I thought it might be interesting to have a thread to discuss people's relationship to authority. Some questions might include: How do you approach and resolve conflicts with authority? What sort of impression do you typically make on authority figures? Does some authority approval mean something to do? Or do you disregard authority whether earned by its merits or not? Is there any relationship between this and your earliest authority figures? I'm sure there are many other important angles to explore, but these are just suggestions.
My own relationship to authority strikes me unexpectedly at times. I often tend to fulfill their requirements and don't intentionally cause trouble, and for that reason am often liked or accepted for the most part. I don't feel submissive exactly, but go for efficiency and the path of least resistance in my interactions. For some reason though, there is a pattern of certain types of authority figures who feel a great deal of contempt for me. They are usually the master of their domain, have some degree of emphasis on image creation, in my case they happened to have been male. Examples would be conductors in a relatively small community, department chairs at a college, a few instances online, and other such scenarios. I don't actively work to piss them off, but boy, something happens. Their reactions used to shock me, but even though my understanding is still dim on the topic, it doesn't surprise me anymore. It just brings to mind how complex these interactions are.
Anyway, I included my own blurb in the OP, but would like to hear about other people's experiences and how they think about and relate to authority figures.