 learners. I wouldn't sit still in my seat because the classwork of writing my name or a short story about "The House" was something I had been able to do from the age of 3. So I had an in-school evaluation, went to a psychologist, a subsequent psychiatrist, and was taking Ritalin within two weeks. I was the 2nd grader who wrote a "chapter book report" as a dual-dissertation of Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" and sequel "Lasher".  When my IQ was tested at the age of 8 it was 106, by age 14 it was 158.

At the age of 8 I was diagnosed ODD, Major Depressive, and Bipolar, alongside the prior diagnoses of ADHD. At the age of 12 I was taking 10 pills a day, a pshychotropic cocktail that was nearly lethal. Clonidine, Seroquel, Lithium (subsequently Depakote because the "Dr." hadn't bothered to cross-reference the drug against my congenital renal defect), Zoloft, Ambien, and Adderall XR. This is in conjunction with countless antibiotics; Bactrim, Amoxicillin, and Penicillin for the most part and Midrine for the migraines. I was institutionalized for the first time at the age of 6 because of side effects of the Ritalin (every stimulant ADHD medication has a potential for agressive behaviors and mood swings, you know.... Right after the FDA black box label warns of sudden death, cardiac arrest, myocardial eschemia, and stroke in children and adults.)

So you want to take a little overactive kid, with occassional mood swings, and who questions your "authority" , who isn't the status quo, Stepford and Sans, "ideal" child and put them on drugs that cause permanent effects such as; Parkinsonism, Tardive Dyskinesia, Blindness, Leukocytopenia, infertility, lactation not in conjunction with pregnancy, lack of a menstrual cycle or an early onset and overly heavy menstrual cycle, erectile dysfunction, early onset diabetes, osteoporosis, migraines, solmnolence with graphic nightmares or severe insomnia, hypoglycemia, liver failure, liver enlargement, vomitting or urination of blood, incontinence, URI and UTI's, leukocytopenia, and an overall lowered immune system functioning?

And don't take my word for it! Look up the drugs for each disorder and the side effects of each. They may be said to be "rare" in clinical trials but have since been labeled worthy of black box warnings (the highest precautionary warning given by the FDA. I league with chemotherapy, antiretrovirals, and Warfarin) due to the severe effects being seen across the board in patients taking them.

And the DSM-II criteria for a diagnosis is supposed to be fit for children no younger than 7 but look up articles on the 1-6 year olds taking these medications for ADHD, ODD, Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.... Look up the rates at which children diagnosed with primary ADHD are then diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders that "require" medication and behavioral modification therapies. It's all about drugging children for profit and I wouldn't be suprised if the changes in the brain chemistry from the drugs (that they know nothing about in terms developing brains and the long-term prognosis/effects) is what caused the aforementioned incidents. These are legal methamphetamines and addictive, hormonally, and chemically altering medications being given to children at key points in their biochemical developments.

 

And the funny thing about the DSM-II criteria for diagnosing children and adults is that there are NO biophysiological tests that can prove or disprove these disorders! You can't hand me a brain scan, lab exams, cellular diagnostic exams, et al as proof that a person does or doesn't have "X" disorder. It was voted on by a panel of "esteemed phsychiatric professionals" and has been used to gain Kickbacks, Big Pharma profits, grants for schools, and exploit the Medicaid/Medicare systems. There is also extensive nationwide (and worldwide) abuses of children in institutionalized "care". Centers that are basically forced labor and rape facilities, manufacturers of child pornography, or torture facilities for children who have a psychiatric disorder. Look up Straight Inc. New Bethany, a few articles are circling about Upham Hall/Hannah Neil now Starr Commonwealth with allegations of rape, seclusion, and brainwashing vs behavioral modification. My fellow survivors and I are making sure the world knows that this industry is Bullshit, Fraudulent, and Abusive unto the point of maiming and murdering thousands of children across America for the last 30 years.

You want truth? Look it up for yourself vs drinking the proverbial Koolaide spewed by the man or woman behind the desk making a fortune off of the sufferings of others.

lancet98
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM


You had both menstrual problems and erectile dysfunction?

Most of what you're saying about psychiatry and the dsm is baloney.

Most of the psychiatrists I know spend about half their time attempting to prove to parents that their kids DON'T have adhd...LOL.

None of the psychiatrists I've ever worked for have ever been eager beavers about prescribing ANYTHING to children.  

Quoting chelsea2007:

 

Quoting lancet98:

I don't think there are any excellent points there at all, LOL.   Buncha nutty stuff. 

