Progressive Personality Disorder
(If you think Bush Derangement Syndrome is a new phenomenon, note that this essay was written in 1996)
DSM-IV 301.95 Progressive Personality Disorder
A. A pervasive pattern of progressive political and inter-personal thought and action, rooted in discredited leftist (neo-Marxist) beliefs, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by at least five of the following (individual must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for the diagnosis of Progressive Personality Disorder, as many of the criteria are age-appropriate for adolescents). This disorder often coexists with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Utopian thinking, e.g. a delusional belief that there exist simple, linear, side effect-free solutions to all social problems.
- Lack of historical knowledge and perspective, and repression of personal memories dissonant with this belief system. e.g., the national mood post 9-11, including that of PPD patients, is suppressed in order to avoid conflict with subsequent reversal of beliefs as the PPD delusions were reinstated - hence the downplaying of terrorism as a threat and the obsessive concern for the "rghts" of temporarily feared and hated terrorists. (Note to clinician: please differentiate between mere historical ignorance, e.g., a doctorate in history from an elite university, vs. neurotic or psychotic delusions necessary to sustain these beliefs. )
Anthroplastic delusion, e.g. The delusion that behavioral conditioning performed by the government or some other collective will cure all behavioral and social problems, rooted in denial of fixed human nature. Implicit in this delusion is the idea that human beings are infinitely malleable and subject to behavioral manipulation leading to perfect control and predictability. Free will, personal conscience, and objective morality are denied, devalued or denigrated.
Anti-theistic rebellion: An emotional antagonism to the Judeo-Christian tradition, rooted in an abnormal persistence of adolescent rebellion (may also be related to the need to avoid counter-arguments that would question utopian, anthroplastic ideation). This behavior ranges from a mere antagonism to Christianity to a hatred of all forms of religion. The rejection of religion leads to a deep longing for a substitute religion, or in extreme cases, a messiah. The more Western a religion is, the more it is despised. Thus, these patients may openly accept more primitive pantheistic, neo-pagan, or animist belief systems, such as Wicca or fraudulent "new age" philosophies, e.g., Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, etc.
- Animist delusion: The belief that mankind is evil and nature is benign. The incidence of this symptom is inversely related to practical knowledge and experience of nature. Collective self-hatred is a feature in this area, paradoxically existing side by side with egomaniacal omniscience, e.g., ability to accurately predict climate 100 years into the future. Typical thinking includes the self-hating belief that mankind is a cancer on earth and that the planet (subjectively felt as a "feeling being") will "retaliate." The animist delusion includes considerable cognitive dissonance, since the typical Progressive Personality is a believer in natural selection, which has resulted in untold suffering and cruelty, mitigated only by mankind's presence.
- a. For example, the belief that an eagle egg or four-toed salamander is entitled to more legal protection than a human baby.
- Environmental spasm: Chaotic, unreasonable, or incoherent episodes of manic activity on behalf of the environment or "mother nature." The delusional nature of this activity is evidenced by misanthropic attacks on works of man, and also by a manic focus on visible or totemic biological objects of little rational value. The patient is typically obsessed only with cute or cuddly creatures, often a displacement of the nurturing urge (often unfulfilled due to abortion).
- Control obsession: A tendency to strive for excessive control over others through state intrusion. A contemptuous projection of unconscious envy which is subjectively experienced as "compassion." Through the magic of this unconscious mechanism, PPD patients typically want the state to appropriate your wealth while imagining themselves to be generous and "compassionate." Use of state coercion often substitutes for true acts of generosity; a low rate of charitable giving is often present.
- Racist/feminist hypocrisy: Passionate advocacy of government-enforced discrimination based on sex or race, with aggressively proclaimed opposition to policies which are "racist" or "sexist." Obsessive conformity of thought within a racially diverse population. For example, a PPD patient might favor seating a racist on the Supreme Court, so long as the person is of the "correct" race. Often the cognitive dissonance normally associated with such beliefs is rationalized by the delusion that the "oppressed" cannot themselves be racist.
- Overemotional perception: Excessive concern with how a social action "looks" or "feels," to the exclusion of actual resulting benefits or harm; in particular, any effects beyond the immediate. Resistance to, and denial of, objective evidence proving the adverse consequences of progressive policy. Superficial cognition about most matters of significant import, as the progressive personality relies on the "feel" of issues rather than truly understanding them. Obsession with "fairness" or "social justice" as opposed to what actually works.
- Sexual dysfunction: Significant anxiety about sexual matters, manifested as:
Replacement of patriotism with matriotism: Unwillingness to defend country when attacked or threatened, allied with inability to name or recognize evil and General devaluation of the masculine virtues.
Cultural and moral relativism: The fervent belief that all cultures are beautiful except one's own, and that it is immoral to judge another's morality unless they are conservative.
- a. Obsession with sexual and gender roles.
- b. Passionate celebration of nontraditional sex roles and preferences.
- c. The compulsion to define individuals by their "sexual preference" and to design social policy as if all individuals share the obsession.
