Dogmatism is a personality characteristic that describes an intolerant and inflexible conviction in one's own beliefs. People who are high in dogmatism will have a narrow political orientation and conform easily to authority. They will tend to be intolerant toward those who are different from themselves and reject points of view that challenge their own beliefs. Dogmatism is associated with a closed-minded way of thinking, and it is related to general extremist tendencies rather than any one specific belief system. This entry describes at the background of the concept, as well as related constructs and their implications.

History and Background

The psychological concept of dogmatism was introduced by Milton Rokeach in 1960 as a critique of Theodor Adorno and colleagues' authoritarian personality theory. According to Rokeach, authoritarianism, ...

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