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.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.os.2001.001
Journal Operant Subjectivity
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James C. Rhoads. (2001). Researching Authoritarian Personality with Q Methodology Part II: An Intensive Study. Operant Subjectivity, 24(2), 86–103. doi:10.15133/j.os.2001.001