Narcissistic American Presidents

The Pew Research Center has conducted a unique study of American Presidents, and the results are fascinating.

Presidents have been analyzed in a multitude of ways, but now there is a new one—how narcissistic they are, how much they love themselves and want attention drawn to them by the American people.

At the top of the list are Lyndon B. Johnson, followed by Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton as the top seven.

All seven are regarded as among the best Presidents we have had, and all are highly controversial because of their assertive manner of governing.

But also, a high level of personal insecurity is evident in all seven, including health issues and personal experiences that made them have the personalities they exhibited in the Presidency.

Only a total of 15 Presidents are seen as having more narcissism than the average person has, including modern Presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, as numbers 10, 11 and 15.

Presidents such as Harry Truman, George Washington, Jimmy Carter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, Gerald Ford, and Abraham Lincoln all rate below average on narcissism from numbers varying from 18 to 32 on the list.

The question is how valuable is such a list, but at least it is food for thought!

3 comments on “Narcissistic American Presidents

  1. Engineer Of Knowledge November 23, 2013 8:23 pm

    Hello Professor,
    I remember reading an interview with FDR’s daughter. She stated that her father wanted to be the center of attention at all times. “He wanted to be the bride in the wedding and the corpse in the casket at a funeral.”

  2. Ronald November 24, 2013 1:50 am

    Actually, Engineer, that is Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt, talking about her father! LOL

  3. Engineer Of Knowledge November 24, 2013 9:24 am

    LOL. I did read the article a while back..:-). Longer than my memory could handle I guess. Thanks for the correction.

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