In Jungian Typology and Myers Briggs Temperament identification the “P” category can very well stand for “Procrastination”, although the correct title is “Perceiving”. P-type individuals value freedom and independence and avoid restrictions whenever possible. Perceivers procrastinate because they like to keep their options open right up until the last minute. They may also avoid relationships with friends and relatives because these often include obligations and expectations. These types do not like to commit themselves to activities or plans days in advance for fear of boxing themselves in. Perceivers do not work well in the regular 9 to 5 business week and do better with irregular hours or by being self employed.
One identifying characteristic of Perceivers is their need for uniqueness. They like to approach tasks, jobs or art from a different perspective and often like to put their personal stamp or signature on their work. They get bored easily and having done so will look for ways to break the monotony or stir things up. Perceivers often need to have motivation and inspiration in order to begin an endeavor, which is another reason for their procrastination. The pressure of the deadline often provides the necessary inspiration to get started. However, Perceivers do not like being told how and when to do things. They like to have the personal freedom of making their own decisions and performing a task in their own manner.
Perceivers are often surrounded by clutter. They cannot be bothered by the mundane task of putting everything back in its place or spending too much time organizing and straightening. For this type, the issue is energy and where to spend it. Planning and organizing is viewed as a waste of time and energy to the Perceiver. Since they do not like boxes or restrictions, clutter is not a problem. Perceivers can have piles of various items lying around but know exactly which pile contains the item they may need. This is actually a component of their creativity. Perceivers think “outside the box” and enjoy the freedom to create, invent and improvise. They do not read the owner’s manual and if something lying around can fix the problem, there is no need to buy a new part.
Perceivers need to accept and celebrate their uniqueness. Since they do not fit into the business/corporate world, they often feel like misfits and will avoid jobs that require tight schedules and deadlines. However, understanding one’s preferences allows him to better explain how he operates to a potential employer or even a spouse. Perceivers may often allow themselves to become stuck with inappropriate labels such as “lazy”, “messy” or “incompetent”. No one would dare use such labels on someone as famous as Da Vinci, yet he was clearly a Perceiver. Surrender may require that this type develop some organizational skills, or at least have someone supportive who can keep them organized. However, too much pressure to “conform” may cause the Perceiver to become depressed and frustrated by the restriction. Personal growth will require some level of adaptation but in the end, freedom and independence will rule the day when it comes to Perceivers.