Myers-Briggs Type Prayers

Brad Newman gave these to Jay Spitulnik who sent them to me and which I changed a little bit to make what I thought were improvements in readability or context.

And they are funny.

PowerPoint versions of these (in Adobe acrobat) can be downloaded by clicking here for color or here for black and white

(Note: Recently, Roger Deemer sent me a note attributing the original set to Elis N. Harsham. I found links to him at but I cound not easily locate an original source of these or a website of his. His original post would be copyrighted, and my versions are slightly different because of my edits.)

A personal statement (Scott Simmerman, webmaster): I really do not like instruments like the MBTI. Not at all!

I attended a session once where the instructor constantly talked about these as preferences and themes but who also constantly got the people to show "what they were" by a show of hands -- and she did this repeatedly. Thus, instead of talking about the preferences, the focus was on stereotypes. And she made fun of people -- "Isn't Jimmy just like that?" I got quite angry since this was my client's company and she was Jimmy's guest in an afternoon of a two day conference I was running for him and his people. Getting people to laugh AT people is not a good learning tool and she did this repeatedly!

WAY too often, people only take away that they are a "Type" based on the survey and do not hear the message that these are about the choices they make about how to respond. I have seen all of these kinds of self-disclosed tools used against people over the years -- they CAN be useful but they can also be damaging and used to stereotype people into rigid categories when many people are pretty flexible. These generally represent only PREFERENCES, not laws of human behavior.

But onward to the stereotyped jokes about MBTI Type Prayers...

(As I've asked elsewhere, if you can deliver a program based on these inventories in less than 2 hours, why does it take weeks to be certified in these instruments? How can something so complex as human personality be taught in a couple of hours and be retained as taught. Trainees will simplify the concepts over time to become stereotypical characterizations and not as subtle tools for understanding preferences.)

Anyway, here are the Types and Talk!

If you want to actually take this test and see your scores, you can access a free test at -- (last time I checked, it was working.)


Lord, help me to relax my focus on insignificant details, even though any of them may cause significant problems later. But let us begin this tomorrow at 8:31:04 am.



God, please help me to consider other people's feelings, even if most of them ARE excessively hypersensitive.



God help me to accept responsibility for my own actions, even though problems are usually NOT my fault.



God, please help me to not try to RUN everything.
But, if You need some help, just ask.



Lord, please help me to be more laid back and help me to do that EXACTLY correctly.



Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don't mind my asking).



God help me to take things more seriously, especially jokes, parties, conversation and dancing.



God give me the patience I need to deal with things more effectively, and I mean right NOW!



Lord. Please help me not to be so perfectionistic!

(Did I spell that correctly?)



God, help me to finish everything I sta..



God, please help me to keep my mind on one...

Look a butterfly!

thing at a time.



God help me to do only what I can, trusting you for all the rest. But would you mind putting that in writing?



Lord keep me open to others' ideas, WRONG though they may be.



Lord, please help me to be a little less independent but in my own way, of course.



Lord, please help me follow our established procedures today. On second thought, I'll settle for a couple of minutes.



Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.


Original source is Elis N. Harsham


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