Assessing Putin’s Psychological Makeup

Putin’s Way is the Only Way

Putin is seen as an INTJ with some gravitation towards an ISTP. When under pressure he tends to get tunnel vision about his ideas and visions. Putin finds it difficult to think outside of his own predictions and he becomes closed-minded to other views and perspectives. My way or the highway (the highway being elimination). Most see Putin as unwavering in his position but his strategic view is what is inwavering. Tactics and methods under Putin do adjust just as they do on the Russian chess board.

Putin is domineering and belligerent. His aggressive behavior patterns may be seen as consistent with a clinical
diagnosis of sadistic personality disorder. But Putin is far from sadistic. He is resolute and may be brutal, but sadism is not part of his makeup.

Over-inflation of the Putin’s dominant function can result in stubbornness and single-minded fixation on one vision or idea. Stubbornness isn’t always bad, but Putin can be so singularly-focused that he blocks out anything that would contradict him, including people. Yet he will adjust in order to achieve his strategic goals.

Putin is cold, arrogant, and controlling. He is contemptuous and condescending to anyone who doesn’t value his vision or sense of logic. He enjoys putting other people down, making sarcastic jabs, or otherwise belittling them. Putin considers himself above others, more enlightened or intelligent than the rest of humanity. He believes his vision and forecast of the future is always right, and he stubbornly holds to his perception without opening his mind to other viewpoints. He is agitated and vindictive with anyone who critiques or gives another view that contradicts his own. Putin may seclude himself because he is so disappointed in his fellow Russians. If he does do this, he may try to micro-manage and overly control all around him, forcing them to obey a strict set of commands. Restoration of Russia to its former Soviet glory is his main concern. His upbringing watching Stalin build the Soviet Union at the costs of millions of Soviet lives impacts his current thought.

Putin cares nothing for how others feel. This is where the Putin stereotype can show up in real life. Putin legitimately does not care how other people feel. He is so fixated on his own goals and ideas that he dislikes making room for anyone else’s emotional needs, seen as hysterical and in Putin’s case, effeminate and Western.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the country’s paramount leader since 1999. Under his rule, high energy prices have served as a cushion against social and political unrest, but a lack of reform or diversification of the country’s economy has left the country dependent on oil and gas revenues. Following the fraudulent 2011 parliamentary elections and Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012, the regime has cracked down on civil society and dissenting voices with increasing ferocity. The mobilization of civil society and the revival of opposition politics following the elections has triggered an even more comprehensive crackdown by the Russian authorities. During this time, the regime has adopted a far more repressive approach domestically, while pursuing a disruptive revanchist policy beyond its borders. Large investments in international media have given the authorities an instrument to shape and confuse narratives beyond Russia’s borders. The Russian authorities fear that a successful democratic transition on the Russian Federation’s borders might inspire a contagion effect. As a way of preempting the success of the most reform-minded countries on its borders, Moscow has encouraged “frozen conflicts” that destabilize democratic progress in places such as Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. Russia’s rising ambitions and deepening illiberalism pose a growing threat to the rules-based order, especially in Europe, but not limited to it.

https://www.resurgentdictatorship.org/the-big-five-countries/russia/

Putin’s inferior function gathers real-world data in the present moment. The more he experiences the real world through a variety of projects, activities, and interactions, the more data he can feed to his intuition, driving his arrogance and know-it-all perception of himself. It’s vital for Putin to get out in the world on a regular basis, to read up on facts, and to get input from experiences so he is more accurate and realistic. The problem in Putin’s case is that he prefers not to read anything contrary to his hardened position.

When pushed and stressed, Putin can be overconfident, or arrogant.
He likely experiences extreme self-absorption or exploitative behavior patterns that may be consistent with a clinical diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder.

When stressed, Putin can be impulsive and reckless. Putin is experiencing chronic, extreme stress right now with activities in Kazakhstan, the threat of new sanctions, and the pipeline issues. He is likely having bouts of unexpected impulsivity and recklessness. But contrary to most, he does not succomb to these impulses.

Putin becomes moralistic, self-righteous, uncompromising, and cognitively constricted when pushed to stress and anger. His evil INTJ could be seen as compulsive, but he is more calculated and planned. More determine to control. This may be consistent with a clinical diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive
personality disorder during his times of floating to his evil side.

