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This Week's Noticesheet

21st October 2018 – Welcome in Jesus’ name

Personality & Prayer

Exploring our own personality type and temperament can help us to understand and recognise our own natural and preferred ways to pray. As individuals, we are all different and unique, each with our own gifts. Isabel Briggs Myers was not a member of any religious denomination but throughout her life demonstrated a deep and abiding faith in her Creator and a loving concern and respect for all of God’s creatures. She was aware of people around her having problems with other people but refused to believe that this was just part of so-called ‘normal’ behaviour. Isabel wanted people to help themselves by concentrating on the positive, recognising and appreciating their gifts, and by understanding and valuing human differences. In 1920 with her mother Katharine Cook Briggs she began identifying and naming these differences but it wasn’t until 1943 that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator was developed and accepted for validity, reliability, repeatability and statistical significance. According to Briggs and Myers there are sixteen different personality types; they are equally valid and each has its own particular strengths. No one type is more important or better than another. The Type Indicator almost always reveals what people already know about themselves but in a structured way which enables them to understand and use the information creatively. Perhaps you might like to take the Myers Briggs Test yourself (it can be found online). You may find it surprising as I did, it enabled me to recognise myself and embrace what comes naturally to me, especially regarding prayer, I’ve learnt that it’s ok to be me and there are so many different ways in which to pray. Find a way to pray that comes naturally for you. Have you thought about praying creatively?

Lynne Percival