In 1942, Gordon Allport
made arguments regarding how to evaluate differing theoretical positions to explain and understand individuals.
In their writings, a virtual battery of psychological experts--ranging from Erich Fromm, Theodore Adorno and Harry Stack Sullivan, to Carl Rogers, Gordon Allport
, and Abraham Maslow--were critical of the conservative sexual morality that, at least on a surface level, seemed to dominate during the 1950s.
Nothing in life seems more natural than the ease with which humans assert superiority over a collective Other; as Gordon Allport
put it in his 1967 study The Nature of Prejudice, the "easiest idea to sell anyone is that he is better than someone else.
Such is the case with Gordon Allport
in his classic study of religious psychology, The Individual and His Religion.
Psychologist Gordon Allport
described the phenomenon of concentric circles around the self, beginning with the family; extending to racial, ethnic, and religious compatriots; and then to members of the community or country.
(1897-1967): The Uniqueness of Personality