Stanley Renshons' High Hopes: Clinton's Actions



Throughout Stanley Renshons' book, High Hopes: The Clinton Presidency
and the Politics of Ambition, the president's ability to govern has to do with
three main concepts: ambition, courage, and integrity. Proving this, Renshon
believes that the presidents psychology explains everything. "By examining the
range of choices available to the president as well as those he selects, both
within and across circumstances, one can begin to discern the underlying
patterns of psychology that shapes his behavior" (4). I tend to agree with
Renshon when he states that Clintons' psychology has a lot to do with how he
reacts to a given situation and performs all tasks bestowed upon him.
"The ...

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factors of a persons character are:
ambition, character integrity, and relatedness.
Ambition is a strong element is one's character which can be defined as;
a persons achievement and self regard. I tend to disagree with Renshon, when he
states that their is a danger with ambition, it "reinforces their sense of being
special… it may facilitate their grandiosity" (40). According to Microsoft
Bookshelf ‘95, grandiosity is someone or something that is characterized by the
greatness of scope of intent. Renshon says that childhood grandiosity is the
foundation of adult ambition and that this is all instituted by a person's
parents. I believe that a person's ambition is something that should be
elaborated on more often. It shows a person's moral and ethical beliefs.
A person's integrity is an important element when shaping a person's
ambition and relatedness, according to Renshon. Throughout the book, when
Renshon refers to a person's integrity, in actuality he ...

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at first glance may seem to be full of significance , loses a
great deal of it's sharpness when it is examined more closely…In the
individual's mental life someone else is invariably involved, as a model as in
object, as a helper, as an opponent: and so from the very first individual
psychology…is at the same time social psychology as well (qtd. in 46).
Through the use of this quote, Renshon was able to prove that from the
start, "analytic theory stated that the others are always central to an
individual's psychological development and functioning" (46).
Every since Clinton was a child, he was always involved in many
activities. He had to always come out on top and be the ...

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