The Judger/Perceiver dimension is sometimes entitled “Structure” – In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided (This is called Judging) or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options (This is called Perceiving)? Judging and Perceiving behaviours are often visible in how a person organises their time. Judgers tend to like to know what’s happening. They may have ordered and regular habits, an efficient schedule and be good at planning and organising their time. Perceivers tend to like to keep room for the unexpected. They may have a flexible schedule, with spontaneous changes, and to be good at living in the moment, or going with the flow.
Broadly, the Judger filters towards decisions, whereas the Perceiver filters towards information. A judger will choose a course of action and the reward is the decision. A perceiver will explore all the alternatives, and the reward is the process of exploring the information. Metaphorically, a judger enjoys the destination; a perceiver enjoys the journey, detours and all.
If you are trying to determine someone else’s preference, you can often spot this when they are different from you. If you are a perceiver, you may find judgers too rigid, inflexible and unwilling to be spontaneous. If you are a judger, you may find perceivers to be chaotic, unpredictable and unreliable. On the other hand, you may value the benefits that the opposite profile has for you. Perceivers value judgers for their ability to organise and deliver on promises, to remember deadlines and to make firm decisions. Judgers value perceivers for their ability to think outside the box, to explore different avenues and to see all different sides to a situation.
Remember also, that this filter describes only what you can see on the outside – a Judger may have a very free-flowing and open-ended curiosity in their inner life, whilst presenting a judging exterior, focusing on pinning down decisions. A Perceiver may be very ordered and structured inside their heads, whilst presenting a flexible and spontaneous exterior, focusing on exploring all the options.
- Based on what you’ve read here, where do you think your preference lies?
- Does this change in different contexts, for example at work, compared to with your family?
- Think about someone you know well who has the opposite preference – what frustrates you about them? What do you value in them?
- How can you adapt your own language and behaviour to demonstrate more variety along this dimension?
Myers Briggs profiles are based on four dimensions: Extravert/Introvert, Sensor/Intuitor, Thinker/Feeler, Judger Perceiver For more information, visit http://www.myersbriggs.org/