Jesus was a Capricorn, but was He an ESFJ? an Enneagram 2?
There are some religious sects that have been turning out ESFJ�s based on research conducted utilizing MBTI personality testing. Critics of such groups and movements charge that leaders of these sects are 1) making members over after their own image, 2) controlling them in such a way that their personalities are changed to conform to the group norm and 3) argue that such personality changes are destructive psychologically and spiritually. Leaders of these groups claim that such research simply proves that Jesus was an ESFJ !
These are the ideas explored in __The Discipling Dilemma__ the Second Edition by Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr., Editor, Howard W. Norton, Don E. Vinzant and Gene Vinzant, which can be read here http://churches-of-christ.org/...e_Discipling_Dilemma /
�In some religious sects, it is a fact that the observed changes presented a clear pattern of convergence in a single type: ESFJ. There was a strong tendency for introverts to become extraverts, for intuitors to become sensors, for thinkers to become feelers, and for perceivers to become judgers. The observed results indicate a dangerous falsification of type produced by some kind of group pressure.�
This suggests that the four psychological processes in Jungian theory may also be viewed as four communication styles. The authors of Discipling claim that �anyone who studies all four of the gospels should be able to identify with Jesus regardless of whether that person is an extravert or an introvert, a sensor or an intuitor, a thinker or a feeler, a judger or a perceiver. All people, regardless of their psychological type, should be able to identify with Jesus. Something is wrong with a proclamation of Jesus if only the ESFJs can identify with Him. Such a result would indicate that one is preaching only half of nature.�
For all the talk of Enneagram numbers and discussion of Jungian types, one might get the mistaken notion that psychological processes of integration, individuation and maturation, and that spiritual processes of formation, reformation and transformation, are all about producing Imago Dei personality clones. As we know from 1 Corinthians 12 and our understanding of the Mystical Body, nothing could be further from the truth. When Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6: �Train up a child in his own way and even when he is old he will not depart from it�, he may have been affirming some modern Jungian notions.
The authors of Discipling elaborate: �The Holy Spirit changes people when they become Christians--but not by making us identical in psychological type. The growth that comes from the Holy Spirit produces a body with many different members that perform many different functions in many different ways. Influences that cause people to become identical in psychological type do not come from the Holy Spirit.�
I would agree. While integration, individuation and maturation occur within a person�s true inborn type, a person�s true type doesn�t change. Changes in psychological type, resulting from environmental pressures, are not healthy. In fact, the authors note that �it has been said that trying to change a person from one psychological type to another is like spanking a child for using the left hand.�
There are even physiological foundations for personality types:
And there is a distinct pathology associated with the changing of types through environmental pressures, called the Prolonged Adaptation Stress Syndrome :
Other quotations that bolster the Discipling authors� claims:
Isabel and Peter Myers, __ Gifts Differing__
Mary McCaulley , __MBTI Manual__
Carl Jung __ Psychological Types__
Flavil R. Yeakley, Jr
Howard W. Norton, Don E. Vinzant and Gene Vinzant
Clearly, changing psychological type scores do not indicate normal healthy development, but may indicate a dangerous falsification of type.
There are more extensive notes here for awhile.
Didn't you start a discussion on exactly the same topic 15 minutes ago on another thread?
The other thread was intentionally left open-ended, so to speak.
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