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Jul 3rd, 2009


The sudden resignation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, has stirred debate about her rationale and motives. Part of the answer may lie in her personal psychology.

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Frame grab shows Alaska Governor Palin announcing that she will resign this month and will not run for re-election as governor in Wasilla, Alaska
Palin’s stunning announcement (NBC Nightly News, July 3, 2009) – Sarah Palin announced Friday that she won’t be seeking re-election as Alaska’s governor, and that she’s leaving office with more than a year and a half remaining in her term. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports. (02:56)

Following is the abstract of an investigation of Sarah Palin’s personality characteristics and leadership style, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics and directed by Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D.

The Personality Profile of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

PalinPosterImage_4-09.jpg Palin Poster picture by Rifleman-Al

Sarah Palin’s most prominent personal attribute is a dominant, dauntless quality. Her profile also indicates ambitious, outgoing, and contentious tendencies. Palin’s constellation of personality patterns is congruent with several personal qualities associated with success in politics, including assertiveness, determination, ambition, and personal charisma. The combination of ambitious, dominant, dauntless, and outgoing patterns in Palin’s profile suggests an “ambitious competitor” personality composite.


Andrea Schiebe, Angela Rodgers, and David Wutchiett present their research on “The Personality Profile of Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin” at the 44th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., April 18, 2009 (Supervisor: Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D.)

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Sarah Palin emerged from the study as an ambitious competitor personality type, with a mixed Ambitious/self-serving and Dominant/asserting primary personality pattern and secondary features of the Outgoing/congenial and Dauntless/adventurous personality styles.

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