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When You Can’t Trust Your Elders: Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Interesting but it is also worth considering, and you might agree there are some types of authoritarianism against which it can be positive to oppose. I am thinking particularly of the work in this area by the eminent psychoanalyst, David Mitchell.

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I was an extremely difficult kid.

You can chalk most of it up to genetics, since I can’t really recall a time when I was calm. I struggled with sleeping until I was in my mid twenties. I couldn’t tolerate rejection until my thirties. And I still can’t stand making minor mistakes. With that said, I always believed I had good reasons for distrusting authority figures; I always saw through the bullshit. Oppositional Defiant Disorder is the most common diagnosis, outside of ADHD, given to adolescent and teenage boys. It’s defined by vindictiveness, a strong distrust of authority figures, persistent irritability, the chronic pattern of arguing with adults, refusing to comply with rules, and failing to take accountability for one’s own actions. Many people struggle to understand why these kids act against their own interest.

In school, I hated most of my teachers and peers. And, at home, I hated…

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