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7. Destructiveness and Cynicism

A distrustful and misanthropic attitude towards people in general.

“Human nature being what it is, there will always be war and conflict.”


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F For Fascist

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.


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5. Superstition and Stereotypy

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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4. Anti-Intraception

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.”


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6. Power and Toughness

A preoccupation with strong/weak, leader/follower relationships.

“People can be divided into two distinct classes: the weak and the strong.”


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9. Sex

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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1. Conventionalism

Rigid adherence to conventional middle-class values.

“Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn.”


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2. Authoritarian Submission

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.”


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8. Projectivity

A tendency to project one's own unconscious impulses on to others.

“Homosexuals are hardly better than criminals and ought to be severely punished.”


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3. Authoritarian Aggression

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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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

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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