The Dogmatic Personality: Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Dimensions

How do you know when you are arguing with a dogmatic personality? Usually they are overly certain they are right. Your discussions are with people who behave as if they’re playing King of the Hill games. Their questions are posed in dualistic, either/or way with no middle ground.

According to Judy J. Johnson in What’s So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, dogmatic personalities have fourteen characteristics – five cognitive, four emotional and five behavioral as we shall see in this article.

Author – Bruce Lerro – Socialist Planning Beyond Capitalism

About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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