PSYCHOLOGYCAL PROFILES OF THE CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL LEADERS. COMPARATIVE APPROACH

SILVIU PETRU GRECU

Abstract


The aim of this study is to compare political and psychological profiles of three contemporary leaders: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Secondary data were extracted from Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, regarding several variables from Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria as: expressive behavior, interpersonal conduct, cognitive style, mood/temperament, self-image. The study intends to identify several psychobiographical perspectives and political profiles for understanding the main vectors associated to political personality. We have observed two main features of leaders behavior: dominant and ambitious personality ( μ=15, σ=4.58, t=5.669, p<0.05 ) with elements of sadism and narcissism (μ=14, σ=5.58, t=4.5, p=0.05). Only in the case of totalitarian leadership, the case of Kim Jong-un,  we have observed antisocial features ( μ=7, σ=3.40, t=3.5, p>0.05). All these personality features affect directly the cognitive style and self-image (r2 = 0.96), with consequences in the plan of domestic politics or international relations. Thus, aggresivity and narcissism are two pillars around which is crystalized authoritarian personality.

Keywords


political personality, political profile, dominant personality, narcisism, cognitive style, self-image

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