Personal Diss

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines personality disorders as "an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it".

That “markedly from the expectations of the culture” protects many individuals from being appropriatedly classified as having a personality disorder. This exclusion results in omission of a large number of individuals whose thinking is characterized by rigid belief systems that involve fixed fantasies or dysfunctional schemata. The inflexibility and pervasiveness of their dogmatic delusions often causes serious personal and social difficulties to others.

This category is intended for the DSM-IV R (Dastardly Stubborn Mean IV Revised) category. I’m calling this cognitive/character/personality disorder Conservative Antisocial Disorder (CAD)

****. CADs are characterized by three or more of the following:

_1. Insistence on believing in fantasies for which there is no evidence in preference to, or exclusion of, realistic explanations for which abundant empirical and experimental evidence exists.

_2. Convinced by emotional propaganda in preference to, or exclusion of, logical arguments.

_3. A marked tendency to quickly turn to lies and/or fallacies of logic and/or unimaginative personal insults and/or violence/threats of violence when faced by any opposing opinion or logical argument.

_4. A firm conviction that use of UPPER CASE makes a claim TRUE.

_5. Discriminatory, moralistic thinking characterized by adherence to unfounded dogma, and manifesting as insistence upon dictating the behaviour of liberal-thinking individuals or nations.

_6. Preference for, or adulation of leaders, including politicians, with patently inferior character or ability.

_7. Slavish willingness to obey the authority of anti-humanitarian, anti-liberal, or anti-science leaders.

_8. Internally inconsistent belief systems; for example, being pro-war and pro-death-penalty while opposing a woman's right to choose abortion.

_9. Tendencies to arrogance, hypocrisy, selfishness, and greed.

Did I miss any?

**** I contemplated the acronym-driven designation "Bigotted Illogical Greed-driven Obsessive T***" but abandoned the idea when I could only think of a single, unacceptable term for the T.

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