Prayer and Temperament

Prayer and Temperament


With Isabel Briggs Myers’ publication of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in 1962, followed in 1978 by the David Kiersey and Marilyn Bates book, Please Understand Me, a tremendous new interest in the differences in human personality has taken place.  The possibility of a close connection between peraonality types and prayer and spirituality was conjectured by many persons.  There has been much discussion on the topic, but almost nothing has been published.  The present volume is among the first in print on the relationship between human temperament and prayer.  The conclusions in this book are based on a Prayer Project conducted throughout 1982 with more than four hundred participants from all over the United States and even Canada and Australia.

These recommendations for the different forms of prayer appropriate for the different temperaments and personality types have been tested in a number of workshops, in parish retreats, and in spiritual direction of numerous persons.  Without claiming to be the last word that can be said on this subject of prayer and temperament, the authors now offer their findings and conclusions to a wider audience.   It is hoped that many others will find the same help to their prayer life and growth in spirituality that hundreds of other men and women have received.

Table of Contents

  • An Overview:  The History and Development of the Theory of Temperament
  • How Temperament Has Affected Christian Spirituality
  • Benedictine Prayer – Lectio Divina
  • Ignatian Prayer and Spirituality (The SJ Temperament)
  • Augustinian Prayer and Spirituality (The NF Temperament)
  • Franciscan Prayer and Spirituality (The SP Temperament)
  • Thomistic Prayer and Spirituality (The NT Temperament)
  • Using Our Shadow and Inferior Function in Prayer
  • Temperament and Liturgical Prayer
  • Discovering Your Type
  • Prayer Suggestions for the Sixteen Individual Types
  • Glossary of Terms


  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: The Open Door, Inc.; Revised edition (September 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940136023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940136021
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • List Price: $15.00

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