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Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill
Mad in America ^ | February 26, 2012 | Bruce Levine

Posted on 05/08/2013 10:47:20 AM PDT 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 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at madinamerica.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: communism
Now take all that in context of the latest push to actively disarm those labeled as "mentally ill", and the broad history of communistic countries using that label as a means to destroy their opposition.
1 posted on 05/08/2013 10:47:20 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: ctdonath2

I like where this article is going so far. Bump for later.


2 posted on 05/08/2013 11:01:01 AM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: ctdonath2

Mentally ill is now defined as anyone who opposes the government’s rolling over our rights.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 11:02:29 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: ctdonath2

My friends from former Soviet Republics told me that you had to pass a psychiatric exam for a driver’s license. It was also common knowledge that anyone who complained could be diagnosed as mentally disturbed because how could anyone be unhappy in a “workers paradise”, unless they were mentally disturbed.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 11:07:07 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: ctdonath2

Whatever happened to the old ‘60s bumper sticker, “Question Authority”? You’d think that’d be the motto of the hippies and stoners in charge now.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 11:12:08 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: I want the USA back

Or how about someone who simply just can’t force his/herself to believe reality as defined by Hollywood and politicians.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 11:12:24 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: ctdonath2

I am continually surprised at the many “illnesses” which now require an anti-depressant.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 11:19:39 AM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
Whatever happened to the old ‘60s bumper sticker, “Question Authority”? You’d think that’d be the motto of the hippies and stoners in charge now.

You answered your own question.

8 posted on 05/08/2013 11:21:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ctdonath2
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.

Excellent analysis.

9 posted on 05/08/2013 11:22:24 AM PDT by Valpal1
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To: ctdonath2

So if people who are not immediately compliant with authority are ‘mentally ill’ then what about people who ARE immediately compliant with authority...like say the guards at the Nazi death camps?

Hmmmm?


10 posted on 05/08/2013 11:26:44 AM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: ctdonath2

Wait till the Dems come back into power, pass laws declaring Republicans mentally ill, then begin to confiscate their guns. Can’t have Republican kooks with guns now, can we?


11 posted on 05/08/2013 11:27:09 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
"Whatever happened to the old ‘60s bumper sticker, “Question Authority”?"

You don't need to go back that far, during the last administration the liberal mantra was "dissent is patriotic".

12 posted on 05/08/2013 11:29:53 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: ctdonath2
... Saul Alinsky, the legendary organizer and author...

Uhm, "legendary"?

13 posted on 05/08/2013 11:31:24 AM PDT by AndyTheBear
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14 posted on 05/08/2013 11:34:48 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: ctdonath2

I think after 50the years I have been diagnosed and it didn’t cost a dime.


15 posted on 05/08/2013 11:40:47 AM PDT by DeWalt
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To: ctdonath2; Travis McGee; Jim Robinson

I respect people that give me a reason to respect them. Guys like Jim Rob and Matt, they’re doing a lot for this country; can’t imagine the extent of the things Matt does for us, and Jim for having created this website to connect like-minded people all over the world.

I respect Ted Cruz for so quickly and steadfastly taking a stand in favor of individual rights.

Someone I do not respect, is someone like Obama, who is doing everything he possibly can, both visibly and invisibly, to take down this country, from all sides.

Does that make me an anti-authoritarian? I suppose so. Would I be diagnosed as mentally ill? Most likely, but I have a few more problems going against me. I’m probably on a couple of government lists, but I don’t really care.


16 posted on 05/08/2013 11:46:53 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: circlecity

Didn’t Hillary! pitch a hissy fit when she thought that people were questioning her patriotism. Rush played it quite often on his show.


17 posted on 05/08/2013 12:08:58 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: ctdonath2

The most popular defense/survival mechanism for tyranny is contact avoidance. It’s not 100% effective but they can’t send everybody to the gulag.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 12:14:09 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Yesterday’s Authority Questioners have now changed their slogan to be “Question Authority Questioners”. It’s just another variant of “Some animals are more equal than others”


19 posted on 05/08/2013 12:22:07 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: Valpal1
“When the world exited from this dark age and entered the Enlightenment, there was a burst of energy.”

As analysis it's a bit convenient. The Church was present bringing Knowledge and Science through the ACTUAL Dark Ages and was present and functioning through the Enlightenment as well to the present day. When the Church went from a “dead” guy and a few Apostles to an institution of vast social power ( a VERY telling feat) it was invaded by the same evil that the US Gov’t has been invaded by: ie those who live to tell others how they must live. They are ALWAYS attracted to power. How ever much they were into the Church they never defined it. They are more free in the US Gov’t as there is only a constitution to twist to their ends...and, ah, well, where they ARE god.

20 posted on 05/08/2013 1:21:46 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: wastedyears

Screwemall. Nobody lives forever. We were handed a legacy of freedom on a platter, all we have to do is not let it fall into the dirt. I never thought I’d make it this far, I’m way into bonus years. Come and get me, statist tyrants.


21 posted on 05/08/2013 2:31:33 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Auntie Dem

Brilliance in two lines.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 2:32:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ctdonath2

i taught all my children to question authority, and to think for themselves...

they have gotten into trouble with the so called school authorities and even the local police..

if they were disrespectful, or had gone out of there way to violate rules, i would kick their little asses...

but, if they confronted the system, were correct in their assessment, and were completely respectful to those accusing them, I backed them 100%

if you have children of school age attending public schools, and you choose to follow this doctrine, here is your warning..

your children will pay a price for refusing to submit to tyranny.. and you will pay the price also..

but, you will also find a clear consience in the fact that when confronted, you can just plain shut them up in a respectful way, and that will put the socialists in charge a warning that they need to keep things in line when dealing with you and your children..

if you choose this option, life for you will not be easy as you will be challenged at every turn you or your children make..

but, you will also gain the respect of those that oppose you, and they will simply pass you up to pick on someone with less, shall we say, testoclular fortitude...


23 posted on 05/08/2013 3:17:03 PM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
Whatever happened to the old ‘60s bumper sticker, “Question Authority”?

Now that THEY are the authorities, questioning is forbidden.

24 posted on 05/08/2013 3:23:38 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: ctdonath2

“Ignore Alien Orders”


25 posted on 05/08/2013 6:48:35 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: ctdonath2

Pfl


26 posted on 05/08/2013 9:02:51 PM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: ctdonath2
"oppositional defiant disorder"

Disorder? I'm searching for order in being anti-authoritarian.

27 posted on 05/08/2013 9:05:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Theophilus
"The most popular defense/survival mechanism for tyranny is contact avoidance."

Virtual Galtism.

28 posted on 05/08/2013 9:08:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ctdonath2

remember when dissent was patriotic?

lol


29 posted on 05/08/2013 9:10:03 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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