Interesting article. Dan McAdams, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, has crafted a detailed psychological portrait of Donald Trump, the reality-TV star and real-estate mogul who would be US President.
He looks at Trump in terms of the Big Five of Personality Variables:
Extroversion: gregariousness, social dominance, enthusiasm, reward-seeking behavior
Neuroticism: anxiety, emotional instability, depressive tendencies, negative emotions
Conscientiousness: industriousness, discipline, rule abidance, organization
Agreeableness: warmth, care for others, altruism, compassion, modesty
Openness: curiosity, unconventionality, imagination, receptivity to new ideas
How does Trump stack up? High extraversion plus “off-the-chart low agreeableness”.
“People low in agreeableness are described as callous, rude, arrogant, and lacking in empathy.”
“Anger can fuel malice, but it can also motivate social dominance, stoking a desire to win the adoration of others. Combined with a considerable gift for humor (which may also be aggressive), anger lies at the heart of Trump’s charisma. And anger permeates his political rhetoric.”
A tendency to lie and distort.
Fascinating comparison with Andrew Jackson (who was the source of the donkey as the symbol of the Democratic Party). Similar populist appeal and driving personality. Brashness and anger.
Authoritarianism (associated with prejudice towards minorities or outgroups)
A textbook case of narcissism
But what is the purpose of fighting to win? Make America Great Again, says the Trump slogan. But what does that mean?
Great conclusion: “It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why.”