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Jungian Typology And Religion: A Perspective From North America

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This chapter reviews the development of Jungian typology and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It provides a survey of empirical studies of Jungian personality type and religious phenomena and issues that use the MBTI. It documents a) how individuals relate to and experience religion, b) what they expect from religious participation, c) how likely they are to affiliate with religious groups, and d) suggests that the sensing/intuitive preference-set is the most salient to religion. Sensing preferences were associated with sharper religious boundaries and discomfort with religious doubt and change, judging preferences with attraction to the structure of religion, and perceiving with religious experience. Sensing, feeling, and judging preferences were more common among religious joiners. A history of the development of Jung's typology is provided.

Keywords: Jungian typology; Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); religious experience



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