When Putin gets stressed, he falls into the grip of his inferior function. When this happens, he heads towards becoming impulsive but his years of training and experience prevent impulsive behavior. He is emotionally stable at all costs. https://www.tandfonline.com › pdf
comparing the Big Five and Dark Triad traits of autocrats and non-autocrats

Putin as the Hostile Enforcer:

Hostile enforcers are characterized by deep-seated hostility, permeated by a moralistic conscience. A stickler for rules and propriety, they are unrestrained in discharging their hostile impulses against the weak, the powerless, and the contemptible — ostensibly in the public interest. Not only do they act as though they have a monopoly on divining right and wrong; these personalities also believe they have a right and an obligation to control and punish violators, and that they are uniquely qualified to determine how punishment should be meted out. Although hostile enforcers operate under the guise of socially endorsed roles to serve the public interest, the deeper motives that spur the aggressive enforcing actions of leaders with this personality style are of questionable legitimacy, given the extraordinary force with which they mete out their condemnation and punishment. In the realm of public service, the trademark characteristic of hostile enforcers is first to search out rule-breakers and perpetrators of incidental
infractions that fall within the purview of their socially sanctioned role, and then to exercise their legitimate powers to the fullest extent. The modus operandi of the hostile enforcer invariably provokes opposition and resistance, which in turn incites and perpetuates ever-stronger countermeasures against real and perceived
enemies. Their resulting “bunker mentality” may mimic a paranoid orientation, but more likely is
simply a manifestation of hardball politics in the service of an obdurate, relentless,
uncompromising, no-holds-barred striving to preserve and consolidate personal power and control.

The Political Political Personality of Russian Federation President Vladimir
Putin
Aubrey Immelman
St. John’s University / College of St. Benedict, aimmelman@csbsju.edu
Joseph V. Trenzeluk. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu › …PDF
The Political Personality of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin

Putin will Ghost you. He tends to be an internal processor when it comes to his feelings. He does not feel the need to rehash how he feels to others. When Putin gets offended or irritated by someone or some country, he is likely to ignore that entity’s existence completely. Or, likely to see this as something for removal.

Putin respects strength, discipline, and control, and he exudes it.

Putin is an intuitive-dominant personality type. The world of concepts and predictions is what drives them and gets them excited, especially his own. This enhances his narcissism and own sense of self worth.

http://personality-politics.org/russia-threat-assessment-psychological-profile-of-vladimir-putin

Putin bends the facts and logic to fit his vision. This is apparent in his constant use of disinformation and media manipulation. Just like his demands about Ukraine and NATO are filled with logical loopholes, he is unwilling to entertain ideas or facts that would contradict his perspectives. He is unable to openly admit wrong at any time yet he will shift tactics.

Putin is completely out of touch with any emotions he used to have. He is absorbed with productivity and accomplishment at the expense of his individual emotional needs and desires, something he lost sight of years ago in the KGB. When his emotions do flare up, he sees them as untrustworthy and a characteristic of democratic societies. Something he has great disdain for and sees as extreme weakness. Yet he has shown emotion in the past when it came to others showing what he perceived to be adoration.

Influences of Putin’s World View

A Marxist-Leninist world. In this world Putin learned to view anything that was a product of capitalism and bourgeois oppression with contempt.
USSR culture. This culture believed that the ends justified the means. This made it easy for Putin to rip apart an international treaty made with the Ukraine, guaranteeing the latter its independence in return for giving up its nuclear weapons.

Superiority complex. Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin as president in 2000, and was reelected in 2004. In 2008 he was appointed Prime Minister, and became president again in 2012. He treated his cabinet with such contempt that during a meeting in 2006, German Chancellor Angela Merkel advised him to treat his cabinet with more respect.

Western contempt. Putin also holds in contempt all Western leadership including, previously, Cameron and Obama. His perception of Trump was that of a useful idiot and tool to achieve erosion of democratic norms.

Invasion. Putin invaded oil-rich Crimea and swiftly abrogated the country. This generated nationalist fervor, which Putin needed, as Russia’s economy was decaying amid corruption and an aging workforce.

Oneness with Russia. Milevsky predicts that Putin will remain in power until 2024 or beyond. He says Putin likely believes that Russia is doomed without him.

Overall superiority. Putin likely feels contempt for political leaders who might succeed him, for the Ukrainians who thwart him, and for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who tried to advise him.
Out of touch with reality. Merkel once told Obama that Putin lives “in another world”.

Contempt is the core of his psychology. Ian H. Robertson, Ph.D. wrote in the article, “The Danger That Lurks Inside Vladimir Putin’s Brain”, published in Psychology Today, that 15 years of power has resulted in contempt playing an important role in Putin’s psychology. He adds, “Absolute power for long periods makes you blind to risk, highly egocentric, narcissistic, and utterly devoid of self-awareness.”

Fear. Putin is also driven by fear that loss of power makes him and his regime vulnerable to prosecution, much like Trump’s fear at losing the election and architecting the January 6 attempted coup.

Ideology. The ideology that drives him, as mentioned in his biography, is, “I consider it to be my sacred duty to unify the people of Russia, to rally citizens around clear aims and tasks, and to remember every day and every minute that we have one Motherland, one people and one future.”

Putin is caught up in his own visions, ideas, and intellectual theories. Putin refuses to engage with people who are feeling, perceiving, and sensing. Someone who does not mirror him is not worthy of interface.

Put together the unspoken, tragic loss of his two siblings, being an only child, and his overprotective parents and we may have some glimpse into the complicated psyche of this recluse, with an inflated ego, and something to prove. – Avidan Milevsky Ph.D.