Is oppositional defiance running YOUR life?
I am oppositional defiant. I have been for as long as I can remember. I ALWAYS want to argue when someone tells me to do something or gives me advice. BUT, I have learned to work with it.
I work with it by arguing with myself.
Give me a topic. Or advice. I will promptly argue the opposite, internally or externally. Then I will argue the original side. Then my demon fights my angel until they are both tired and decide to go have a beer. Somewhere along the way I will make a decision and also I will laugh, because it's funny.
B has figured this out. "You argue with EVERYTHING." he says.
"Yes, and if there is no one around, I argue with myself. All the time."
However, he is also oppositional defiant. He is smart too, and doing some self examination.
"I am thinking about my life. I think ALL of my important decisions were oppositional defiant ones."
"Someone told you you couldn't do that?"
He's chewing on that. Heh. He accuses ME of overthinking. I replied that I am making up for his underthinking, heh. He suggests that I STOP overthinking and I say, "You want to DESTROY the SOURCE of my poetry?" Double heh.
The point is, some of us are oppositional defiant, but really, we don't want that to run our lives EITHER. We don't want ANYTHING or ANYONE to tell us what to do.
B says, "I think that everyone refusing the vaccine is oppositional defiant." He has a lot of friends, both liberal and conservative.
"That is interesting." I say. And I wonder if it is worth dying for, to be oppositional defiant. Not if it's running your life, right? I don't want ANYTHING to run my life except ME.
So then I spend a bunch of time arguing with myself about the causes of refusing the vaccine. And I have not reached a conclusion. Yet.
I think the camel section exemplifies oppositional defiance: https://www.poetry.com/poem/33306/parade-song-of-the-camp-animals