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Summary: Sen. Mitt Romney’s personality profile offers a glimpse into his underlying motives for assailing President Donald Trump’s character in a Jan. 1, 2019 op-ed published in the Washington Post. Specifically, Romney’s primary personality pattern — conscientiousness — induces him to place a premium on the character traits of honesty, integrity, and respect — suggesting it is no accident that Romney zeroed in on those particular traits as lacking in the president (and, by implication, holding himself up as exemplifying those personal qualities).

Summary: A psychological profile of Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah, shows he is well qualified to serve in “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Summary: A psychological profile of Mitt Romney, prospect for Secretary of State in the Trump administration, shows he is temperamentally fit for the position. Rudy Giuliani, though closer to President-elect Donald Trump, would be a riskier choice for Secretary of State.

Sep 3rd, 2012

Summary: A psychological profile of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, developed at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics during Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, reveals that the Republican nominee is highly conscientious, with a personality type best described as a “dutiful conformist.” Specifically, Romney is primarily a Conscientious-dutiful personality, complemented by secondary Dominant-asserting, Ambitious-confident, and Accommodating-cooperative features and a minor Retiring-reserved tendency. Romney’s personality profile provides a stable framework for anticipating his likely leadership style as president, as outlined in this report of how Romney will govern, if elected.