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Personality, Character, and Leadership In The White House: Psychologists Assess the Presidents [Kindle Edition]

Steven J Rubenzer , Thomas R. Faschingbauer
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Personality, Character, and Leadership in the White House is the first book-length work to present truly scientific personality evaluations of the American presidents. This benchmark work dramatically improves the state-of-the-art in classifying presidents and predicting performance in the White House. Dr. Steven Rubenzer and Dr. Thomas Faschingbauer asked 120 experts, including biographers, historians, presidential advisers, and other knowledge-able sources, to rate the presidents by filling out standardized personality tests. For each president that fell within their area of expertise, the evaluators completed a 592-item questionnaire regarding personality, intelligence, and behavior. From the results, the authors identify nine traits related to presidential success, examine how the presidents’ personalities affected their job performance, and list their scores on the major dimensions of personality. Rubenzer and Faschingbauer provide revealing insights about every American president and profile twenty-one of them in detail, including all post–World War II presidents and all of the “great” presidents.

In addition to revolutionizing the way we look at the presidency, the study offers entertaining and unexpected conclusions. For instance, which recent president’s personality and character most closely resembles those of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln? The answer may surprise you. Presidential scholars, students, and anyone who likes to be well informed when discussing their political preferences will find this enlightening book irresistible.

Visit www.testingthepresidents.com and www.PersonalityinHistory.com for more information.

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About the Author

Steven J. Rubenzer, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in personality and intellectual assessment. Thomas R. Faschingbauer, Ph.D., is a retired medical psychologist, formerly a professor at Duke University Medical School and the University of Texas at Houston, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Both authors live in Houston.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4953 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003QFSN6E
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (31 Aug. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CWHLDA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Presidential Personality, Measured and Described 3 Jun. 2011
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Steven Rubenzer and Thomas Faschingbauer have found a way to give personality tests to U.S. presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. No, they don't use a time machine. Instead they administer a 600-item personality questionnaire to a select group of historians and biographers. "By studying most presidents in depth, biographers did most of the hard work. We tried to mine their knowledge, focus their judgments, and provide a shared language and format...The process of biography is necessarily personal and subjective, which by definition precludes objective, scientific analysis. Our study incorporates two strategies to improve this situation: multiple raters and the use of objective personality tests to reduce idiosyncratic judgments and bias." (p. 311)

Their raters included both generalists who have studied all U.S. presidents and specialists who have focused on one or two. Their questions ask about character, job performance and personality. The Revised NEO Personality Inventory is their key instrument, scoring each president on the "Big Five" personality dimensions of Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. Each of the five personality factors consists of a number of subscales, thoroughly explained in the first chapter. A set of detailed technical appendices describe the authors' methods, correlations between scales and other details needed to evaluate the technical quality of their work.

Personality profiles for each president are compared to other presidents and to the general public. As a group, presidents are more Extraverted and Conscientious than average Americans and less Agreeable and Open to Experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars personality study of us presidents 12 Dec. 2013
By sanyata
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the authors measure all the personalties of the us presidents (except obama) and plot them into a graph using the big five system. their results are interesting, but sometimes they seem a bit too extreme. the authors also provide short, positive biographies on most of the significant presidents, and they group them together on the basis of the psychometric data. it is not always easy to see the connection between the raw data on personality and the biographies that form the main text of this book. it seems that the authors had the right idea in getting hard data on the presidents from experts, but that the authors failed submerge the standard biographies of the presidents to the data. as such it is as if the two legs of the book are walking in different directions. but overall it is a very nice ressoruce to have.

