The term 'authoritarian personality' originated with the writings of a German psychiatrist, Erin Fromm, in 1941. A person with this personality would have a strong aversion towards ambiguity and abstract thinking. If you prefer rigid rules and regulations and exhibit complete submission to authority, you might have wondered, "am I an authoritarian."rnWhether in power or ruled by power, authoritarians use and misuse power to manage their subordinates. An authoritarian personality usually forms during a person's formative years. And personality traits established at a young age have far-reaching effects on the individual as they grow up. Even if you have this personality or know someone who displays these traits, it would be wise to address it with the help of your social circles or a psychiatrist. Take this quiz to know if you are an authoritarian.
1. What kind of a superhero are you?
A. It makes me anxious. But I would still contribute as much as I can.
B. I would give it to them in a heartbeat.
C. I would only lend my money if they are worthy.
D. I do not like money being a part of my social engagements.
2. Do you think the world needs to change?
A. Yes, we all have to break free.
B. The world is fine, it just needs more tolerance.
C. Yes, and I know how I can fix it.
D. I haven’t thought about it.
3. Do you have any superstitions?
A. I do not believe in superstitions as they are baseless.
B. Yes, and they really scare me.
C. I have a few superstitions which I have learnt from my family.
D. I do not believe in superstitions but sometimes they get into my head.
4. How do you treat your juniors or subordinates?
A. I try to keep an open dialogue with my juniors or subordinates.
B. It is my turn to manage and organise things as they should be.
C. There are no rules in our organisation, we let our instincts be our guide.
D. I like maintaining decorum and trying not to make anyone feel inferior.
5. How do you feel about Van Gough’s ‘Starry Night’ painting?
A. I think it is pretty.
B. I think it is nice, as most people believe so.
C. I wish it were a little less curvy.
D. Everyone agrees that it is one of the best pieces of art ever.
6. What is your idea of a good sexual experience?
A. A complete submission to another person turns me on.
B. We do things that both participants enjoy.
C. My partner usually decides the course for us.
D. Sex should have no boundaries, and no limits.
7. What is your take on marriages?
A. I have no interest in getting married unless I find the right person.
B. Marriages are sacred to me.
C. Marriages should become open and more flexible.
D. I will get married when the peer pressure reaches soaring heights.
8. Are you religious?
A. Yes, I am/ No, I am not, but I do not hate other religions.
B. Yes, but I only care about my religion.
C. Religion is ruining the fabric of our society.
D. I love my religion because of my family.
9. If you could rule the world, what would be your first steps as a leader?
A. I would lay my focus on climate change, gender disparity and unemployment.
B. I would put more rules in place so that people start working harder and stop complaining.
C. I would open up the borders, and let people migrate to wherever they please.
D. I would remove all the useless rules that are hampering progress.
10. If your colleague is less fortunate than you, would you help them get ahead in their career?
A. Without a doubt. The world is too unfair after all.
B. I would be truly happy if I could help them in any way.
C. We all have our own fate so I will only focus on my success.
D. Maybe. I would feel anxious if they climb up the ladder before I do.