Somatotypes of Political Leaders

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Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
Ted Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
Barack Obama
Sarah Palin
Prince William
Kate Middleton

Bill Clinton: Endomorphic Centrimorph

Sheldon would classify him as 4½,4,4½.   He is a people person.  He listens to people.  Keeps an open door. Accepts people.  Empathizes with people.

Bill Clinton Is:

Endomorphy: 4½ (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: 4.0 (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 4½ (Nervous)

Centrimorphy 7.0 (Orientational ,Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.40  (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height: 73.8 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age): 180@ 20 -196 @ 30 – 209 @ 40 – 219 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Orientaional-Visceral-Nervous-Muscular

Orientational (Plus) Visceral (Minus) Muscular = EMBRACING CHANGE.  AVOIDS unnecessary work and physical aggression.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Bill Clinton’s type: INFLUENCE & STEADINESS.

1. I = Influence ( High)

2. S = Steady (Moderate)

3. C = Compliance  (Moderate)

4. D = Dominance  ( Moderate)

MBTI Type ENFP (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments:

Bill Clinton is a natural/charismatic leader.  How else could he have survived his own recklessness?  It’s too bad that his leadership qualities were squandered on his personal pleasures.  He probably would have been the ideal president if he had just a little more fighting “mesomorphy” like a Ted Kennedy.  It is worth noting that Bill and Hillary were very close in temperament.  This is a situation that makes them better friends than lovers.

Hillary Clinton:Ectomorphic Endomorphic Centrimorph

Hillary Clinton  is a centered ectomorphic endomorph with a moderate amount of mesomorphy.  This means that she is primarily endomorphic but has a significant amount of ectomorphy.  With the addition of 3 mesomorphy she sits right on the border of the middle types.

Sheldon would probably classify her as a 5,3,4.

Hillary Clinton Is:

Endomorphy: 5.0 (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: 3.0 (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 4.0 (Nervous)

Balance: 6.0 (Orientational (Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.25  (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height: 65.6inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  128  @ 20 -141 @ 30 – 152 @ 40 – 155 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Orientational-Visceral-Nervous-Muscular.

Orientational(Plus)Visceral (Minus) Muscular = EMBRACING OF CHANGE.  AVOIDS HARD PHYSICAL LABOR AND  PHYSICAL AGGRESSION

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Hillary Clinton’s type:  Steadiness & Influence.

1. I= Influence (High)

2. S =Steadiness (Moderately High)

3. C = Compliance (Moderate)

4. D = Dominance (Moderately Low)

MBTI Type ENFP (Linked to Wikepedia) almost an INFP.  (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments: Hillary is a good example of how people can be mis-classified because of their adaptation to a particular occupation.  Supposedly she has taken the MBTI and was classified as an INTJ.  INTJ’S are generally masculine.  Because of  Hillary’s involvement in politics she has taken on a persona of toughness.  However, at her core we see a sensitive idealist who has consitently become involved in the soft underbelly of  government – child welfare, women’s rights, civil rights and health care.

Her success has not been in her toughness.  There are plenty of “tough” INTJ males that will argue their opponents out of shear love of verbal battle.  Her success has been in her charm and persistence.

It has been especially difficult to somatotype Hillary.  Supposedly she had been somatotyped by William Sheldon when she was in college.  At least she was on board with the destruction of a substantial part of  Sheldon’s somatotype photos. There was a group of  Ivy League college women that worked themselves into a frenzy accusing Sheldon of all sorts of  evil intent with his body-typing research.

As fate would have it she allowed herself to be photographed in a fairly snug fitting swimsuit when she was a very young woman.  The photo appeared in a biography.  This was all that was needed to arrive at a fairly accurate assesment of her somatotype.

Ted Kennedy: Centrimorphic Endomorphic Mesomorph

Ted Kennedy was a mid-range endomorphic mesomorph.  This means that he was primarily mesomorphic (quite athletic)  but had a significant amount of endomorphy.  With the addition of 3.0 ectomorphy he sits right on the border of the middle (balanced) types.

Sheldon would probably classify him as a 5,5½,3

Ted Kennedy Was:

Endomorphy: 5.0 (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: 5½ (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 3.0 (Nervous)

Balance: 5½ (Orientational ,Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.50  (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height: 73.8 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  214 @ 20 -245 @ 30 – 269 @ 40 – 286 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Muscular-Orientational-Visceral-Nervous.

