Ted Cruz

The Personality Profile of 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

September 6, 2015

A psychological analysis of Texas senator Ted Cruz — a contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election — by Atarah Pinder and Aubrey Immelman, Ph.D., at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, revealed that Cruz’s primary personality pattern is Dominant / forceful, with secondary Ambitious / confident and Dauntless / Adventurous features and less prominent Outgoing / congenial and Contentious / resolute tendencies. In summary, Cruz’s personality composite can be characterized as a risk-taking, confident controller.

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Summary of the major findings of the study:

Ted Cruz: Will the “Wacko Bird” Soar Like an Eagle? (Atarah Pinder, St. Cloud Times, Sep. 6, 2015) — Many people dislike Texas Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz — including some of his Republican colleagues. In fact, 2008 Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has gone so far as to call Cruz a “wacko bird.” Presidential hopeful Cruz embraces the label and wears it as a badge of honor. But the question remains: How high can this “wacko bird” fly in the 2016 Republican primary? … Full report

Note: Personal Electability Index (political impact) score

Ted Cruz scores moderately high on the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria-based Personal Electability Index, which has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996.

Following are the PEI calculations for Ted Cruz:

Ted Cruz: PEI = 25

Scale: 1A 1B 2 3 4 5A 5B 6 7 8
Score: 13 6 8 4 0 0 4 2 0 0

Scale: 1A = 13; 2 = 8; 3 = 4; 6 = 2; 8 = 0

[Extraversion (scale 3) = 4] + [Narcissism (scale 2) = 8] + [Dominance (scale 1A) = 13] – [Introversion (scale 8) = 0] – [Conscientiousness (scale 6) = (2 – 2) = 0] = 25 – 0 = 25

Time wonders: Is Cruz ‘likable enough?’ (April 7, 2016) — TIME magazine’s Michael Scherer joins Morning Joe to discuss its new cover on Ted Cruz’s campaign and his public persona. (Duration 7:23)

Full story: Can America Learn to Love Ted Cruz? (TIME, April 7, 2016)

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