PL 46 Authority

Authority is the very first conflict for a growing child when it reaches a certain degree of consciousness. Elders, parents or parent-substitutes, and later on teachers represent authority for the child.

This authority denies the child many a wish fulfillment. Therefore, authority seems hostile.

No matter how much love, warmth and affection a child is given, no matter how necessary the prohibition is at times, it represents the first hurdle of life.


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