Hopefully one's character will evolve from traits which are
congenial to a wide variety of people, but there are no guarantees when it comes to the influence of genetics and environment. There may be predestination when it comes to the hereafter, but that is probably not the case with respect to the earthly experience. Psychologists have identified 638 Primary Personality Traits: 37% are considered to be positive in affecting personality, while 18% are considered neutral. The remaining 45% are guessed to be negative influences. That is probably why our world is a chaotic place.  http://ideonomy.mit.edu/essays/traits.html. The odds are stacked against the rich and powerful.

In Rod's experience family wealth waxes an wanes and vanishes from time to time through disinterest or over indulgence, or the fact the mistrustful elders leave their estates to "trust companies" or seemingly trustful individuals.  Of course the "last generation" never counts on dying.

The trouble with having more cash than you need is tat there is "Never Enough" as one Trump biographer noted. Since  wealth  means that people are more able to be "self-reliant," they have no need to interact in ways that will lead to  development of a positive personality. As Trump might say, "So sad!" Empathy is not easy to understand where experience is lacking.

Which is exactly what Grandfather K told Rod. Of course, he did not listen since children have wet mush for brains and adolescent kids are even worse. That is how one gets to be "a problem child." But one does not have to stay in tat cubicle.

There are of course Biblical constraints against greed, but Trump is not a bookie.  Sad! These folks really are caught up in a matrix.

If you are tossing off comments like this it is a good guess that you are an elitist; especially considering the current state of the atmosphere.

Invite one of these fellows to visit and... "Good Moring America, how are you?" Some of these traits are considered to have negative connotations.

"What Kind Of Fool Am I" is a song from a British stage musical, Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. "Set against the backdrop of a circus, the show focuses on Littlechap, from the moment of his birth to his death. Comfortable, married with children, he allows his growing dissatisfaction with his existence to lead him into the arms of various women in his business travels—Russian official Anya, German domestic Ilse, and American cabaret singer Ginnie—as he searches for something beyond his ken. "He becomes rich and successful, and is elected to public office. Only in his old age does he realize..."

What kind of person resides in the shadow of this particular character?

An interesting graphic summary but not a psychological profile.  The four parameters are subjective. Quoctrung Bui is a graphics editor for The New York Times, where has covered social science and policy since 2015 .Claire Cain Miller is a correspondent for The New York Times, where she writes about gender, families and the future of work for The Upshot, a Times site for analysis of policy and economics. More Kevin Quealy is a graphics editor and reporter at The New York Times, where he writes and makes charts for The Upshot, the Times site about politics, economics and everyday life. He writes about a range of topics, including sports, politics, health care and income inequality.

Psychologists actually have many more words to describe the personality of characters like Wee Donnie. Most are more than three or four characters in length, really bigly, as he might say.

The Big Five personality traits system, also known as the five factor model (FFM) attempts to rein in those 638 words used to describe the human psyche by placing them under global headings: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism, easily remembered through the acronyms OCEAN or CANOE. Beneath each of these factors are correlated and more specific primary factors a small number shown above.

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, an academic discipline as well as a social science. Unlike the natural science it is not primarily involved with experimentation although it does claim to make use of disciplined reasoning. The FFM Model is "based on common language descriptors." More simply, words in everyday use. Neurosis was a term for a class of functional mental disorders involving chronic distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations, while neuroticism simply describes a trait which may cause  distress but is decidedly not psychosis any mental state that impairs thought, perception, and judgment. This collection of words was assembled by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania which umbrellas Wharton College, the "Ivy League school" mentioned by Trump in the previous quote.

That is seen in these two examples are descriptors of personality grouped using a statistical method known as factor analysis, with the results represented by word characters.  The relative strength of the various words is indicated by colour and size, with tendencies in the direction a rude dude or nerd is represented by position on the field. Extraversion is said to include such related qualities as gregariousness, assertiveness, excitement seeking, warmth, activity, and some positive emotions.

That being said Facebook users are known for laying out damning words, although it has been moving to edit out uncomfortable truths as well as falsehoods. fiveLabs, should not be confused with FIVELabs, which is a biotech business, while the former which was a software application created by five graduates of the famous University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 they created the means of analyzing human personality by scanning the Facebook entries of 75,000 volunteers. These included Rod and some better known public figures. It was all managed online and a Five Point inventory was sent back to participants. The norm was indicated by a dotted line.

