July 28, 2013

Question Authority

Thirteen Rules for Dealing with Sociopaths in Everyday Life:

4. Question authority. Once again—trust your own instincts and anxieties, especially those concerning people who claim that dominating others, violence, war, or some other violation of your conscience is the grand solution to some problem. Do this even when, or especially when, everyone around you has completely stopped questioning authority. Recite to yourself what Stanley Milgram taught us about obedience: At least six out of ten people will blindly obey to the bitter end an official-looking authority in their midst. The good news is that having social support makes people somewhat more likely to challenge authority. Encourage those around you to question, too.

H/T: Martha Stout of The Sociopath Next Door

Photo Credit: Mimi and Eunice

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