a pattern of emotionally charged concepts of authority in an individual that are partially or completely repressed. To satisfy an unconscious need for authority, a person projects power onto certain other people (see also projection) and experiences feelings of inferiority in the presence of these others. Therefore, reactions to authority often take the form of oversubmission, but may at times, take the form of dominance and hostility.

AUTHORITY COMPLEX: "A person with an authority complex represses his or her own needs for authority and projects them onto others."
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