authority figure


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au·thor·i·ty fig·ure

a real or projected person in a position of power; parents, police, and supervisors are authority figures to some people; during the transference phase of psychoanalysis, the psychoanalyst becomes an authority figure.

authority figure

a person who by virtue of status, strength, knowledge, or other recognized superiority exerts influence over others.

authority figure

A projected or real person in a position of power or authority—e.g., a parent, spouse, teacher—over another person.

Psychoanalysis
In the transference phase of psychoanalysis, the analyst plays the role of authority figure.

authority figure

Psychiatry A projected or real person in a position of power or authority–eg, a parent, spouse

au·thor·i·ty fi·gure

(aw-thōr'i-tē fig'yŭr)
A real or projected person in a position of power; parents, police, and bosses are authority figures to some people; during the transference phase of psychoanalysis, the psychoanalyst becomes an authority figure.
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