I used to just laugh at these idiots but with so many actually mentally ill people listening to them instead of getting the health care they need, it's started to get pretty dangerous.  They aren't a laughing matter any more.

And these guys always seem to be out of the picture when it comes to cleaning up the trail of mess, mopping up the guts and blood and all that.

My friend's son listened to one of these jerks.   He was schizophrenic.  He dug both his eyes out with a dinner fork.   She found him when she walked into her kitchen.   There was blood sprayed all over - even on the walls up near the ceiling.

And golly gee, she had to clean it up by herself.   The author of the anti-help books her son read, was mysteriously absent at that point in time.

Another gal I know shot herself in the face with a shotgun after listening to these anti-treatment guys.   She got that bad.   She lived, but she will be in pain the rest of her life.

And the author of the books she read telling her to not get treatment?   He was mysteriously absent when she was in the hospital with the side of her face blown off.

Funny how that works, isn't it.


 I have to completely and adamantlydisagree with you! When I entered Kindergarten in 1994, I was completely aloof among the status quo ABC and 123 learners. I wouldn't sit still in my seat because the classwork of writing my name or a short story about "The House" was something I had been able to do from the age of 3. So I had an in-school evaluation, went to a psychologist, a subsequent psychiatrist, and was taking Ritalin within two weeks. I was the 2nd grader who wrote a "chapter book report" as a dual-dissertation of Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" and sequel "Lasher".  

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM
Wow. Biggest load of nonsense he could have possibly come up with.
stormcris
by Christy on May. 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I do not necessarily agree with the idea of not medicating. However, medicating does not reduce an underlying personality of anti-authoritarian. They will still go up against people. I think there are children and adults who because they challenge the established system get called freaks and nuts and even retarded and labeled as mentally deficient because they cannot follow this prescribed set of rules that society has set up.

Quoting lancet98:

I don't think there are any excellent points there at all, LOL.   Buncha nutty stuff. 

I used to just laugh at these idiots but with so many actually mentally ill people listening to them instead of getting the health care they need, it's started to get pretty dangerous.  They aren't a laughing matter any more.

And these guys always seem to be out of the picture when it comes to cleaning up the trail of mess, mopping up the guts and blood and all that.

My friend's son listened to one of these jerks.   He was schizophrenic.  He dug both his eyes out with a dinner fork.   She found him when she walked into her kitchen.   There was blood sprayed all over - even on the walls up near the ceiling.

And golly gee, she had to clean it up by herself.   The author of the anti-help books her son read, was mysteriously absent at that point in time.

Another gal I know shot herself in the face with a shotgun after listening to these anti-treatment guys.   She got that bad.   She lived, but she will be in pain the rest of her life.

And the author of the books she read telling her to not get treatment?   He was mysteriously absent when she was in the hospital with the side of her face blown off.

Funny how that works, isn't it.



jllcali
by Jane on May. 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM
I am not trying to be mean, I don't know any other way to put this. It is hard to take you seriously when all your responses are coming across as very manic. I hope you have access to the help you need.

Quoting chelsea2007:

 


Quoting lancet98:


I don't think there are any excellent points there at all, LOL.   Buncha nutty stuff. 


I used to just laugh at these idiots but with so many actually mentally ill people listening to them instead of getting the health care they need, it's started to get pretty dangerous.  They aren't a laughing matter any more.


And these guys always seem to be out of the picture when it comes to cleaning up the trail of mess, mopping up the guts and blood and all that.


My friend's son listened to one of these jerks.   He was schizophrenic.  He dug both his eyes out with a dinner fork.   She found him when she walked into her kitchen.   There was blood sprayed all over - even on the walls up near the ceiling.


And golly gee, she had to clean it up by herself.   The author of the anti-help books her son read, was mysteriously absent at that point in time.


Another gal I know shot herself in the face with a shotgun after listening to these anti-treatment guys.   She got that bad.   She lived, but she will be in pain the rest of her life.


And the author of the books she read telling her to not get treatment?   He was mysteriously absent when she was in the hospital with the side of her face blown off.


Funny how that works, isn't it.


 


 I have to completely and adamantlydisagree with you! When I entered Kindergarten in 1994, I was completely aloof among the status quo ABC and 123 learners. I wouldn't sit still in my seat because the classwork of writing my name or a short story about "The House" was something I had been able to do from the age of 3. So I had an in-school evaluation, went to a psychologist, a subsequent psychiatrist, and was taking Ritalin within two weeks. I was the 2nd grader who wrote a "chapter book report" as a dual-dissertation of Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" and sequel "Lasher".  When my IQ was tested at the age of 8 it was 106, by age 14 it was 158.


