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Session 2 of the Open Paris Early Day was on Personality and the Youth Worker: The difference who you are makes to what you do and led by Chris Curtis.  As usual, as the session is live blogged I apologise for any typos etc:


Place yourself on the contiunuum between I can play anytime and I must finish the task before I can play.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

At times struggle with the fact that someone, probably from California, is trying to put you into a box.  The best indicators are the ones that allow the individuals to flourish.  Rather than a box it should put you into a artist scale to help draw.

Karl Jung wanted to look at how humans take information around them, he developed theories around this.  Catherine Briggs and Isabelle Myers developed his work and took it further.  In World War II – there was a big issue about how women worked in the workplace to best use their skills.  They took Jung’s work and developed a questionnaire to help indicate where people would best fit.

  • Intuition
  • Feeling
  • Sensing
  • Thinking

All are at play, but that you have a preference towards the way in which you like to work.  Similar to being left handed doesn’t mean you can’t use your right hand to pick something up, but instinctively you pick things up with your left hand.

Sensing (S) & Intuition (N)

Some people see detail, exactly what is there, understanding the colours, a razor sharp eye for what is there in front of you – the sensing preference, often connected to reality – aware of the movies, and that which is possible or not possible.

At the other end is the intuition – people who see connections and links – people who link things back to other experiences or stories.  Often imaginative, happy to make a biro a spaceship etc.

Two imaginary youth workers – one who is more sensing, the other more intuitive, how could the two preferences conflict and compliment each other.  The issue, for example, when writing a talk do you plan in a linear or scattergun format.  Those who are intuitive enjoy brainstorming, but won’t think through the practicalities or even actually doing the programme.  The sensing end is at its extreme more detail focussed, give me a crazy idea and I will make it work and deliver it for you.

Every preference brings a strength, and recognising this is important.

Thinking (T) & Feeling (F)

How do you make decisions?

Thinking or feeling?  Some people who when they make a decision they sit outside of the decision and they base it on what is right, quite cold and analytical; at the other end are the feeling group, reflecting on the impact of it on other people.

You’re trying to convince your Elders/PCC/Deacons to sell an expensive camp?  How would you do it?

S: probably happens in the office, already gained some funding, bullets, budgets, a packet of information, appointed first aiders, Child Protection, parental and youth surveys from previous times

N: probably on the phone or even after the event, bring young people to tell stories as to what camp meant; vision for the actual camp

Who line manages you, and how could you best present information to them, or how you contribute in a team to ensure everyone understands what each other are thinking.

Other areas

Conflict is often between those who are Judging (J) and Perceiving (P).  Extraverts (E) wants to connect with other people, that’s where they get energy from, rather than introversion (I).

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

2 thoughts on “The Nativity – BBC Series leading up to Christmas”

  1. I missed this over Christmas – did you see it in the end Chris? I enjoyed the mock news headlines version of the nativity story that was on TV a few years back, “News just in – a star has appeared over the Jewish city of Bethlehem!” 🙂 Did you ever remember seeing that?

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