Some have stated that Putin's reasoning is entirely legitimate, that it is the result of a planned brutal reality about global politics and an attempt to consolidate his strength at home. Others say his actions are desperate, rash, and overreaching and that they are the result of his profound psychological defects.
Putin shows no sorrow or regret for his unethical acts and the terrible consequences they have on innocent people. He also refuses to take responsibility for unfavorable outcomes, and he usually blames others if or when anything goes wrong.
These characteristics show that Putin has a “strong man” attitude which can be categorized as having "red" behavior. Someone who is in this category is generally is generally someone aggressive, impatient, controlling, and powerful. This is all based on simple psychology and how to understand human behavior. According to Thomas Erikson’s book, Surrounded by Idiots, everyone can be categorized into four groups, or colors: red, blue, green, and yellow based on their behavior. People categorized as red are natural-born leaders, bold with ambitious goals. Blue are analytical and organized, yellow are social butterflies, and green are selfless and relaxed.
Putin is by most seen as an autocratic and authoritarian political leader, which means he is more likely to make major choices on his own. He is also more task-oriented than concerned about his people's overall well-being. Another tell-tale trait is that he establishes a psychological barrier between himself and others, which he does in part by using punishments and threats. Based on such characteristics, many would imply that he is actually less competent and less easily understood than many with whom he works.
It is important to take Putin's signs of such dark personality traits seriously. Conventional tactics of diplomacy and negotiations cannot be presumed to work. Autocratic leaders with dark personalities frequently deny the need to listen to others or resolve conflicts. On the other hand, display of authority is seen to be a show of strength and more effective.