At the age of 8 I was diagnosed ODD, Major Depressive, and Bipolar, alongside the prior diagnoses of ADHD. At the age of 12 I was taking 10 pills a day, a pshychotropic cocktail that was nearly lethal. Clonidine, Seroquel, Lithium (subsequently Depakote because the "Dr." hadn't bothered to cross-reference the drug against my congenital renal defect), Zoloft, Ambien, and Adderall XR. This is in conjunction with countless antibiotics; Bactrim, Amoxicillin, and Penicillin for the most part and Midrine for the migraines. I was institutionalized for the first time at the age of 6 because of side effects of the Ritalin (every stimulant ADHD medication has a potential for agressive behaviors and mood swings, you know.... Right after the FDA black box label warns of sudden death, cardiac arrest, myocardial eschemia, and stroke in children and adults.)


So you want to take a little overactive kid, with occassional mood swings, and who questions your "authority" , who isn't the status quo, Stepford and Sans, "ideal" child and put them on drugs that cause permanent effects such as; Parkinsonism, Tardive Dyskinesia, Blindness, Leukocytopenia, infertility, lactation not in conjunction with pregnancy, lack of a menstrual cycle or an early onset and overly heavy menstrual cycle, erectile dysfunction, early onset diabetes, osteoporosis, migraines, solmnolence with graphic nightmares or severe insomnia, hypoglycemia, liver failure, liver enlargement, vomitting or urination of blood, incontinence, URI and UTI's, leukocytopenia, and an overall lowered immune system functioning?


And don't take my word for it! Look up the drugs for each disorder and the side effects of each. They may be said to be "rare" in clinical trials but have since been labeled worthy of black box warnings (the highest precautionary warning given by the FDA. I league with chemotherapy, antiretrovirals, and Warfarin) due to the severe effects being seen across the board in patients taking them.


And the DSM-II criteria for a diagnosis is supposed to be fit for children no younger than 7 but look up articles on the 1-6 year olds taking these medications for ADHD, ODD, Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.... Look up the rates at which children diagnosed with primary ADHD are then diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders that "require" medication and behavioral modification therapies. It's all about drugging children for profit and I wouldn't be suprised if the changes in the brain chemistry from the drugs (that they know nothing about in terms developing brains and the long-term prognosis/effects) is what caused the aforementioned incidents. These are legal methamphetamines and addictive, hormonally, and chemically altering medications being given to children at key points in their biochemical developments.


 


And the funny thing about the DSM-II criteria for diagnosing children and adults is that there are NO biophysiological tests that can prove or disprove these disorders! You can't hand me a brain scan, lab exams, cellular diagnostic exams, et al as proof that a person does or doesn't have "X" disorder. It was voted on by a panel of "esteemed phsychiatric professionals" and has been used to gain Kickbacks, Big Pharma profits, grants for schools, and exploit the Medicaid/Medicare systems. There is also extensive nationwide (and worldwide) abuses of children in institutionalized "care". Centers that are basically forced labor and rape facilities, manufacturers of child pornography, or torture facilities for children who have a psychiatric disorder. Look up Straight Inc. New Bethany, a few articles are circling about Upham Hall/Hannah Neil now Starr Commonwealth with allegations of rape, seclusion, and brainwashing vs behavioral modification. My fellow survivors and I are making sure the world knows that this industry is Bullshit, Fraudulent, and Abusive unto the point of maiming and murdering thousands of children across America for the last 30 years.


You want truth? Look it up for yourself vs drinking the proverbial Koolaide spewed by the man or woman behind the desk making a fortune off of the sufferings of others.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I absolutely agree with this report.  I have been saying it for years.  We are a tamed society when we need to be encouraging dissent and questions.  Given long enough all our outrage and natural reactions to question authority will be bred out

lga1965
by on May. 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

 This is really interesting! Thanks for posting it.

Here's what I got from it. An example:

The people who argue and don't respect teachers are anti authoritarian,right? I have said in the past that I always was quiet and respectful and didn't argue with my teachers when I was a kid. As a result, I was called a "doormat" and told that I shouldn't behave, that I should fight back and tell the teacher that they are wrong or tell the teacher that I didn't want to follow orders.

I see myself as respecting authority . I see the people who called me a "doormat" as difficult people who are anti authority.

Is that what this post is saying?

lga1965
by on May. 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

 

Quoting snookyfritz:

I absolutely agree with this report.  I have been saying it for years.  We are a tamed society when we need to be encouraging dissent and questions.  Given long enough all our outrage and natural reactions to question authority will be bred out

 So, you are "anti-authority" ?

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