Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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The Green in this spiritual portrait represents FDR's dominant trait, his cool-headedness and preference for making logical rather than emotional decisions. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. He demonstrated this trait in the way he proved to be a successful commander-in-chief during World War II.

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents FDR's auxiliary trait, his pragmatism and realistic outlook. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrated this trait in the way he could see that so many people were hurting during the Great Depression and really just wanted some kind of work to see them through to better times.

32nd President of the USA — Mar. 4, 1933 to Apr. 12 1945

Both Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt are ESTJs, but there are subtle yet important differences ....

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
The Story

Both Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt are ESTJs, but there are subtle yet important differences in their personalities.

FDR: More Idealistic Than TR

There is a bit more Blue in Franklin's spiritual portrait than there is in his cousin TR's image. This is because FDR's personality profile is more idealistic and perceptive (less Judgemental) than his cousin's.

Franklin's idealism is evident in his concern about people's economic insecurity contributing to limitations in their individual freedoms:

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

During the Great Depression, Franklin is well-known for working to give Americans economic security by creating New Deal programs such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and Social Security.

Plenty of Similarities

Although they belonged to different political parties — FDR was a Democrat and TR a Republican — both were concerned that the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few could lead to the exploitation of average citizens:

We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.

And both Presidents Roosevelt experienced a great deal of physical pain their final years, dying while still fairly young, in their early 60s. Quoting from his fourth and final inaugural address:

We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately — but we still shall strive. We may make mistakes — but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.

For more FDR quotes, see his page at wikiquote.org .


It was difficult creating FDR's personality profile. He grew to have a public persona and a private self, especially after he lost the use of his legs.

In retrospect, it may have been easier to create two profiles, one for his public persona and another for his private self. But that is unprecedented, seems somehow unfair, and may well turn out to be just as difficult, if not more so.

This spiritual portrait is based on Ken Burns' film The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait. In addition to Franklin, this work covers his wife Eleanor and his fifth cousin Theodore, and spans seven DVDs.