James David Barber's
The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House.
self-confident; flexible; creates opportunities for action; enjoys the exercise of power,
does not take himself too seriously; optimistic; emphasizes the "rational
mastery" of his environment; power used as a means to achieve beneficial results.
power as a means to self-realization; expends great energy on tasks but derives little
joy; preoccupied with whether he is failing or succeeding; low self-esteem; inclined to
rigidity and pessimism; highly driven; problem managing aggression.
seek to be loved; easily manipulated; low self-esteem is overcome by ingratiating
personality; reacts rather than initiates; superficially optimistic.
responds to a sense of duty; avoid power; low self-esteem compensated by service to
others; responds rather than initiates; avoids conflict and uncertainty. emphasizes
principles and procedures and an aversion to politicking.
James David Barber James Barber differentiates between four types of presidential character: active-positive; active-negative; passive-positive; and passive-negative. Before voters cast their ballots for president, they should know how active the candidate is and whether or not he or she truly enjoys political life. This allows voters to predict presidential performance before the candidate takes office.
Source: "Presidential Character and How to Foresee It," chapter 1 of The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, 4th ed., by James David Barber, pp. 1-1 1, 493. 1992. Reprinted by permission of Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, N.J. In Documents and Readings for American Government Brian Fife, Worth Publishing
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