The Personality Types of the Presidential Candidates
Can your personality type predict how you would run the country? Sure it can! Based on extensive probing into each candidate's personality traits as revealed through their words and deeds, as well as entirely subjective judgment calls, here's how each of the 11 remaining Presidential hopefuls might fall among the sixteen personality types created by Myers and Briggs... and what it might mean for the future of America.
Jeb Bush (ISFJ)
Traditional, loyal and dutiful, ISFJs put the needs of others first and will sacrifice themselves to serve their fellow man. This generosity of spirit means they’re skilled at building solid foundations for our future. On the downside, they’re virtually incapable of saying no. As leaders, they’re characterized by an ability to go above and beyond. Expect martyrdom.
Famous ISFJ leaders: Mother Teresa, George H.W. Bush, King George VI, King Arthur of Camelot.
Ben Carson (ISFP)
Impulsive, sensitive and charming, ISFPs own their originality and won't get bogged down in nitty-gritty details like debates over economic policy. Peace, love and spirituality rock for these free spirits, and they’re as spontaneous as a flash mob. When times call for consistent, long-term planning, you don’t call an ISFP. As leaders, they are characterized by the desire to speak to people's hearts. Expect tantrums.
Famous ISFP leaders: Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Dan Quayle, Rudolf Hess.
Ted Cruz, Jim Gilmore (ESTJ)
Practical, organized and decisive, ESTJs are intensely focused on getting results in the most efficient way possible. These tough guys take personal responsibility very seriously and believe that a hard day's work is the key to moral salvation. They’re pretty rigid thinkers too, exhibited by a tendency to separate the world into “good guys” and “bad guys.” As leaders, they are characterized by the desire to stick to their principles. Expect law and order.
Famous ESTJ leaders: George Washington, Henry Ford, Saddam Hussein, Darth Vader.
John Kasich (ESFJ)
Warmhearted, conscientious and popular, ESFJs like order, stability and good old-fashioned values. Eager to please, they care for others in practical, positive ways. As leaders, they are characterized by their genuine concern for others, though the appropriate metaphor is that of an overbearing party host. Expect well-meaning, if irritating, control freakery.
Famous ESFJ leaders: Gerald Ford, Sarah Palin, William McKinley, Desmond Tutu.
Marco Rubio (ENTP)
Smart, charismatic and hungry for knowledge, ENTPs are excellent at devising crafty solutions to problems. They take pleasure in their non-conformity and relish being the underdog. As such, they’re prone to behaving in risky and erratic ways. As leaders, they are characterized by the ability to play devil's advocate and never back down from an argument. Expect manipulation, fools.
Famous ENTP leaders: Catherine the Great, Niccolo Machiavelli, Steve Jobs, Captain Jack Sparrow.
Donald Trump (ESTP)
Dynamic, showy and thrill-seeking, ESTPs are natural doers who focus on results. Unabashedly gregarious, these guys really know how to sell an idea, no matter how impractical or simplistic. Hardwired to “tell it like it is,” they will never allow sensitivity to get in the way of their ambitions, and are characterized by their ability to believe whatever nonsense slips out of their mouth. Expect a circus.
Famous ESTP leaders: Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Franklin D Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Lyndon B Johnson ... you get the idea.
Hillary Clinton (INTJ)
Brilliant, objective and self-assured, INTJs are exceptional problem-solvers who believe that, with effort, nothing is impossible. They expect perfection of themselves and others, frequently coming across as plugged in, but arrogant. As leaders, they are characterized by an ability to ruthlessly hack at any system that doesn't live up to their expectations. Expect tactics and a blatant disregard for the rules.
Famous INTJ leaders: Bill Gates, Al Gore, Vladimir Lenin, Vito Corleone.
Bernie Sanders (INFJ)
Conscientious, calm and insightful, INFJs yearn for peace and seek to inspire and guide others along the path to a better future. Like all Feelers, they’re skilled at appealing to an audience, and will passionately blow the lid off inequalities and fight doggedly for a cause they believe in. As leaders, they are characterized by the ability to get right to the heart of the matter. Expect karma.
Famous INFJ leaders: Mahatma Gandhi, Jimmy Carter, Adolf Hitler, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Gary Johnson, Libertarian (ESFP)
Outgoing, spontaneous and fun-loving, ESFPs live to party and love being the center of attention. Prone to living right in the moment, these happy-go-lucky types are not likely to worry about retirement plans or, you know, the country's future. As leaders and people, they’re characterized by their ability to live far beyond their means. Expect scandal exuberance.
Famous ESFP leaders: Ronald Reagan, Hugh Hefner, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin.
Jill Stein, Green (INFP)
Private, creative and public-spirited, INFPs are driven by strong inner values and the desire to work for the greater good. Unshakeably optimistic, they lead with the notion that the world is fair and just. This overt idealism means they don't handle reality very well, and may get worked up when the facts prove them wrong. As leaders, they’re characterized by their ability to go all in. Expect noble service.
Famous INFP leaders: None. They write pretty mean books, though.
So there you have it! Which candidates would you like to see sprint ahead the Presidential race? And honestly, are you attracted to their personality or their vision for the country? Let the debate begin...