Politics is always about power, this year is no exception.
Politicians seek it, citizens are affected by it. And, we develop strong opinions and biases about the candidates. We hate them, we love them. Or, in the absence of hate or love, many choose among the least of evils, or the worst thing in my opinion; withdraw or make a protest vote. In any case, we become unable to see the good in the one we hate and unable to see the bad in the one we love.
There has been much name-calling and mudslinging (e.g. crooked, narcissist) in this fascinating presidential race (there always is). The American Psychiatric Association has explicitly asked its members (Psychiatrists) not to diagnose the candidates without a proper professional process. But many factors influence our behavior, including our inborn personality, physical and psychological wellness and illness, the context we are in, the persona we put forth, and the skills and knowledge we have developed in our lives.
In his timely essay, personality expert Ross Reinhold objectively reveals the normal psychological roots he has inferred about these two presidential candidates, Clinton and Trump. I’ve worked with this personality model a long time, i value it and I espouse it. It helps us to understand and appreciate other’s perspectives, values and priorities. I respect Ross’s credentials and skills here. He has the theory and analysis right.
But, as I read his thoughtful analysis, I realized that I did not want to normalize the candidates and view them objectively. I’ve already chosen and did not want to see the good in the bad, nor the bad in the good.
My mind was made up; not open to further input. This makes me normal, maybe just like you. Read this and see if you can see the good in the bad, and the bad in the good.