Authoritarianism - this is a characteristic of a person, reflecting his strong desire to maximize the subordination of other personalities to his influence. Authoritarianism is a synonym for such concepts as totalitarianism, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, anti-democracy. In the behavior of an individual, this socio-psychological characteristic is expressed in the striving to achieve one's own, dominate the group, occupy the highest position, tendency to manipulate others, achieve goals, but not so much because of their own merits, but with the help of other people and the advantage of their role.
The authoritarianism is quite clearly observed in the relationship of the leader and his followers. It is expressed in the pressure of the head on his subordinates, in the elimination of colleagues or teams from participating in important decisions. A supervisor with an authoritarian management style oversees the wards too closely; checks, privately, how they cope with the responsibilities given to them, which they make decisions in carrying out any assignment, too rudely suppresses all initiatives of the group members, since he sees this as self-will and even encroachment on his personal authority in this group.
Authoritarianism is a characteristic of thinking, which gives an exaggeration and crucial importance to the opinion of certain authorities. Such thinking is characterized by the desire to concretize and strengthen the propositions put forward, by finding and combining various sayings and quotations belonging to certain authorities. Also, these authorities become idols, ideals who never make mistakes and guarantee success for those who follow them.
Authoritarianism in psychology is a characteristic of a person, manifested in aggressiveness, heightened self-esteem, tendency to observe stereotypes, level of aspirations, and weak reflection.