The Influence of Personality on Presidential Decision Making: a Comparison of the Personality Profiles of Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Aubrey Immelman, Psychology


This project entails an examination of the political and economic challenges that faced presidents Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt before him. The historical analysis will be followed by an evaluation of the personality profiles of Obama and Roosevelt to investigate the role of personality (similarities and differences of presidential decision making) with reference to the challenges listed above. The personality profiles were conducted using the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria (MIDC) adapted from the work of Theodore Millon by Aubrey Immelman for the study of personality in politics. Conclusions will then be drawn as to how each president's personality influenced his decision making.