Myers-Briggs Perceiving Preference

Perceiving (P)

Key words: flexible • open • adaptable • spontaneous

People who prefer the Myers-Briggs Perceiving Preference use their preferred perceiving function (whether it is sensing or intuition) in their outer life. What this often looks like is that they prefer a more flexible and spontaneous way of life, like to understand and adapt to the world, and like to stay open to new experiences.

Since they are using either their S or N in their outer world, they want to continue to take in new information. Remember again that this only describes how the person’s outer life looks. Inside they may feel very planful or decisive (which they are). Remember, in type language perceiving means “preferring to take in information;” it does not mean “perceptive” in the sense of having quick and accurate perceptions about people and events.

People who prefer the Myers-Briggs Perceiving Preference may:

  • like staying open to respond to whatever happens
  • look more loose and casual
  • like to keep laid-out plans to a minimum
  • like to approach work as play or mix work and play
  • work in burst of energy, and enjoy rushing just before deadlines
  • sometimes stay open to new information so long that they miss making decisions
  • sometimes focus so much on adapting to the moment that they do not settle on a direction or plan

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The Myers-Briggs Type Table

ISTJ

Planner Inspector

ISFJ

Protector Supporter

INFJ

Foreseer Developer

INTJ

Conceptualizer Director

ISTP

Analyzer Operator

ISFP

Composer Producer

INFP

Harmonizer Clarifier

INTP

Designer Theorizer

ESTP

Promoter Executor

ESFP

Motivator Presenter

ENFP

Discoverer Advocate

ENTP

Explorer Inventor

ESTJ

Implementer Supervisor

ESFJ

Facilitator Caretaker

ENFJ

Envisioner Mentor

ENTJ

Strategist Mobilizer