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Summary: Psychological profiles of China’s President Xi Jinping and Democratic presidential candidates in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, including Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Beto O’Rouke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Summary: A psychological analysis of United States Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh by Allison Roehl and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Kavanaugh’s primary personality patterns are Conscientious/respectful and Accommodating/cooperative, with secondary Dominant/asserting and Ambitious/confident features. In summary, Kavanaugh’s personality composite can be characterized as a “conscientious conciliator.”

Summary: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s has announced his candidacy for governor in the 2018 election. A psychological analysis of Pawlenty, conducted 2010-2011 when he ran for president, revealed that his personality type is that of a “conscientious conciliator.”

Summary: The Presidential Electability Index (PEI) developed by Aubrey Immelman at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics predicted more than a year ahead of the 2016 presidential election that Donald Trump would win.

Summary: Psychological analysis of Donald Trump’s temperament sheds light on his fitness for office as president. The two personality traits of greatest concern are impulsiveness and responding aggressively to personal slights.

Summary: Psychological analysis of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani reveals that his primary personality pattern is Dominant/aggressive, with secondary features of the Conscientious/dutiful and Ambitious/confident patterns. The combination of highly dominant and conscientious patterns in Giuliani’s profile suggests an “aggressive enforcer” personality composite.

Summary: The Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics has released political-psychological assessments of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Democratic and Republican candidates, respectively, in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Summary: In response to the “Access Hollywood” sex video firestorm, Donald Trump — consistent with his personality profile, which is nearly identical to Bill Clinton’s — has vowed not to drop out of the presidential race under any circumstances.

Summary: Donald Trump’s temperament has emerged as a major campaign issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Analysis of Trump’s temperament sheds light on his fitness for office as president.

Summary: Psychological advice on how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can exploit each other’s personality weaknesses to gain a winning edge in the presidential debates.