Proactive Control


Proactive control is control in anticipation of an event. You use proactive control when you foresee an event happening and you take steps to control how it happens.

Proactive control is the strategy favored by juding types. It comes in the form of organizing, making lists, planning. You can be proactive about social or technical dynamics. You can be proactive by controlling how a friendship develops or by by anticipating a change at work that nobody else is aware of.

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A proactive type is focused on anticipating long term change: The goal is to not be taken aback or be surprised by an unforseen problem. So they wish to remain in control of the pace and to not become distracted. Proactive sometimes gets confused to mean “productive” but what it really means is taking action before an action. If you do something before something happens, that’s being proactive. If you wait until the other person acts, and then think of the best response to defend yourself, that’s being reactive.

Why are some people proactive? 

Proactivity appears to be driven by how quickly we break down and build up certain neurotransmitters. A judging type favors proactive control because they take a longer time to break down and build up neurotransmitters, for example dopamine. They may take a longer time to become excited, or longer time to feel the positive rewards of a change. But once they feel the reward, they take a longer time to lose that feeling. They may be excited for a longer time time about something others lose interest in more quickly.

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This means they will react more negatively to a new change that goes against their current values or goals. They may need more closure. A proactive control strategy helps you make sure that you dont get change forced upon you and that you can keep your eyes on the ball. More negatively, it may cause you to miss sight of positive change and to stick to a less positive goal. A judger needs longer time to adjust to changes in values, goals or rules.

There are intuitive, sensing, thinking and feeling judgers, and all are trying to be proactive about different aspects of life. Where are you proactive and when are you more reactive?