Answer the following questions to find out if you suffer from The Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex (DDAC), and what can be done to improve your relationships, health, and overall understanding of diet, science, and people:
- Do you often give unsolicited advice about other people’s food choices?
- Do you believe that the rest of the world should be on your diet?
- Do you believe that people who don’t eat the same diet as you are ‘bad’ or ‘stupid’?
- Do you often find yourself saying things in the same vein as “That’s not Paleo” or “You know carbs are bad for you”?
- Do you sometimes find yourself judging friends for eating foods that you don’t eat?
- Do you find that you’ve alienated your friends, and now your new friends are slightly ‘cultish’?
- Do you discredit studies which suggest that a dietary intervention other than your diet can be beneficial?
- Have you developed an eating disorder to prove the superiority of your particular dietary dogma to friends or family?
- Does your diet cause you to gain weight or feel miserable, but blame it on other life factors to ‘cover’ for it?
- Do you label certain macros like fat, carbs, or protein as “good” or “bad” when discussing your diet with others?
- Do believe there is only one right way to do your particular diet?
- Do you find yourself discrediting someone else’s diet, even when it’s clear their health consistently improves on it?
- Do you have a following from suggesting that other diets are “stupid”?
- Do you always speak of your opinions confidently, as though they are undoubtedly correct?
- Do you have a set of strict dietary rules that you follow, and derive a sense of superiority from your diet?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might be suffering from Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex (DDAC). DDAC is a common type of myopia, where the victims of this complex chronically overestimate themselves and their knowledge of a subject coupled with an inability to recognize their own limitations as it relates to understanding the infinite needs or goals or differences between themselves and other people.
Observational research suggests that this overestimation and inability to recognize the merit of other paradigms or dietary modalities among DDAC sufferers may explain the common inability to account for nuances, as well as behavioral patterns such as herding and bunching in pseudo-elitist circle-jerks, and rarely interacting with those who disagree.
DDAC is highly correlated with the upper-most point of the Duning-Krueger Effect, a “cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability to recognize their [own] ineptitude.” Similarly observed in the population of DDAC sufferers, is a marked inability to recognize that the possibility that they may be incorrect about their assumptions, knowledge, and dietary dogma even exists. DDAC is very common, and most people who have identified with a “food tribe” will have suffered from DDAC at some point in their lifetimes. However, extreme cases of DDAC may persist in some individuals for several years, a phenomenon which is remarkably correlated with efame which may suggest that socio-pathological or compulsory underpinnings of the disorder may be involved. Fortunately, this intellectually debilitating complex has a 3 step process for full recovery.
Recover From Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex in 3 Steps or Less:
- Step 1: Worry about your own goddamn plate.
- Step 2: Realize that self-doubt increases competence over time.
- Step 3: Make friends with smart people who disagree with you.
Or for the more psychologically attuned, the “Are you so insecure that you cant even have friends who disagree? Fuck off, you idiot, go somewhere else to self-validate” program.
Side effects of taking these critically important first steps to recover from DDAC will immediately result in being less of a judgmental cocksock, in tandem with feelings of acceptance of one’s own limitations. After overcoming Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex, you will inevitably discover that varying dietary modalities work for various people for various reasons, and you will have a newfound freedom to discover the nuances and mechanisms for why other modalities may work, without the intellectually antithetical hindrance of having to validate your own sense of self-righteousness all the time.
In effect, you will go from having a mono-paradigmatic approach to diet, to a multi-paradigmatic approach as you begin to learn and even accept the merit of other dietary modalities. While this can be an astonishing and empowering realization and transformation, overcoming DDAC is not for everyone, as other less desirable side-effects are commonly experienced post DDAC treatment.
Common side effects experienced from DDAC Recovery include:
Sudden social ostracization, coupled with dizziness associated with extreme paradigmatic whiplash.
Feelings of uneasiness while attempting to establish contact and befriend people who you once considered ‘the enemy’.
Feelings of mild to severe guilt for taking your dogma far too seriously after realizing what a judgmental, overzealous douchenozzle you once were as you slowly creep down the curve of the Duning-Kruger Effect scale.
Symptoms of feeling like a total twatstick and know-nothing may persist for a period of years or even decades. However, most recovering DDACs adjust to feelings of being totally human, accepting and open to being wrong, and caring about things that actually fucking matter within 18-36 months.
Other side effects of recovering from Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex may include:
- Sudden attention to peer-reviewed studies.
- Inviting criticisms for your current opinions.
- Selecting information from various ‘warring’ dietary ‘camps’.
- Development of interest in controversial, yet effective works like that of Walter Kempner.
- Appreciation for the irony in differences, yet similar benefits reported among high-carb Kitavans and low-carb Maasai.
- Disdain for “diet gurus” who maintain the superiority of their diet, yet do not show consistent improvements.
- Disdain for your own previously authored posts, books, and articles.
- Sharp development of critical thinking skills, and “Nuance or GTFO” becomes a new state of mind.
- The word ‘woo’ begins to mean significantly more than just a romantic attempt to try and gain the love of another.
- Theory generation occurs often.
- Sudden and abrupt changes in diction: from “I know why you’re having that issue” to “I think this is what’s going on” or “this could account for that,” to even developing the function for more difficult, yet logically astute sentences such as, “It could be this, it could be that. I’m not really sure” or “Try it and see if that works and if not, try something else.”
Do you have a friend you have lost to Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex?
If you or someone you know suffers from Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex , they are not alone. While most forms are typically mild, some of the more severe forms of DDAC can be very serious, especially if the sufferer has developed an eating disorder to promote a specific form of food jihadism. If you suspect a friend has a more severe form of DDAC that has developed into an eating disorder such as Orthorexia Nervosa, suggest that they speak with their primary care physician immediately.
While no medications are currently available to treat Dietary Dogmatic Asshole Complex, together we can reduce the complex by following the three clinically-proven treatment steps, and by simply sharing it with our mouth-breathing friends and family.
“Be Curious, Not Judgmental”