Muscular (Plus) Orientational (Minus) Nervous = SEARCHING FOR SYSTEMS/PROCEDURES.  AVOIDS BOUNDARY, CONVENTION , STATUS QUO AND LIMITATIONS.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Ted Kennedy’s type:  Dominance & Influence.

1. D = Dominance (Moderately High)

2. I = Influence (Moderately High)

3. S = Steady  (Moderately High)

4. C = Compliance  ( Low)

MBTI Type ESFP Might also include ENFJ traits. (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments: I previously typed Ted based on a height of 5’8″.  Obviously my source was wrong.  Since he was the tallest of the Kennedy brothers he had to be over 6 ft.  His temperament was definitely in the leadership category.

John F. Kennedy: Ectomorphic Centrimorph

President JFK  is a centered  ectomorph with a moderate amount of mesomorphy.  This means that he is in mesomorphic territory on the somatotype map but is very close to being at the center with an equal amount of ectomorphy.

Sheldon would probably classify him as a 3½,4,4½.

John Kennedy is:

Endomorphy: 3½ (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: 4.0 (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 4½ (Nervous)

Balance: 6½ (Orientational (Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.50 (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height: 71.4 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  154 @ 20 -165 @ 30 – 174 @ 40 – 180 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Orientational-Nervous-Muscular–Visceral.

Orientational (Plus) Nervous (Minus) Visceral = CONCEPTUALIZING FOR CHANGE..  AVOIDS SURRENDER AND COMPROMISE.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for JFK’s  type: High Influence with Dominance and Compliance

1.  I = Influence (Very High)

2.  C = Compliance  (Moderate)

3.  D = Dominance (Moderate)

4.  S = Steady  (Moderately)

MBTI TypeENTP (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments: JFK was the entrepreneur president.  Getting a man on the moon and back within 10 years!  Space exploration was the technology that dominated the 1960’s.  It was primarily motivated by Kennedy’s competitive spirit.  It was a Soviet/American contest.

Barack Obama: Centrimorphic Mesomorphic Ectomorph

Obama is a mid-range ectomorphic mesomorph.  This means that he is mainly ectomorphic tending toward mesomorphy  putting  him moderately close to the middle of the somatotype triangle.  In may of 2009, a photo of Obama  made the cover of the Washingtonian. A photographer took the picture while Obama was on a  “brief” getaway to Hawaii.   Although, that photograph isn’t exactly what an anthropologist would consider ideal it is sufficient to make a fairly good estimate of his somatotype. I am 95% sure his somatotype is  2½,4½,5½

Barack Obama Is:

Endomorphy: (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 5½ (Nervous)

Balance: (Orientational (Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.65 (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height:73.8 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  159 @ 20 -168@ 30 – 175 @ 40 – 178 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Nervous-Orientational-Muscular-Visceral.

Nervous (Plus) Orientational (Minus) Visceral = SEARCHING FOR STATUS.. .  AVOIDS surrender and compromise and attachment.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Obama’s type: High Compliance with High Influence and High Dominance.

1. C = Compliance  (Moderately High)

2.  I = Influence (Moderately High)

3. D = Dominance (Moderate High)

4. S = Steady  ( Low)

MBTI Type INTJ (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments: I have spent 30 years studying personality and have developed a coherent typology of personalities based upon the body-typing (somatotype) scheme of W.H. Sheldon.  There is a lot to this theory but here is the elevator ride description. You can describe any person first of all by what they want and how they get what they want. Secondly you can describe a person by what they avoid and how they avoid it.  The strongest component of a persons constituion determines what they want.  The second strongest component is how they get what they want. The weakest component is what they avoid.

Because his sensory and nervous systems are equal there is a struggle for dominance between IDENTITY which forms a rigid boudary and the SEARCHING and scanning activities of the sensory system. So there is a struggle going on between SEARCHING for IDENTITY and PLANNING for CHANGE.  But since he is quite Ectomorphic the establishment of his own IDENTITY takes precedence over CHANGE.  He wants change as long as he doesn’t risk anything.