- d. An inordinate interest in preserving inappropriate, lewd, perverse, or antisocial forms of sexual expression.
- e. Fascination with immature or deviant expressions of sexuality; reduction of human sexuality to animal sexuality.
- f. The projected belief that the contradictory beliefs are a result of fear (e.g. "homophobia".
- e. Obsession with contraception and abortion ("reproductive freedom").
Update 2008: Climate Change Delusion Reported
Climate Change Delusion has been reported in the Australlian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. This is a related disorder.
Update 2009: Rewritten by Gaghdad Bob to true DSM-V format and then modified a bit by myself
Update 2009:G.M. Roper provided a bit more help with the DSM-related wording.
See farther down the page for my original format:
Original News Story Format Version
NYC, NY (Si News Service) 5-4-96 11:32AM
At an international mental health conference today,
leading authorities announced the classification of a common but heretofore unremarked,
category of mental illness. The new disorder is called Cognitive Disorder of Progressives-
A dangerous, contagious psychiatric illness, (CDP)
characterized by both emotional and cognitive dysfunction, sometimes with psychotic
The following information was released for mental health professionals confronted with
these troublesome patients:
CDP is diagnosed by
the presence of three or more of the following symptoms:
|utopian thinking - A delusional belief that the patient knows simple, side effect free
solutions to all social problems. In some cases this is associated with psychotic
delusions of grandeur.|
|anthroplastic ideas - a delusion that behavioral conditioning, performed by the
government, will cure all behavioral and social problems, i.e., will change all non-CDP
people into CDP . Implicit in this delusional system is the idea that people can be
"programmed" to be "perfect." |
This symptom leads to a reflexive, vehement resistance by the patient to even the idea
that people may have immalleable characteristics. The worst known example is that of Pol
Pot, who attempted to remove all undesirable influences in the belief that the perfect
socialist man would then emerge.
|anti-theistic rebellion - an emotional antagonism against Christianity... probably
caused by an abnormal persistence of adolescent rebellion... may also be related to the
need to avoid counter-arguments to desired policies (see utopiate thinking, above). This
ranges from a mere antagonism to Christianity to a hatred of religions of all forms.
Generally the more "western" a religion is, the more it is hated. Thus these
patients may accept primitive and animalist belief systems.|
|naturist delusion - a sincere belief that mankind is evil and nature is benign. The
incidence of this symptom is inversely related to the practical experience that the
patient has with nature. Self hatred is a feature in this area. Typical thinking includes
a belief that mankind is a cancer on earth, and that earth (viewed as a feeling being)
will retaliate with a deadly virus. |
The utopian view of nature is remarkable in that most patients are also believers in
evolution, which has resulted in vast amounts of suffering and cruelty in the natural
|environmental spasm - the patient experiences episodes of manic activity on behalf of
"the environment." The delusional nature of this is evidenced by the
misanthropic attacks on all works of man, and also by the focus on visible or totemic
objects... for example, the Mount Graham Red Squirrel or the Spotted Owl. |
An example of the paradoxical nature of these delusions is given by the Red Squirrel and
the Santa Barbara Sand Fly. The Squirrel, a subspecies of the very common Red Squirrel, is
fought for aggressively, while the Sand Fly, equally at risk and a truly distinct species,
inspires little passion.
The patient usually is obsessed only with cute or cuddly animals, which is probably a
displacement of the nurturing urge, itself unfulfilled due to abortion.
|control obsession - this is the tendency of the patient to strive for excessive control
over others, through government action. This is probably a projection of an unconscious
fear of losing control over ones' self, even though the conscious manifestation is viewed
|racist/feminist hypocrisy - the patient passionately advocates discrimination based on
sex or race, while loudly proclaiming opposition to policies which are "racist"
|overemotional perceptions - the patient is far more concerned with how a social action
"looks" or "feels," and resists or denies objective evidence to the
contrary, This also leads to very superficial cognition about matters of significant
impact, as the patient merely gets the "feel" of the issue rather than truly
|sexual dysfunction - the patient is highly anxious about sexual matters, and this is
manifested as: |
- Obsession with sexual and gender roles.
- Passionate embrace of most non-traditional sexual preferences.
- A need to define individuals by their gender or sexual preference, and make social
policy as if everyone were equally obsessed.
- A need to constantly push the envelope of indecent art.
Like other disorders such as alcoholism, most suffering
is experienced by those who have to live with the afflicted.
Secondary suffering is incurred by a society damaged by policies advocated by these
In most patients, CDP is a refractory disorder with no
Some patients have been helped to overcome their disorder by one or more of:
|life in a true "progressive utopia" such as Cuba, Vietnam or China. |
|religious conversion. |
|military service. |
|conservative talk radio - Gordon Liddy, Ken Hamblin, Rush Limbaugh |
Institutionalization or euthanasia may be required as a last resort to rid society of
Copyright 1996 John R. Moore, All rights reserved.