Paranoia/Suspicious of Authority Figures

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16 Oct 2007, 10:16 pm

Do you think Aspies who stand out because they are "different" are more suspicious of people in authority such as campus security officers, police, instructors, administrative officials in college, or others? Would you be reluctant to trust these people or "open up" to them because you have a gut feeling that they somehow have a hidden agenda they are not letting you know about?


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16 Oct 2007, 11:21 pm

I've always hated authority. In elementary school, I was the rebel who always did what I wanted no matter what the teachers or others said. I'm not quite that bad now, but I'm still essentially the same.

I doubt whether I could trust any authority figure, especially when the above has been combined with being treated badly by teachers and others.



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17 Oct 2007, 10:37 am

It's perfectly reasonable to be paranoid of authority figures. When they claim to be "acting in your best interests", they're often making you miserable in the process. What's even worse, sometimes they're aware of that, and get a kick out of such a power trip. In fact, at one point when I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher or a police officer, because of the misery I suffered at the hands of authority figures.



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17 Oct 2007, 12:44 pm

I went through a faze where I was terrified of authority figures. I felt like thye could ruin my life, take away my freedom, take away my dignity, do anything. I really don't know how o explain why right now. Because hey might see something in me that's social anxiety, and they, like the retard kids in the playground, prey on that, supposedly with a better excuse.



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17 Oct 2007, 1:09 pm

Truth is, a lot of people pursue "authority figure" as a lifetime vocation, simply BECAUSE they have a dysfunctional need to control, and "suspicion" is simply "self preservation" spelled a different way.

But keep an open mind...

It was the Police in UK who protected me, justly, but with a LOT of rulebending, from both the family from hell and the UK social services at various times between the early 70s and early 80s.

It is a politician now who is my last resort in desperation, simply because he has a personal friend (not child) with As and "gets" us without being lobbied for 6 months.

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PS, Just for balance, the person most likely to next stick a knife in my back is a "fellow aspie" who wants to "help people", nothing is EVER quite what it seems in this life...



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17 Oct 2007, 2:17 pm

I dislike authoritarian bureaucrats who go by the book and have no sympathy.



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17 Oct 2007, 3:56 pm

I've always been somewhat paranoid about authority figures. Especially police and government officials.

The other night I was cleaning one of my banks, and the alarm went off because there's something wrong with the security system. Someone called the cops, and when they came they were cool but they had to take down my information just for "their records" or whatever. It freaked me out. When he finally asked me for my address I'm like "yeah, this is making me uncomfortable". But of course I comply.

It mostly began when I started going into psych. wards when I was younger and got insanely freaked out by the mass amounts of information they already had on me before I'd even said a word to them. To see a file all about you, a half foot thick... just makes me nauseous.

I'm a cop magnet though. I tend to look at cops weird, or start walking away when I see one driving by, and because of that they think I'm up to something and stop and ask me for my info because "there's a missing girl with blond hair, short white skirt, black shirt, and lip rings missing". BS.


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17 Oct 2007, 4:33 pm

Yes I am quite paranoid about authority figures... I can understand why so many aspies fit into the 'resistant' group...


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17 Oct 2007, 5:33 pm

You're not alone.

I've been scared of police for years. Well, not so much scared, but when they're around, ya know, I'd be very cautious, do exactly everything they say, and dare not tell a lie, that sort of thing.