The Psychological Presidency. Nelson. Angie. Nov 30.

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The Psychological Presidency Michael Nelson Intro United States is unique in that it elects its president every four years JAMES DAVID BARBER - very important man!!! This whole reading is pretty much about his hypotheses Wrote The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House Fours psychological types Active-positive-- healthily ambitious out of exuberance Active-negative--pathologically ambitious out of anxiety Passive-positive-- complaint and other-directed Passive-negative--dutiful and self-denying The Pulse of Politics : Electing President in the Media Age Barber saw the importance of the mass media It reinforced his prediction that the U.S. goes through a recurring alternating cycle between Conflict ,Conscience, Conciliation Medias treatment of Barbers views made them appear superficial or even foolish Barbers reputation in the intellectual community as an homme serieux suffered Psychological Perspectives on the Presidency Constitutional Perspectives Framers constructed a government on a foundation of Hobbesian assumptions "men are instruments of their desires" Believe that if rulers were to be unrestricted this would lead to tyranny Believe that the presidents personal character would ensure a republican nature Saw George Washington as an example Scholarly Perspective Decision to inject personality into the presidency was a conscious one Rise of media has made the president s personality more pervasive Framers conceived defenses against president of defective character are gone Americans attitudes toward the presidency are psychologically and politically roots They have nationalistic emotions, deflected in American society onto the president I.E. President JFK, surveys showed that after his assassination Americans experiences symptoms associated with grief over the death of a loved one His death showed psychological ties James David Barber and the Psychological Presidency His theory- offered a model of the presidency as an institution shaped largely by psychological mix between personalities of individual president and the publics deep feelings about the office. Presidential Psychology
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