|PTypes - Personality Types
George W. Bush
In James David Barber's, The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, there are four presidential character types: Active-Positive, Active-Negative, Passive-Positive, and Passive-Negative. Here, I think, is how George W. Bush (Cf. Gore) shapes up, using Barber's definition:
This is the receptive, compliant, other-directed character whose life is a search for affection as a reward for being agreeable and cooperative rather than personally assertive. The contradiction is between low self-esteem (on grounds of being unlovable, unattractive) and a superficial optimism. A hopeful attitude helps dispel doubt and elicits encouragement from others. Passive-positive types help soften the harsh edges of politics. But their dependence and the fragility of their hopes and enjoyments make disappointment in politics likely (pg. 10).
- Case Study "Sister Jane"
Sister Jane doesn't like to be alone and some sisters in community experience her as socially awkward and clingy. Sister Jane attends prayers but it is difficult to have a spiritual conversation with her. When pressed she reveals that her experience of God is a powerful, kindly father figure before whom she feels like a helpless child, constantly expecting to be rescued.
Co-founder of Apple Computer
Humorist: Art Buchwald
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