The Study of Man: The Authoritarian Personality in Profile

Glazer, Nathan. "The Study of Man: The Authoritarian Personality in Profile." Commentary, June, 1950.

Excerpt: Four years ago, this department reported on an approach to the study of prejudice which, it was predicted, held great promise for the future: Else Frenkel-Brunswik and R. Nevitt Sanford of the University of California in Berkeley had made an intensive personality study of two groups of college girls, one of which had scored high, and the other low, on a test designed to detect anti-Semitism. The two groups of girls were interviewed at length, and tested by means of the Thematic Apperception Test and other so-called “projective” tests designed to obtain a deeper view of a person than may be gained from superficial contact, questionnaires, or even long interviews.