This app was at first seen as a form of entertainment allowing allowing participants to compare Facebook "personalities" with that of your friends and public figures as well as inanimate corporate entities. Here we see Rod's profile. The new software made use of an artificial intelligence system designed by H. Andrew Schwartz,and acted by pulling key words from wall posts and analyzing according to his model."Andy provided us detailed instructions on weighting each data point in the supervised learning model."

"Think of this as a personality snapshot," suggested Nikita. "It's all for fun," he adds, "but we're also hoping to educate. People need to ask themselves a profound question:  'how does my data portray me on public networks—and how might that be used?"

The fiveLABS company was founded by CEO Nikita Bier and CTO Erik Hazzard, who previously co-founded Outline, a startup that developed data visualization apps for government agencies. Based in Berkeley, California, Five said that it was developing a mobile application focused on private social experiences, set to launch in Fall 2014. That potential Facebook rival never launched although they did produce a test model for use by students at UCLA. In a press release, Five said it aims was simply to create “a place to hang out for Berkeley students.”


At that time Bier said his team would be devoted to maintaining and upgrading the iOS application but had no current plans for expansion to other platforms or communities. Wannabe users were told that they would need to supply a valid UC Berkeley email address. Emotional stability speaks to the neuroticism or the lack thereof.

Not all print media reports were supportive and a few described this development as "spooky" or "creepy." Bier explained that the new app would not display an individual’s personal information, beyond a GIF and an optional bio. With use restricted to a a university crowd he hoped to "relieve the anxiety of mixing with different social groups.” Apparently there had been push back against fiveLABS and it vanished from the web.
But Chris Hoofnagle, a director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, said that such a system is neither novel nor risk-averse.“Typically what happens is that these systems are gamed and create outrage,” he said. "Platform providers soon learn that they are encouraging the worst kind of free speech." It appears that Bier's attempts to "build tools for civic engagement" went down. "Only the Shadow knows?" Back in 2013, Trump may not have had a Facebook page to plumb for a personality profile, but psychologists were already citing him as an example of antagonism of high order.

But the new kids at Berkley did not give up! You may yet be able to compare your personality with Wee Donnie.

It seems that Trump has not trouble with his self image but the media has lampooned that and conveyed nasty news concerning his personality, viz. The Atlantic magazine, June 2016: THE MIND OF DONALD TRUMP - Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity - a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency. By Dan P. McAdams. Of course, obesity is only skin deep and McAdams was trying uncover  Trump's elusive personality. His starting observation: "Trump seems supremely cognizant of the fact that he is always acting. He moves through life like a man who knows he is always being observed. If all human beings are, by their very nature, social actors, then Donald Trump seems to be more so—superhuman, in this one primal sense."

He points out that after a half century of empirical research psychological scientists have settled on a relatively simple taxonomy, the Big Five. "Most people score near the middle on any given dimension, but some score toward one pole or the other. Research decisively shows that higher scores on extroversion are associated with greater happiness and broader social connections, higher scores on conscientiousness predict greater success in school and at work, and higher scores on agreeableness are associated with deeper relationships. By contrast, higher scores on neuroticism are always bad, having proved to be a risk factor for unhappiness, dysfunctional relationships, and mental-health problems. From adolescence through midlife, many people tend to become more conscientious and agreeable, and less neurotic, but these changes are typically slight: The Big Five personality traits are pretty stable across a person’s lifetime." It was once  thought that there is always room for change, but perhaps not.

