Reactive Control


What is reactive control? Perhaps the best explanation is that reactive control is when you are approached by someone with a new suggestion. A reactive control type judges new change in the moment and decides the best approach. Do I move along with it or do I say no to it?

A perceiving type favors reactive control. They tend to act more in response to change as it happens. Reactive control types discern: what could potentially happen in this current situation? What would I do if it happened? How would I react? This is an adaptive priority. It encourages feedbacking and evaluation. Perceivers work the best more early in a project but also when close to a deadline.

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You could describe perceiving as storm tracking and pattern surfing, or as seeing a ball approach and hitting it with a tennis racket. You could say it is what you use when someone tells you sometjing and you immediately feel like they said something bad, or when you find conflicting evidence and you go, but this is not supposed to happen! What is the solution?

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Sometimes perceivers are called “perceptive” or more observant. They may be described as ample brainstormers, good listeners, or good at reactive analysis and deductive logic. If someone does this, what do I do in response? How can I best protect myself from this incoming action?

Think of reactive control as more defensive, and proactive control as more offensive. So in a chessgame, proactive control would be going in with a strategy, and reactive control would be figuring out your opponents strategy and intercepting it. Overall, chess favors reactive control, and so does for example a game like tennis. You predict in which direction your opponent is going to bounce the ball, and you prepare to intercept it.

Why some people favor perceiving

Some people naturally prefer reactive control. This is because their body takes a quicker time to react to positive and negative change. Their brain may build up more dopamine or oxytocin. But they also break it down faster. When something is out of sight for a perceiving type, they will stop thinking about it faster. Buildup and breakdown of neurotransmitters is genetically influenced – perhaps type is driven by genetics?