The media has made numerous requests and calls for me to offer my insights as a Human Behavior Expert and Celebrity Life Coach to explain Sarah Palin’s sudden and instant popularity.
Here are my responses summarized:
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appears to have taken America by storm and is quickly becoming a celebrity.
Why is she so popular?
Patrick Wanis PhD, Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior Expert and Clinical Hypnotherapist says: “Sarah Palin represents what many women would aspire to be in the 21s century. Sarah Palin:
· Is a former beauty queen
· Still looks attractive and healthy; her face has a beautiful glow to it
· Has a family
· Is intelligent and successful in a man’s world – politics
· Has more power than her husband
· Is feminine
· Is homey and appears sincere
· Still maintains a down to earth organic image in spite of her success – she wears glasses, hair is carefully tied up in a bun to look cute, sweet, feminine and approachable
· Is charismatic, articulate, good speaker, and she exudes confidence and courage
Men like Sarah Palin even more than women like her according to a recent poll:
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday indicates that 62 percent of men questioned have a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, nine points higher than women.In the poll, conducted Friday through Sunday, entirely after the end of the Republican convention, 23 percent of men have an unfavorable view of Sen. John McCain’s running mate, seven points lower than women.The gender gap is also apparent when it comes to whether Palin is qualified to serve as president. Fifty-seven percent of male respondents said Palin was qualified, 14 points higher than women. A majority of women polled, 55 percent, said Palin is not qualified.Overall, 50 percent of all respondents think Palin is qualified to serve as president, compared with 70 percent who see the Democratic nominee for vice president, Sen. Joe Biden, as qualified.
So, why does America appear to embrace her in a way that they never did with Hilary Clinton, and why does she have such strong appeal to men?
Sarah Palin doesn’t try to be a man. She competes on her own terms. Hilary Clinton was very hard, harsh, cold and exuded more masculinity than femininity. Hilary Clinton gave off a subconscious vibe of being a bitter, cold and jaded woman.
Generally women can relate to her much more than they could to Hilary:
· Hilary was the tall-poppy – so successful and powerful that the average woman cannot relate to her
· Hilary was never simply the everyday woman who did well or succeeded; What Hilary experienced no other woman could have; she was married to a US President who cheated on her and yet she still stayed strong. Many women felt that Hilary Clinton might have been more of woman if she had divorced him
· Hilary appears angry and bitter. Her smile doesn’t come off as sincere
Women are looking for a female role model but one that they can relate to. Sarah is that role model to the everyday woman. Remember that Woman got the right to vote in 1920, 53 years after blacks got the right to vote in 1867 with the Reconstruction Act. And women can imagine or aspire to be like Sarah Palin because it is much more palatable and appealing than aspiring to be Hilary who comes off now as harsh, jaded and as defeated.
Sarah Palin may not end up getting the vote because of other criticisms and concerns about her success as a mother or possible lack of substance on the issues that count for America, but for now, Sarah Palin is a celebrity and a rock star – just like Barrack Obama.”
Patrick Wanis PhD Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior Expert and Clinical Hypnotherapist