The Authoritarians [Bob Altemeyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer. Click here to order a printed, bound copy of The Authoritarians from for $ plus shipping. Bob Altemeyer has a new book out, Sex and Youth $ Robert Anthony “Bob” Altemeyer (born 6 June ) is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He produced the test and scale for ” RWA” or right-wing authoritarianism.

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So, I asked Bob Altemeyer, what if anything would get through to the Trump supporters, given the fact Trump has shown himself, so far, totally incompetent as President of the United States. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Half of the last chapter of The Authoritarians is about the Milgram Experimentwhich is one of the most famous psychological experiments and also show how incredibly easy it is for the average person to fall back on familiar behavior patterns–“obey authority figures,” say–instead of really reasoning things out in some kind of impartial cost-benefit analysis or in the spirit of universal compassion.

One of the most useful skills a person should develop is how to look someone straight in the eye and lie convincingly.

This is a must read for anyone who sees the fascistic tendencies of our politicians “wrapped in the authoritarian carrying a cross” and can’t figure out the attraction they hold to a sizable percentage of the country.

Altemeyer started investigating this question during the Nixon era. Rarely these days do I read something that I think is truly eye-opening, but that is how I’m forced to describe this book. He demonstrates how angry they can get when questioned altwmeyer they don’t really have answers to defend their illogical conclusions.

To ask other readers questions about The Authoritariansplease alfemeyer up. Not only that, but they’re more bigoted, less discerning, more dogmatic, less interested in equal rights, and believe that, to quote Nixon, “when the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.


External links Twitter Facebook Discord. Throughout this book he presents insights into a personality type that transcends evangelicals, making the claim that there is a personality profile that is attracted to authority.

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D at Carnegie-Mellon in He wrote a scholarly version of this book a few years ago then wrote this one for a popular authroitarians and published it on line. This book is the “beach read” version of Altemeyer’s other work, and is a great introduction to some heavy sociological stuff while also being suitable for authoritwrians on the sly at work when your boss isn’t looking Authoritarians tend to exhibit the following personality traits: Update 26 January The Atlantic had a very troubling report on Trump that started: Most interestingly, the RWA score correlates very well with fundamentalist religious beliefs.

But Trump will blame others, and his supporters will give him the benefit of the doubt more than most people will. This work is grounded in science as much as possible, and in the process we learn a great deal about how social scientists quantify and define psychological factors.

They say there is no evidence that will make them change their minds. Quite clearly, in killing these foetuses one is killing something that is a living human being. On the other hand, he’s been doing this work for a long time and published an impressive number of books and scholarly articles. One thinks of internet trolls who gleefully egg on suicides on internet forums, yet cry about what they’ve done when confronted about it. So, the question I have is, why is it that the world is not now groaning under the yoke of a tyrannical despot, dystopia-never-ending?

The current Arab Spring is perhaps one contemporary example of that. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it.


He makes it sound like it is something to be disgusted by. Will Trump supporters never change?

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It should be noted that the above characterization, while unflattering, is not mere opinion. Nothing to do with the research you have done, the academic studies you have immersed yourself in. The RWA scale divides these two groups almost as cleanly as a vote in the legislature would. Altemeyer’s been doing research on the subject since the s, and publishing his results authorotarians the s. For our next session As he points out, everyone is on a continuum.

I would recommend anyone to read this, just like I suggest everyone read “Don’t think of an Elephant” But when people self-sort the way they have, it has real consequences. It’s a problem I had with The Republican Brainthought it didn’t bother me there as much as it did here.

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It took many months for Americans to stop supporting President Nixon during Watergate, and even at the end he could count on a hard knot of supporters who would believe him, as he said to [his chief of staff] H. In particular, he identifies the perfect storm which can result when authoritarian leaders and authoritarian followers join forces.

Aren’t you curious as to what he found out? They compartmentalize their thinking and often express opinions that are internally inconsistent. Authlritarians reason, I think, is simply technological: Nixon had little means of communicating directly with his supporters.