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The Most Narcissistic Presidents Ranked In Modern U.S. History

A study has revealed the most and least narcissistic US presidents who served between 1897 and 2009.

According to the rankings, the president who scored highest on measures of narcissism among the 19 who held the position during that time was—Lyndon Johnson.

Johnson, who served between 1963 and 1969, was followed by Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) and Richard Nixon (1969-1974).

William McKinley (1897-1901) was ranked the least narcissistic, with William Taft (1909-1913) and Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) just above him.

The ranking was created by John Harden, assistant professor of political science at Ripon College, and it appears in a study published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution written by the researcher.

To create a narcissism score for each president, Harden used an already existing dataset gathered by three researchers to assess the personality of these leaders.

The three researchers produced the dataset by providing various historians and presidential experts with questions related to the personality of the leader they had studied.

Harden took the results of these personality tests and analyzed aspects related to the so-called Big 5 personality facets associated with narcissism: low modesty (high self-importance); low candor (willingness to circumvent truths in order to move forward); low conformity (socially aggressive and insulting in response to interpersonal conflicts); high excitement-seeking behavior (love of crowds and thrills); and strong assertiveness (preference for taking the lead and acting first).

“I relied on the average opinion of historians (left, middle, and right) regarding personality facets related to narcissism in the general population,” Harden said. Pleasemynews.

“While this is more complicated than asking historians to take narcissistic actions directly on behalf of presidents, it arguably overcomes potential biases.”

“I always encourage people to try to think of leaders through [the Big 5 facets]”, he said. “That way you don’t prejudge yourself as much as if you were wondering if someone is a narcissist, which is often considered a ‘bad’ trait but maybe not always. ” Wrong “.”

The full list presented in the study, ranked by standard narcissism scores from highest to lowest, can be viewed below. Any score above zero is considered above average.

While the list only includes presidents up to 2009 when George W. Bush left office, Harden said Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama would likely rank in the top half, while Joe Biden would likely be higher. near the bottom.

“I personally think Trump is high enough for grandiose narcissism, but maybe below numbers like Lyndon Johnson, who showed his genitals to White House staffers, and Teddy Roosevelt, who actively found challenges. [outside politics] to overcome to demonstrate his greatness,” Harden said.

“I think Obama is maybe somewhere around Clinton or JFK – a bit high. Finally, I imagine Joe Biden is closer to Eisenhower, Carter or Truman. Although apparently sensitive to the critically, he is also quite unassuming and not as assertive as his contemporaries.”

Rather than simply ranking presidents based on their narcissism scores, Harden’s primary focus Journal of Conflict Resolution The study aimed to examine whether there is a link between presidential narcissism and the duration of wars in which the United States fought during the period 1897 to 2009.

Harden performed some of the research while affiliated with The Ohio State University (OSU).

“I often got the impression that the mainstream literature seemed to give our leaders the benefit of the doubt. In other words, the research – with few exceptions – assumes that wars are fought purely for political ends example, territory, politics, etc.) and that leaders seek the good of their country above all else,” Harden said.

“Most people I’ve spoken to, both inside and outside of academia, could readily pull up historical anecdotes that suggest there are times when leaders make ineffective decisions. to inflate themselves, even when not re-elected.. Therefore, I started this study to determine which types of leaders are most likely to engage in this type of behavior,” he said.

Analyzing the data, Harden found that American wars tended to last longer under presidents who scored high on narcissism.

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