Steven J. Rubenzer and Thomas R. Faschingbauer, in conjunction with about 120 historians and other experts, rated all the former U.S. presidents on these five personality traits. Bush comes out as exceptionally high on extroversion and low on openness to experience,  enthusiastic, outgoing, incurious and intellectually rigid. Barack Obama is surprisingly introverted considering that he was a politician; very low on neuroticism, emotionally calm and dispassionate, perhaps too much so?  Bier's profile was entirely in agreement. McAdam's guessed that Donald Trump exhibits, "sky-high extroversion combined with off-the-chart low agreeableness. The only others who came close were Bush, Teddy Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

"Arguably the most highly valued human trait the world over, agreeableness pertains to the extent to which a person appears to be caring, loving, affectionate, polite, and kind. Trump loves his family, for sure. People low in agreeableness are described as callous, rude, arrogant, and lacking in empathy. If Donald Trump does not score low on this personality dimension, then probably nobody does." His critics are no where near him when it comes to being disagreeable, this cartoon notwithstanding.  According to Barbara Res, who served as vice president in charge of construction of Trump Tower , the emotional core of Donald Trump’s personality is anger: “As far as the anger is concerned, that’s real for sure. He’s not faking it.”

And he is not faking disdain for causes he is apparently unequipped to understand. Openness is "the tendency for a person to be creative, curious, and informed about other ways of life ." This relates in part to agreeableness "and being amenable to differences and respectfully embracing or learning about different perspectives." He is open to his own past experiences, but unfortunately his bucks and imagination stop there. That leaves two parameters untouched.

This fat cat has accused his opponents of being neurotic. Did he study "Abnormal Psychology" at Wharton?  Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute and a researcher and lecturer in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.Writing for Scientific American in 2016, he opined that, "With Trump, what I see is so clearly a textbook case of a metaphorical computer program running amok."

He thinks that, "Trump is driven by one thing and one thing only:
the search for glory." With increasing "alienation from self," his real opinions and feelings fall into the background and his stable sense of self begins to evaporate. In its place, he trades his real self for an idealized self that endows him with “unlimited powers and with exalted faculties; he becomes a hero, a genius, a supreme lover, a saint, a god." Sounds like a mental dysfunction rather than full blown illness. Neurosis used to be used to describe "relatively mild" inorganic mental upset "involving symptoms of stress ( e.g. depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria) but not a radical loss of touch with reality." Canada has had its jollies with a grandiose leader like Trump.

Conscientiousness is defined as the tendency for a person to be thoughtful, organized, and dependable (Northouse, 2015). Conscientious people try to be prepared and possess the foresight to consider the potential positive and negative consequences of their words and action. David Aquinas Mallenof Penn State asked, "Are his words measured and messages pointed? Are his messages designed to promote ethical outcomes or are they cast out like a wide net to see what kind of response they generate? Does he vet his responses to ensure his messages align with what his beliefs are or does he speak “off the cuff”? How does Trump’s approach to answering questions align with how previous Presidents have handled similar situations?"

The degrees of conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness, and extraversion and realistically it would be difficult to identify an individual who receives maximum marks in every positive area of the Five-Factor model. The process is decidedly subjective but still it seems that President Donald Trump is not quite the person needed for this high-wire act.

Of course the Five Point Method is not the only approach to assessing personality. The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Jung's typology theories postulated a four cognitive functions (thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition), each having one of two polar orientations (extraversion or introversion), giving a total of eight dominant functions. "The most notable addition of Myers and Briggs ideas to Jung's original thought is their concept that a given type's fourth letter (J or P) indicates a person's preferred extraverted function, which is the dominant function for extraverted types and the auxiliary function for introverted types."

An amazing number of people have responded  to the 64-item questionnaire offered on line. This time, the intent of HPRPersonality went a little beyond having fun; but if you missed out on making comparisons using Nikitia Bier's app, this test promises that you can see how you stack up against famous folk. Before proceeding you should be aware that the test-retest reliability of the MBTI tends to be lower  than that of the Five Pints... Most studies suggest that the MBTI "lacks convincing validity data "and is "not a useful predictor of job performance." MBTI measures preferences, not ability. "However, the MBTI continues to be popular because many people lack psychometric

Here we have that Supertrump image in context. As far as we known Trump never clicked on the questionnaire. However, using his Twitter postings easily provided clued to how he would have answered these queries.

Several researchers agree his personality points are E(xtraterrestrial); oops that should be E(xtraverted), S(ensation-seeking), T(hiking, believe it or not) and P(references) . That's "ESTP" not to be confused with "ESP."

His supporters seem to see themselves as action heroes just like Das Boss, but this humourous look at their collective personality suggests that they differ in some major respects. Strange social problems create wyrd bedfellows.

