Or maybe it's the opposite.
I think we all like to consider ourselves rebels deep down. Certainly, anyone who's ever had a shitty wage-slave job (and I've had plenty) knows how much people love to bitch about their bosses.
Anyway, this is an interesting piece by a Bruce Levine, a psychologist, about anti-authoritarian people being overly diagnosed as crazy (to use the technical term).
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.There's certainly could be something to the idea that people who spend the first thirty years of their lives jumping through academic hoops might be self-selected to view anti-authoritarianism as aberrant behavior.
The author goes on to say that in his experience people with real symptoms of schizophrenia and other psychoses are never anti-authoritarian.
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.I think it's interesting that many of the people in the paleo-ish sphere also are libertarian which is a pretty anti-authoritarian political creed. There's certainly an anti-authoritarian aspect to dumping the conventional wisdom that is still so prevalent in the mainstream, ohmigod that stuff will clog your arteries!!!
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.
I would go on a long rant about how people need to think for themselves but I would even bore myself with it. Some folks can manage it, the majority prefer to be sheep even if they think their boss is a jerk (and he or she probably is). Perhaps I'm conflating anti-authoritarianism with independent thinking.