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. Based on this information, we have modified and improved the theories on perceivers to go deeper than usual.
Responsive, flexible, adaptable, improvising, freeflow, change-oriented, approachable, quick feedbacker, listener, receptive, learner, what-if-brainstormer, multitasker.
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. The goal here is to reorient themselves to change, to always remain fresh in judgement when the world changes.
Reactive control is highly positive during learning. With reactive control, we become more receptive, curious, and better at listening. Perceivers appear to be better processors of information, listening more intently in the situation and with greater creativity. Perceivers are often described as approachable and inviting. They appear more prepared to listen to you with an open mind. Introverted perceivers may still need more time to process what you said, however.
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.
Two perceiver temperaments
The two perceiving temperaments are the explorer (EP) and the advisor (IP) temperaments. The Explorer can be described as a seesaw, and the advisor as a compass. Both are constantly reorienting themselves to change in the internal as well as the aurrounding world.
Different perceiver values
Some perceivers value feeling more, others value thinking better. There are also intuitive and sensing oriented perceivers. Each type is reactive towards different things.