This is a good fit for a college professor, lawyer or politician.  He wants to be safe and secure in everything so he protects himself by checking and rechecking the facts.  At the same time he enjoys the attention of people although maintaining the decorum of his position.    This is evident in his two styles of speaking. His normal style is a  staccatto style of delivery which springs from from his professorial core. He wants to state the terse facts but at the same time adding just a touch of emotion to engage the listener.  The result is something definitely above monotone but just a little more interesting than a sing-song.  His second style is that of the  preacher.  This is not his natural style.  It is a role he mastered by sitting in church and watching the cascade of emotions that emerges from the call and response interaction of the preacher and his congregation. When he resorts to this technique he is playing the role of entertainer, and just “lovin it, yes indeed”.

Visceral, being last, means he avoids a clinging dependency and doesn’t merge well with intimates. He attends to emotional obligations as a duty – something he ought to do. This can be good enough for raising kids but it can create some strain on a wife.  It is also a complaint about his reaction to the oil spill crisis.

The sensory system gathers and the nervous system selects.  These are opposite functions.  In combination this creates a state of moodiness. If his nervous system builds a good enough wall he loses his admirers.  This loss of admirers makes him lose his main contact with others. At that point he is liable to feel his dreaded dependence welling up from his neglected Visceral system. The only system left to keep his Visceral system in check is the anger of his Muscular system.  Out of this comes the sharp and critical snaps. When he sees talk radio hosts fanning the flames of resentment and robbing him of his rightful audience he is liable to react.  Perhaps he over reacts to his talk radio critics.

Normally, the nervous system is good at deciding and selecting, however with sensory in the second place there is a tendency to feel that something important is being overlooked.  So, this person is indiciscive. The stalemate is finally broken by deciding on the most practical course.  And as a politician the most practical course is whatever will get him elected driving him to decide by looking  for a consensus of the people around him.  Rather than setting the pace he puts up the agenda and then expects everyone else to do the deciding.  It appears that this may be his undoing.  Rather than stepping up and demanding what he wants he thinks another review of the “facts” will move things along. His adaptability degenerates into indecision. He will tend to drown in an ocean of details.  These qualities are admirable in an academician whose job is to teach his students to ferret out the details that will make them experts.  This behavior may also be useful to a senator who needs to avoid taking a stand until he has to, but for a President this skill set is an obstacle.

What does this mean for his presidency?  He needs to be decisive. He tends to start the debate by offering a compromised position.  Where do you go from there.  You are always going to get less than you ask for.  Republicans criticize his low key approach to the Russians and Iranians but they are glad he started the healthcare debate by giving up the single payer system.  Again you see the conflict between Nervous and Sensory.  Instead of getting his opponents to fear him, or at least respect him he settles for what he think will get them to admire him.

 

 

Sarah Palin: Mesomorphic Centrimorph

Sarah Palin is a centered mesomorph with a moderate amount of endomorphy.   This means that she is in mesomorphic territory on the somatotype map but is very close to being at the center with an equal amount of endomorphy.

Thanks to the footage of Palin in her bathing suit at the Miss Alaska Pageant I am 90% confident her Sheldonian somatotype is  4,4½,3

Sarah Palin is:

Endomorphy: 4.0 (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 3.0 (Nervous)

Balance: 6.0 (Orientational (Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.50 (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height: 63.9 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  121 @ 20 -134 @ 30 – 144 @ 40 – 151 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Orientational-Muscular-Viscera-Nervous.

Orientational (Plus)Muscular (Minus) Nervous = WORKING FOR CHANGE.  AVOIDS  BOUNDARY, CONVENTION, STATUS QUO AND LIMITATIONS.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Palin’s  type: High Influence with Dominance and Steadiness

1.  I = Influence (Very High)

2.  D = Dominance (Moderate)

3.  S = Steady  (Moderately)

4.  C = Compliance  (Moderately Low)

MBTI TypeENFJ (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments:

