What do you call that person who wants others to behave like them?

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  • Narrow-minded, inadequate and insecure spring to mind, but I'm not sure that's the kind of thing you want – bamboo Sep 19 '13 at 15:52
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    An average human. :^) Though if you're looking for someone who wants others to act in a uniform way (not necessarily like them, but like everyone in a group), they'd be a "conformist". Not quite what you're looking for though, so not worth giving as an answer sadly. :( If I think of anything that better suits your needs, I'll be returning here to post an answer. – Zibbobz Sep 19 '13 at 15:53

I'd call someone like that a moraliser...

moralise/moralize - to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.

...or perhaps a prescriptivist...

prescriptive - making or giving injunctions, directions, laws, or rules.

Most other words in this general area (conformist, traditionalist, conservative, etc.) are usually used to mean a person who wants to be like others, rather than wants others to be like him.


I would go for missionary and proselytizer

a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.


to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.

Another word is control freak (although this can be applied in a different context as well, and is rather informal)

a person having a strong need for control over people or situations.


How about indoctinator?

An indoctrinator is one who indoctinates.

From Dictionary.com:

indoctrinate: to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., especially to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.

Indoctrinators want others to believe and do as they do (beliefs being habits of action).

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    Please do not give the same answer to more than one question. – tchrist Sep 6 '16 at 3:44

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