Molly Owens noted that other famous ESTP leaders included Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Franklin D Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush and Lyndon B Johnson "you get the idea?" This reporter described the Trump personality as "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." Some have pulled off this circus act better than others.

LBJ got a lot of flack for lifting his hound by the ears, but that was not his sole misstep.  ESTPs are flexible, adventuresome, risk-takers, very active and involved in immediate experiences. Unfortunately they are not introspective and they have a tendency to dash madly off in all directions.

"Theory, abstract concepts and plodding discussions about global issues and their implications don’t keep ESTPs interested for long. ESTPs keep their conversation energetic, with a good dose of intelligence, but they like to talk about what is – or better yet, to just go out and do it. ESTPs leap before they look, fixing their mistakes as they go, rather than sitting idle, preparing contingencies and escape clauses."


These people are party animals who enjoy drama, passion, and pleasure, not for emotional thrills, but because it’s  stimulating, a necessity since their super egos are a bit on the flat side. Because of this they are into risky behavior. "They live in the moment and dive into the action – they are the eye of the storm." They are forced by their makeup to make critical decisions based on factual, immediate reality (as they perceive it). This is followed by a knee-jerk reactive response. OK in the bedroom, not so good in the Oval Office.

"ESTPs are full of passion and energy, complemented by a rational, if sometimes distracted, mind. Inspiring, convincing and colorful, they are natural group leaders, pulling everyone along the path less traveled, bringing life and excitement everywhere they go. Putting these qualities to a constructive and rewarding end is ESTPs’ true challenge." However if ESTPs are not careful, "they may get too caught in the moment, take things too far, and run roughshod over more sensitive people, or forget to take care of their own health and safety." An estimated four percent of the population, people like Ernest Hemingway, Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy and Madonna "keep things spicy and competitive." Ordinarily they are not a systemic risk to the social order, but these are unusual times?

Some professional shrinks have given Wee Donnie the complete triage and concluded that he is a "High Dominance Charismatic." dahhh. "Ambitious, self-serving, dominant, controlling, outgoing and gregarious." Hannah Hoppe did not say "dangerous." She did say he was "Driven by narcissist dreams of glory."

Stephen King is not a Wee Donnie admirer. Is Trump a well-developed sociopath/psychopath? Probably not, since those folk are emotionally flat-lined and don't believe in the reality of supernatural fear or any other emotion. Is he Narcissist?

This was written before he won the election. Every dog does have his day.

That is a value judgment. Oh for the good old days when we believed in them.

This is repetitious, so we have skipped items 6,7 and 8.

Now that is all bigly sad? "No close confidants." Impossible to show weakness, vulnerability, intimacy.

Donald admitted to a crowd  in Arizona that this wife and his eldest daughter, Ivanka both advised him to , "Act presidential. Act presidential"  Asked what habit she would like to see her husband forego Melania didn't quickly responded, "The tweeting."

Most tweets on the web are nothing more than word-trumps. Because this is his main form of personal communication, that 140 - character allowance means he employs the same old words.

At the Washington White House he enjoys a 9 to 5 life style, which is not exactly centred on the external world.

Not all narcissists share Trumps profile in a complete way; but his staff helps insulate him from some unpleasant truths, including this possible personal problem.

Not all ESTPs lack a sense of humour, but I am not sure how "REAL" LBJ was. The REALITY for Trump is easily summarized as FEAR, if he really believes his WORDS. The forces aligned against Donnie are of course more dangerous to his mental and physical well-being that those which Lydon B. Johnson confronted.

It is not neurotic for WeeD to feel under attack. In the old days he took the sophomore games in stride, but today it is not just comedians that are targeting him.

"Go below."  In his case that means to the Southern White House. Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. While Donald Trump Jr. does some fishing off that coast, Donnie is more of a landlubber, a golf addict.

Physically, you are what you eat. Mentally, one becomes what the senses upload to the brain, and is some ways pictures do speak louder that words.  Although Schwarzenegger is a fellow Republican, he is an action hero who is able to laugh at his screen exploits and Tumpy would not understand that.  The movie follows a U.S. soldier entering a violent, underground martial-arts competition. It stars Belgian "splits enthusiast" Jean-Claude Van Damme as Frank Dux, an unlikely American hero, a soldier who leaves the military to do down Asiatic rivals.

