Friday, January 19, 2007

The mediæval personality quiz
Based on the four humours. It seems that even without understanding the structure or chemistry of the brain Catholic spiritual writers (such as St Teresa) using these ideas from antiquity diagnosed and treated at least some psychological problems effectively and compassionately. It’s scientific: even without the theory about the four elements it’s based on centuries of observation. A Godward psychology. (Fulton Sheen called confession ‘psychoanalysis on its knees’.) From Fisheaters via Brian Underwood.

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