oh yes, and someone do a big five report on obama ASAP!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Groundbreaking Study 13 Sept. 2004
By James J. Maloy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found Personality, Character, & Leadership in the White Housse to be a very thoughtful, creative work that clearly has no equal in what it attempts to do. I have 12 years of graduate work in mostly Political Science, Psychology, Statistics and Public Administration and an extensive research library dealing with topics related to to study of Presidential Leadership. Given this background I believe I am qualified to say that there is no book like this. A great deal of work went into it and it takes the study of Presidential Leadership to a level no other study has reached. Clearly it is one that should be considered for use in many Political Science courses and perhaps in some other fields as well. It is hoped it will stimulate serious discussion of just how much we can learn about the strengths and limitations of using scientific personality research and quesstionnaires to evaluate political leadership at the highest level of the U. S. government. It also is a delight to read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the areas its title mentions. I know it will be a great help in my own research and should be for others too. I also beliieve the general thoughtful concerned citizen will find much food for thought in it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading, Thought Provoking Insights 23 Oct. 2004
By James Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This charming, entertaining book will appeal to readers with interests in politics, American history, or personality. The authors persuaded numerous historical experts to rate each of the U.S. presidents on personality questionnaires. The ratings were then pooled and used to "profile" each president on such qualities as Character, Assertiveness, and Extraversion. Some of the results are about what one would expect (Abraham Lincoln was tender-hearted and exceptionally concerned about the well-being of less-fortunate people) but others are more thought-provoking (recent U.S. presidents seem to be more extraverted and perhaps less intellectual than their predecessors). The personality profile for each major president is accompanied by a brief and colorful biography. I had difficulty putting the book down, as I learned intriguing new facts about such colorful presidents as Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. This book is not only a great deal of fun but may also be useful to teachers of U.S. history, as well as instructors who want to introduce their students to modern personality theory and what psychologists call the "Big Five" personality traits. A sampling of the book's findings (and enlightening profiles of the 2004 presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry) can be found on a website established by the book's authors at [...]
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objective Analysis of the Presidents 28 Feb. 2005
By John Duck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion, this is a landmark book. The first to evaluate the presidents' personalities in a scientific way. I will refer to it again and again. Parts of it are dense, especially the first part where they describe the methods used but it's well worth the read. Each chapter begins with a brief biography of the president profiled. If you have read other books on the presidents you may disagree with some of the things you read in this book. But regardless of that, this is a great book for comparing the presidents with one another and understanding their similarities and differences. It's a good starting point for further reading. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Analysis of American Presidents 3 Sept. 2004
By Eric G. Mart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Personality, Character, and Leadership in the White House: Psychologists Assess the Presidents by Steven Rubenzer and Thomas Faschingbauer is unusual in that it combines a number of ingredients (an interesting subject, solid science and a good read) in a way that one seldom sees in a non-fiction book and does it successfully. This is a book that will interest history buffs and mental health professionals equally. In Personality, Character and Leadership in the White House, the authors have used a well know psychological test of normal personality dynamics which can be completed by individuals who know a living or deceased subject well. Rubenzer and Faschingbauer assembled groups of historians who were very familiar with particular presidents and had them complete the test on American presidents based on their knowledge of their personalities and behavior. The results provide insights into the qualities that make a good (or bad) president as well as how these leaders differ from the general population. The book is straightforwardand the authors do not inject their personal political beliefs into the mix. In addition, it is well written and jargon/psychobabble free. I highly recommend this book to both professionals and general readers who want to know more about what motivates our presidents, past and present
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presidential Personality, Measured and Described 16 Feb. 2009
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Steven Rubenzer and Thomas Faschingbauer have found a way to give personality tests to U.S. presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. No, they don't use a time machine. Instead they administer a 600-item personality questionnaire to a select group of historians and biographers. "By studying most presidents in depth, biographers did most of the hard work. We tried to mine their knowledge, focus their judgments, and provide a shared language and format...The process of biography is necessarily personal and subjective, which by definition precludes objective, scientific analysis. Our study incorporates two strategies to improve this situation: multiple raters and the use of objective personality tests to reduce idiosyncratic judgments and bias." (p. 311)

Their raters included both generalists who have studied all U.S. presidents and specialists who have focused on one or two. Their questions ask about character, job performance and personality. The Revised NEO Personality Inventory is their key instrument, scoring each president on the "Big Five" personality dimensions of Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. Each of the five personality factors consists of a number of subscales, thoroughly explained in the first chapter. A set of detailed technical appendices describe the authors' methods, correlations between scales and other details needed to evaluate the technical quality of their work.

Personality profiles for each president are compared to other presidents and to the general public. As a group, presidents are more Extraverted and Conscientious than average Americans and less Agreeable and Open to Experience. There are interesting findings in the subscales, including that presidents are more assertive and achievement-oriented and less straightforward than the rest of us. The authors' examine personality traits related to presidential success and popularity. Surprises here include an increasing role for extraversion and need for power and a decreasing role for traditionally-defined "character" across two centuries of presidential performance.

Using statistical clustering techniques, the authors identify eight different types of presidents, each group with a common personality profile. They name these groups Dominators, Introverts, Good Guys, Innocents, Actors, Maintainers, Philosophes, and Extraverts. The authors describe the shared characteristics of presidents in each cluster and contrast their differences. Their brief biographical sketches of individual presidents are well-written and help readers to understand the strengths and limitations of personality profiles compared to traditional narrative biography. These authors do not "push" their own methods overmuch, noting--even highlighting--where their conclusions depart from the judgments of history. The effect is an informative and restrained characterization of each president.

This book presents a careful and responsible integration of "scientific" personality assessment with traditional historical biography. It is good reading for anyone interested in U.S. presidents or in personality methods, generally. I particularly recommend it to psychology students eager to see psychology's relevance to history and politics. It is also thought-provoking for text analysts who might devise ways to extract personality profiles directly from presidential biographies or collections of personal papers.
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