Internal vs External Authority
Maybe it's those who have not experienced nourishing environments, who have experienced abuse at the hands of authority figures, they are the ones who recognize deception and abuse even when it is dressed up with inane soft language such as safe and effective, because it is always for your own good or it is always your fault.
Also, there must be a personality trait differentiating those willing to bully, coerce, discriminate with novel official dictates and those who respect personal freedoms
Bravo! A really excellent article, Dr. Perlman! The C-19 fiasco has brought sharply into focus the primacy of what one might call 'automatic behavior'. The Nuremberg defense, that "I was just following orders" was disallowed, but it's the fundamental principle of social coherence! The larger the organization the less its authority can be challenged. Carl Jung accordingly spoke of 'the monstrosity that every large organization in fact is'. We have no choice but to trust our authorities. That they are honorable is unquestionable, an act of faith. But the elite have long since broken free of the social contract that once bound us all together, leaders and led alike. We are surplus to requirements, and government is degenerating into crowd control. Since this cannot be acknowledged we are increasingly fed lies by dishonorable men. This is more and more a spiritual war. Societies are held together by beliefs sincerely shared, not by artfully propagated lies.
As always, you provide a focused and spot on look at a foundational experience for everyone. In a culture that encourages people to remain immature, the awareness you share is essential to grow up. If everyone could grow up and become their own authority, we wouldn't be in such a mess!
Thanks for this juicy post!