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Students Present Research at Scholarship Day

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Atarah Pinder presents her poster “The Political Personality of 2016 Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz” at Scholarship and Creativity Day, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, April 23, 2015. (Click photo for full-size image)

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (Apr. 23, 2015) — Psychological profiles of declared and prospective Republican presidential candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were presented today, April 23, 2015, at “Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day,” an annual event to recognize students, faculty, and staff who have undertaken significant research, scholarship, or creative works during the past academic year at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict.

Undergraduate students in a Personality Psychology course at the colleges conducted the research under the auspices of the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, directed by Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.

Biographical and life history data concerning the candidates was collected from media reports and synthesized into personality profiles using the third edition of the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria (MIDC), which yields 34 normal and maladaptive personality classifications congruent with DSM–5.

The following research projects were presented:

The Political Personality of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Preliminary Findings [Updated]

Chris Christie poster 2015-04
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By McKenzie Neu, Joe Trenzeluk, Alexandra Latanision, Jack Schweich, and Emily Lueck

Abstract: Chris Christie’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / controlling, complemented by secondary Outgoing / gregarious and Ambitious / self-serving features, and a Dauntless / adventurous tendency. In summary, Christie’s personality composite can be characterized as “dominant, self-confident, extraverted.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
Preliminary Findings [Updated]

Ted Cruz poster 2015-04
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By Atarah Pinder, Yilian Li, Anna Wagner, Theresa Hickman, Yee Her, and Sarah Blaida

Abstract: Ted Cruz’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / controlling, complemented by secondary Ambitious / confident and Dauntless / adventurous features, and a possible Contentious / resolute tendency. In summary, Cruz’s personality composite can be characterized as “risk-taking, confident, controlling.”

The Personality Profile of Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee

Poster detailing the Personality Profile of Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
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By Joseph Wonderlich, Demetre Koukouves, Emily Berthiaume, and Matt Plessel

Abstract: Mike Huckabee’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / controlling, complemented by secondary Ambitious / confident and Outgoing / congenial features, and a Dauntless / adventurous tendency. In summary, Huckabee’s personality composite can be characterized as “dominant, ambitious, extraverted.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Presidential Candidate Rand Paul

Rand Paul poster 2015-04
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By Katherine Stelzner, Anh Doan, Natalie Gannon, and Katie Miller

Abstract: Rand Paul’s primary personality pattern was found to be Ambitious / confident, complemented by secondary Dominant / asserting and Conscientious / respectful features, and a possible Contentious / resolute tendency. In summary, Paul’s personality composite can be characterized as “confident, resolute, individualistic.”

The Personality Profile of Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate Rick Perry

Rick Perry poster 2015-04
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By Demetre Koukouves, April Donovan, Natalie Lambert, and Shuhan Yi

Abstract: Rick Perry’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / asserting, complemented by secondary Dauntless / adventurous, Ambitious / confident, and Outgoing / congenial features. In summary, Perry’s personality composite can be characterized as “dominant, risk-taking, extraverted.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio
Preliminary Findings [Updated]

Marco Rubio poster 2015-04
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By Zachary Bigaouette, Tyree Kidd, and Sarah Catcher

Abstract: Marco Rubio’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / asserting, complemented by secondary Ambitious / confident and Conscientious / respectful features, and a possible Outgoing / congenial tendency. In summary, Rubio’s personality composite can be characterized as “assertive, confident, organized, extraverted.” Due to the relatively small amount of data collected – as reflected by the low profile elevations – the assessment should at best be considered a pilot study.

The Personality Profile of Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate Scott Walker
Preliminary Findings
[Updated]

Scott Walker poster 2015-04
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By Victoria Beach, Paul Kress, Colin Fisher, Megan Lutz, and Angel Aguilera

Abstract: Scott Walker’s primary personality pattern was found to be Accommodating / cooperative, complemented by secondary Ambitious / confident features. In summary, Walker’s personality composite can be characterized as “confident, accommodating.” However, given Walker’s confrontational track record as governor, the assessment lacks face validity – most likely due to the relatively small amount of data collected, as reflected by the low profile elevations. Thus, the assessment should at best be considered a pilot study.

Note: Studies of Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina are currently in progress.

