Psychological profiles show what makes
Aubrey Immelman, associate professor of psychology at the College of St. Benedict
and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., is nationally recognized for his
psychological assessments of political candidates. His profiles attempt to predict
political performance and leadership effectiveness based on personality characteristics.
For example, Immelman's 1996 study of President Clinton predicted that he "would
likely continue to display his driving ambition, supreme self-confidence, and personal
charisma," but would be "troubled by ethical questions and lapses of
Twelve months before the November 2000 election, Immelman and students in the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics began
to analyze major political candidates. Times readers will see those assessments regularly
until the election, and we'll compile the profiles here throughout the election year.
George W. Bush