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Working as a team in a christian organisation
by Andrew odongo
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Team work and good human relations are the key ingredients and therefore these two ingredients have to be nurtured like an egg if the organization has to survive and meet its goals. Psychology and Christianity are two married institutions/ professions that cannot be divorced. In fact a christian has to train both in christianity and a psychologist in order to stand the test of time in religion. Therefore following my critical analysis and research in various kinds of people in an organization, I have established a clear cut relationship between human beings and animals. Psychologists have helped people to understand their own behavior by studying the caricature in the form of animal behavior. The bottom line of this argument is that human beings are after all in the class of animals therefore, we can understand some of our behavior traits by tracing the behavior of other animals.

The purpose of this concept is to sensitize and help people in the christianity organization discover for themselves, as well as for those colleagues they work with, their helpful and unhelpful behaviors. The failure of a team does not only lie in resources that are inadequate, poor constitution formulation and poor record keeping or low participation, it is a whole set of factors including attitudes/ behaviors. It is our positive attitude towards each other that enhances our relationships. The main challenges posed are the following.
How do we behave in a group?
Are we usually aware of particular behavior (s)?
What is helpful/ unhelpful in our behaviors?

The following are the animals studied: which personality type are you? How wonderful were we made? we are all unique.


Understanding oneself is critical to understanding others and appreciating the differences, particularly where relationships between men and women are concerned.

As human beings, nature demands that we have to relate with each other and try to understand and live in harmony as much as we can. Trouble is, this is usually easier said than done. Different personality clashes are as a result of our different preferences and dislikes. There are those who are more egoistic than others and other more humble than others. Different ambitions and beliefs make life the spice that it is, and it makes some people compatible and others sworn enemies. So what are the different personalities characteristics existing today among people? . See if you can identify your self.

The workaholic performer (donkey):

S/he feels s/he needs to be the best and believes that people are constantly judging him/her. S/he is so critical of self that s/he needs to excel in everything s/he does. S/he equates love with other people’s judgment of his/her performance and what they expect of him/her. S/he is therefore driven to achieve. Such a person is always attached to others because they determine his/her barometer to love and s/he fears their rejection and abandonment.

How to Improve:

Forget about others and what they think of you. Instead get to know yourself, as this is the only way you’ll get to love yourself before you can love others and make your relationship work. Discern your friends, as these are the people who love you for who you are, not what you have achieved.

The Critic (Giraffe):
S/he is always critical of others, but as far as s/he is concerned, s/he is Mr. or Mrs. Perfect. His or her satisfaction comes from criticizing other people and making them look small. This way s/he comes out looking better. When his/her mistakes are pointed out, s/he in turn will point out a string of faults in the other in an attempt to prove that what s/he has done wrong is much better than what others have done.

How to improve
Chances are that you have faults within yourself that you are trying hard to hide from others. You need to understand that nobody is perfect. Appreciate that you are not perfect either, and learn to love yourself in totality, including your defects, that way will learn to love others and appreciate their faults too.

The Boaster / Show off (Peacock):

S/he always exaggerates the truth in order to get attention. It’s not that s/he is lying, s/he is just overstretching the truth. To him/her the plain truth is not exciting, and to some point telling the plain truth is like telling a lie. it’s not believable. I retrospect, this translates into how s/he believes others see him/her s/he does not believe that people love the plain him/her, but the overstretched him/her. S/he has many possessions and s/he is a great achiever. S/he enjoys showing them off. To him/her money and power is the symbol of love. S/he has an extremely materialistic view of love. S/he believes that should s/he lose money, prestige and power and become poor, no one will love him.

How to improve

You need to practice speaking the truth, no matter how simple it sounds. For instance, instead of exaggerating your possessions and making it sound like you are rich man, just say exactly what you have. Those who love you after that are your genuine friends. Work on your inner self-image and start sharing your feelings instead of your possessions.

The victim (Cat):
S/he knows that sob stories plenty of attention and sympathy from people. The more dramatic and tragic the story, the more power s/he feels because s/he is able to manipulate others’ emotions. Such a person regularly falls sick in order to get sympathy from others.

How to improve

Pity and sympathy are not love. Making others feel guilty on your behalf for a tragedy that has befallen you is not love. You need to take responsibility for your own life and take charge of it. Pursue things and people who make you happy.

The ‘Yes’ man (Puppy):

S/he is always happy, cheerful, agreeable and generous. Generally a nice person. S/he does not have a mean streak in his/her body. S/he has many friends and acquaintances who believe s/he is great and sing his/her praises. S/he rarely breaks any rules and promises. Instead, s/he is compliant, always saying ‘yes’ to people and their requests. S/he fears annoying others or disappointing them. S/he is adaptive, the sacrificial lamp. S/he is afraid of revealing his/her real feelings and opinions for fear of what others might say. S/he is afraid of shocking others.

How to improve|:

Though you have many friends, you are lonely and feel trapped. You need to learn how to say ‘no’ to others even when they become disappointed. Learn how to express yourself, including your dislikes and negative feelings like anger, understanding that nobody is perfect. No one can be nice forever. And to everyone. A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.

The Self –Righteous Person (Tortoise):

S/he is always right because he believes that people will not love if s/he doesn’t appear to be so. He will never admit that s/he is wrong. He will never confess his/her faults and failures. An acknowledgement of this is very painful. S/he therefore has an excuse for everything s/he does

How to improve

Like the nice person understand that nobody is perfect and that you can be wrong, too. Learn to accept your mistakes. People will learn to love you for who you are, faults and all.

The angry – sadist – person (Lion)

S/he is constantly angry and blows up at the slightest provocation. Nothing is ever right and nothing makes him/her happy. S/he is bitter with the world and never forgets any in injustice done to him/her. S/he is very competitive and enjoys it when others get in to trouble.

How to improve:

You are using anger to deflect your personal failures and defects. Learn to forgive yourself in order to appreciate how to forgive others.

The fake (chameleon):

Full of masks. Shows what others want to see, not who s/he really is or what s/he is feeling. Impresses others to get love and admiration. A hypocrite and a fraud.

How to improve

Discover yourself. You need to burry the fake and unleash the real you, and let other people love the real you.

The believer (rhino):

S/he believes everything s/he is told. S/he does not take responsibility, and believes that believing you translate into love. Disappoint him/her and she/he takes away his/her love.

How to improve

Question what you are told instead of believing blindly. Trust your own gut feelings and take responsibility for your own life.

The shy person (Mouse)

S/he fears everything and everybody. S/he fears to be unloved, criticized and rejected. S/he has little self-esteem and is insecure.

How to improve

Learn to take risks. Take lessons in building up your self-confidence. Let the real person out.

The Loner:

She does not need others. She is self sufficient and does not trust love and feelings. S/he does not like being obligated to others in order to reciprocate love. To him/her, this is a sign of weakness. S/he is incredibly sensitive and avoids relationships. He lives alone.

How to improve

Learn to show your feelings, particularly those that include hurt, sadness, disappointment, expectations, etc

The sacrificer:

S/he sacrifices and gives up everything for others. S/he believes in self-denial and feels guilty when satisfying his own needs. S/he believes that suffering is a virtue that should be practiced by all.

How to improve:

Lighten up. Enjoy life. Begin by satisfying your own needs and desires. Take some time off to pamper yourself. Life is for living.

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