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Holt, R.R. (2015). On Freud's Authoritarianism. Psychoanal. Rev., 102(3):315-346.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Review, 102(3):315-346

On Freud's Authoritarianism

Robert R. Holt, Ph.D.

Freud repeatedly described himself as a person with tyrannical impulses, and his dominant leadership style is well attested. Was he, then, an authoritarian personality? When the separate traits in that that pattern are matched against the body of evidence about his complex personality, many of them fit him, but so many do not that it is judged inappropriate simply to classify him as “authoritarian.”

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