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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.”
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The F-scale test is composed of the following 9 aspects, typical items being shown in italics, and a Yes answer always indicating a tendency to authoritarianism.
A dislike of subjectivity and imagination.
“When a person has a problem or worry, it is best for him not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things.”
A preoccupation with strong/weak, leader/follower relationships.
“People can be divided into two distinct classes: the weak and the strong.”
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.”
A distrustful and misanthropic attitude towards people in general.
“Human nature being what it is, there will always be war and conflict.”
Rigid adherence to conventional middle-class values.
“Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn.”
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 tendency to project one's own unconscious impulses on to others.
“Homosexuals are hardly better than criminals and ought to be severely punished.”
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.”
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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).
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