Discuss the authoritarian personality as an explanation for obedience

  • The authoritarian personality is a personality type where a person has a strict adherence to conventional values and a belief of absolute obedience. 
  • This is measured on the F scale, which asks people questions based on obedience and respect for authority. 
  • Adorno et al found that people who scored highly on the F scale where raised by parents with authoritarian parenting styles, which clearly lead to an emphesis on obedience for the child (continuity hypothesis). 
  • This shows that the F scale is relevent, and that obedience as a child can lead to obedience as an adult, therefore suggesting authoritarian personality. 
  • However, there were leading questions, which lead to a bias.
  • Researchers developed three personality types for authoriatarian personality, that made…


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