In the Journal of Psychological Type (Issue 2, 2014), McPeek and Breiner reported that: Personality theory is rich with stories of and evidence of “unseen forces influencing your behavior, often in ways outside of your awareness”. These forces drive how you perform tasks and respond to situations. Do you prefer to be structured or spontaneous in your approach? Are you more comfortable having a strict schedule or the freedom to do things randomly? This aspect of your personality is reflected in the fourth letter of your Myers-Briggs personality type, which is either J (Judging) or P (Perceiving).
Certain jobs require that you follow specific procedures and meet strict deadlines. Other occupations demand flexibility and spontaneity. If you prefer a good adrenaline rush, you may have a tough time working in accounting, especially during tax season! If you prefer a structured, predictable work environment, a job in sales “chasing after customers” could be very challenging. Judging types value organization and structure. They are most comfortable when they know what to expect in a situation. Perceiving types, on the other hand, enjoy having diverse responsibilities and acting on impulse.
Like the other dimensions of your type: Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition and Thinking/Feeling, life requires the use of both Judging and Perceiving. For everyone, there are deadlines to meet and last-minute tasks to complete. However, in many jobs, one approach tends to be more prevalent than the other. Whether you are employed as a paralegal or as a truck driver, the work is typically structured and you follow a schedule/manifest. In contrast, work in Emergency Medicine at a hospital or on an ambulance, requires flexibility and spontaneity. Think back to your school days. Did you start an assignment immediately with your mind on the due date? Or, were you more likely to put things off until the last minute? This reflects your J/P preference.
Take the MBTI and find out which force drives you!