When Endomorphy, Mesomorphy and Ectomorphy are close to being balanced a new factor emerges.  This condition  rather than creating the stability that balance may suggest, actually makes the person more sensitive to environmental influences.  It’s as if the sensory or orientational system becomes dominant.  So Sarah Palin wants NOVELTY, variety, and a changing environment.  Those constituted with  this state of balance gravitate toward social activities because the unpredictability of human behavior  provides a rich context of change, variety and novelty.   Needless to say this is a very extraverted situation.  Next in her rank of systems is Mesomorphy (Muscular).  So you could say her basic description would be a person who WORKS for NOVELTY primarily in the context of social structures.  More simply you could say she’s a born sales person.   But there is the darker side that must also be considered.  A person is not only defined by what they want but also by what they avoid.  In her case her Nervous System is last (Ectomorphy =3) She avoids defining her self.  She has no clear boundary.  She avoids all the things that nervous systems do for an organism and that includes deliberative, analytical thinking.  Like most of  those involved in sales she needs awards, positions, trophies to define her as an individual.  When you don’t have a strong internal sense of identity you need external validation.  Remember, she was a runner-up for Miss Alaska.  And what is the function of a beauty contest winner?  Aren’t they really just cute salespersons?

It should be clear why McCain chose her to be his running mate.  His ratings were going down.  What is the likelihood that Americans would vote for an old cantankerous 5 foot 7 inch man.  The conservative wing of the Republican party would rather throw away their votes than take the time to vote for McCain.  They hated him almost as much as the Democrats.  McCain needed a sales person to excite the people to get out and vote.  And there was always an outside chance she could attract some independent women voters.  It was a dying candidates only chance.  Of course Sarah was interested in the opportunity.  It was getting a little boring in Alaska.  When you are a balanced somatotype you are always looking for novelty.  She probably inherited this genetic disposition from whichever parent decided to move from Idaho to Alaska.  I’m guessing it was her father.

Sarah Palin was great when she was whipping up enthusiasm in front of conservative audiences.  Her handlers wanted her to stay in that role.  The one thing a Sensory/Muscular person hates more than anything else is to have someone define “their” role.  They see themselves as the role-definer.  The conflict between the McCain organization and Sarah Palin was inevitable.  Salespersons can memorize and deliver an enthusiastic presentation but marshaling facts to defend complicated policy requires an ectomorph’s  mind (Obama?) that has absorbed both sides of an argument and has a detailed plan for defending themselves.  What? Read your opponents policy papers?  Are you kidding?  Who has time for that?  Certainly not a person who is an energetic muscular mesomorph seeking excitement and novelty.  Because her nervous system is the lowest in her constitutional mix she tends to be a poor judge of people.

Sarah’s tendency to get bored probably explains why she needed to attend four different colleges just to get her Bachelor Degree. Sarah’s original career choice was the perfect fit.  She studied communications and wanted to be a sports reporter which she did for a short time.  With her substantial mesomorphy she would have gotten along well with the jocks, reciting her memorized reports, and winking as she signed off.  Politics was her second choice.  It offered greater excitement and novelty.  Besides, there aren’t many major sports events in Alaska where she could get camera time.

Sarah Palins political career is defined by convenient rescues from jobs that seemed to be boring her.  At the point where she could have really consolidated political power she readily sacrificed those gains for a new campaign.  She seems to love campaigning more than governing.  Governing gets complicated.  There are documents to be signed, budgets to be balanced, and policies to be studied.  Political campaigns are sales.  Campaigns are like concert tours with affirming cheers and applause that say you are a worthwhile person.

Sarah is an ordinary midrange-mesomorph. It’s not her fault.  She’s easily bored and frustrated.  She craves novelty and it appears politics has kept things interesting for her.  Like most salespersons she likes the quick and easy “sell”.  Her main focus is her immediate social sphere.  She is afraid of things getting too predictable thus forcing her to confront her emptiness.  Currently she has embarked on an endless campaign

Prince William: Mesomorphic Centrimorph

Prince William is a centered mesomorph. He is an athletic mesomorph and moderate on both endomorphy and ectomorphy placing him near the center.

Sheldon would probably classify him as a 4½,5,4.

