Mayoral candidates: Easy to read?
A new app named Moodies was released this month, claiming to analyze underlying emotions through speech. It has since been tested with arguable accuracy on the apologies of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford for their various infidelities. So Crosscut decided to give it a spin, using it on statements from each of mayoral candidates regarding why they’re running.
According to tests on their videotaped opening statements to the 36th Legislative District endorsement interviews, Mike McGinn exhibits a “sense of alienation” and “the need to empower strong emotions.” Bruce Harrell is “driven by emotions or inhibitions” and faces a “conflict of reason and passion.” Ed Murray is full of “creativity born out of distress” and is “longing for change (and) seeking new fulfillment.” Peter Steinbrueck is “searching for emotional warmth and/or recognition,” while Charlie Staadecker is “seeking harmony” and is using “communication to win attention and control.”