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Fromm, E. (1994).  Escape From Freedom.
"Returning now to the discussion of the authoritarian character, the most important feature to be mentioned is its attitude towards power. For the authoritarian character there exist, so to speak, two sexes: the powerful ones and the powerless ones. His love, admiration and readiness for submission are automatically aroused by power, whether of a person or of an institution. Power fascinates him not for any values for which a specific power may stand, but just because it is power. Just as his 'love' is automatically aroused by power, so powerless people arouse his contempt. The very sight of a powerless person makes him want to attack, dominate, humiliate him. Whereas a different kind of character is appalled by the idea of attacking one who is helpless, the authoritarian character feels the more aroused the more helpless his object has become" (p. 190)
Dale, E. (1969).  Management: Theory and Practice.
"A man of authoritarian turn of mind finds something aesthetically satisfying in the idea of the chain of command and a high degree of specialization. A man who is primarily concerned with the happiness and satisfaction of human beings, on the other hand, may tend to look upon a mechanistic approach with something approaching horror." (p. 213)
James, M. (1977).  The OK Boss.
"From their not-OK side, Critics become Dictators; nagging, repressive, or opinionated parent-type bosses who insist things go their way. Critical Dictators are seldom open to new ideas or new procedures. 'That's the way it's always been and that's the way it's going to be,' claims this type of boss." (p. 6)

See also: bullying, authoritarianism, domination

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  • Concept: authoritarian_character
    • preferred: authoritarian character
    • alternate: authoritarian
    • definition: a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
    • related: bullying
    • related: authoritarianism
    • related: domination
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    • keyword-224
    • linked content:
      • sense: authoritarian
      • sense: dictator
      • authoritarian
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
      • hyponym of:
      • synset id: 109824135
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