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Profiluri psihologice ale liderilor politici contemporani.
Psychological Profiles of the Contemporary Political Leaders.

Comparative Approach

Author(s): Silviu-Petru Grecu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: political personality; political profile; dominant personality; narcisism; cognitive style; self-image

Summary/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 (15, , t= 5.669, p < 0.05) with elements of sadism and narcissism (14, , t = 4.5, p = 0.05) . Only in the case of totalitarian leadership, the case of Kim Jong-un, we have observed antisocial features (7, , 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.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 31-57
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Romanian