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The Gospel of Inclusivity and Cathedral Visitors

  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Mandy Robbins
  • Jennie Annis
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This chapter draws on the insights of Francis’s notion of the theology of individual differences and the insights of Jungian psychological type theory to examine the psychological profile of those who access cathedrals as visitors. Building on two smaller studies of cathedral visitors, the chapter draws on a database of 2,412 visitors to St Davids Cathedral in west Wales (1,058 men and 1,354 women). The cathedral attracts more introverts than extraverts, more sensers than intuitives, more judgers than perceivers, and slightly more thinkers than feelers. The data demonstrate that the psychological type profile of cathedral visitors is significantly different from the wider population from which they are drawn and that this is the case for both men and women. Comparisons with the population norms demonstrate that extraverts and perceivers are significantly underrepresented among cathedral visitors. The implications of these findings are discussed both for maximizing the visitor experiences of those already attracted to attend the cathedral and for discovering ways of attracting more extraverts and perceivers to explore this particular aspect of their cultural and religious heritage.

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  • Mandy Robbins
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