Xi Jinping
© Arnold Holtzman, Ph.D. (April 2014)

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Xi Jinping

President of The People's Republic of China
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Chairman of the Central Military Commission

Born 15 June, 1953.
Han nationality, a native of Fuping County, Shaanxi Province

The psychological analysis and personality profile that follows below will extend in every respect from material appearing in The Illustrated Textbook of Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy (1st and 2nd editions). For students of PDC the relevant pages are noted in the text. Published in 2004 and again in 2013 this textbook has reached students and practitioners in the behavioral sciences in over 80 countries.

The "Philosopher King" Leader

Plato describes philosopher kings as "those who love the sight of truth" (Republic 475c)... ones who have the love for wisdom and the courage to act according to wisdom. It is specifically this dimension in his personality, aligned to a deep and profound striving for existential significance, that sets President Xi Jinping apart from most other world leaders today. What so impresses the PDC hand analyst is that one cannot find a single feature that suggests a malevolent aggressiveness, shallowness, selfishness , dishonesty, or a cold calculating punishing mindset. There is not a single feature that suggests that President Xi Jinping is capable of hurting the feelings of another person without himself being hurt. He would be wholly incapable of killing the proverbial fly, as it were. A genuinely deep-feeling and intelligent leader who has succeeded in reaching these high stations by virtue of achievements.

At the same time the most prominent features which include the mildly conic shape of the fingers and the relatively short fingers compared to the size of the palm, underline a powerful, creative and focused intuition and a capacity for inspired thought. The conic factor has him responsive to impressions which will have him knowledgeable of things often beyond what he had seen or heard. And above all of this is the marked thickness of the fingers which manifest as inherent strength... strength in the expression of his ideas and attitudes, and strength the manner in which he navigates his person and his life in the roles he has accepted for himself.

Xi Jinping China China, Xi Jinping The Philosopher King: (1)
This feature is noteworthy for its length, thickness and perfect balance. We may speak of a Schizoid Temperament as it represents perhaps the highest level in human development. It identifies profound depth and seriousness in personality, a judgemental heaviness that cannot be compromised, poor tolerance of shallow thought, a continuous inner growth and evolvement underlining a striving for personal significance in one's life. (See pages 202-206). The management of one's existential difficulties has the individual focus on what is singular to his, or her own mind, and often has this person experience what is almost a schizoid sense of separateness, apartness, and even distance from others. It is from the ranks of these people that when their final day on earth comes their lives are not buried with their bodies.

Assumption of Authority: (2)
The markers here are seen in the relative shortness of the index finger (compared to the ring and middle fingers) and the decidedly heavy base phalange. The factor of shortness here points to early issues in the framework of father experiences. We may speak of a history wherein the father was absent and failed to serve as the child's natural bridge to the external social world. (See pages 241-247). To compensate for the feeling of being outside his peer-group mainstream President Xi Jinping was powerfully moved to compensate for this deficit-father experience by proving himself outstanding and deserving the honor, respect and recognition of others. His superior intellect and the efficiency of his cognitive processes delivered particularly high levels of academic achievements. The successes he recorded promoted a sense of strength in his external social world affairs. The heavy base phalange, which we noted earlier, denotes a natural identification with strength - one that lends itself to genuine expressions of leadership and authority. (See pages 82-83).

Early Mother-Experience Trauma: (3)
Note the marked disparity here between the profound thickiness of the base phalange and the almost unnatural thinness of the middle phalange. This feature has us speak of the early infantile experience of having "promises unfulfilled." (See pages 167-171). We would understand that the infant's very early mother-experiences verged on the ideal. There had been a perfect bonding - a sense of total containment and attachment. Thus the infant's very earliest experiences became engrained in the subconscious mind of the adult as one who is inherently secure. At some point, however, the infant was subjected to the trauma of no longer having access to the mother it had known. For whatever reason(s) the mother was no longer there either emotionally or physically. That very thin middle phalange would point to a very low ceiling of possibilities with all that relates to the sense of an intimate belonging to another. This early history of loss of trust would also contribute to the experience of separation and apartness described earlier. At the same time, however, the very thickness of the base phalange along with the length of the finger and its perfect balance underlines a strong sense of strength and personal capability. He feels himself inherently secure. (See pages 157-160).

Xi Jinping China leader The Spectrum of Emotional Responsiveness: (4)
From the PDC textbook. page 124:
"The emotional responsiveness to stimuli would be exceptionally rich, as would the range of this person's own singular emotional expressions."
The marker here is the Upper Transverse Line (the Line of Heart in popular literature) which is identified by the arrow. Its significant characteristics are its very low placement in the palm and the strong curvature upward to just below the middle finger. It is very rare to find the quality and placement of this dermatological feature in the hand of one who has reached so high a station in the leadership of a country. It underlines a sense of devotion and personal honesty.

Cognitive Discipline: (5)
The area encircled shows the distance the Lower Transverse Line and the Thenar Line (The Line of Life in popular literature) carried together before separating. This development is often, although not always, the result of a very strict early upbringing where serious restraints were set on the mindset of the young person. This young person would have been obliged to conform to the severe discipline of parents and teachers. With maturity a reaction to this history manifests as a determined emotional investment in the loyalty to ones own's mind and personal interests. But, with regard to himself, the cognitive discipline in distinguishing between right or wrong, good or bad, proper and improper, remains sharp. It also very much sensitizes an individual to the small print, as it were, in any contract or personal committment. In simple terms, nothing would escape the eye of President Xi Jinping.

China leaderChina leader A Man with his People: (6)
The area encircled is the Thenar Eminence (the Mount of Venus) which is the seat of every individual's libidinal energies - energies that are directed to external world circumstances and promoting needs and drives leading to physical and emotional attachments to people. Libidinal energies are what is described as object seeking. It is of genetic origin but the potential of which is responsive to early formative experiences of bonding with the mother. With President Xi JinPing these needs and drives are seen here as perticularly generous but with some restraint. It speaks of a genuine warmth and generous investments in relationships with others. It is very conceivable that not only would he be a man identifying with his people, his people would have every good reason to identify with him.

Intuition and Foresight: (7)
Our immediate attention is drawn to the gently rounded almost conic fingertips. Whereas square shaped fingertips contribute a practical and concrete management of information especially useful in commercial areas of interest, and heavy or spatulate fingertips expose a measure of obsessive concern often in interpersonal relations, conic fingertipe, such as seen here, identify powerful intuitive faculties, quickness of thought, swift impressionability and comprehension, and a tendency to evaluate all issues in terms of either all-good or all-bad values. Such fingertips also lend themselves to creative thinking and (not to be overlooked) a genuine sense of humor.

A Final Word:

An american president, Theodore Roosevelt, said with regard to foreign policy "Speak softly, but carry a big stick." On the world stage today I doubt if there is another leader that speaks as softly and as carefully as President Xi Jinping yet who wields a bigger stick. The president of the People's Republic of China is the epitome of a scholar and visionary. Those closest to him would surely agree. He is not a military man, but for this he has his generals, and he will trust them. His strength would be tempered by a natural modesty and a genuine humility. But it would be his inherent wisdom that brings him closest to Plato's true Philosopher King.


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