View Full Version : Cool little thing about US presidents and their personalities...

04-19-2006, 09:59 AM
Don't turn this into a political bitchfest please.


Types of Presidents

One part of our project was to identify various types of presidents. Unlike previous approaches, we did not start with a theoretical model or a preconceived number of types.

Instead, we examined how similar the personality ratings for each president were to all other presidents. This allowed us to compare each president to every other one on 592 personality, behavior, and ability ratings. We used a statistical procedure called cluster analysis to objectively group presidents that are alike. We view this as a major advance over approaches that rely on a small number of personality dimensions and the judgments of a single author.

Based on analyses of the presidents Washington through Clinton, we found eight types of presidents. These are:


The Dominators include LBJ, Nixon, Andrew Johnson, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Teddy Roosevelt, and Chester Arthur (in order of inclusion).

They are prone to bully others and to disregard the feelings and rights of those not on their side. They are bossy, demanding, and domineering; they flatter or manipulate people to get their way. They bend or break rules, and as presidents, stretch the constraints of constitutional government. They are not religious or spiritual, and tend to be prejudiced.


John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, James Buchanan, Woodrow Wilson, and Benjamin Harrison.

Introverted presidents are psychologically minded, complex, deep men. They are not regarded as warm and friendly, and have difficulty controlling social situations. They prefer to work alone and avoid close relationships. Often jittery or tense, they are not happy and high-spirited; they tend to feel irritable, overwhelmed by stress, and to overreact.

Good Guys

Hayes, Taylor, Eisenhower, Tyler, Fillmore, Cleveland, Ford, and Washington.

Good Guys almost never feel themselves to be worthless, are rarely jittery or tense, and don't feel overwhelmed by stress. They make good decisions even under adversity. They have a hard time lying, aren't crafty or sly, and don't trick, bully or flatter people to get their way. They don't spend much time fantasizing and daydreaming but don't deny problems.


Taft, Harding, and Grant

Innocents are submissive and accept domination easily, and are "gullible, naive, suggestible." Not autonomous, independent or individualistic, they sometimes don't assert themselves when they should. Compared to other presidents (who are an industrious lot), they have trouble getting motivated and down to work, and are lethargic, sluggish, lazy, and slothful.

The Actors

The Actors group includes Ronald Reagan, Warren Harding, William Henry Harrison, Bill Clinton, and Franklin Pierce

Compared to other presidents, Actors are gullible, naive, and suggestible, warm and self-disclosing; they allow their feelings to show on their faces and in their posture. They are not meticulous, perfectionistic, or precise; they tend to waste time before getting to work, and tolerate unethical behavior in colleagues. Actors are enthusiastic, spirited, vivacious, zestful, charismatic, and charming.


This group contains William McKinley, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Harry Truman

Maintainers stay focused on the job, work slowly but steadily, and are "industrious, persistent, tenacious, thorough." They are "uncreative, unimaginative," and do not indulge in elaborate daydreams and fantasies. They are conforming and conventional, not rebellious.


James Garfield, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Jimmy Carter, and Rutherford Hayes.

Compared to other presidents, Philosophes are curious and inquisitive, interested in science, and fascinated by patterns in nature and art. They are concerned with philosophical issues (e.g., religion, the meaning of life), have many interests, and enjoy solving brain-twister puzzles. They see themselves as broad-minded and believe that students should be exposed to new ideas and controversial speakers. Despite being analytical, logical, and good at math, they value art and beauty and are attentive to the moods of different settings. They are also "nice" people: They believe that everyone is deserving of respect and prefer complimenting others to being praised themselves.


FDR and Kennedy form the kernel of this cluster, and are followed by Bill Clinton, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, William Harrison, Warren Harding, Andrew Jackson, and LBJ.

Extraverted presidents are enthusiastic, spirited, vivacious, and zestful; they call attention to themselves. They are "impetuous, uninhibited, unrestrained," are not consistent, predictable, or steady. They indulge their impulses and show their feelings through their faces and body language. They have a flair for the dramatic but are not dependable and responsible. They don't take pride in being rational or objective.

04-19-2006, 10:26 AM
So the current George W. Bush is not in the list?

04-19-2006, 10:31 AM
So the current George W. Bush is not in the list?Several guys were left off. Monroe, Van Bueren, among others.

Rain Man
04-19-2006, 06:58 PM
And they counted Rutherford B. Hayes twice. What kind of scam are they trying to pull here?

4th and Long
04-19-2006, 07:02 PM

Harry Truman

They are "uncreative, unimaginative,"
Yeah. That whole dropping the atom bomb thing and ending the war was pretty uncreative an unimaginative.

Rain Man
04-19-2006, 07:23 PM
Yeah. That whole dropping the atom bomb thing and ending the war was pretty uncreative an unimaginative.

A creative president would've had the Enola Gay come in low and fast, and then take bets on how many times it bounced before it blew up.

"Okay, release"


"One bounce"

"Two bounces"

"Three bounces"

"Oh, wow."

04-19-2006, 07:45 PM
Bill Clinton is on there twice as well.

04-19-2006, 09:13 PM
Some people fit more than one catagory.

04-20-2006, 06:49 AM
still bumping to move that CP match crap

04-20-2006, 02:39 PM
So the current George W. Bush is not in the list?

I took it that they lumped both Bush's in the same category as Maintainers. (George H. W. Bush)

04-20-2006, 02:56 PM
Apparently they didn't rate all presidents...

He could fall into Maintainer category based on description.

04-20-2006, 03:03 PM
So the current George W. Bush is not in the list?

I guess there wasn't a dumbass category.

04-20-2006, 03:04 PM
The reason some presidents are listed twice and some not listed at all has to do with the statistical technique (cluster analysis) used to do the groupings. Cluster analysis puts things together in groups. The groups are not defined in advance, the fall out from the commonalites of the data. So a bunch of points close together will from a group. If there is one president that has characteristics between two groups, such that he looks like he is kind of in group A and kind of in group B, he will be listed in both. Presidents who's characteristics are unique will fall away from any group and won't be listed.

I think they purposefully left GW off the list since he is still in office.

04-20-2006, 03:07 PM
No they are making a special group for George W Bush, called Liars, retards and frauds.