Researching Authoritarian Personality with Q Methodology Part II: An Intensive Study
Operant Subjectivity , Volume 24 - Issue 2 p. 86- 103
In Part II, intensive analysis was conducted with a subject who loaded highly on both Factor A (authoritarian) and Factor B+ (heterosexual liberation) in Part I. This study demonstrated the emergence of various "selves" in relationship to salient other individuals and groups in the subject's life. Q methodology revealed the discovery of 3 selves associated with Reisman's ideas concerning the bases of social conformity (1950; 1952). Finally, an argument is made for adopting the promising features of Q methodology, to explore the authoritarian personality within a clinical setting. The more general purpose of the intensive probes in this study is to demonstrate the advantages of approaching authoritarianism from a methodological position that has not yet been explored, despite a 1953 invitation by William Stephenson to do so.