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THE CONCEPT OF THE AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY
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The main goal of this article is to present the concept of the authoritarian personality, which is considered to be a significant attempt at an explanation of an individuals disposition to support extremist ideologies. The concept was first presented in The Authoritarian Personality, a book written by Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel -Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson and Robert Nevitt Sanford, which was published in 1950. They concluded that there exists a syndrome of personality traits which explain an individual’s susceptibility to antidemocratic ideologies. On the basis of complex quantitative and qualitative research they concluded that this syndrome consists of such personality traits as: conventionalism, authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression, anti -intraception, superstition and stereotypy, power and toughness, destructiveness and cynicism, projectivity and sex. It should be noted that although that concept was severely criticized it became an inspiration for different interpretations of authoritarianism in the field of political psychology.
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