Thesis Title

Defining a Character Type for Complimentary Medicine Based Therapists Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Arrington Visual Prefernce Test

Graduation Date

Summer 2002

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Doris Arrington, EdD, ATR-BC


This research examined the character traits and visual preferences of complementary medicine therapists and software technology professionals. The researcher used two instruments of measurement, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), self-scorable version and the Arrington Visual Preference Test (AVPT) as a means to A) draw upon existing differences between the two populations and B) examine similarities among the complementary medicine therapists. In looking at the established differences between the two populations, the research suggests that personality trait differences between the two populations exist in the category of thinking, versus feeling in the MBTI. The results of the AVPT suggest there is a discrepancy in most-preferred image preferences between the two populations. The common most—preferred images chosen by the individual populations were representative of their chosen professions. The researcher's goal in conducting the study was to define a clearer understanding as to who complementary medicine therapists are as individuals. In doing so, the researcher provided pertinent and valid information to help better educate present and future complementary medicine therapists, practitioners, and patients.