Selbstakzeptanz und Autoritarismus: Ein empirisches Plädoyer für die Wiedereinführung einer psychodynamischen Komponente in die Autoritarismusforschung [Self-acceptance and authoritarianism: an empirical plea for the reintroduction of a psychodynamic component into authoritarianism research]
The essay pleads for the reintroduction of a psychodynamic component into authoritarianism research, which in recent decades has been dominated by approaches to social learning theory. It is believed that authoritarian socialization leads to a lack of self-acceptance, which is seen as an independent predictor of authoritarianism. Four approximately equally sized samples of people living in Germany with Turkish, Russian and Western migrant backgrounds as well as autochthonous Germans, totaling N = 1318, were interviewed in a questionnaire study. Study participants were asked for information on the extent to which, in their youth, they had experience with parental authoritarianism as well as with authoritarian orientations in their culture of origin or growth. Furthermore, they were questioned about their existential position in the sense of Transactional Analysis (TA) and their own current authoritarianism. Analyzes in structural equation models showed that a negative existential position of low self - acceptance coupled with low acceptance of the other by migrants from Turkey and the former Soviet Union, but not from immigrants from Western countries and the autochthonous sample, made an independent contribution to the declaration of the current levels of authoritarianism.