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Political types pervade our cultures: liberal, conservative, socialista, juene verte, anarchist. But what does it mean to say one is a "political type"? And, what factors influence one to be "typical" when it comes to political matters?

The search for personality and political types has a long history. From the Hellenistic Age to Medieval and Renaissance thought, both medicine and personality theorists relied on typologies related to bodily fluids (e.g., sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic personality types). The political psychologist Harold Lasswell wrote in the early 20th Century of three political types: Administrator, Agitator, and Theorist. Temperament theorist David Keirsey has analyzed the temperament types of U.S. presidents. More recently the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has proposed there are nine political types in U.S. politics.

One of the objectives of Political | Types is to build on this work, particularly by exploring the relationship between Jung's psychological types and public political orientations. Although there is little research in this area, Consulting Psychologists Press--the publisher of the MBTI--has published some research. These results are discussed in an article that can be found by clicking on the "Articles" link in the menu.
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 January 2011 )
 

RealClearPolitics - Poll Averages

RealClearPolitics Poll Averages

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Bill & Hillary Clinton, as well as Al Gore, apparently have completed the MBTI. The CEO of OKA (which offers MBTI training) indicates Bill Clinton reports ENFP, whereas Hillary Clinton & Al Gore report INTJ.


(Reported in the APTi Bulletin of Psychological Type: Rutledge, H. (2008). Type and Politics: The Election of 2008. APTi Bulletin of Psychological Type, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 36-37.)




McCain ESTP? Obama INFP? See here


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