Adjustment through power-the autocratic personality type-these people behave in ways that can be described as ambitious, energetic, playful organization and leadership. In reflective response, people with this personality type tend to “pull” or “push” others into respectful admiration, submission or dependence, looking up to the autocratic personality type.
Power in this personality type can be manifested in many different ways, physical power,( strength in males can win respect, as beauty in females can win admiration or respect),status power or intellectual power are just some examples.
As the judge was used as example of an adjusted individual who uses the sadistic means of adjustment/personality functioning; the teacher is an example of a common member of society who uses this method of adjustment in a socially accepted manner. The position of teacher inherently comes with some degree of autocratic superiority as the teacher-learner role playing game, for the teacher, says to others ” I know something you don’t know, I am wise and or better informed on this subject manner than you are”.
When this behavior is exhibited with abnormally high consistency and or oscillation, the person may compulsively seek control, become power-hungry or unrealistic ally over-ambitious. Even when inappropriate these individuals may try to be planful, precise and efficient, always competent and in control. They are afraid of feelings of weakness, uncertainty or anything that makes them appear incompetent or not in control. They want to avoid feeling uncertain, confused, submissive or passive. Self-esteem is maintained by placing themselves/operating in a way which maintains the illusionary buffer of protection that perceived control over themselves, others, objects and situations offers against the mysteries and uncontrollable possibilities of reality.
Again, this behavior tends to pull obedience, respectful submission or genuine respect/admiration from others. The autocratic person who demonstrates planful organization and competence is often respected by others. However, in the case of two individuals who both exhibit extreme autocratic personality types a power struggle may occur. In most cases, however, the autocratic personality type will ‘train’ the other person into symbolically inversely ‘matching’ their autocratic traits with flattery, obedience and respect or admiration. This type of relationship is reciprocal and self-sustaining, one who displays leadership through competence or organization will often pull passive followers did admiration in others, which in turn, encourages, confirms and re-enforces the original leadership role.