Why Anti-Authoritarians Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

tia_2232234bPsychologist Bruce Levine shares his thoughts on why people with anti-authoritarian tendencies are at risk for being diagnosed as mentally ill. Good reading, especially if you’ve been told you have a “bad attitude” or “have a problem with authority figures”.

Via Mad in America:

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.

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21 Comments on "Why Anti-Authoritarians Are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill"

  1. Culls in the human domestication program, imo.

    • ah
      the prodigal wraith reference
      indeed we see many cullings
      i wonder
      would anyone care to remind us how this stuff Isn’t Nazi Germany’s doppelzeit gang? all i hear is Alucard laughing. it isn’t menacing at all. Patch the Pirate is menacing.

      shall we remind us without it being merely semantics and syntax and meaningless relativity, of course?

      oh, and if it being that which is not posturing were at once both authoritarian and mentally ill
      anti-authoritarian and not mentally ill
      then i’m sure we would see the propaganda officers spring up like weeds under the troll bridge
      and begin to play pretend with their imaginary data
      and assumptions that it’s not an extension fallacy

      how do the female wraith so eloquently put it?

      “this one makes you grow unverifiably! ha ha, hahahahahahaha”
      big tittied police girl has some rage that needs targets…

  2. emperorreagan | May 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm |

    All of my favorite early moments of school are all based on defying authority – writing lines (“I won’t throw rocks at other kids”), being told I had to stay inside for recess and running outside anyway, figuring out the asshole coach couldn’t leave until I finished my laps and he couldn’t do anything if I walked them as slowly as possible…

    • Anarchy Pony | May 11, 2013 at 3:14 am |

      I learned that authority wasn’t self justified in second grade, thanks to a ridiculously and unnecessarily autocratic teacher.

  3. Somewhere along the way, I developed Malicious Compliance into a high art.

  4. It raises the question of just what form does “healthy” development within a cripplingly neurotic society take.

    • Anarchy Pony | May 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm |

      The kind where you do what you’re told with a smile on your face and a hearty “Yes, Sir!”

    • There is no such thing and healthy development in a cripplingly neurotic society.

  5. “…[people 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.”

    In other words, those that shatter standard rules of behaviorism must be broken. An interesting exercise in maintaining standards by pathologizing the error.

    • not to mention it’s neither valid nor sound

      as their behavioral tautology, a gavel’s handle, the statement is equivalent to “anyone who does not abide ultimatum [sic] is an enemy of the state”
      it’s a confession, not a rule
      it’s a Red Handed Card
      it’s an illegal application (program; legislative, judicial, executive) of undue influence, intimidation or coercion (often classified as interrogation), religious suppression, etc.

      let’s stop condoning people and not let them seek condonation in any way. if they vicariously seek it through you it is your lawful honor to do as you will. castigate by damage whoever says that sort of shit with psionic feedback. yes, it’s like Shunning. MAKE IT HURT.

      as it turns out, it’s their denial of their own unethical actions that indicates their guilt and their causal connection to whatever it is they are attempting to label with ‘ADHD’ etc.

      in an analogy of chicken farmers,
      no screw it
      just shoot the damn fox.

      at which point i obviate ‘their’ fallacy
      for if these are rules of established authorities
      and if it is the case that ‘they’ positively desire that no one obey
      then they are again guilty of causing ‘ADHD’
      at which point they’d slither back onto the ‘good’ side

      if you read this and know what i’m saying

      the Greek story of castrations? yeah. that.

      • don’t scathe my ghosts with that feedback

        • an excellent ethical point of vexation, an entire class to unfold i do believe. i have considered the maxim herein sir and shall continue to do what i can to see that our ghosts are not scathed. it’s like not being able to knock over an idol to save the people because they’re standing in its would-be-wake and don’t ‘believe’ it would fall on them, (sometimes) yes? obelisks as weapons … now there’s a video game or book idea …

    • BuzzCoastin | May 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm |

      when I was a kid ADD was called daydreaming
      when daydreaming became ADHD the study of psychology jumped the shark
      the psyche professionals are now pimps for Big Pharma
      which is primarily what that shit is about

      • As well, inherent metaphysical talents in very young children can manifest as “daydreaming”. When I was a kid there was no medication for this, just your father or mother snapping at you to quit daydreaming, or staring off into space, and to start paying attention.

        Since the parent did not have any clue as to what, if anything, the offending child was paying attention to, this would seem to be an off the cuff judgement the parent was not qualified to make, although it was done with the best intentions from the parents viewpoint..

        Invisible childhood friends, many of us had them, many not, would also fall into the same category. Is it possible that some of these invisible friends were indeed real, but not of this plane. And yet, the parents of my day were quick to explain to the child that their invisible friend was a figment of their imagination.

        The arrogance with which such parents delivered such admonishments and conditioning came from a true and innocent ignorance, therefore such behavior can be excused to some degree, but it was still an unknowing effort to coral the youngster into the materialism that some of us today see as a dead end. Perhaps if this unwitting conditioning hadn’t been performed we would be in a somewhat better position today.

        We might not even be drugging our youth into a stupor today. Of course this last is speculation, but…

        • Leeroy Jenkins and the search for Sarah Kerrigan

        • BuzzCoastin | May 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |

          when they asked me to drug my unruly children
          I told them Nancy had told me to “Just say no.”

          most parents willingly complied
          just as they were programed to

          • They never tried to drug mine, thank god. She went through school right before that craze started.

  6. Chaos_Dynamics | May 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

    Capitalistic consumerism cannot comport with consciousness thus leading to a chemocratic corporatocracy.

    Combined with all agencies inclined to the system such as entertainment, government, religious, news, pharmaceutical, health care, food production, insurance, petro-chemical, military, law, and more, it is an amazing interconnected amalgam of mechanisms frame-working slavery, manipulation, exploitation and domination of the most contemporary modernistic kind yet with roots eons in the making.

    “In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind”.

    Edward Bernays – Propaganda, 1928

    • “Although any given solution to such a problem can be verified quickly,
      there is no known efficient way to locate a solution in the first place;
      indeed, the most notable characteristic of NP-complete problems is that
      no fast solution to them is known. That is, the time required to solve
      the problem using any currently known algorithm
      increases very quickly as the size of the problem grows. This means
      that the time required to solve even moderately sized versions of many
      of these problems can easily reach into the billions or trillions of
      years, using any amount of computing power available today. As a
      consequence, determining whether or not it is possible to solve these
      problems quickly, called the P versus NP problem, is one of the principal unsolved problems in computer science today.” (WIKI)

  7. donaldiii | May 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    If your mind cannot be controlled and sub-dued, you are a threat to the establishments status quo that is why.

    All battles are conceived and won in the mind first. Control someones mind, game over for independent thought.

  8. Dingbert | May 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    Quack. This guy is a psychologist and never administered an MMPI?
    Authoritarian statements are a symptom of many mental illnesses–including the ones he mentioned in the article. Perhaps it’s that those who have authoritarian impulses as individuals are actually dysfunctional within authoritarian structures? Like the people he listed as examples?

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