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Aleksandra Cichocka & Kristof Dhont

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume III: Applications of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 14: The Personality Bases of Political Ideology and Behavior

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The Personality Bases of Political Ideology and Behavior
The Personality Bases of Political Ideology and Behavior
Aleksandra Cichocka Kristof Dhont

[t]he influence of any doctrine or idea depends on the extent to which it appeals to psychic needs in the character structure of those to whom it is addressed. (Fromm, 1941/2011: 65)

Many consider Harold D. Lasswell to be the first modern political psychologist (Jost and Sidanius, 2004). In his Psychopathology and Politics (Lasswell, 1930) and Power and Personality (Lasswell, 1948), he relied on a psychoanalytic clinical approach to analyze the personality profiles of politicians. These approaches are reflected in modern research exploring the personality profile of political elites (e.g., Caprara et al., 2003; Winter, 2013). However, several ...

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