Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill… “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.”

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

 

Mad in America ^ | February 26, 2012 | Bruce Levine

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:47:20 PM by ctdonath2

 

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…

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  1. Gunny G says:

    Reblogged this on GUNNY.G: ARE YA GOOD-N-P!SSED YET, PILGRIM? and commented:

    Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill… “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.”

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