There are two keys to being less judgmental. The personality key and the spiritual key. Both impact the way we think about others. Let’s start with personality.
In the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (the leading personality tool based on Carl Jung’s work on psychological types) there are four scales that rate a person’s preferences among sets of mental processes. Here are the four opposite type sets:
Extroversion vs. Introversion
Sensing Perception vs. Intuitive Perception
Thinking Judgment vs. Feeling Judgment
Judging vs. Perceiving
Here are some quick, broad generalizations of each.
Extroverts are outgoing and energized by being around people.
Introverts are reserved and energized by working alone.
Sensing Perception people are focused on facts and practicality. They are into details and are initially skeptical of the new and unknown.
Intuitive Perception people are focused on the future and “what could be?” They are looking for the big picture. They are energized and embracing of the new and unknown.
Thinking Judgment people base their decisions on logic and facts, using objective analysis.
Feeling Judgment people base their decisions on how it will affect other people and will it maintain warmth in relationships.
Judging people are organized and try to maintain control. They do extensive planning and are highly goal oriented.
Perceiving people are spontaneous, open, curious, and highly adaptable.
What does all of this have to do with being judgmental? Tomorrow…