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Personality Types: The Result of Humanity’s Evolution?

A Sensors role is to maintain and protect society, and they tend to think in a one-by-one manner, when it comes to concepts.

An intuitive’s role in society is to innovate, design, enhance, invent, and lead during times of great change or chaos. They tend to think about a million different things at the same time, lol.

I like to look at personality types from an evolutionary standpoint.

Personality types evolved into the psyche of individuals, because each type of personality carries out a certain role or function in society. Therefore, it is the mix of all different types, each taking up a certain portion of the population.

Period.

The percentage of a specific type when compared to the entire population is not relevant to how important that type is.

Society, Nature, The World, Time, Magic, God, and Mayor McCheese all combined forces to figure out what society needed to survive, progress, and continue to enhance.

Sensors vs Intuitives – What Role Does Each Type Play in Society?

I hear often, when talking to another intuitive person for the first time about personality types, the same general complaint:

“So and so” [A Sensing Type] thinks I’m weird. [An Intuitive Type]

The best is the look on the person’s face, when I respond with: “Well, they (The Sensing Type) are absolutely correct.”

“Weird,” by definition, is something that is abnormal, uncanny, strange, unusual, or unexpected.

So, the Sensing-dominant person is correct for multiple reasons:

STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY

Right off the bat, 70% of the population prefers Sensing, versus only 30% favoring Intuition. This means that intuitives are actually less likely to exist, according to pure statistics.

The Sensing Type person is probably “normal,” which means conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. They are significantly more populous in society, making them more expected.

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Dissection: ENTP

Good start on ENTP’s!

ENTP Me

I’d like to start discussing individual types and producing individual descriptions now that I’ve covered the fundamentals. This is going to be quite a long process given the amount of detail I am going to go into as I dissect each personality and their traits, functions, potential enneagram types and more (we’ll have a crash course in enneagram shortly). If you don’t see your type or the type of someone you are interested in understanding better, I can take requests; otherwise, I’ll have to go at my own arbitrary speed. Let’s start with ENTPs! That’s what I am so I might as well start this dissection process by dissecting myself (figuratively speaking). 

So what exactly is an ENTP? Besides human, typically, ENTPs are Extroverted iNtuitive Thing Perceivers. For those of you that are late to the MBTI party this means they gather their energy from other people, perceive the world…

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Introduction to Socionics

What is socionics?

Socionics is a theory of human interaction based on fixed patterns of information processing known as “socionic types.” A socionic type (there are 16 of them) is a description of some very fundamental ways in which a person’s psyche works. These psychic qualities define to a large degree a person’s relationships with others, his or her perception of life as a whole, and the niche he or she strives to occupy among people.

Each person’s psyche is a lopsided construction that attempts to pursue certain kinds of information (stimuli) while minimizing others. This is what socionic type describes. This lopsidedness creates a need for social cooperation. The nature of close cooperation (relationships) between people depends on how well-suited people’s lopsided psychic tendencies are to each other. This is what intertype relations are about.

The origins of socionics

As the story goes, founder of socionics Aushra Augusta (she shortened her last name from “Augustinavichiute” to “Augusta” to make it easier for foreigners) was mulling over fundamental issues of human existence (“why are some relationships good and others bad despite everyone’s intention to have good ones?”) in Vilnius, Lithuania in the 1970s, when she came across a number of typological systems that influenced her thoughts — Kretschmer’s psychosomatic types (i.e. endomorphs, mesomorphs, and ectomorphs), Kempinsky’s (now a forgotten Polish psychiatrist) concept of “information metabolism,” and — most of all — Carl Jung’s typology of psychological types.

Augusta created symbols to represent the functions described by Carl Jung and — together with a circle of fellow researchers/hobbyists — eventually created what is known as the “socionic model of the psyche” — a neat description of the psyche where each of the 8 information elements has its place in each person’s psyche. This was quite a development on Jung’s typology and introduced many new concepts, including the mechanisms that explain how types interact.

Socionic types

The 16 socionic types differ on four axes (called ‘dichotomies’): rationality/irrationality, extraversion/introversion, intuition/sensing, and logic/ethics. Each type has one characteristic from each of the dichotomies, making 16 possible combinations. This does not mean there is a complete absence of the opposite mechanism, however. It means that one is more flexible and multi-faceted, while the other is more rigid and simplistic.

Although types often display similar values, life strategies, general behavior, and facial expressions, such traits such as IQ, musical talent, sports abilities, charisma, “personal power,” etc. are little related to type. A review of how socionists have typed famous people will demonstrate this. No type is inherently “predisposed” for success or failure in life. A common error of socionics enthusiasts is to try to relate non-socionic traits to socionic types.

In addition, socionics does not view type structure as being so rigid that a person can change little in life. One’s positive or negative thinking patterns, overall outlook on life, and emotional health are not tied to type and are quite flexible. However, socionic type is one of the things — along with inborn physiological traits — that does not change, even if outward behavior, emotional states, and attitudes do. Socionic type describes psychic mechanisms so “deep” that they are difficult to gain a full awareness of, much less modify in some way (but then, why would you want to modify them??).

