Flashcards in Dispositional Explanations of Obedience Deck (7)
What is the key theory for obedience within dispositional explanations?
The Authoritarian Personality
What does the authoritarian personality say about obedience?
It says obedience is a kind of psychological personality disorder
What characterises the authoritarian personality?
Extreme respect for authority
Contempt for inferior social status
What is the cause of the authoritarian personality?
Strict and harsh parenting creating the impression of conditional love - fear of parents is displaced onto those that are socially inferior
Who proposed the idea of an authoritarian personality?
Adorno et al in 1950
What measuring scale did Adorno use to measure the authoritarian personality?
Those who scored highly on the F-scale identified with strong people and showed disrespect to the 'weak', they were very status conscious, they tended to have more stereotypical views so were more prejudiced also.