At church at the moment we are gearing up to talk about spiritual types – both as the theme of our upcoming church retreat and as a wider theme in worship in July. There are various forms of personality “typing” out there in the secular world (e.g. Myers Briggs which is based on Jung), as well as more spiritual approaches (e.g. The Enneagram). We are using a specifically Christian framework conceived by Corinne Ware – it looks something like this:
Because the diagram above, by definition, is probably more attractive to someone who likes words and theories (type 1?), here are some other images that might help…
I have a feeling I’ll write more about this later, so for now suffice to say I find it intriguing, challenging and more or less convincing based on my mood (yep, you’ve guessed, I’m mostly “type” 2, or at least drawn towards the bottom half of that circle…but I act in a lot of ways “belonging” to type 1, so go figure!)
How about you? Do you find personality typing helpful? Is there any particular system that works well for you? Does it help us to understand our spiritual needs? Or can it feel too limiting? Do we run the risk of “typecasting” people we consider to fit into a certain category?
Remember: the type someone seems to be may not be the type they are…!