What is the psychological makeup of Donald Trump? What would he be like as President? How would he respond to the phone call at 3:00 A.M.? One of the best indicators is found in the study of people who are similar to him. Of course no one is identical, but there is abundant evidence of a person’s personality available from the Myers-Briggs type index (MBTI).
I first happened upon the MBTI when I was in my twenties. I found this simple test, filled it out, and read the results. I was shocked! This test could read my mind. It laid out my thought processes, how I would react to situations, and was amazingly accurate. I found out that there were other people like me, 3.2%, I was not alone. Before that test, I was sure that no one else ever thought like me. For decades I have studied it and used it in work, communication, and in understanding my strengths and weaknesses. Not surprisingly, people of my personality type share a lot of behavioral traits. What is Donald Trump’s personality type and what can one learn about him from other people with the same personality type?
What is the MBTI? Briefly, it sorts people by four different personality factors which create sixteen different personality types. Each type is defined by a four letter code. The insight into behavior predicted by these personality types is substantial, highly valid and confirmed by tens of thousands of studies. If you do not know your MBTI type, before you read on, take a quick test to find out what it is. The test will be more accurate. 16personalities has a great free online test: MBTI Test Here.
Be sure to note the four letters of your type and the percentage for each one. The degree of each is important because when one of the four factors is not dominant, there will be a blending of two personality types. The fifth letter adds even more information about a personality type but is not widely used.
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So what type is Donald Trump? Donald is an ESTP, along with about 4.3% of the population. Of the 44 United States presidents, 18.2% have been ESTPs. Whenever a particular occupation has a higher percentage of one of the sixteen types than exists in the general population, it is an indication that that specific personality type is drawn to that occupation and is excellent at that occupation. Thus, Presidents are four times more likely to be ESTPs than one would expect. Consequently, Donald Trump is certainly of Presidential timber.
Here are some other famous ESTPs.
Presidents: Andrew Jackson, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, George W. Bush
Prime Minister: Winston Churchill
Generals: Alexander the Great, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur
Authors: Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen R. Covey, Dale Carnegie
Malcolm X and Glenn Beck are also ESTPs. All of these people are not bad company for a leader! (Excluding Beck who has not seen the light yet.)
One can find more information and quotations made by these individuals at Celebritytypes: Quotations Here.
For a list of every President and their MBTI type go to: Here.
By comparing people that are like Trump: the Presidents, the Generals, and the Inspirational authors, it would seem that Donald Trump is exceedingly well suited to lead our country at this difficult and dangerous moment in history.