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Provisional Personality Profile of 2008 Republican Presidential Contender Fred Thompson

 Aubrey Immelman, Catherine London, and Kristin Johnson
St. Johnís University and the College of St. Benedict
Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics
St. Joseph, MN 56374, U.S.A.

This research report presents the results of a preliminary analysis of the personality of former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson, contender for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, from the conceptual perspective of personologist Theodore Millon. Information concerning Sen. Thompson 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. Sen. Thompsonís primary personality patterns were found to be Dominant/asserting and Ambitious/confident, with secondary features of the Outgoing/congenial and Conscientious/respectful patterns.

The major implication of the study is that it offers an empirically based personological framework for inferring Sen. Thompsonís likely leadership style as president.

MIDC Scale Scores

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Last updated December 20, 2007