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 types created by Myers and Briggs... and what it might mean for the future of America.

Republicans

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.

Democrats

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.

Independents

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...

Molly Owens

Molly Owens is the founder and CEO of Truity. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. Since 2006, she has specialized in helping individuals and organizations utilize personality assessments to develop their potential.

In 2012, Molly founded Truity with a mission to make robust, scientifically validated personality assessments accessible to everyone who may benefit from them.

Molly is an ENTP and lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys elaborate cooking projects, murder mysteries, and racing toy cars with her son.

Comments

Tara511 (not verified) says...

I actually think Sanders is more likely to be an INTP with a well developed feeling side, based on his personal life. The way he and Jane interact seems like an INTP in a relationship with an NF type (I have a harder time putting my finger on Jane, but I think she seems like INFJ, INFP, or ENFP).

Doug Rees (not verified) says...

I heard Jane Sanders say in an interview that she was more of a "people person" and Bernie was more interested in ideas. That sounds like an INFJ-INTP relationship to me. I'm an INTP, and we have a very caring, compassionate side, despite our difficulty "reading" other people's emotions. Lincoln was one too, and so was Einstein.

pastorbmk says...

i think you have Carson and Sanders wrong. They are both NT abstract thinkers. I think you have Hillary wrong she's a subjective INTP as TPs are extremely manipulative folks. She is definitely Intuitive and tries to convince the world that the upside down, backwards and blindedfolded world of lies, deceit and deception she promotes about herself and the world is true. She is clearly INTP - subjective inward focus, intitive abstract thinking, and TP extremely manipulative.

Lynelle (not verified) says...

I definitely agree that Sanders is an NT. I think high on some traits from the Big 5 personality test like high openness and high conscientiousness. Not surprisingly, these trait leanings are ones he shares with millennials. He's open-minded but also assertive and well principled. He could easily be a friendly ("extraverted" in the Big 5) and compassionate INTJ. Also, politics tends to attract a lot of certain stereotypes (like among ENTJ/ENFP/INTJ) that can only be well differentiated with the Big 5.

INTP would be pretty overwhelmed (capable, but not pleasurable) by the outcomes required of them in politics, as a politician, but perform very well in roles that are politician adjacent. So, Hillary could be an INFJ (they actually hide their emotions and don't usually come across like Bernie... warm) or a not-very-compassionate/bitter INTJ.

Fishjello (not verified) says...

When I read read Hilary's type in Google I must have misread it because I thought it typed her as infj which seemed reasonable. When i read intj that didn't make much sense to me. And the guy guy I'm vicarious vicariously replying to typed her as intp. I think that notion is absurd as an intp myself but as an intp I'll swirl it around in my brain. The more I think about it the more solid my disagreement is.

Mary Holland (not verified) says...

manipulare = manage
all leaders manage and if we like the style it is "leadership" "charismatic" "forward thinking" "resilient" "pragmatic" and if the style doesn't appeal or the purpose of the exercise is lost and the style is more important than the substance then we call it bullying, narcissistic, manipulative, martyrdom.

Nobody is perfect - however what is the purpose and the balance between the sunshine and shade?
First objective - get elected - all politicians need to use self promotion
Second objective - exercise power for the benefit of the collective

As an experienced politician who has also met world leaders - I would prefer Hilary Clinton's ability to stay calm and think under pressure than any trigger happy cowboy - shoot to kill and every deal a bounty- or an untested religious hysteric - if God is on our side we can do what we like to everyone else with impunity.

Her experience of the dilemmas, pressures and paradoxes of world leadership are appreciated and even more important for the rest of us who live in other countries and bear the negative as well as positive consequences of US leadership.

Cassandra (not verified) says...

I agree. I think Sanders is likely a INTJ who has learned to deal with feeling types. Generally old INTJ's can do this.
Hilary has not figured how, and cares even less, so likely INTP.

ImagoLoveya (not verified) says...

I think that Hillary is an INTJ. She might not be close to the description, but once you break the letters down, you get her. She is an Intovert, and Innovative, and a Thinker, and she makes careful plans, so she's also a judger. Not all peraonality types fit the descriptions, but I think lots of people don't like Hillary and don't want her to be called a mastermind.

NateDent2 (not verified) says...

Your analysis appears quite subjective to me (though I understand there is a degree of subjective guesswork involved). Though I wouldn't identify Clinton as an INTJ, I don't see the INTP, either. However, I don't have a better hypothesis at hand.

Your identification of TP as a group is confusing to me (as usually NT, NF, SJ and SP are used), but nonetheless identifying TPs as "very manipulative" can not be substantively asserted as anything more than mere opinion.

Guest (not verified) says...

Agreed!

Guest (not verified) says...

Hillary Clinton an introvert?? Impossible. I've met her and talked to her. She's VERY outgoing, as are most of the candidates mentioned. She's a very good reader of people, and prefers to think on her feet. Clearly one of the EST types, more likely ESTP. Her vague, iffy answers on the tragedy in Libya or her vague "vast right-wing conspiracy" comment does not show anyone concerned about precision of expression. If anything, she prefers to be as unspecific as possible.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's very possible that she's a "performing introvert". Many of us act against type in the professional world in order to get the job done and then have to readjust to what is normal for our personality type when work is done. My real type is strongly "I", but few people with whom I work believe it because I do a good impression of an "E" when I need to.

