I was thinking today about how adaptability works in Js, because they're obviously not as good at or as comfortable with it as Ps are, but they also do manage to deal with new situations fairly regularly.
Note: adaptability here refers to successfully and spontaneously dealing with unexpected real-world situations.
SP – Adaptability by excellent perception
SPs are the prototypical adaptable types. Spontaneity often seems not to stress them at all. Their exceptional ability to take in large quantities of detailed information about a situation means that their judging functions always have plenty to work with, no matter how unexpected events may be. Because SPs are usually so comfortable ‘going with the flow’, they also tend to have had ample practice adapting to situations as they arise.
NP – Adaptability by faith in creative capacity
NPs adapt creatively. Regardless of what a situation may throw at them, they are confident that they will be able to think quickly and to come up with new ideas and theories on the fly so as to deal with unexpected events. ‘Bullshitting’ is perhaps an excellent example of NP adaptability in action. NPs, often being future-oriented, may tend to plan more than do SPs, and so may not be quite as adaptable as they are, but their preferred style is nevertheless generally to let things develop as they will.
SJ – Adaptability dependent on past experience
SJs lack the SP ability to automatically compute a situation, but their focus on functional details can serve them well in its stead. Salient aspects of a new situation stand out to them, and they are able to adapt so long as they have relevant prior experience that they can modify where needed and apply to whatever they’re facing. New situations that do not relate to previous experience, however, can throw them, and anticipation of such situations can make them uncomfortable.
NJ – Adaptability dependent on contingency plans
NJs are perhaps the least adaptable types. They lack an SJ’s easy access to past experience, and are often capable of adapting to an unexpected situation only when they have conceived of it as a possibility beforehand and prepared mentally. Perhaps as a result of this, or perhaps as a cause, NJs are inclined to devote a lot of energy to their contingency plans, making them as flexible as possible. However, a situation that the NJ has not foreseen can throw them entirely and leave them with relatively few coping resources.