Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

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Previous research has demonstrated a connection between prayer and personality type. In this study, Francis and Robbins sought to extend this research by applying Jungian psychological type theory to prayer. Specifically, they hypothesized that the eight personality types operationalized by the Myers-Brigg and other psychometric tests would correspond to specific prayer preferences. Consistent with the personality types, the prayer preferences included extraverted prayer, introverted prayer, sensing prayer, intuitive prayer, thinking prayer, feeling prayer, judging prayer, and perceiving prayer.

Francis and Robbins explored their hypothesis by mailing self-report questionnaires on personality and prayer preferences to Anglican deacons in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The response rate was almost 50%, resulting in 1,476 completed questionnaires. The sample contained more men (n = 858) than women (n = 618). Personality type was measured using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and prayer preferences were measured through a newly created battery of 80 items. The data was analyzed with a variety of statistics, including reliability, correlational, breakdown, t-test, and factor routines.

Consistent with the hypotheses, the results indicated that peoples' personality types were positively related with the corresponding prayer preferences. …

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