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My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Perceiving/Judging

My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Perceiving/Judging

Meet Priscilla Gardea as she goes along her own journey of self-discovery and assessment! As an avid MBTI user (and lover), she will be exploring how our line-up of CPP tools can help her reach her professional and career goals, while sharing insights with you on the “whats” and “hows”. This is one of several installments written by her. 

In my previous post, I discussed Thinking and Feeling preferences and how I’ve learned to decipher the differences.  In this last installment, I’d like to switch gears to Judging and Perceiving. Navigating these two preferences is a huge part of my interactions with others. Two of my best friends, Ashley and Nanda, unlike me are both strong Js. Actually, I love this, because we can accomplish so much together. They are extremely organized and very efficient—and great planners. One of them actually helped me plan my itinerary for my Europe trip! I also know that with this preference, having a timetable is important to them, so I try to give them a general sense of what to expect, if I can. I also know that it’s important to stick to schedules and plans as closely as possible. Since most of our interactions are casual, there’s a little more wiggle room for personalities to mesh, so it ends up working extremely well. These are the kinds of friends that, if I mention that something “would be nice to do sometime,” are the ones that will make it happen! This sort of thing is also expressed in the work realm. I’ve learned that some J types work better when there’s a clear structure. So, I try to always have an agenda for business meetings I facilitate and stick to it as closely as possible. It may be a little extra work for me, but it’s worth it.

I’m so lucky to have a strong community of folks who are all sorts of types. I’m also lucky to have a lot of ENFPs in my life too. My mom, four of my best friends, and a large handful of my group of other friends are all ENFPs. But regardless of anyone’s type, by thinking about MBTI type I remind myself not to jump to conclusions about people. I think about which areas we might feel the same about, and about areas where we might see things differently. Then I think about how can I either adjust or communicate based on those differences for the best possible and mutually beneficial interaction. A better understanding of how MBTI type plays out in my relationships has ultimately helped me become a better friend to the people I care most about.

 

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