Who am I? I’m an introvert/extrovert.
Who am I? I’m an addict.
Who are the people that I’m talking to? He’s just a liar. She’s a very kind person. This is an ADD child.
All of this can be determined through personality tests.
One way to get at a person’s view of themselves is to ask the question: What is your personality? There are hundreds of personality tests that we have access to that seem to capture who we are. They can be found in magazines, online quizzes, used in marriage counseling, Facebook, etc. How do terms like “introvert” versus “extrovert” influence our view of who we are? What do we do with these popular terms that seem to capture/identify who we are and yet are not found in Scripture?
Ed Welch teaches a class entitled Applied Theology of the Person (formerly entitled Human Personality) that addresses and challenges these very concerns.
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Ed is a faculty member and counselor at CCEF, where he has served since 1981. He holds a doctor of philosophy in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and a master of divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed is a licensed psychologist and has been active in local church ministry for decades. He has written numerous books, including When People Are Big and God Is Small (P&R Publishing, 1997), Shame Interrupted (New Growth Press, 2012), Side by Side (Crossway, 2015), and Created to Draw Near (Crossway, 2020).