intolerance of ambiguity

is the subject of today’s quote from the Word-A-Day site. Anuj has it updating daily on his blog (I’m jealous of all his tricks).
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -Theodor Adorno, philosopher and composer (1903-1969)
Adorno is big in theories of mass communication. Anyway, inability to deal with uncertainty can also be the mark of insecurity. Perhaps the two often go hand-in-hand? Or, one looks like the other…
I’ve been guilty of the latter, ain’t no doubt about it (sing a song of regret). The former? Heck, I like leading and being followed but I’ve always been extraordinarily uncomfortable when it was without open contest.

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