MBTI Tactics: Differentiating Judging and Perceiving

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MBTI Tactics: Differentiating Judging and Perceiving

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The 16 personality types are a combination of the five aspects of the MBTI or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. To review, according to mbtipopculture.com, the MBTI is a kind of human metric or assessment that helps measure an individual’s psychological preferences, especially in how they view the world and how they form their choices. Within the MBTI, there are five elements that determine one’s personality. These are the Mind, Energy, Nature, Tactics, and Identity. With that established, the primary focus of this discussion will be on the Tactics.


Tactics Definition

What does the MBTI aspect of Tactics deal with? According to 16personalities.com, Tactics is the element of the MBTI that shows how a person plans and chooses their available options. This also touches on the subject of what their attitude is towards the structure.

There are two types of Tactics. These are the Judging and Perceiving. Being a Judging  (J) Type has nothing to do with being a judgmental person and neither does being a Perceiving (P) Type mean that an individual is more perceptive, according to aconsciousrethink.com. In fact, being any of these types has no bearing to how a person views the world but deals more with what kind of planner and how systematic they are.



Judging (J) Type

To explain, the Judging Type or the Judgers are people who like structure and would rather stick their prepared plans than merely go with the flow. They prefer to create plans then make a decision quickly based on those plans.

According to wellandgood.com, they operate best when they are tying up loose ends. Since they are comfortable with a sense of structure, they tend to be stricter with law and order. The Judgers are also responsible, controlled, decisive and task-oriented. This, in turn, makes them appear more focused and quick to act on new information. They are characterized as being planners who are organized and orderly. They also prefer to have matters settled before moving on.

In addition, they like clarity and are inclined to clearly outlining their wants and needs. They often function as overseers, supporters, defenders, mentors and chiefs.

As a general description of the Judging Type, they are said to lean more on the self-disciplined and assertive scale of the personality.


Perceiving (P) Type

Proceeding to the Perceiving Types or the Perceivers, who prefer to leave their options open and feel that structure would just hinder them. These individuals always try to scan for opportunities and options. Due to their preference for not liking structure, they also tend to dislike routines. In other words, their structure is to not have any. In relation to this, since they value flexibility, they tend to consider all the possibilities first before making a decision. They are people who prefer to see how events play out rather than make a decision without having all the needed information. This makes them feel that they have more freedom and that they have not made a choice too rashly or on impulse. They want to make sure that they do not miss out any option that could possibly be the best course of action or decision.

The Perceivers are characterized as relaxed, carefree, adaptable, being team players and spontaneous. This makes them appear more laid-back. They also focus on what would make them happy even if these are against those whom they consider higher in authority like their parents, teachers and employers. They often assume the part of being entertainers, persuaders, artists, originators, dreamers, engineers and advocates. In general, they tend to be exciting people who are often the source of new ideas.



Being a Jugder does not mean that a person is too stiff or uptight. It just means that they perform better within a system. Since they have high regard for preparation, they desire to always plan things in advance.

In contrast, being a Perceiver does not mean that a person is messier and irresponsible. This merely denotes that they function better when they are given more freedom and alternatives.

Both Tactics have pros and cons in their planning and preference for having a framework. The method that works for one type may not work for the other.  In some cases, flexibility in making decisions is needed while in other cases, it much more beneficial to stick to the original plan.

There are advantages to weighing all the options before finally making a choice and there are also gains in seeking immediate closure and finality to a decision. Whichever preference a type has does not show how “good” or “bad” they are at making decisions. Their affinity to being structured or not also does not imply anything negative.

In conclusion, the Judging Type and the Perceiving Type merely have different methods of decision-making and have distinct ways of approaching structure.


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