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The Laws of Personality in The Road Back to You

The Laws of Personality in The Road Back to You

I felt a wave of relief when I pulled my copy of Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile’s new book, The Road Back to You from the box. The dust jacket design was restrained and inoffensive. Why relief? The cover of Richard Rohr’s 1990 book, Discovering the Enneagram, the first  popular book on the subject, looked like a prop from the CW’s Supernatural TV series. Let’s be honest, the moment you have to explain, “No, that’s not a pentagram,” you’ve lost. For evangelicals just starting to peak out from underneath the covers after the 1980’s Satanic Panic, the red circle with…

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Personality Assessments: Grace in Neuroses

Personality Assessments: Grace in Neuroses

In seminary there were three really important questions you asked your fellow students:

What diocese are you from? (New York)
Sherry or Port? (Lemon-tini)
What is your Myers Briggs? (INFJ)

I haven’t figured out if Myers Briggs was a part of the Gnostic gospels or the Apocrypha, but it is a fundamental personality identifier in mainline Protestant seminary culture. So it must be in the scriptures somewhere. As a J, I can tell you that it was the fastest way to sort out the weirdos from the weirdest. And also, it was a great way to preemptively excuse your bad behavior. Once I learned…

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