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Judging and Perceiving
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSM, LMHC, NCC
Executive Director, AllCEUs
Host, Counselor Toolbox
President, Recovery and Resilience International

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~    Define temperament
~    Examine how knowing your temperament and the temperament of those around you can
~    Improve communication
~    Enhance relationships
~    Reduce stress
~    Explore in-depth the Judging/Perceiving dimension
~    Identify potential conflicts
~    Examine potential ways to help people on opposite ends of the spectrum collaborate.
~    A relatively stable set of traits referring to
~    Preferred environments
~    Learning and problem solving styles and methods
~    Ways of conceptualizing and approaching the world
~    Philosophical approach to the world
~    Time management
~    Temperament occurs along a complementary continuum
~    Neither end of the continuum is better or worse
~    Most people are somewhere in between each point
~    When identifying preferences a likert scale is used.
~    Being extreme (a 1 or a 5) on any dimension indicates a lack of flexibility on that dimension
~    ACT can be very useful at helping people manage their stress and become more psychologically flexible
~    As stress increases, people gravitate toward their preferred temperament dimensions
~    Additional stress and vulnerabilities can be through
~    Awareness of personal preferences (Prevent your stress)
~    Awareness of the preferences of those around you
~    Knowledge of how to create an environment supportive of individual preferences

~    Plan ahead
~    Thrive on order

~    Adapt as they go
~    Thrive on spontaneity

~    Plan spontaneous days
~    Try to make your work environment as conducive to your temperament as possible
~¬†¬† ¬†Encourage the Perceiver to create ‚ÄúTo-Do‚ÄĚ lists for chores, work goals, treatment plans
~    Encourage the Judger to not get so caught up in planning that they miss opportunities to live
~    Perceivers are good to have on your team when things don’t go as planned because they can punt (car breaks down)
~    Judgers need to have a plan B & C for important things
~    Perceivers handle new situations well, judgers need to plan for the stress

~    Self disciplined and purposeful
~    Get things done early. Plan ahead & work steadily.
~    Time and deadline oriented

~    Flexible and tolerant
~    Get things done at the last minute depending on spurt of energy
~    Always think there’s plenty of time (Deadlines are a suggestion)

~    Judger’s may need to be aware that sometimes deadlines don’t get met when juggling multiple balls
~    Perceivers need to remember that at a certain point, things need to be done because you cannot always count on that spurt of energy.
~¬†¬† ¬†Judgers can ‚Äúhack‚ÄĚ a perceivers time schedule by asking for something important to be done early (Note: This can be habituated)
~    If things start to get oppressively structured for the perceiver he/she needs to speak up.
~    Judgers need tools to handle stress when things don’t go as planned
~    Perceivers need to schedule in spontaneity if the situation is too structured (i.e. treatment, work)
~    Define and work within limits
~    Want more information
~    Judgers may get hemmed in by their own limits.  Encourage them to be open to new information within a time frame.
~    What I planned to do…
~    The way we have always done it…
~    Perceivers may have difficulty getting started.  Encourage them to set a deadline.
~    Presents, vacations, home improvement
~    Beginning treatment, choosing a sponsor/coach, starting back to work

~    Thinks those preferring spontaneity are too unpredictable
~    Think that those who are not spontaneous are too rigid
~    Encourage each person to embrace but respect the strengths of the other one’s temperament.
~    Remember that as stress increases, people become more entrenched in their temperament.
~¬†¬† ¬†Spontaneity totally overwhelms the Judger (‚ÄúI need it by Friday 2pm‚ÄĚ)
~¬†¬† ¬†Planning and getting organized overwhelms the Perceiver (‚ÄúI‚Äôll get to it as soon as I can‚ÄĚ)

~    Excellent planners. May not appreciate or make use of things which are not planned or expected
~    Maybe hasty in making decisions
~    Good at handling unplanned events, but may not make effective choices among the possibilities.
~    May fail to make decisions

~    In recovery failure to make decisions is a quick road to relapse
~    Judgers generally have a very thorough relapse prevention plan but need skills to handle unplanned events. (Sponsor relapses)
~    In relationships perceivers need to be given deadlines to make decisions and can present the possibilities to the Judger to make the final decision (Example: Vacations)
~    Perceivers are excellent brainstormers
~    Judging and perceiving refers to how people manage their time and arrange their daily lives
~    As with all temperament dimensions, being somewhere in the middle often means the person is more adaptable.
~    Judgers are very dependable and structured but can seem boring or rigid to perceivers
~    Perceivers are very creative and adaptable but may have a harder time at behavior change because they resist structure.
~    Perceivers
~    Each person is often a combination of some Judging and some Perceiving characteristics
~    Knowing your own preferences can help you reduce your own vulnerabilities and stress
~    Knowing the preferences of your friends, family, coworkers can help you understand more about how to interact in harmony with them
~¬†¬† ¬†Just like two people with depression may have different ‚Äúsymptoms,‚Ä̬† two Judgers may have different Judging traits.
~    Quick Assessment
~    Do you need to plan most things?
~    Which stresses you more spontaneity or routine?
~    Do you make decisions easily or always wonder what other information is out there?