Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 51, Issue 5, pp 391–396

Personality and Glossolalia: A Study Among Male Evangelical Clergy

  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Mandy Robbins

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023618715407

Cite this article as:
Francis, L.J. & Robbins, M. Pastoral Psychology (2003) 51: 391. doi:10.1023/A:1023618715407


A sample of 991 male clergy affiliated with the Evangelical Alliance in the United Kingdom completed the short-form Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, together with a question regarding the practice of glossolalia. The data demonstrated that glossolalia was correlated positively with extraversion, correlated negatively with neuroticism, and unrelated to psychoticism. Glossolalia was associated with stable extraversion, and contrary to some theories, completely unrelated to psychopathology.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie J. Francis
    • 1
  • Mandy Robbins
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WalesBangorUK
  2. 2.Centre for Ministry StudiesUniversity of WalesBangorUK