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mercredi 12 septembre 2012

Presidential psychopaths? Worrisome personality traits tied to success in office

People with forceful personalities often become successful — including in the presidency. But are their traits linked to a truly pyschopathic personality? That's the thesis of an Emory University study titled "Fearless dominance and the US presidency: Implications of psychopathic personality traits for successful and unsuccessful political leadership." The study authors did standardized personality analyses of 42 presidents, up to George W. Bush — although obviously, many of the personality analyses were of the posthumous variety. Researchers then looked for traits that fall under the rubric of pyschopathy.

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