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Student Research Collaborators Present Findings at Scholarship Day

Paige Steinberg, Madison Sharp, Skya Jandt, Christian Giminez, and Sarah Lommel present their poster, “The Personality Profile of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (April 25, 2019) — Psychological profiles of selected Democratic presidential candidates in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and of China’s President Xi Jinping, were presented 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 current academic year at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict.

Undergraduate students in a Personality Psychology course at the colleges conducted their 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 the designated political leaders were 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-III-R, DSM-IV, and DSM–5.

 

The Personality Profile of Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

By Sarah Lommel, Madison Sharp, Christian Gimenez, Paige Steinberg, and Skya Jandt


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Abstract: Joe Biden’s primary personality patterns were found to be Outgoing/congenial and Accommodating/cooperative, complemented by secondary Ambitious/confident and Dominant/asserting features. In summary, Biden may be characterized as a conciliatory extravert.

Presidential Electability Index range: 16-29

Updates » The Personality Profile of Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 16-29 (22.5 ±6.5)

 
 

The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

By Josie Thelen, Amber Lauer, Lauren Redmond, Kailee Gallagher, and Courtney Conlin

Josie Thelen, Amber Lauer, Courtney Conlin, Lauren Redmond, and Kailee Gallagher present their poster, “The Personality Profile of 2020 U.S. Presidential Contender Kamala Harris,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)


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Abstract: Kamala Harris’s primary personality patterns were found to be Outgoing/congenial, Dominant/asserting, and Ambitious/confident, complemented by secondary Accommodating/cooperative and Conscientious/respectful features. In summary, Harris may be characterized as a dominant extravert.

Presidential Electability Index range: 13-27

Updates » The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 13-27 (20 ±7)

 
 

The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

By Rachel Nelson, Justine Revermann, Madeline Koebnick, Emily Eng, Krystal Her, and Jason Omann

Jason Omann, Rachel Nelson, and Krystal Her present their poster, “The Personality Profile of 2020 U.S. Presidential Contender Amy Klobuchar,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)


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Abstract: Amy Klobuchar’s primary personality patterns were found to be Conscientious/dutiful and Dominant/controlling, complemented by secondary Ambitious/confident and Accommodating/cooperative features. In summary, Klobuchar may be characterized as a conscientious enforcer.

Presidential Electability Index range: 13-23

Updates » The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 13-23 (18 ±5)

 
 

The Personality Profile of Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke

By Jada Gilbert, Grace Ekstrom, Nicole Praska, Jack Her, and Meghan Ortizcazarin

Jada Gilbert, Jack Her, and Grace Ekstrom present their poster, “The Personality Profile of 2020 U.S. Presidential Contender Beto O’Rourke,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)


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Abstract: Beto O’Rourke’s primary personality patterns were found to be Outgoing/congenial and Dauntless/adventurous, complemented by secondary Accommodating/cooperative and Ambitious/confident features. In summary, O’Rourke may be characterized as an adventurous extravert.

Presidential Electability Index range: 11-23

Updates » The Personality Profile of U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 11-23 (17 ±6)

 
 

The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

By Andrew Saunders, Thomas Lenard, Erik Balder, and Isaias Guzman

Erik Balder and Aaron Montpetit present their poster, “The Personality Profile of 2020 U.S. Presidential Contender Bernie Sanders,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)


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Abstract: Bernie Sanders’s primary personality patterns were found to be Dominant/asserting and Dauntless/adventurous, complemented by secondary Ambitious/confident and Contentious/resolute features. In summary, Sanders may be characterized as a deliberative nonconformist.

Presidential Electability Index range: 16-23

Updates » The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 16-23 (19.5 ±3.5)

 
 

The Personality Profile of China’s President Xi Jinping

By Nathaniel Lutmer, Anna Faerber, and Mariah Ogden-Kellington

Mariah Ogden-Kellington, Nate Lutmer, and Anna Faerber present their poster, “The Personality Profile of China’s President Xi Jinping,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019. (Click on photo for full-size image)

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Abstract: Xi Jinping’s primary personality patterns were found to be Ambitious/confident and Dominant/asserting, complemented by secondary Outgoing/congenial and Accommodating/cooperative features. In summary, Xi may be characterized as a confident, high-dominance extravert.

 


 

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The Personality Profile of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

By Suntina Spehar, Austen Luetmer, Annie Griebie, and Cassidy Smith


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Abstract: Pete Buttigieg’s primary personality patterns were found to be Accommodating/cooperative, Ambitious/confident, and Outgoing/congenial, complemented by secondary Conscientious/respectful and Reticent/circumspect features. In summary, Buttigieg may be characterized as an ambitious conciliator.

Presidential Electability Index range: 10-18

Updates » The Personality Profile of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 10-18 (14 ±4)

 
 
The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

By Cassidy Smith, Annie Griebie, and Suntina Spehar


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Abstract: Elizabeth Warren’s primary personality patterns were found to be Dominant/asserting, Conscientious/respectful, and Ambitious/confident, complemented by secondary Reticent/circumspect and Outgoing/congenial features. In summary, Warren may be characterized as a dominant technocrat.

Presidential Electability Index range: 11-15

Updates » The Personality Profile of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Presidential Electability Index

Range: 11-15 (13 ±2)

 
 

2020 Presidential Candidates


Photo composite: The New York Times

 


 

Related reports on this site

Psychological Profiles of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates (April 24, 2015)

Psychological Profiles of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Presented at Scholarship Day (April 27, 2018)

Donald Trump poster (S&CD 2018)





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