Psychological Profile of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt, the second of four children, was born on October 27, 1858, in New York City. As a child, Roosevelt struggled against frailty, nearsightedness, and asthma. He had a love for books which helped foster a love for nature and the outdoors. He also exercised vigorously and developed a lifelong interest in what he called “the strenuous life.”
At age 18, Theodore Roosevelt entered Harvard University with the intent of becoming a naturalist. As a senior he began work on a book, “The Naval War of 1812.” He then graduated 21st in a class of 177 in 1880 and married Alice Hathaway Lee. After graduation, at the age of 22, Roosevelt joined New York…show more content… In his first year as President, TR took action on his calls for reform by suing the Northern Security Companies, then trust in the beef, coal and sugar industries. TR was also active in conservation- he set aside 150 million acres for national use, doubled the number of national parks and created sixteen national monuments. In 1902, TR moved to create the Panama Canal. He mediated a peace which brought an end to the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. When he heard of the death of his son, Quentin, in 1918, his spirit began to wane as he mourned, and then in the early morning of January 6, 1919, Roosevelt passed way.
According to Sigmund Freud in his Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic theory, one’s personality is heavily influenced by two basic forces: sexuality and aggression/anxiety. Freud believed that people were mostly driven by their “unconscious” which includes people’s thoughts, wishes, feelings, and memories. It is possible that Theodore Roosevelt was largely influenced by his unconscious just as Freud discussed in his psychoanalytic theory. When Roosevelt lost his mother and wife in 1884, a new character in him emerged. He disliked being called “Teddy” by others because that was what his wife used to call him and that just reminded him of the death of his wife and mother. His unconscious prompted him to