DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing
The Authoritarian Personality Type:
To have an authoritarian personality doesn’t just mean to be the one who dictates.
In 1950, Harper and Row published a book that had all the earmarks of a blockbuster in the field of psychology. The Authoritarian Personality was an attempt by a group of researchers to explain the conditions that allowed Naziism to gain a foothold in Europe.
The researchers, led by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, used various psychological scales to attempt to explain racism and the atmosphere that led to the slaughter of six million Jews and others in psychological terms.
According to Theodor Adorno’s theory, the elements of the Authoritarian personality type are:
- Blind allegiance to conventional beliefs about right and wrong
- Respect for submission to acknowledged authority
- Belief in aggression toward those who do not subscribe to conventional thinking, or who are different
- A negative view of people in general…
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