Prince William Is:
Endomorphy:  (Visceral)
Mesomorphy: 5.0(Muscular)
Ectomorphy: 4.0( Nervous)
Centrimorphy: 6½ (Orientational (Sensory) Centrimorphy: 
Trunk Index: 1.55 (Area of Thoracic Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)
Height: 75.0 inches
Weight Pattern (pounds @ age): 200 @ 20 -221 @ 30 – 239 @ 40 – 254 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description: Simple Temperament Description:
Orientational-Muscular-Visceral-Nervous.
Orientational (Plus) Muscularl (Minus) Nervous = WORKING FOR CHANGE. AVOIDS BOUNDARY, CONVENTION, STATUS QUO AND LIMITATIONS.
Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict. This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information. Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Prince William’s type:

High Influence with Dominance.
1. I = Influence ( High)
2. D = Dominance (Moderately High)
3. S = Steady (Moderate)
4. C = Compliance (Moderate)
MBTI Type ESFP (Linked to Wikepedia) (See SOMATOTYPE CHART of MBTI TYPES)
Additional Comments: With a rating of 5.0 in mesomorphy Prince William is athletic and could succeed in a wide range of sports. Although I have him listed as an ESFP he probably has a lot of traits of an ESTP too. His temperament is in the same range as Tiger Woods. That combined with boredom from ceremonial activities could be fertile ground for infidelity. Based on somatotype I don’t see matrimonial bliss. The biggest problem for these two is that Kate is dominated by status while Prince William tires of formal restriction. Kate will be the one that holds the show together by keeping a tight rein on her horse.

 

 

Kate Middleton: Centrimorphic Ectomorph

Kate Middleton is a Centrimorphic Ectomorph.  This means she is mid-way between the center and the extreme ectomorph corner of the somatotype triangle.  Her somatotype is 3,4,6

Kate Middleton is:

Endomorphy: 3.0 (Visceral)

Mesomorphy: 4.0 (Muscular)

Ectomorphy: 6.0 (Nervous)

Centrimorphy: (Orientational (Sensory)

Trunk Index: 1.55 (Area of Thoracic  Trunk divided by Area of Abdominal Trunk)

Height:70.0 inches

Weight Pattern(pounds @ age):  133 @ 20 -141@ 30 – 147@ 40 – 149 @ 50

Simple Temperament Description:

Nervous-Orientational-Muscular-Visceral.

Nervous (Plus) Orientational  (Minus) Visceral = SEARCHING FOR STATUS. . AVOIDS  DEPENDENCY,SURRENDER AND COMPROMISE.

Although there are no written tests that are 100% compatible with somatotype, the D-I-S-C inventories are generally in range of what a somatotype would predict.  This is one of the best locations I’ve found for this information.  Axiom Sofware’s Description of D-I-S-C Personalities When you link to the site check the following boxes for Kate’s type: High Compliance with High Influence.

1. C = Compliance  (High)

2. I = Influence ( Moderately High)

3. D = Dominance (Moderate)

4. S = Steady  (Moderately Low)

MBTI Type INTJ bordering on INTP (Linked to Wikepedia)   (See SOMATOTYPE  CHART of MBTI TYPES)

Additional Comments: Kate Middleton got her prince no doubt on her terms.  They seem to have made a good deal.  He wanted a beautiful, smart and strong wife he could show off and she wanted to solidify her need for status.  Deep love here is an illusion for those who like fairy tale endings.  They are well equipped to play their roles. Generally somatotypes that are high in ectomorphy crave attention.  This may prove to be a problem in Kate’s relationship with William since he is a balanced somatotype and therefore easily bored.  In fact Wikipedia indicates this may have already  been the dynamic involved in their  break-up.

The Sun quoted a “close friend of the couple” as saying that Catherine felt William had not been paying her enough attention. The paper highlighted reports that William had been spending time with other young women and said the Prince, aged 24 at the time of the split, felt he was too young to marry.[1] A report in the Daily Mail blamed a desire by royal courtiers not to “hurry along” a marriage announcement, and William’s desire to enjoy his bachelor status within his Army career. The Mail also suggested that a friend of William encouraged the Prince to take a “careless approach” to relationships. The same article suggested that Catherine had “expected too much” in wanting William to demonstrate his commitment to her.[2]

  1. ^ Matthews, Jane (13 September 2010) ‘Prince William to Marry Kate Middleton in 2012’ – Before Olympics The ExpressRetrieved 16 November 2010.
  2. ^ Wilson, Christopher (14 April 2007). “A historic act of folly and supreme egotism on the part of the Prince”Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 15 April 2007.

 

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