Problems with authority August 9, 2008Posted by dorigo in personal, science.
Tags: authority, psychology
I have no problems with authority. Meaning that I do not feel an inferiority complex, or a defensive instinct, when I deal with people who have titles or power which can affect their interaction with me. I however have to acknowledge that it is a very common problem for many people, even intelligent, instructed, realized individuals. Having taken a moment to think at the issue for a minute, I am able to look around and identify the effect rather clearly in the behavior of people around me. So, I wonder where that kind of relational handicap really comes from.
I am no psychologist, but I can understand that there are rather common situations in one’s infancy which bring to the onset of a complex with respect to authoritative persons. For instance, an abusive parent. The abuse may not be a very direct one -not just sexual harassment, for instance. It does not even strictly need to be directed to the individual: it could be aimed at somebody with whom the individual automatically acquires some sort of likening. The effect is often the same. And we all usually take the part of the victim, when we witness an abuse.
However, I wonder if there are factors that ease the onset of such a reaction. Situations where authority is felt like something to fear, maybe. I think I am going to investigate the issue by reading some literature on the topic -I feel ignorant. Maybe I have my own inferiority complexes too. Do you have titles to suggest ? My time budget to read is currently -30%. Oh, but it may soon rise to -20%.