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scale 0 (Si) of the MMPI-2 and counseling work gratification. This finding appears to be

particularly significant as the two questions “Would you say that you are enjoying your

work?” and “Would you say that your work is gratifying?” are significantly correlated to

one another but scale 0 (Si) of the MMPI-2 did not even show a trend for correlation with

work enjoyment. It appears that these questions regarding counseling work enjoyment

and counseling work gratification measure something different from one another and a

study of how social introversion (as measured by the MMPI-2) interfaces with

gratification in the counseling profession could have significant relevance to counselor

education screening.

Further research should also include a comparison of the data with a greater

number of non-clinical counseling graduates. There is a significantly larger number of

students at Ashland Theological Seminary who are pursuing the clinical counseling

degree in comparison to the non-clinical degree and in this study the greatest majority of

the respondents to the questionnaire (91.9 %) were graduates of the clinical degree track.

The non-clinical counseling graduates who do not seek licensure may have a different

personality profile from those who are clinical counseling graduates; these differences

may affect success and satisfaction in the profession.

The subjects of this study were students of an evangelical seminary. Further

study should consist of counseling graduates of a secular institution for comparison.

Various studies in the literature have examined the impact of religious background upon

personality (MacDonald & Holland, 2003; Naus, 1973; Patrick, 1991). For example,

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