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This brief research report presents the results of an indirect assessment of the personality of John Edwards, a contender for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, conducted in 2007–2008 and 2010. Edwards’s primary personality patterns were found to be Ambitious/self-serving and Outgoing/gregarious — a personality composite Theodore Millon has labeled the “amorous narcissist” — with secondary features of the Dauntless/adventurous and Accommodating/cooperative patterns.


The research was conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics (USPP), a collaborative faculty–student research program in the psychology of politics at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville and St. Joseph, Minnesota, directed by Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, who specializes in the psychological assessment of presidential candidates and world leaders.

Anthony Odland (2007–2008), Brent Crawley, Katie Merkley, Andy Obritsch, Andrew Gustafson, David Wutchiett, Sean Wold, and Steven Poppler (2010) assisted with data collection.

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Personal qualities help, hurt Edwards (Anthony Odland and Aubrey Immelman, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, Jan. 24, 2008)

John Edwards looks good, strives to get past appearances (Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Fox News, Dec. 26, 2007)

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John Edwards Personality Profile (research poster)