What Is Judging?


Judgers are frequently described as organized, self-controlled, and diligent. They are said to have an easier time with execution and control and to be more frequently on time. They’re described as more planned and diligent and claimed to work well ahead of schedules. Because of this, we believe judging has a lot to do with proactive control. Proactive control works in long-term anticipation of something. When you theorize something will or may happen, and you take action to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your goal or your plan, that’s proactive control!

We believe judgers are people who have come to favor the proactive control strategy. They prefer to remain on top of a schedule and ahead of something than to deal with it as it emerges. They work better before something has happened than when it happens. Proactive control types anticipate change, and try to track the future. But they may miss out on changes that happen in the immediate present. Something new may come up, or something may happen, but they may not know, because they’re more focused on thinking about long-term plans.

Sometimes we’ve described judgers as “goal-oriented” types, but anyone can have a goal. The pattern tends to be that judging types have more long-term goals and that they take a longer time to change goals if something happens. Why?

Buildup and breakdown of neurotransmitters

The clue may be found in the buildup and breakdown of different neurotransmitters. A type that builds up and breaks down dopamine, oxytocin, or serotonin faster may be more easily motivated, more quickly interested, or faster to connect with others. But they’ll also lose interest quicker. And a judging type appears to be someone who takes a longer time to build up interest, and a longer time to lose interest. Because of this, they may perceive change, even positive change, more negatively.

Judgers may favor proactive control just because of this: because they want to keep on track with their goal or what they are interested in. They may act ahead to prevent changes from happening that threaten their goals. And they may may be less open to others opinions and to people’s suggestions at an early stage, but more committed at a later stage. Sound like anyone you know?

Judging temperaments

The two judging temperaments are: Leaders & Executives.

Different forms of judging types

There are intuitive judgers, sensing judgers, feeling judgers, and thinking judgers.

Intuitive judgers

Existential Intelligence

Sensing Judgers

Structural intelligence

Feeling Judgers

Performative Intelligence

Thinking Judgers

Practical Intelligence