Personality Analysis of The Donald
This purpose of this paper is to demonstrate Donald Trump’s progression to the successful business executive and analyze the different personality factors that played a role in getting him to the position he is presently in. The points in this paper will extrapolate relations from psychodynamic, behavioural, and interpersonal psychological theories to highlight Trump’s aggressive tendencies, his grandiose ambitions, and leadership qualities, and explain why Trump is who he is. Firstly, an in-depth examination of Trump’s autobiographies, documentaries, and articles will be conducted in order to bring insight to his life experiences, and his relationship with his father. Secondly, the paper will analyze Trump’s experiences through the perspective of Adler’s superiority complex, Bandura’s social learning theory, as well as the interpersonal theories of personality to assist in understanding why Trump functions the way he does. Thirdly, the paper will emphasize the benefits of the three aforementioned perspectives and how they are advantageous in dissecting Mr. Trump’s personality traits. Lastly, the paper will briefly mention the limitations of the three theories in representing the characteristics of Mr. Trump.
Firstly, an exploration of Trump’s life experiences, and the relationship he had with his father will highlight experiences that contributed to his personality complexion. Trump was born in 1946, the fourth child of five children of Frederick and Mary Trump. Throughout the course of his childhood, Trump displayed a high aptitude for leadership, and demonstrated this in his relationships with family, friends, and peers. He also displayed very assertive and aggressive tendencies during elementary school, which resulted in his parents sending him to military school at the age of thirteen (Trump, 1987). It was here that Trump learned the art of ‘playing people’ and this would be an important contributor to his charismatic skills that are displayed in his later career.
Trump idolized his father as a child, and he developed and matured under the strong influence of his father’s ideals (Trump, 1987). His father, being a successful real estate developer, played a prominent role in the development of Trump’s legacy. Trump worked for his father early on and joined the family business upon graduating from college. Trump spent much of his time in college reading the listings of Federal Housing Administration foreclosures, and this is how he came to obtain his first big project with his father (Trump, 1987). He came to learn that he could get the best deals purchasing foreclosed buildings through a government agency because they just wanted to get rid of the building as fast as possible.
After working a few projects with his father, Trump decided he would expand his fortune by moving to Manhattan and develop real estate in a more opulent part of New York. Trump was very successful in his undertakings and made very important partnerships with Manhattan’s elite, and his empire grew at an exponential rate. While Trump enjoyed his intense, and luxurious success, it abruptly changed during the recession in the early 1990’s when Trump found himself billions of dollars in debt. Trump reports this to be the lowest moment he had ever encountered in his life (Trump, 2008). This may have been the bottommost of his career but he was resilient during the darkness of the recession, and did not stop his fight to gain back his empire.
Secondly, an exploration of personality theories such as Adler’s superiority complex, Bandura’s social learning theory, and the Machiavellianism perspective of interpersonal theorists will be documented to bring forth connections in Trump’s psychological facades that are overtly displayed throughout his interactions with others. Mentioned earlier was Trump’s idolization of his father and his ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and...
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