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Updates

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Scott Walker
(July 26, 2015)

Walker poster (July 2015)
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By Joe Trenzeluk

Abstract: Scott Walker’s predominant personality patterns were found to be Conscientious / dutiful and Dominant / controlling, with secondary Ambitious / confident features. In summary, Walker’s personality composite can be characterized as a “conscientious enforcer.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush (Aug. 2, 2015)

Bush poster (July 2015)
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By Atarah Pinder

Abstract: Jeb Bush’s predominant personality patterns were found to be Conscientious / dutiful and Retiring / aloof,  with secondary Dominant / asserting features. In summary, Bush’s personality composite can be characterized as a “conscientious, forceful introvert.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (Aug. 9, 2015)

Trump poster (July 2015)
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By Hannah Hoppe

Abstract: Donald Trump’s predominant personality patterns were found to be Ambitious / self-serving, Dominant / controlling, and Outgoing / gregarious. In summary, Trump’s personality composite can be characterized as a “high-dominance charismatic.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie (Aug. 16, 2015)

Chris Christie poster 2015-08
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By Joe Trenzeluk

Abstract: Chris Christie’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / forceful, with secondary Ambitious / confident and Dauntless / Adventurous features, along with Outgoing / congenial and Contentious / resolute tendencies. In summary, Christie’s personality composite can be characterized as a “dominant, self-confident, risk-taking extravert.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson (Aug. 30, 2015)

Carson poster (2015-08)
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By Hannah Hoppe

Abstract: Ben Carson’s most prominent personality patterns were found to be Dominant / assertive, Ambitious / confident, and Conscientious / respectful. In summary, Carson’s personality composite can be characterized as a “confident, deliberative organizer.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz (Sept. 6, 2015)

Ted Cruz poster 2015-09
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By Atarah Pinder

Abstract: Ted Cruz’s primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant / forceful, with secondary Ambitious / confident and Dauntless / Adventurous features and less prominent Outgoing / congenial and Contentious / resolute tendencies. In summary, Cruz’s personality composite can be characterized as a “risk-taking, confident controller.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio (Feb. 14, 2016)

Marco Rubio poster 2016-02
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By Joe Trenzeluk

Abstract:  Marco Rubio’s primary personality patterns were found to be Ambitious / confident and Outgoing / congenial, with secondary Conscientious / respectful and Accommodating / cooperative features. In summary, Rubio’s personality composite can be characterized as an “ambitious and charming, cautious pleaser.”

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich (April 18, 2016)

Poster - John Kasich 2016Click on image for larger view

By Timothy Immelman, Katherine Jennissen, Brianna Kupser, Jeremy Reller, Samantha Womeldorf, and Joe Trenzeluk

Abstract: John Kasich’s primary personality patterns were found to be Dominant / asserting and Accommodating / cooperative, with secondary Ambitious / confident and Outgoing / congenial features. In summary, Kasich’s personality composite can be characterized as a “forceful mediator.”

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Related reports on this site

Santorum poster (April 2012)
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Rick Santorum Personality Profile (April 26, 2012)

Tim Pawlenty Personality Profile (June 16, 2011)

Michele Bachmann Personality Profile (June 13, 2011)

Mitt Romney Personality Profile (June 2, 2011)

Joe Biden Personality Profile (April 17, 2009)

Barack Obama Personality Profile (Feb. 21, 2009)

John McCain Personality Profile (Nov. 2, 2008)


(Clockwise from right front) Feiran Chen, Beth Peichel, Wade Kohls, Rachel Heying, Sara Duxbury, and Amanda Nusbaum presented their poster “The Personality Profile of 2012 Presidential Contender Rick Santorum” in the run-up to the 2012 U.S. presidential election at Scholarship and Creativity Day, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, April 25, 2012. (Photo: Aubrey Immelman; click photo for larger image)


Related colloquium

Personality Profiles of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates. Forum Lecture, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, November 5, 2015. Abstract and link for full-text (PDF) download at Digital Commons: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/forum_lectures/136/


Alternate link to “Psychological Profiles of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates” at Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics website » http://personality-politics.org/psychological-profiles-of-2016-republican-presidential-candidates

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    “Republican shadow campaign for 2020 takes shape as Trump doubts grow” (Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns, New York Times, Aug. 5, 2017) — Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago. … In most cases, the shadow candidates and their operatives have signaled that they are preparing only in case Mr. Trump is not available in 2020. Most significant, multiple advisers to Mr. Pence have already intimated to party donors that he would plan to run if Mr. Trump did not. … Beyond Washington, other up-and-coming Republicans are making moves should there be an opening in 2020. Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the United Nations and a former governor of South Carolina, put her longtime pollster on the payroll, has gotten better acquainted with some of New York’s financiers and carved out a far more muscular foreign policy niche than Mr. Trump. … Full story » https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/05/us/politics/2020-campaign-president-trump-cotton-sasse-pence.html

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