Help me find an adjective
July 18, 2014 7:48 AM Subscribe
I need an adjective for a person who knows they're doing the wrong thing, but does it anyway with the attitude, "I don't care; no one can tell me what to do." It's not 'arrogant', but it's close; it has an element of arrogance mixed with impulsiveness and irresponsibility, as the person engages in extreme and self-destructive behaviors, with attitudes of spite, stubbornness and obstinacy about the consequences.
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Human Relations (61 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of examples:
- A man in his early 30s knows he's already well along the path to kidney failure, but decides to go out binge drinking, thinking, "If I get kidney failure, so be it."
- A man in his late 50s/early 60s resumes chain-smoking after 18 years in order to increase his risk of cancer, in the hope that he will get cancer, after which he intends to let it take its course so that he can die as passively but as quickly as possible.
In both of the above examples, the individuals have family members who love them but who are forced to stand by helplessly.
A further example:
- A man deliberately and pointedly eats the hottest raw chilli in its entirety after being warned about the dire consequences in the case of his particular physiology, for no reason other than to prove a point about his autonomy to the person who warned him.