ImagoLoveya (not verified) says...

Are you calling Hillary Clinton a liar? If so you should know that it's actually Donald Trump who lies the most out of all pf the presidental candidates. For example, he made fun of Jon Stewart for changing his family name. A year later he tweeted that he never "attacked 'dopey' Jon Stewart." Thats two lies in one. He tried to cover up something that he did, and then called Jon Stewart dopey, which he is not. LOL

Cassandra (not verified) says...

I don't think Donald Trump ever lies. He just says whatever pops into his head at any given moment, and at the time he is saying it, he thinks it's entirely reasonable.
That is a classic ESTP. I don't think they have enough guile to lie. If they did lie, they would promptly tell you that they had.

janyaadi says...

I think it's unfair to classify any type as manipulative or cruel. The comment seems to be coming from a biased standpoint.

Guest (not verified) says...

lol.

Tinfoil republican conspiracy theories do not belong among honest attempts to analyze

Clarke Hurt (not verified) says...

I would argue that TP's, especially INTPs, are not concerned with social manipulation - at least not enough to pursue the presidency.

GeorgeTL (not verified) says...

This article is a waste a space... it's right up there with "which harry potter character are you?" It's great fun guessing others' personality types, but it's also highly misleading and falls into stereotyping, which is really a shame.

As far as famous INFP leaders, isn't John Kerry on INFP? Or is that just from another "guess their type" site out there?

ladyprof44 (not verified) says...

Maybe Kerry isn't mentioned because he isn't much of a leader?

Crayola (not verified) says...

"Leader" and successful US politician aren't equivalent. Mature INFP's become very adept and powerful leaders. I think that it's very likely that Elizabeth Warren is a mature INFP.

Lucas (not verified) says...

This article was spot on - loved it Molly, thanks!

Guest (not verified) says...

Please do Rand Paul, even though he left the race. He is clearly different than any of the other candidates, and in the interest of study I would like to see your analysis of him.

Craig Wesson (not verified) says...

I have met Bernie Sanders and agree that his personality type is INFJ, which I share. It takes only a moment talking with him to see this. I am also INFJ. Mr. Sanders is my obvious choice for POTUS.

Lynelle (not verified) says...

Are you sure that it wasn't just the similarities or spark that INTJ and INFJ share? I feel like INFJ are more conflict-adverse than Bernie is. INFJs tend to back down from fights after filing away a response, whereas he seems to get fired up with the thinky-think the more someone is exhibiting some behavior that does not fit within what he feels is morally upright.

Jamie J (not verified) says...

Don't forget that they are on a public stage and must be hyper aware of how they come across. If he started trying to back down during debates or show any sign of being over conciliatory then people might think he was weak.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes infjs can shy away from conflict unless of course we feel like our values are being attacked. Then in that case we don't back down. Actually I frequently have political debates with my friend often. (Especially since one of my friends and I have different viewpoints. (This is mainly due to her being an atheist and democrat and me being a Christian and republican.)

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree about the backing down... Even if I choose not to argue... I won't be moved from my stance... Back down from an argument unless extremely agitated , but not my convictions...

xxgp2000 says...

I can't believe that I fit the cirteria of Hillary and Berny. The two people I can't stand the most in the debates. Hillary is shady and more of a problem maker versus a problem solver. However, she is arrogant. It does also say that she is willing to hack away at a system that doesn't suit her. Which is obvious. She seems to want things her way or no way. Which I fear most. I would see her more of an ESTP. Berny struggles to hang on one thought and keep to it. But he does have the willingness to try to seek peace. But is peace really what he's seeking? Looking at the famous INFJ leaders, I'd fear is this is accurate because we dont need another Adolf Hitler running around. Just my thought on it. As for Hillaries INTJ leaders, no one takes Al Gore seriously, Lenin was not a great example of a leader, Bill Gates is rich but the rich don't get rich by being good people. It might be accurate but I don't think it either one fits accurately how I'd run the country or how I run my life in general.

Brit (not verified) says...

Haha, because of course all INFJ leaders will become Hitler ;) (I'm honestly just amused, not trying to start an argument of any sort. I totally see what you're saying, although I don't necessarily agree, but your comment made me chuckle.)

YOUR WRONG THANKS (not verified) says...

Lol im just shaking my head at that one. Its actually people who support Trump, that also support Hitler.

H Medawar (not verified) says...

ESTJ?

astonysh (not verified) says...

Ted Cruz is an ESTJ?

He is a Christian (ultra)conservative.

I am an ISTJ. The S and N factors are pretty close, but the T and J are very strong - sorry if your feelings are hurt, but facts are facts and I live in the real world.

I am a (pragmatic, not polemical) liberal atheist.

