authoritarian personality


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au·thor·i·tar·i·an per·son·al·i·ty

a cluster of personality traits reflecting a desire for security and order, for example, rigidity, highly conventional outlook, unquestioning obedience, scapegoating, desire for structured lines of authority.

authoritarian personality

a group of behavioral traits characteristic of one who advocates obedience and strict adherence to rules.

au·thor·i·tar·i·an per·son·al·i·ty

(aw-thōr'i-tār'ē-ăn pĕr-sŏn-al'i-tē)
A cluster of personality traits reflecting a desire for security and order (e.g., rigidity, unquestioning obedience, scapegoating, desire for structured lines of authority).
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Later on in life, the authoritarian personality type then may seek to deliver the same punishment onto the world that was thrust upon his or her at the most impressionable stages of physical, psychical, and spiritual development.
In order to examine the original idea of the theory of the authoritarian personality, which stated that authoritarianism is associated with general ethnocentrism, we ran the same regression model using "people of a different race" as the dependent variable (Table 7).
The higher a participant's score on the measure of anti-fat prejudice, the more likely they were to discriminate against obese candidates, while those with a more authoritarian personality also displayed discrimination.
The authoritarian personality creates this type of media.
But the president's crude invocations of a military template and his call for American society to conform to that ideal do more than just underscore his authoritarian personality.
The introduction traces Adorno's engagement back to the 1940s and the projects of the 1950s, among them the Authoritarian Personality and the Gruppenexperiment, arguing for a notable continuity in Adorno's approach and position.
8) One of the most influential publications from the Frankfurt School is Adorno's The Authoritarian Personality, which indicts the "patriarchal family" as the seedbed of "fascism," because of the inherent authoritarianism of the father-figure.
This was also elaborated on in her book School of Darkness, written just after the publication of the Frankfurt School's 1950 English translation of their subversive The Authoritarian Personality.
Indeed, a great number of contemporary social and political issues, such as increased opposition to immigration, debates over how to handle suspected terrorists, and proposed constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage all point to the continued relevance of the authoritarian personality today.
28) Those with an authoritarian personality are more likely to conform to societal norms, follow conventional morals, and stereotype others.
As Theodor Adorno maintained, it is within this structure of power-powerlessness that the authoritarian personality type emerges and becomes susceptible to fascism.
In this portrayal, Freud emerges as one of the most incisive and persistent critics of the authoritarian personality Hitler manifests, an authoritarianism that exploits the collective psychic insecurities of the masses and channels them into rituals for venting the primal instincts.