What is Perceiving?

Perceiving types (P) are sometimes stereotyped as messy, carefree, happy go lucky, and flexible. In the big five, they talk about conscientiousness, and perceivers are found to be overall less conscientious. In neuroscience, there is a network called reactive control which relates to what people say when they talk about perceivers.

We would describe perceivers as adaptive, flexible types. They are good troubleshooters and can quickly predict short-term changes in a room. They can evaluate how a new idea will work or what is good or bad about an idea quickly. They’re good at getting the gist of something or making a quick decision if called to.


To be a reactive control type means to be someone who works best in relation to change. Has something happened or is something just about to happen? How do you feel about what is happening? The perceiving type is quicker to respond to change. They will be the first to spot negative as well as positive change and to take steps to adress it.

You could see the image here as how your inner perceiver sees the world. There is a connection between everything and everything is always changing or developing in some way. So what’s new? What’s different? What’s changing right now in your life?

Quicker breakdown and buildup of neurotransmitters

We believe perceiving types buildup interest and lose interest faster. This means they are more responsive to change and more likely to adjust their course if the change is positive. Buildup and breakdown of for example dopamine is widely researched in neurobiology and has genetic reasons.

Two perceiver temperaments

The two perceiving temperaments are the explorer and the advisor temperaments.

Different perceiver values 

We are all perceivers in certain situations, just as we are all judging types in other situations. But some people have a preference towards being a perceiver in most regards of their life, and only express their inner judging type 30-40% of the time.