We know that politics is a fearful business but we do not know if Trump sees this as a parable for his rise to power or as a recurrence of childhood transference. There are those karate-like poses he sometimes assumes at the podium.

Obama lauded wartime romance Casablanca and the  Godfather movies. Donald Trump also likes these flicks. .

This tale centres on the transfer of leadership in a powerful crime family and the violence that ensues as members of the family try to position themselves to their best advantage. "There could be a deeper meaning behind this particular favorite: a clash between the father’s fading old values and the new ways, which may cause the son to do the thing he is most reluctant to do." Many critics see this as an Obama/Trump contest, but it may hinge on his relationship with own "dear old dad."

Donnie has said that Citizen Kane was a top favourite. He apparently saw this as a Horatio Alger story. Filmed in 1941, it followed the rise and fall of media tycoon Charles Foster Kane, a fictional character clearly modeled after William Randolph Hearst. Orson Welles was a piece of work in the motion picture world, and Trump may have related to him in both the real and virtual worlds and seen this tale as a parable for rise through the ranks. The theme he missed can be stated as, "Strive to succeed, but beware success... Kane is completely self-absorbed; as his wealth grows, he becomes increasingly unaware of how others see him and how little respect his family has for his success. With politicians there is invariably a negative perception, of those who are overly successful. Kane's story does not end well.

The writer of classic gangster movie Goodfellas says Donald Trump would fail to make it as a Mafia boss because he “lacks self-control”. Ex-crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi’s 1990 film was based on his book  Wiseguys. He notes that, "The Italian-American Mafia was as much the history of immigration to the US.“The mob no longer exists like it did. Italian-Americans have moved on, inter-married. It thrived in the close-knit communities among the first and second generation."  Still Trump admitted to liking the movie and said he had unintentionally done business with the mob. Obviously that was a long time ago!  Again, it is all about violence and fearful acts.

Then, there are Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Clint and Donald are mutual admirers.The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from 1966,  is also on his short list. "Starring Clint Eastwood as Blondie (The Good), it’s a sweeping epic about trust, relationships and rising to overcome great obstacles. Blondie has to form an alliance with wanted outlaw Tuco (Eli Wallach, playing The Ugly) to find a treasure in stolen gold before Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef, playing The Bad) gets there first." This Searle cartoon actually lampooned Richard Nixon and two political gunslingers. As Ivanka has said politics is "vicious."

Gone with the Wind does not seem to fit his viewing profile,but  the 1939 film can be seen as a romance, which also touches on themes of self-reliance and the ability to face and overcome violent fearsome obstacles. The film isn’t really about Scarlett (Vivien Leigh), although she gets most of the attention; it’s about Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) who famously responds to her complaints about her post-Civil War life with, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” He rides off into the sunset as Wee Donnie has done numerous times in the past.

He claims he is not an avid reader, excepting periodicals. His input is hugely movies, television and internet interaction. His fav films have these themes: survival and success based on self-reliance and toughness; the ability to face challenges intuitively, head-on, overcoming them through work, effort and resourcefulness. All display characters who are street-smart, wiley and witty. All, including Bloodsport, are worth viewing to help in an understanding of the presidential personality. The values they espouse are definitely ESTP and that's a profile that motivates gangsters, bullies and misogynits as well as politicians.

Americans are now going to have to try to live with their misjudgment of this old guy's character and personality. They voted as they did in spite of this stated intentions, which some thought would be muted following inauguration. There is a fearful beast loose in that great democracy and his fearfulness is a contagion. That empire may fail having little chance that it will "Live Long and Prosper" under Trump. That's just not logical. How is this fall from grace possible?

Put simply: "Pain, Fear, and Pleasure Share Same Brian Circuit." That explains why people love Stephen King movies. What starts as pain or fear may end by producing pleasure-inducing thoughts and behaviour. In MIT's experiments with mice they discovered a circuit in the amygdala of the "ancient brain" linked with fear and unpleasant events, actually stimulated a reward area in tat same part of the brain. That caused the animals to actively seek fearful, dangerous, painful situations.

No wonder we are a confused species?