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 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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As authority figures, parents are supposed to serve as a guiding force, a protective hand that children can rely upon when they are in need.
When the board ended the executive session, it approved a motion by Schwait on behalf of the BRCPE that Rules 4-7.3 and 4-7.5 should be amended to prohibit lawyers and law firms in ads from using actors portraying authority figures such as judges and police officers and who otherwise endorse the services of the advertising lawyer or law firm.
In any case, we are not interested in the theoretical model that could explain why an authority figure is influential on an audience or target.
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Thin models wearing pants may not turn men on, but women with well-rounded feminine figures do, and most women understand this is dangerous, because if you turn a man on, you diminish your image as an expert or an authority figure, he said.
Was the poor police officer on the receiving end of your foul and abusive language your most abused authority figure since your petulant display towards referee Mike Riley?
For standing up for all the boys, Oliver was attacked and punished by the stupid, complacent authority figure, Mr Bumble.
Prosecutor David Herbert told a jury at Leicester Crown Court that 55- year-old Walker who at the time of the alleged offences was in his late 30s, was a "trusted authority figure".
We learned that abusers were most often a relative of the victim, or else a close acquaintance, often an authority figure. We learned that perpetrators include not only clergy but teachers, coaches, and others whom children trust.
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