Perceiving Preference

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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Sixteen Myers Briggs Personality Types

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