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Intertype relations

The basic difference between socionics and other typologies is socionics’ theory of intertype relations. Socionics is not a typology of personality, but a typology of perceptual traits that define one’s relationships with others. Hence, we should not be surprised to see significant personality differences between individuals of the same socionic type — as long as we see that there is a similar pattern of intertype relations.

Intertype relations describe the nature of interaction and information interchange between two people at a close psychological distance by describing how partners’ psychic functions interrelate. These socionic relationships range from very difficult and potentially harmful to one’s self-realization to very beneficial and pleasant to the psyche. Intertype relations most influence one’s informal relationships with others, where one chooses friends based on pleasure and mutual benefit (cooperation).

Duality and dual relations

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A unique aspect of socionics is the discovery of complementary psychic structures. Jung and his followers recognized a particular attraction between individuals with certain leading functions, but these observations were not developed into a full-fledged theory, and the Meyers-Briggs system does not seem to address them at all.

Each of the 16 socionic types has its ‘dual’ type. The essence of dual relations is that the natural information output of one type is the preferred information input of the other. Having a dual or dual around stimulates one to use one’s strengths as much as possible. Even their mere physical presence tends to exert a calming and balancing influence. Dual relations develop around the strongest functions of each partner and keep mental and physical functioning balanced, while directing partners’ energy towards constructive and rewarding activities.

Socionics and the MBTI

At some point Augusta and her associates learned of Isabel Briggs Myers’ and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs’ development of Jung’s typology across the ocean in the United States. Newcomers to socionics in the West often have to face the difficulty of trying to distinguish between the two typologies. They are fundamentally different and cannot be treated as “the same types, but with different type names.”

Those who look deeply into socionics and the MBTI recognize that socionics’ theoretical apparatus is more systematic and logical in nature — and simply larger. Indeed, socionics was created by a “thinking” type, while the MBTI was created by “feeling” types (a quick review of sites on the two fields will make this clear). That is just the beginning of the differences.

I personally, of course, find socionics to be a big improvement on the MBTI, but I’m sure there are ardent followers of the MBTI that hold the opposite opinion.

The four socionic dichotomies appear to be very similar to the dichotomies used by the MBTI system. However, close inquiry reveals that there are many subtle differences. If you assume the dichotomies are the same and equate each socionic type to an MBTI type, some socionic types will overlap to a large degree with their MBTI counterparts, others will partially overlap, and yet others will seem to be completely different. If the types were truly equivalent, a similar theory of intertype relations would have arisen in the MBTI system — but there is none. On the whole, MBTI and socionics types seem to correlate in roughly 30% of cases. That is not nearly enough to consider the two typologies close approximations of each other.

The socionics community

There is a large socionics community across the Russian-speaking world. In many if not most large cities of the former Soviet Union there are people who hold evening classes on socionics and social gatherings for people interested in socionics. Centers of socionics are Kiev (Ukraine), Moscow and St. Petersburg (Russia), and Vilnius (Lithuania). Here socionics conferences take place where socionists present and discuss papers and studies and most books on socionics are published (there are now maybe 40 or 50 books on socionics, primarily in Russian, but also with a few in Ukrainian and Lithuanian).

At the same time, socionics is a decentralized field of study. There is no central body that is universally recognized as the single authority in the field or that dictates methodology, type identification, etc. Socionics arose outside of the academic world (although Augusta was a sociologist) and has not yet obtained official academic recognization, though it is now often mentioned in psychology courses in universities around the former USSR. Competent and respected socionists generally are known in the community and publish in community journals and participate in seminars and professional dialogue.

Socionics is held together by numerous enthusiasts and scattered professionals — who publish books and journals, teach courses, diagnose types, and consult individuals, families, and even entire organizations.

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Dr. House is 100% an ENTP, and Most Definitely Not an INTJ

Backwards Time Machine

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Dr. House is portrayed as the kind of genius that gets to be a jerk and buck the system because he’s just that good. He uses deductive reasoning of the Sherlock Holmes type to solve complicated medical cases.

Though he seems to value as the most important thing in life, he frequently (and, very occasionally, admittedly) uses it to manipulate himself and others more than to create a truly consistent logical system for everything.

His somewhat random and energetic behavior is not really indicative of a IJ temperament in any sense.

Though highly confrontational, he is decidedly manipulative, rather than physical. His aggression seems intellectual in nature, and his aim is to be recognized as smart and correct, rather than powerful and in control.

