QUOTE(Somey @ Mon 16th June 2008, 6:52am)
As for me, well, I'm just anti-everything, I guess!
Anarchist. Clinically that can also be depression. Been there.
Problem: are depressed people seeing the world more or less clearly than "mentally healthy optimistic people"? 30 years ago, there was this "reality therapy" movement for depression talk-therapy, which assumed that depressed people were not as rational. That therapy wasn't notably effective except for people so depressed that they were completely delusional and paranoid. It turned out that when people got over their depression by other means, they naturally reasserted all the mild and harmless delusions about stuff that keep us all from being paralyzed by perceived inability to change anything.
There's some evidence that mildy depressed and cynical people are in closer contact with reality, as measured objectively by their interpretation of social situations presented to them in controlled trials. It takes a certain amount of self-delusion, apparently, to get anything worthwhile done.
Which is why so many of the world's mover and shakers do their thing when they are edging into a cycle of mania.
Sometimes it's best not to think of any of this. This post has been edited by Milton Roe: Tue 17th June 2008, 6:04am