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Social scientists have been interested for quite some
time la the relationship between personality and intelligence#
Tills interest has grown la large measure from *tudles dealing
with the relationship between the authoritarian personality
and intelligence. Many social scientists have felt that per-
sonality In general and authoritarian personality in particular
can best be explained In terms of the total interaction between
the person and the environmental forces acting upon him* It
waa the purpose of the present study t© investigate the re-
lationships between authoritarianism and different intellectual
Theoretical Background
The concept of the authoritarian personality may be traced
to the early works of Frown (7) and Mas low (14) • They were
pioneers in the study of social attitudes as a function of
personality! also, they did some of the earliest work pertain-
ing to the authoritarian character structure#
There are two major theories that attempt to explain the
concept of the authoritarian character struct ure> The flrat.
and currently the most widespread, arises from Freudian psy-
chology. It is concerned mostly with attempts to explain

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Gaulden, Gary L. Authoritarianism and Intellectual Abilities at the College Level, thesis, January 1965; Denton, Texas. ( accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; .

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