submissiveness to authority
ridged, stereotyped thought patterns
Adorno identified the authoritarian personality type as having these characteristics.
The authoritarian personality does not want to give orders, their personality type wants
to take orders. People with this type of personality seek conformity, security, stability.
They become anxious and insecure when events or circumstances upset their previously
existing world view. They are very intolerant of any divergence from what they consider
to be the normal (which is usually conceptualized in terms of their religion, race,
history, nationality, culture, language, etc.) They tend to be very superstitious and lend
credence to folktales or interpretations of history that fit their preexisting definitions
of reality (thus the Founding Fathers of the US are conceptualized of as supporters of white
nationalism.) They think in extremely stereotyped ways about minorities, women, homosexuals,
etc. They are thus very dualistic- the world is conceived in terms of absolute right
(their way) Vs. absolute wrong (the "other" whether African American, liberal, intellectual,