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Adorno Reviled

In the conservative 1950s, The Authoritarian Personality was soundly debunked as poor science. Among the charges leveled against the book and its authors were that they had not taken into consideration racial, social and economic differences, which would have skewed the test results, and that the questions themselves were unfairly weighted to only allow agreement or disagreement with statements that reflected the conservative, political right. Whatever the shortcomings of the scales that were used, though, the results seemed to correlate with a number of different personality types, and in the past decade or so, attention has turned back to the Adorno book and the F-scale.

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