I don't think that the introvert/extrovert difference is all that significant. STJs need facts and evidence, not pie in the sky and idealism of any type. I don't see Ted Cruz as being a logical thinker in any way at all - he is almost the last person that I would support for anything (and because he is not a logical thinker, nothing to do with him being an extrovert!).

Guest (not verified) says...

MBTI type has absolutely nothing to do with religious beliefs. Just because you are an ISTJ that is a liberal atheist, does not mean that ALL XSTJs MUST be liberal atheists. I know many ISTJs, ESTJs, and ENTJs who are Christians and conservatives. I know several INTJs who are Catholic priests! Who is to say that religious beliefs are illogical? Furthermore, who is to say that Ted Cruz is not a logical thinker "in any way at all"? Where is the evidence to back that claim?? Or is it your own personal opinion?

Your reasoning is basically this:

"I am an ISTJ who is a liberal atheist. Ted Cruz is not a liberal atheist. Therefore, Ted Cruz is illogical and cannot be an ESTJ." For someone who adheres so strongly to logic, I am surprised you are making this kind of claim.

And, ironically, to claim that religious beliefs are illogical and mere "pie in the sky" idealism is an extremely biased statement coming from your own personal opinions - the complete opposite of the facts-based logic which you claim to adhere to so highly.

Guest (not verified) says...

Huh? I know ISTJ scientists that are at the top of their field in experimental physics that are conservative Christians. As an ISTJ you have no better grasp of facts than anyone else, but you do take great pride in being accurate and self consistent within your chosen world view. Promoting atheism as more thoughtful than other world views is ludicrous. A context for God and thus intelligent design can easily be abstracted outside the physical world we see. Pick your starting point and live your personality.

Thor (not verified) says...

A creationist scientist is an oxymoron.You can't hold such a major bias as unfounded (and quite frankly ridiculous)creationism and not be swayed to not follow the evidence (which any real scientist must do).Creationists already have their minds made up according to their delusion in an unfounded sky daddy that created the 6000 year old world in 6 days. ALL the evidence proves that nonsense to be dead wrong,so how can you claim that these biased simpletons are "at the top of their field"?If you are not willing to change your views based on evidence then you have no right to call yourself a scientist.I find it hilarious how the most ignorant always profess to be the brightest.

Guest (not verified) says...

Super false

Ceci (not verified) says...

I would disagree with your analysis of Marco Rubio ... He seems much more like an ENFJ, since he seems to prefer structure/order and having a plan over spontaneity, especially during his horrible debate performance against Chris Christie. He also comes off as more warm/caring and relational than a T type (I say this being a T type myself).

And yeah, I agree with the analysis that Hilary Clinton is an ENTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

Everyone should FEAR Donald Trump......a man who is used to getting his way even if he has to buy it! This country doesn't need some hair-triggered tempered, over-grown Dennis the Menace running this country. He'll get us into another war for sure as he knows nothing about foreign policy. In addition, he is another one who will promote the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an INTJ I identify the most with Gary Johnson, who's classified as an ESFP here. Go figure. And I have to say, these descriptions reflect extreme political bias. Easy to tell it was written by a typical young woman.

AMBER SCHOFIELD (not verified) says...

Hilary is far from being an INTJ material, more likely to be an ESFJ or being borderline ESTJ. Putin is an INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

So all of the Republicans (except Rubio) are SJs and all of the Democrats are Ni-doms?? I find that rather hard to believe.

Ben Carson is INFJ, not ISFP. He is a clear Fe user. Dislikes confrontations, remained silent for most of the debates, wanted to preserve harmony. But his Fe seems to come secondary to his insights (Ni), making him Ni-Fe.

I'm not sure what Hillary is, but she's certainly not an INTJ. I don't see any Ni use in her at all, let alone dominance of it. INTJs are not the only types that are objective and self-assured. I could possibly see XSTJ. ESFJ is also not out of the realm of possibilities, considering her strong social justice viewpoints.

When typing political candidates, a lot of what I see happening is, "I'm a XXXX and I like this candidate, so they must also be XXXX." Or, "INTJs are smart and I like that candidate and they seem smart, so they must be INTJ!!!" So we have to be careful that our own personal opinions and biases are being kept out of this.

Guest (not verified) says...

HIllary is NOT an "F". If she were, we would see her "real" side more and she would smile more.
I think she is also Not an "E" -- she is too reflective and also does not show herself.
So that makes her I_T_. I agree the INTJ (or the ISTJ) fit.

Guest (not verified) says...

Totally wrong on Gary Johnson... Another source says he is INFJ... Definitely need to review that info.... His awkwardness is a telltale sign ...

Guest (not verified) says...

Gary Johnson is an INFJ. He has taken the test before as has Bill Weld who is an ESFJ.

I tried to post a link to the article, but the spam filter blocked my post. Google 'Gary Johnson INFJ Bill Weld ESFJ'. The article is from Politico and is titled 'Gary Johnson Has a Plan'

Teresa Byrne (not verified) says...

I don't see Trump as a T. He makes decisions and hires based on 'who' the person is, not what they bring to the table in terms of skills. Case in point, his cabinet hires. He also fires people based on what he perceives to be slights towards him. Not the attributes of a T, at all.

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