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Christian Temperament Counseling utilizes Temperament Analysis (also known as Creation Therapy), which is based on the belief that each person is endowed by God with a unique temperament while still in their mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

Temperament is not the same thing as character or personality. Character results from learned behavior, and personality is the “mask” we choose to wear before the world. Temperament underlies all that we are, in a spiritual sense. It is a sort of “spiritual DNA.” Our inborn temperament directs the way we perceive ourselves, people, and situations. It is who we are in our innermost created being. When the needs of our temperament are not met, we experience emotional stress and pain–within ourselves or between us and other people.

Why Explore Temperament?

Temperament Counseling is for the good times as well as the tough times of life. Exploring temperament increases your awareness of your basic and unique needs while helping you understand how to meet those needs in godly ways. It can bring insight and healing into relationships.

As you recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and passions you can see the possibilities for how God can use you to bless others.

 How Do You Get Started?

The process begins when you fill out an A.P.S. profile form. This time-tested assessment tool, for adults, teens and children, takes only a short time to complete. Your responses create a unique personal profile that helps you learn about your temperament in three foundational areas:


Social orientation and thinking processes

INCLUSION answers questions like:

Who gets included in my life? To what extent? Does being with others rejuvenate or deplete me? How comfortable am I socializing? Do I belong? How much energy do I put into thinking things through? Am I creative? Impulsive? Do I analyze every detail? Am I more relationship, task, or goal oriented?

The need that a person is attempting to meet in the area of INCLUSION is the perception of feeling significant or worthwhile.


Capacity to make decisions and accept responsibility

CONTROL answers questions like:

Who establishes and holds the power in my relationships? How much do I naturally want to influence others? How much do I want (or will I allow) others to control me? How willing am I to make decisions and accept responsibility for myself and/or others? Am I a leader, follower, influencer, rebel, servant?

The need that a person is attempting to meet in the area of CONTROL is the perception of feeling competent and capable.


Emotional interaction in relationships

AFFECTION answers questions like:

How many people do I want to feel very close to? How willing am I to be unguarded in my emotions with another person? To become close to someone, am I able to confide my innermost desires, anxieties and feelings? How easily am I able to give and receive physical expressions of love, warmth, and approval in my deep relationships?

The need that a person is attempting to meet in the area of AFFECTION is the perception of feeling that one’s self is lovable.

For instructions on ordering a personalized A.P.S. analysis for yourself, a family member, staff members, or employees click here A.P.S. and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

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As most of you know, I have begun a new chapter in my life.  After close to 40 years of being a vocation church based minister, I have moved to the Hattiesburg, MS area to establish a full-time counseling service.  I had a friend tell me that people who do this always make it about 90% of the time. I’m not real sure what he meant by “make it,” but my hope is to at least keep the people I owe happy and help a few people out in the process.

For the next few posts, I want to explain a little bit more about the counseling I offer and how it can benefit you or someone you care about.

While I offer a wide range of counseling approaches, Temperament Therapy is my basic foundational approach.  Temperament, in simple terms, is the genetic in-born part of a person that determines how we react to people, places and things. In short, it influences how we interact with our environment. Temperament counseling pinpoints our perception of ourselves and the people around us. It is the determining factor in how well we cope with everyday stress and pressure.

Temperament Therapy is a positive and affirming method based on the belief that everyone is created with a unique temperament and purpose for life.

By way of personal testimony, I believe that understanding my temperament has help me approach life in a way that will mean a few more years of healthy living.  I discovered that my temperament in the area of social interaction (which is one of three areas classified by Christian Temperament Counseling) is Melancholy compulsive.  This means that when I am with crowds of people, I am naturally experiencing stress.  As a pastor, as much as I love the church family I was still out of my temperament comfort zone.  When I came to understand this I decided to go home after church services each week and recharge by hitting Big Blue (the name I gave my blue Lazy Boy) pretty hard for forty-five minutes to an hour.  I believe this simple course correction lowered my blood pressure significantly.

Ask Yourself…

  • Why do I do the things that I do?
  • Why do I act this way?
  • Why do I stay home when others go out?
  • Why do I not share my feelings with others?
  • Why do I help people who don’t appreciate it?
  • Why do I ignore the people I love?
  • Why do I tend to take control?
  • Why do I allow people to hurt me?
  • Why do I move from one job to another?
  • Why do I get so tired during the day?
  • Why do I lose close friendships?
  • Why do I hold on to hurt feelings?
  • Why do I end up doing all the work?
  • Why do I tend to embarrass others?
  • Why do I get so angry?
  • Why do I keep dating the same type of people?
  • Why do I have trouble going to sleep at night?
  • Why do I crack jokes when I am nervous?
  • Why do I never slow down?
  • Why do I keep people at a distance?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in your personal Temperament Analysis Profile (APS).

The assessment of temperament is made using a simple, 54-question psychometric instrument known as the Arno Profile System (APS). This questionnaire is completed in less than 10 minutes and is processed to generate a personal temperament profile. This profile serves as one of the diagnostic foundations upon which counseling is based. Understanding your in-born, God-given temperament is the first step in resolving emotional stress.

In my next couple of post I want to give you more information about Temperament Counseling including how you might obtain a personalized profile for you, your spouse, your children, church staff, or employees.

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