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Personality Profile of 2008 Republican Presidential Contender Rudy Giuliani

 Aubrey Immelman and Catherine London
St. Johnís University and the College of St. Benedict

Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics
Dept. of Psychology
St. Joseph, MN 56374, U.S.A.

This research report presents the results of an analysis of the personality of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, contender for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, from the conceptual perspective of personologist Theodore Millon. Information concerning Mayor Giuliani was collected from biographical sources and media reports and synthesized into a personality profile using the second edition of the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria (MIDC), which yields 34 normal and maladaptive personality classifications congruent with Axis II of DSMĖIV.

The personality profile yielded by the MIDC was analyzed on the basis of interpretive guidelines provided in the MIDC and Millon Index of Personality Styles manuals. Mr. Giulianiís primary personality pattern was found to be Dominant/aggressive, with secondary features of the Conscientious/dutiful and Ambitious/confident patterns.

The combination of Dominant and Conscientious patterns in Giulianiís profile suggests an aggressive enforcer personality composite. Leaders with this personality prototype are tough, uncompromising, and believe they have a moral duty to punish and control those who deviate from socially sanctioned norms.

Giulianiís major personality strength in a leadership role is a forceful, commanding personality style that permits him to take charge in times of crisis and inspire public confidence. His major personality-based limitation is a tendency to control and punish, which may foster divisiveness and animosity.

The major implication of the study is that it offers an empirically based personological framework for anticipating Mr. Giulianiís likely leadership style as chief executive, thus providing a basis for inferring the character and tenor of a prospective Giuliani presidency.

MIDC Scale Scores

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Last updated December 15, 2007