Wednesday, May 9, 2012

judging vs. perceiving

The Judging vs. Perceiving dichotomy is an interesting one and it can often be hard to determine accurately which type a person is. Some questions you can ask are:
  • Does the person care about being on time? (Yes - J, No - P)
  • Can they be high-strung? (Yes - J, No - P)
  • Do they take a "wait and see what" approach to problems? (Yes - P, No - J)
  • Do they stress out over things they can't control? (Yes - J, No - P)

One way of understanding the difference between Judging types and Perceiving types is that Judging types will do things based upon what they feel or expect to feel, whereas Perceiving types do things to understand what they feel. For example, a Judging type will enter into conversations with a specific purpose (to gain knowledge, to sympathize, to persuade) whereas the Perceiving type will enter into conversations with no expectations.

A Judging type:
  • reacts to information
  • lives by their expectations
  • plans and works towards concrete goals
  • stresses out in quickly changing situations
A Perceiving type:
  • absorbs information
  • acts in accordance with their mood
  • plans and works towards abstract goals
  • adapts easily to quickly changing situations

More information (judging is termed "rational," perceiving is "irrational"):

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