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The Way of the Cross: Christian Individuation & Psychological Type

  • Author: Grant, Richard
  • Pub or Rev Date: 1989
  • Publisher: Type & Temperament, Incorporated
  • ISBN: 1878287257

  • Availability: Available to borrow
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A best-seller for the religious & spiritual community. (The head of one large order wants to provide copies for all the Brothers.) The cross is a symbol, a mandala (Tibetan word for "all-in-one") whose 4-fold structure reflects four archetypal psychological potentials in all of us, as taught by Hippocrates 2500 years ago. These four natural temperaments as re-identified by Keirsey are useful in understanding differences in human behavior. Grant relates the 4-fold symbol of the Cross first to various quaternities in Christianity, then to the broader sequence of human development from Freud to Erikson to Keirsey's Temperaments. The Stations of the Cross become a "remarkably accurate illustration of psychological individuation;" they "provide us...a picture of the development of the deep psyche." You needn't be Catholic or even Christian to understand & enjoy it. Originated as a symbolic pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the 16 stat ions of the cross (Four sets of Four Stations) represent the development of our personality as defined by temperament. They become a symbolic journey of individuation & Growth. Grant, a psychotherapist in private practice in Texas, is consultant to corporations & universities, & well-known for his work relating psychological preferences to the religious pilgrimage, codependency & addiction issues.

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