Our Very Own Theory of Functions Development

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Unexpectedly emotional EIIs, SLE who is preoccupied with efficiency or an SEE busy creating comfortable environment… We take it upon ourselves to explain this variance within the types.

A note for the skeptics: Nope, it’s still a model. It does not mean that borders between types are blurred. The aspects of a type remain exactly where they are supposed to be. It’s not a change of type, but it’s something that can change within the type. The type doesn’t change. Never ever.

The development of functions

The term dualization was coined by Aushra Augustinaviciute to describe the process of the Duality relations. In her work «Дуальная Природа Человека» ( “The Dual Nature of A Person” ) she writes:

Original Russian text:

«Отношения между двумя типами ИМ, когда второй имеет нужные дополняющие качества, назовем отношениями дополнения, сам процесс дополнения — дуализацией.»

English translation:

“Relations between 2 types of Information Metabolism when one has the supplementing qualities to the other we will call the Relations of Supplementation, and the process – Dualization”.

The concept of self-dualization ( development (strengthening) of Suggestive and Accessing functions) has been around for quite some time too. The idea is that if conditions are right the Suggestive and Accessing functions can start generating output as well as accepting input.

These conditions being getting enough information of the aspects that are in the Suggestive and Accessing functions of a type and at the same time the lack of someone taking care of these for the person.

For example: An IEI with developed Se+Ti can use straightforward pressure to achieve a goal or successfully exercise control over a situation.

Hypothesis 1: Suggestive and Accessing can only be developed by a type with both aspects in first two positions

We argue that self-dualization is only possible by obtaining the information on both Suggestive and Accessing functions from a type that has them both as either Lead or Creative.

For example: An IEI can self-dualize from SLE or LSI, but cannot develop Se from SEE/ESI or Ti from LII/ILE. Neither can IEI strengthen these functions from another IEI who has more developed Suggestive and Accessing than the first one.

Hypothesis 2: 4 aspects of the Socionics Model can be developed (become stronger)

We claim that there is also another possible process – development of the last 2 functions of the Model – Ignoring and Background. By default, these functions accept the information well and send the information over to the lead and creative to generate the output, but do not generate the output themselves. If these functions get developed, they start generating output as well.

For example: An IEI can develop Fi and Ne to the point where IEI’s statements and behavior will resemble those of an EII. Or an EII can develop Ni and Fe to the point where EII will come across a lot more emotionally expressive and dreamy than a default type.

Hypothesis 3: Only one of the pair of the antagonistic aspects can be developed at a time

There are pairs of aspects that are mutually exclusive or as we call them antagonistic. We will provide further information on the antagonistic aspects soon.

For example: An EII can not have Te and Fe developed at the same time, nor can it have Ni and Si. But it is possible for an EII to have Te and Ni or Fe and Si developed at the same time – if one was first self-dualized and then developed one of the last functions.

A quick summery and comments:

And in the end…

We believe these observations are potentially groundbreaking in defining the variable variations within types, and can be applied to things like understanding difficulties in dualization for some, as well as help with Socionics typings by interview and observation.

We will provide more information and case studies in the future articles.

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Can an MBTI type be translated into Socionics?

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It is the time to put it plain – No, it can not be translated.

Socioncis and MBTI share the roots and both theories can be traced back to Carl Jung’s works, and therefore seem superficially similar, especially as they have common names for terms.

But this seeming similarities only create confusion.

To prove this it is enough to compare the MBTI functional attitudes to Socionics aspects. The terms are the same (Introverted Feeling, Extraverted Sensation etc), but that’s where the similarities end for the most of them.

MBTI Fi (Introverted Feeling):

Seeks harmony of action and thoughts with personal values. May not always articulate those values.”

Socioncis perspective:

  1. Articulating values ( or anything else ) is by definition a Logical (Thinking) trait rather than an Ethical (Feeling) one. Therefore any Fx type will not have a great natural ability at that, unless they also have a developed (dualized) Logic (Thinking). That is if we are talking about “articulation” and not inner understanding of a phenomena.

  2. Fi in Socionics is also known as Ethics of Relationships, and as such it covers the relationships of a person with another person, a group or society. Fi also covers understanding the internal drives, the motivations of people and not just oneself. ( read full description of Fi here: http://socionics.world/aspect/Fi )
  3. Seeking harmony” in particular seems to be a pretty narrow slice of what one will do with an aspect ( functional attitude ). Socionics maintains that an aspect covers particular type of information, but what it is used for is outside of the spectrum of Socionics. E.g. Ethics of Relationships doesn’t mean that one seeks harmony in Relationships, it means that one has ability to understand how relationships work, ability to influence them and has interest in relationships between people.
  4. If we attempt to compare it with the Socinics Fe – it won’t make any sense at all, as Socionics Fe (aka Ethics of Emotions) deals with understanding and valuing emotions, understanding mood and how to create one; the ability to adjust the emotional atmosphere ( read full description of Fe here: http://socionics.world/aspect/Fe )

MBTI Fe (Extraverted Feeling):

Seeks harmony with and between people in the outside world. Interpersonal and cultural values are important.

Socioncis perspective:

  1. Ultimately it seems that Feeling types in MBTI always have harmony as a main agenda, which again is super-narrow.
  2. Interpersonal and cultural values are important” – even the word “interpersonal” implies connections between people and that will be in the domain of Fi, although it will not nearly cover all types of information Fi deals with. ( read full description of Fi here: http://socionics.world/aspect/Fi )

(The source of the MBTI function attitudes descriptions is: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/understanding-mbti-type-dynamics/the-eight-function-attitudes.htm )

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