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A questionnaire to measure authoritarianism, first published by the German philosopher, sociologist, and psychologist Theodor W(iesengrund) Adorno (1903–69) and several colleagues in the book “The Authoritarian Personality” (1950).
A submissive and uncritical attitude towards authority figures.
“Young people sometimes get rebellious ideas, but as they grow up they ought to get over them and settle down.”
A punishing attitude towards violations of conventional values.
“Sex crimes, such as rape and attacks on children, deserve more than mere imprisonment; such criminals ought to be publicly whipped, or worse.”
A belief in supernatural determinants of human fate and a tendency to think in rigid categories.
“Some day it will probably be shown that astrology can explain a lot of things.”
Exaggerated concern with people's sexual activities.
“The wild sex life of the old Greeks and Romans was tame compared to some of the goings-on in this country, even in places where people might least expect it.”
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