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Established in 1999, the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics (USPP) is a collaborative faculty–student research program in the psychology of politics at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, directed by Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, who specializes in the psychological assessment of presidential candidates and world leaders.

USPP founding members Jennie Scott, Aví Bahadoor, Aubrey Immelman (director), and Jason Bartos. USPP contributors Scott, Bahadoor, and Bartos, along with Kelly Kalla and Dale Fredrickson (not pictured) presented their research on the political personalities of Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Pat Buchanan, and George W. Bush at the 2000 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in April 2000.

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Purpose

The Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics is operated solely for research and educational purposes. The Unit does not advocate support for or defeat of any candidate for any political office. Political analysis published by the director or research associates of the Unit is the personal opinion of those individuals, based on empirical analysis of personality in politics and the influence of personality traits on high-level leadership.


USPP collaborators present studies of 2016 U.S. presidential candidates at St. John’s University on April 21, 2016.

Mission

The mission of the Unit is to conduct psychological assessments of candidates for public office and to disseminate the findings to professionals, the media, and the voting public.

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Related links

USPP on ResearchGate » https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aubrey_Immelman

USPP on Digital Commons » https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs

Former USPP website (1999-2008) » http://uspp.csbsju.edu

USPP research reports and analysis (2008-2016) » Immelman.us

USPP on Twitter » @PolPsyProfiling

Diana Symons, Associate Director for Learning and Research at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, instructs USPP summer 2019 research assistants Cassidy Smith, Suntina Spehar, Austen Luetmer, and Annie Griebe in database research methods for a study of contenders for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, June 4, 2019.


USPP completes study of Democratic presidential contenders — July 2019

Data collection has been completed for a study of viable 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, similar to the study of Republican contenders conducted during the 2016 election cycle.

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USPP associate Atarah Pinder presents her poster “The Political Personality of 2016 Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz” at Scholarship and Creativity Day, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, April 23, 2015.

Pages for the seven candidates studied may be viewed by clicking on the hyperlinked candidate names below. Studies of Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Pete Buttigieg
  3. Kamala Harris
  4. Amy Klobuchar
  5. Beto O’Rourke
  6. Bernie Sanders
  7. Elizabeth Warren

Psychological profiles of world leaders presented at ISPP — July 5, 2018

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Aubrey Immelman presents his paper on “The political personality of 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump” at the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, July 4-7, 2018.

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Ganna Diedkova presents the results of her research, with Christ’l De Landtsheer, on “The value of electability in a hybrid regime: Comparing personality profiles of Russian president Vladimir Putin and his opponent Alexei Navalny” at the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, July 4-7, 2018.

More » Psychological profiles of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong-un presented at International Society of Political Psychology

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USPP releases new research report — June 11, 2018

The Leadership Style of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un
Working paper by Aubrey Immelman, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, Collegeville and St. Joseph, Minn., June 10, 2018. Abstract and full text available for download at Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs/120/

Members of the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics research team on TV Asahi in Japan to provide analysis for the Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018. From left to right: Aubrey Immelman, Jim Hasselbrink, Anna Faerber, Joe Trenzeluk, Katelyn Hendrickson (screen shot courtesy TV Asahi).

Members of the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics research team on TV Asahi in Japan to provide analysis for the Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018. From left to right: Aubrey Immelman, Jim Hasselbrink, Anna Faerber, Joe Trenzeluk, Katelyn Hendrickson (screen shot courtesy TV Asahi).


Featured presentation

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On February 27-28, 2019, U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will have a second summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

PowerPoint: Kim Jong Un Psychological Profile

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Featured profiles

Compare the psychological profiles of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

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The Political Personality of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. Working paper, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, January 2017. Abstract and link for full-text (36 pages; PDF) download at Digital Commons: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs/104/

The Political Personality of 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump. Working paper, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, October 2016. (Paper presented at the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Antonio, TX, July 4-7, 2018.) Abstract and link for full-text (31 pages; PDF) download at Digital Commons: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs/103/

The Leadership Style of U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Working paper, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, January 2017. Abstract and link for full-text (14 pages; PDF) download at Digital Commons: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/psychology_pubs/107/


Previous studies available for download

Index of psychological studies of U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, foreign leaders, and prominent terrorist figures conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics » http://personality-politics.org/2017-19-media-tipsheet/


Psychology Faculty Publications



Work at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics is dedicated to the memory of Theodore Millon, Ph.D., D.Sc.

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Dr. Theodore Millon receives the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Boston, Mass.

Books and Other Media

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