Personality Traits - Judgement vs Perception

Judgement vs Perception


By definition – Judgement is “The ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.” And perception is “The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.”

Every person has both abilities, but some use judgment more often (called Judgers) and some use perception more often (called Perceivers). This preferential behavior results in two different kinds of attitudes.

Let’s understand these distinctive attitudes by the below example.


Preparing for a journey to a tourist spot

Next month, you have a plan to go to a tourist spot with your two friends. Your first friend Richard has started preparations. After rigorously searching for the hotels, he has chosen one with the best price and beach-facing location. Moreover, he has got his leaves approved by his boss and decided money for the expense. Now, he is pushing you hard to plan your things in advance so as to avoid eleventh-hour surprises.

But your second friend George, though he is very excited to go, hasn’t planned anything. He wants to explore the places as you go there and so has kept all his options open. He doesn’t want to ruin the fun and adventure of the journey by strict planning. He is willing to travel either by road or train and even the hotel he wants to be selected when you reach there. This indecisive behavior has made Richard angry because he dislikes unexpected situations.

Your first friend Richard is a judger and your second friend George is a perceiver.

Let’s understand the Judgers and Perceivers in detail.

Here is the infographic to understand the difference visually!


Characteristics of Judgers


Judgers are systematic

Judgers don’t start their work spontaneously, but first, they think out the most suitable way and then proceed according to their plan. You can notice this behavior when judgers sit on their desks for work or have to go to some business mission.    


Judgers keep order in their possessions

Wallets, drawers, and desks of judgers are organized. They designate the place where to store their stuff, put things back after use, and easily locate items when needed. The jobs which have a hierarchy and complex structure are more suitable for the judgers e.g. a government office, a big multinational firm, etc.


Judgers like to plan in advance

Judgers are fond of using planners, scheduling tools, diaries, and notes. Some of the judgers can even make years-long plans and carry out them without distraction. Julius Ceasar the Roman General & Dictator was the best strategist and planner – his every action was calculated and he did nothing ever without purpose.


Judgers have consistency

Judgers don’t work in spurts, but they are consistent. A judger is like an athlete who divides 8 km distance into laps and finds optimum speed for each lap. He won’t waste his full energy in the first round by a sprint.   


Judgers like to make decisions

Making decisions is a fun-like activity for judgers. They make decisions even when they aren’t required at all. To them indecisiveness is evil – something to be hated and criticized. If you aren’t making a decision, your judger boss or father would push you hard to make it.

Characteristics of Perceivers


Perceivers are spontaneous

Perceivers want to act now. They are madly fond of experience – enjoying the moment with openness, quickness, and curiosity makes them fulfilling. Where judgers feel ease while making decisions, perceivers feel relief while doing experience. But their experience always cost something else – sometimes their meal, sometimes their sleep, and sometimes their office work.


Perceivers are open-minded

Perceivers won’t stop listening and sensing even if they say it. Their mind has certain hospitality – a readiness to receive new facts and ideas. If judger completes a task or leaves his office, it is clear that he is done, but a perceiver has a poor obligation to the words like complete, done, yes or no. He can again open a closed task.  


Perceivers have tolerance

A perceptive boss shows flexibility towards his subordinates. He won’t be hard when they come late. A perceptive father treats his child with understanding. He won’t impose rules. Instead, he handles every matter with understanding.


Perceivers are curious

Perceivers run after experiences. Their curiosity makes them a rolling stone – they have stores of information that they gather from their unlimited experiences. They can take high risks to fulfill their desire for experience. In fact, their mind works on a principle – whatever they don’t know is interesting and is worth taking the risk.


Perceivers are understanding    

While judgers are judgemental and imposing, perceivers are inspiringly understanding. They have the ability to understand others’ perspectives while keeping their own bias low.  And in this, they are quite superior to judgers. They listen to everyone in a group of people and listen with great patience even when their own views are in conflict with others’.