In 1983, Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno began conducting research and developing a scripturally based therapeutic procedure that would produce effective, positive, and more immediate results with those needing guidance/counsel.

During this time of research, the Arnos worked with more than 5,000 individuals. These were persons who sought counseling for depression, inter/intra-personal conflict, marriage and family dysfunction, and anxiety.

The purpose of this research was to develop an accurate, clinical, testing procedure for initial identification of the counselee's inborn, God-given tendencies/temperament.

In-depth studies were conducted, during this time, on all of the current psychological test and/or behavioral inventories. For many reasons, Drs. Arno selected the FIRO-B, which was developed by Dr. Will Schutz, as their initial measuring device or questionnaire.

Subsequently the Amos have developed their own questions and their own analysis in order to identify inborn temperament rather than behavior. The Arnos named their analysis procedure the Temperament Analysis Profile (T.A.P.) and re-titled it in November 2000 to the Arno Profile System. It reveals the "hidden problems" that normally take the counselor seven or eight sessions to identify. Thousands of Christian leaders, ministers and professional Christian counselors rely on the Arno Profile System to aid them in their counseling efforts. These Christians report an accuracy rate of over ninety-percent (90%) in identifying an individual's inborn, God-given temperament.

The Arno Profile System does not measure a person's behavior; it identifies a person's inborn, God-given temperament. Who God created us to be (temperament) and who we become (through learned behavior) can be entirely different. We need to find out who we really are, and find ways to become the person God wants us to be (the true self) instead of the person we have learned to be (the masked self).

Drs. Arno also identified a fifth temperament. Traditionally, there have been four temperaments, Melancholy, Sanguine, Choleric, and Phlegmatic. The fifth temperament, that was identified by the Arnos' research over 30 years ago, is called the Supine. This identification area describes a person who has is a servent's heart and feels that he or she has little or no value.

The information that the APS places in the hands of a Christian counselor is biblical, extremely important and state-of-the-art. It only takes 8 to 10 minutes for the counselee to respond to the questions.

The Arno Profile System, that was developed and continues to be taught by Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno, is highly recognized, accepted, very professional, and a tremendous asset to all Christian counselors.

NOTE: Administering the Arno Profile System requires certification.

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