Transformation of the Light: Jungian Thought and 20th-century Friends Margery Post Abbott* Jungian thought and the methods of modern psychology pervade the everyday language ofall branches ofthe Religious Society ofFriends. "He's an INFJ" or "She's an ESTP" are phrases which might be heard at Pendle Hill or in classes on prayer at George Fox University. This cryptic code is part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), an instrument for assess- ing personality types initially constructed based on C. G. Jung's theory. The MBTI can be used by those advocating counselling as a way to mental health and wholeness; by pastors seeking to advise church members on ways of prayer; or in attempts to explain the differences among Friends. Are all liberal Friends introverts with strong intuitive capacity who need long periods of silence? Are evangelicals extroverts who rely on the experiences of the senses such as song, vocal prayer, and the energy of fellow worshippers to know God? Such approaches to our faith are at once helpful as tools for understanding and detrimental as stereotypes or substitutes for deeper approaches to God. Jungian thought has also been the focus of theological debate among Friends. Is God totally immanent?
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 2000