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Devoted personality type (Continued)

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).

  • Enneagram Type: 6w7

    Posted by Joe Tangredi on July 26, 2000 at 09:12:36: to: Jan's Enneagram Movie Board

    (copied (with Joe's permission) from Riso's board)

    With respect to George W. Bush, I think he is a lot more like his father than he appears on the surface. The elder Bush is widely recognized as a Six with a strong counterphobic streak, and (I believe) with both Five and Seven wings influencing his personality: on the one hand, the former president is the "adventurer" who parachutes out of planes at 75 years old; on the other hand, the "Six with a Five Wing" tendency to intellectualism, introspection, and staunch defensiveness (especially of received values, which he internalized from his father, the late Senator Prescott Bush.)

    George W. Bush, I believe, is similar in that he is basically a Six, but with a VERY strong Seven wing -- and absolutely no Five wing. Indeed, he could almost be mistaken for a Seven with a Six Wing (he is extremely outgoing, has a past littered with stories of wild, rabble-rousing behavior -- especially in college; he also had a "drinking problem" which he admits to having kicked; and also there are the allegations of cocaine use which he hasn't denied).

    The strong Seven wing is also supported by all his various business ventures and career moves, many of which sent him off in wildly divergent directions: oil company entrepreneur, major league baseball team owner, politician.

    I don't see GWB as displaying the "slick" or "polished" careerist attributes we associate with Threes (whether with the warmth of a Two wing -- a la Bill Clinton -- or the aloofness of a Four wing -- a la Jimmy Carter.)

    Instead, he shows a lot of loyalty (to family, party, etc.) and an almost unquestioning defense of the values inculcated by his family -- regardless of the life he actually lived as a youth. In fact, in his campaigning, he stresses "Sixish" issues like family and loyalty. He also has an obvious admiration for his father.

    Also, GWB shows a marked counterphobic streak, just like his father -- a pugnacious reflex to react, strike back, and even deliver preemptive blows against an opponent. He is highly reactive (a Six trait) -- note his behavior during the Primaries with John McCain.

    With respect to his variant, I would say your assessment may be right -- that he tends towards a Self-Preservation dominant variant -- but he also could have a strong Social variant component. I'm not sure how the variants develop, but I don't think George W. Bush had to worry much about self-preservation growing up. On the other hand, as an undergraduate at Yale, he was known as the kid who "knew everybody", and was elected president of an exclusive fraternity because he was the only inductee who came close to recognizing each member and knowing each person's name.

    In summary, GWB is a highly social, outgoing Six with a very strong Seven wing, a "Buddy", with a marked counterphobic streak.

  • Yahoo! Search Result: News articles for George W. Bush - Current.
  • Salon News | On the road with George W. Bush [via?Blurbs and Links]
  • Political Internet sites weave tangled Web for media - Christian Science Monitor. [via?Bush?Watch]
  • The Bush Watch
  • The Georgy Bush Project
  • : Bush Attacks Web Parody [via Pounce]


Sister Jane

  • 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.



  • The Dependent Personality - Robert F. Bornstein.

    ...dependency is in fact composed of a number of theoretically related substrates, including self-reports of passivity, suggestibility, interpersonal compliance, conflict-avoidance, pessimism, self-doubt, emotional reliance on others, lack of social confidence, conformity, help seeking and need for approval.

    In lieu of a specific operational definition of dependency, I offer a tentative "working definition" of this construct that can be tested against the [19] results of relevant empirical studies. I propose that dependency is a personality style (or "type") that is characterized by four primary components: (1) motivational (i.e., a marked need for guidance, approval, and support from others); (2) cognitive (i.e., a perception of the self as relatively powerless and ineffectual, along with the belief that others are powerful and can control the outcome of situations); (3) affective (i.e., a tendency to become anxious and fearful when required to function independently, especially when the products of one's efforts are to be evaluated by others); and (4) behavioral (i.e., a tendency to seek help, support, approval, guidance, and reassurance from others and to yield to others in interpersonal transactions) (Bornstein, 18-19).

    Bornstein, Robert F. (1993). The Dependent Personality. New York : Guilford Press.

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