Weak connections to frontal lobes –> maverick nature
“Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine … future consequences, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social control, the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially-unacceptable outcomes” – Wikipedia
For a society to prosper it must have social control, an easy way to pass out and accept social values, conventions, rules, and behaviors.
As humans evolved into highly complex societies the need for acceptance of social constructs like governments, laws, marriage, and religion grows. There was an evolutionary forcing factor for compliance. Fortunately, in people with ADHD, with weak executive function influence, we are less convinced by authority. ADHD folks never follow convention, usually taking a different, untested, and more exciting way instead. As kids at school, we get in trouble for asking how come teachers get to control us. At work, we get in trouble for asking how come systems operate the way they do. Whenever we are given a rule, our response is “why?”. We take nothing of authority at face value.
Sadly, a fair proportion of the prison population is ADHD, statistics vary up to 60%. Predisposing ADHD jail factors include poverty and self-medication but a serious disregard for people in power and the rules they uphold, is a primary factor too. With ADHD we sit on the rebellious side of the line, a long way from the compliant side. Though jail may be an outcome of being ADHD, rebellion and change can be positive outcomes too of a brain that is “less inclined to follow”.
History books reveal many ADHD mavericks, who found it easier to challenge authority than did their peers. ADHD scientists daring to be different, ADHD doctors braving medical convention, and ADHD artists changing creative landscapes. The ADHD choice is to rebel, revolt, petition, demonstrate, overthrow or emigrate, but never to comply. Being a maverick isn’t always easy, it certainly makes life more challenging but sometimes society benefits. We need ADHD mavericks to break rules, test limits, overturn orthodoxy, rebel against dictators, invent the unimaginable, explore where no one has been, joke about the King, and to be driven to create, change, challenge, and disrupt.
No “rules and values” slot, moral, different, independent, adrift