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Find Your Career in the Church — The Scientific Way

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By Anonymous | January 2003
Anonymous is a priest who is very familiar with the contemporary Catholic scene in America.

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is a long-standing psychological instrument used to identify personality types. It is often administered to prospective employees by business, government — and the Church — as a screening device. The MMPI lists a series of statements, and the applicant must indicate whether the statements apply to him or not. Many adult professionals may be familiar with the test.

Have you ever wondered how the MMPI categorizes people? I have broken the code! If you are correctly identified by the following assertions (which are actual statements taken from the “Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory” by Hathaway and McKinley, Group Form Test Booklet), you are a good candidate for the following positions:

Vocations Director:

22. At times I have fits of laughing and crying that I cannot control.

298. If several people find themselves in trouble, the best thing for them to do is to agree upon a story and stick to it.

284. I am sure I am being talked about.

554. If I were an artist I would like to draw children.

393. Horses that don’t pull should be beaten or kicked.

35. If people had not had it in for me I would have been much more successful.

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