by ecorazzicontributor
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This is the type of historic artifact that should be placed in a time capsule, buried under a schoolyard, and dug up in another 100 years so people in the future can see how silly the past generations were.

What am I talking about? A book, a very ridiculous and very funny read written in 1972 by Columbian psychologist Miguel Echeverry. It’s called Psicopatologia y Existencia del Hippie, which translates to “Psychopathology and Existence of the Hippy.”

In this little psychological gem, Echeverry argues for his theory that hippies are not a movement or expression of youth subculture, but in fact suffer from a distinct mental illness akin to schizophrenia that should be treated aggressively if there is any hope for future generations…


I’m sorry that was uncalled for. To continue, the folks over at Mind Hacks did us a solid by translating Dr. Echeverry’s definition of a “hippie” in which “he is so angry he forgets to use a full stop”:

“The true hippy is an individual with a frank disposition to hereditary psychopathology, who has abandoned himself, has totally neglected his hygiene and self-presentation, has let his hair and beard grow, is dressed bizarrely, eccentrically and ridiculously, wears a multitude of rings, necklaces, beads and other extravagances, is opposed to all defined and purposeful social and family structures now and in the future, rejects productive and redeeming work, irresponsibly and cynically promotes the cult of free love, aggressively promotes contempt for moral, social and religious conventions, preaches paradoxically about the abolition of private property, harmfully drugs them self with marijuana, LSD, amphetamines, hypnotics, mescaline, psylocybin, sedatives and heroin etc to rebelliously and insanely avoid the sad realities of life.”

Goodness me! Well, for those wondering how on earth one can catch the “hippie” contagion, Dr. Echeverry clearly states that the ailment is a result of both the environment one grows up in, as well as various genetic components.

So, if you don’t want to pass on the hippie traits of free love, hemp, environmentalism, and meat-free diets, you better be sure your partner doesn’t carry any groovy recessive genes.

The book contains no scientific research, data, or stats to support any of the good Dr’s ideas, but instead chooses to categorize hippies into five distinct subgroups: hippies with defective personal relationships and autistic-like problems, aggressive hippies, hippies with defective behaviour and poor family adjustment, emotionally impaired hippies, and those with abnormal, perverted or inverted instincts.

Which type are you…?? LOL.

  • herwin

    Earth to Erin, wake up, this ain’t San Fransico 1969, this is 2010 the Ecorazzi website ; “Famous people”, “Green”, you know ?

  • Sweepstaker

    Give Erin a break! At least she wrote something for us to read.

    Anyway, Thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful New year! :)

    • herwin

      thanks , you too !

  • Michael dEstries


    I assigned this article to Erin because I thought it a.) interesting and b.) relevant to the historical environmental movement. It doesn’t always have to have a specific celebrity tied to it to make it something worth sharing.

    Happy New Year to you both as well!

  • HGTG

    I think it serves to highlight the issue of new and different ways of living coming under the criticism radar from mainstream authority. Today, we are not living with the hippie diagnoses but more so with terms like “orthorexia” if you have an interest in healthy food or being categorized as extremist, such as some are doing with environmentalists and animal rights groups.

    Looking at the book now, we realize how silly such claims are. We must also realize that many labels often carry political weight to them, depending on the times. Homosexuality was a mental disease until the 70s or so. Now it’s not categorized as such.

    Sure the book is old. But there’s an old saying about forgetting history makes us relive mistakes of the past. This book is just a great example of how we need to be careful about deciding what is and what isn’t appropriate or “norm” based on the non-scientific and unbiased observations and opinions of certain individuals or groups.

  • HGTG

    Sorry, I meant “biased” observations and opinions of certain individuals or group.