Beto O’Rourke

The Personality Profile of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke

May 30, 2019

A preliminary psychological analysis of U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke by Jada Gilbert, Grace Ekstrom, Nicole Praska, Jack Her, Meghan Ortizcazarin, and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Rep. O’Rourke’s primary personality patterns are Outgoing/congenial and Dauntless/adventurous, complemented by secondary Accommodating/cooperative and Ambitious/confident features. In summary, O’Rourke may be characterized as an adventurous extravert.

Presidential Electability Index range: 11-23

The Personality Profile of Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke


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Abstract

The poster presents the results of an indirect assessment of the personality of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke — a contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election — from the conceptual perspective of personologist Theodore Millon. Information concerning O’Rourke was collected from biographical sources and media reports and synthesized into a personality profile using the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria (MIDC), which yields 34 normal and maladaptive personality classifications congruent with DSM–III–R, DSM–IV, and DSM–5.

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. O’Rourke’s primary personality patterns were found to be Outgoing/congenial and Dauntless/adventurous, complemented by secondary Accommodating/cooperative and Ambitious/confident features.

In essence, O’Rourke may be characterized as an adventurous extravert. Following personologist Theodore Millon (1996, pp. 243–244), this particular personality composite may be described as follows:

They make a good first impression and seem sociable and sincere, exhibiting such spontaneity and charm that others quickly lower their defenses. The combination of extraversion and adventurousness, however, renders this personality composite more persuasive than the basic outgoing pattern, and for ends beyond simple attention and approval.

For some, their outgoing traits serve simply as a convenient method of making contacts and opening doors, but overlay characteristics fundamental to the dauntless pattern, including a willingness to push the limits of social conventions and to take personal risks. Provisionally, O’Rourke’s overall profile suggests that this particular subtype provides the more likely match.

Others, however, combine outgoing and more pronounced dauntless characteristics. These individuals synergize the extravert’s adaptive social skills, charm, and ability to read the motives and desires of others with more calculating, less sincere, interpersonal maneuvers designed to advance their personal agenda. Given his secondary accommodating features, this particular subtype appears less likely to be the right fit for O’Rourke.

Jada Gilbert, Jack Her, and Grace Ekstrom present their poster (with Nicole Praska and Meghan Ortizcazarin), “The Personality Profile of 2020 U.S. Presidential Contender Beto O’Rourke,” at Scholarship Day, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, April 25, 2019.


Related interest: Formal announcement of candidacy

Beto O’Rourke enters the 2020 presidential campaign (Matt Flegenheimer and Jonathan Martin, New York Times, March 14, 2019) — Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced on Thursday that he was running for president, betting that a broad message of national unity and generational change will lift him above a slate of committed progressives offering big-ticket policy ideas. …

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Beto for America Launch Rally | El Paso

Rep. Beto O’Rourke takes the stage at about 34:20


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Photo composite: The New York Times

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Range: 16-29 (22.5 ±6.5)

Kamala Harris (Monmouth net favorability: +50)
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Range: 13-27 (20 ±7)

Bernie Sanders (Monmouth net favorability: +54)
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Range: 16-23 (19.5 ±3.5)

Amy Klobuchar (Monmouth net favorability: +33)
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Range: 13-23 (18 ±5)

Beto O’Rourke (Monmouth net favorability: +29)
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Range: 11-23 (17 ±6)


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(Anticipated release: June 25, 2019)

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