What Psychologists Say About Anti-Vaxxers: They’re Raging Narcissists
The war against anyone questioning authority is now focused on the so-called “anti-vaxxers.” For years I have watched the battle rage and the media present a picture of anyone questioning the science behind vaccinations and/or whether vaccinations are safe for their own children as either a complete idiot or absolutely insane. Enter Jean Twenge of the Daily Beast, the latest “journalist” to jump on the band wagon and up the ante by labeling the “crazy and stupid anti-vaxxers” as narcissists. Now if you question authority, you are a narcissist. How convenient. The strategy of labeling anyone questioning the safety of vaccinations for themselves and their families as crazy, stupid and narcissistic is a clever one because it takes the debate away from the science and safety issues into the realm of character assassination. Any well-known human being who dares to question the scientists who have been paid by Big Pharma to beat the public into submission is immediatly demonized by the establishment. The subtext of the message is clear. You have no right to question and if you do question, you think you are special but you are nothing but a stupid and crazy narcissist. To show how easy it is to draw the opposite conclusions and why it is ok to question, I am going to take Ms. Twenge’s list and turn it on its head.
“1. Narcissistic people believe they should be able to do what they want, no matter how it affects others. Parents sometimes state their belief that vaccines ‘are not the right choice for my child.’ Because, apparently, their child is special, and should be able to opt out of something everyone else does. It’s the classic commons dilemma: We need everyone to do their part. If just a few people freeload, they can get the benefits without the risks. When too many people freeload, the system falls apart. That’s exactly what is happening right now with the measles outbreak.”
Remember, it is not the ineffectiveness of the vaccine that has caused the recent “outbreak” of measles but those damn “anti-vaxxers.” The narcissists behind big pharma believe their rights are far above the average person, so much so that anyone who questions them is crazy. Yet their own data shows the dangers of vaccinations can frequently outweigh the benefits. They use the media and government to fool the public into believing that unvaccinated children can make their children sick even though their children are vaccinated and should therefore be protected from infection.
“2. Narcissistic people have less empathy. Those too young or medically vulnerable to be vaccinated are only protected if the vast majority of people get the vaccine, known as herd immunity. Because some parents exercise their ‘choice,’ other people’s children can get sick or even die. But who cares, because I got to make a choice!”
The subtext of this message is also clear. Parental choice is out of hand and people are too stupid to make their own choices for their children. Those making their own choices present a risk to the rest of us. The conclusion is obvious, vaccination must become mandatory so those stupid, crazy and narcissistic “anti-vaxxers” don’t kill us all.
Vehemently pro-vaccination individuals have no empathy for those completely healthy children who have suffered vaccination injuries. After questioning the sanity and humanity of parents of vaccine injured children, vehemently pro-vaccination individuals insist that the vaccination injured child is just a number and a number worth sacrificing for the good of the herd. Parents not willing to sacrifice their children for the sake of the herd are considered selfish, crazy and stupid.
“3. Narcissistic people have a hard time believing anyone knows better than they do. So unless they’ve done the vaccine testing themselves, why should they believe anyone who tells them vaccines are safe and effective? It doesn’t matter to them that study after study shows this and doctors and other authorities continuously say this.
Basically, the modern, narcissistic idea is not to trust anyone except yourself. In previous decades, Americans were more trusting, both of each other and of authorities such as doctors and the government. Recently, however, trust in others and in institutions have reached all-time lows. Apparently, Americans only trust themselves; everyone else is an idiot.”
Vehemently pro-vaccination individuals have a hard time believing that the medical industry, Big Pharma, government and media can work together to attempt to hide important information from the public in an effort to push their own agenda. Despite example after example of how the peer-review system is corrupted and flawed, they insist their rhetoric must be believed. The fact that the very companies that produce vaccines are the entities funding the studies that are used to claim the vaccines are safe should never be discussed or considered and if you do, you are paranoid and insane.
“4. Narcissistic people are overconfident. In stock-market simulations, they take too many risks because they don’t expect to lose money. They’re special, so bad things won’t happen to them. Until they do—like children getting the measles because they weren’t vaccinated. This is also at the root of the argument that we should “let nature take its course,” that works until it’s you or your kid who gets sick and dies. But narcissism lets people believe it will never be them.
The science on vaccination is extremely clear: Vaccines save lives and are exceedingly safe. Characterizing the discussion around vaccines as a “debate” is misleading. It’s not a debate any more than evolution vs. creationism is a “debate.” There is no debate. Let’s move on to figuring out why people endanger their kids—and, more infuriatingly, ours—by not vaccinating their children.”
The overconfidence of those who question is an affront to those who have complete confidence in the system. They are special and think that their child could never be injured by a vaccine and even when their children are injured by vaccines, they will not see it as that but choose wallow in their own ignorance, expecting the system that injured their child in the first place to find another excuse for their otherwise healthy child’s sudden downward health spiral, neurological damage, seizures and wide range of food allergies. The problem must always be found with the child. If the problem is not inherent with the injured child, then it would be with the system that injured that child and remember “there is no debate.”