His best friend Wilson appears to be an SEI and SLI who compulsively befriends “needy” individuals.

o Extremely calculating and logical; absence of empathy.

o Disdainful…

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Introverted Feeling VS Extraverted Feeling as a Primary Function

It is an often held misconception that someone just slips from being say an ENFJ to an INFJ depending on their extraversion amount. They may become more or less shy and therefore “switch” personality types.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The term extraversion and introversion refers to the function that a person leads with (their Dominant function). A person’s dominant function will never change over the course of their entire life. It is developed and identifiable at a young age, and only gets stronger as time goes on.

Being an “Introvert” or an “extrovert” as a person is a coincidence that (oftentimes) correlates with a person’s dominant function. However, the difference between Extroverted Feeling / Sensing / Intuiting / Thinking and Introverted Feeling / Sensing / Intuiting / Thinking are quite different.

It’s more than just that one focuses on the outside world, where the other pulls from within. That is a simplified explanation.

Over the next few days, I will compare the leading functions of all the various personality types. It is important that you know what you’re leading function is. You will see why a person does not switch or “is in between an E and I” (This “X” nonsense drives me mad.)

This is because the sites that often do these personality assessments do not explain properly what a personality assessment truly means.

First up will be Feeling as the leading / dominant function.

  • Extraverted Feeling: ENFJ and ESFJ
  • Introverted Feeling: INFP and ISFP
  • Extraverted Feeling

    The process of Extraverted Feeling often involves a want to connect with (or disconnect from) others and is often shown by expressions of warmth (or displeasure) and self-disclosure.

  • The “social graces,” such as being polite, being nice, being friendly, being considerate, and being proper, often revolve around the process of extraverted Feeling.
  • Keeping in touch, laughing at jokes when others laugh, and trying to get people to act kindly to each other also involve extraverted Feeling.
  • Using this process, we respond according to expressed or even unexpressed wants and needs of others.
  • We may ask people what they want or need or self-disclose to prompt them to talk more about themselves.
  • This often sparks conversation and lets us know more about them so we can better adjust our behavior to them.
  • Often with this process, we feel pulled to be responsible and take care of others’ feelings, sometimes to the point of not separating our feelings from theirs.
  • We may recognize and adhere to shared values, feelings, and social norms to get along.
  • Semantics of Extraverted Feeling as a Leading Function

    (How people who lead with Extraverted Feeling tend to speak when in a generic, group setting.)

    Themes:

    1. Describing fields of relationships and actions that take place between people.
  • describing influences on living objects
  • 2. Describing external, observable manifestations of emotions
  • spectacles
  • describing emotional states or degrees of arousal
  • 3. Using sonic forms of words as a means of expressing emotions
  • describing audible behavior and imitating sounds
  • situating word creation to convey shades of emotion
  • expressive interjections and exclamations
  • Speech Peculiarities:

  • frequent use of emotionally charged adjectives.
  • combining emotional adjectives and adverbs that are opposite in meaning.
  • quoting poems, songs, etc. that show their current emotional situation.
  • informal, colloquial, “non-dictionary” vocabulary.
  • intentionally violating the stylistic flow with words that are either highly colloquial or archaic.
  • intonationally conveying emotional states.
  • personification of inanimate objects; increasing the number of actors involved in each story.
  • Dominant Fields of Activity and Topics of Conversation:

  • gossiping
  • evoking emotional reactions in others
  • changing and creating any kind of emotional atmosphere and any kind of nuances in communication.
  • strong emotions and impressions.
  • Intraverted Feeling

    It is often hard to assign words to the values used to make introverted Feeling judgments, since they are often associated with images, feeling tones, and gut reactions more than words.

  • As a cognitive process, it often serves as a filter for information that matches what is valued, wanted, or worth believing in.
  • There can be a continual weighing of the situational worth or importance of everything and a patient balancing of the core issues of peace and conflict in life’s situations.
  • We engage in the process of introverted Feeling when a value is compromised and we think, “Sometimes, some things just have to be said.”
  • On the other hand, most of the time this process works “in private” and is expressed through actions.
  • It helps us know when people are being fake or insincere or if they are good. It is like having an internal sense of the “essence” of a person or a project and reading fine distinctions among feeling tones.
  • Semantics of Individuals with Intraverted Feeling as their Leading Function

    (How People with Intraverted Feeling as their Leading function tend to talk when in a generic, group setting.)

    Themes:

    1. Describing one’s feelings and attitudes toward things and people.
  • influences on feelings
  • feelings
  • 2. Describing relationships between people as a constant factor.
  • describing psychological distance.
  • links (between people).
  • 3. Evaluating objects
  • evaluations that include oaths or insults
  • constant traits; personality and character traits
  • evaluating people’s behavior
  • Speech Peculiarities:

  • superfluous use of diminutive and augmentative suffixes
  • qualitative adjectival evaluations
  • constructions using the word “relationship”
  • metaphors related to “links”
  • Dominant Fields of Activity and Topics of Conversation:

  • relationships between people
  • evaluating people (personality and character traits) and their deeds and conduct
  • evaluating the motives behind behavior
  • empathy; the ability to feel what others feel and understand their motives