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Socionics functions, or the functional stack

As I’ve said before, socionics uses a stack of all eight functions, four valued and four devalued, with their strengths being defined by their “dimension”. But beyond this, there are specific characteristics for each place in the stack, which has a strong impact on the type. The functions are also divided in different blocks, which …

Delta quadra

The fourth quadra, delta, consists of ESTJ/LSE, ISTJ/SLI, INFP/EII and ENFP/IEE, or the types that values Te/Fi and Ne/Si. This is the oldest quadra, with a personal and charitable approach to the world. They are curious and interested in the unusual, cherishing the small wonders, while still being serious about their relationships. The first dichotomy …

Gamma quadra

The third quadra, gamma, consists of ENTJ/LIE, INTJ/ILI, ESFP/SEE and ISFP/ESI, or the types that values Te/Fi and Se/Ni. This is the quadra of adulthood, long term thinking and focused on business, serious is personal and professional life. Focused on efficiency and individualism, they appreciate close, loyal relationships and ambitious people. There are, just as …

Beta quadra

The second quadra, beta, consists of ENFJ/EIE, INFJ/IEI, ESTP/SLE and ISTP/LSI, or the types that values Fe/Ti and Se/Ni. Beta is described as a youthful, teenage quadra, with a revolutionary and ideological attitude. They are not afraid to fight for what they believe in, which often results in a societal change. They are merry, decisive …

Alpha quadra

The first quadra, alpha, consists of ESFJ/ESE, ISFJ/SEI, INTP/LII and ENTP/ILE, or the types that values Fe/Ti and Ne/Si. This is described as the youngest quadra, mentally compared to children. This does not mean that alpha types are mentally incapable, quite the opposite. What it tries to get at, is a light and curious quadra, …

The problem of statistics and how common a type is

Type statistics is a common reoccurrence in MBTI, and the rarity of certain types often comes up in discussions. However, throwing around numbers, statistics and how many of a certain type you may or may not know, each has their own problems. First of all, many of the statistics out there are based on tests. …

Function strength

The strength of a function is decided by how many dimensions it covers. There are four different stages, four different strengths of a function, starting at covering one dimension, and going up to two four dimensional functions. Using the stack of an INTP/LII as an example, the two weakest functions, Se and Fe, are one …

The different type names in socionics and MBTI

A common point of confusion when going from MBTI to socionics, is the type acronyms. Why not just use the same name for them? But even when socionics and MBTI does use the same name, such as INTp and INTP, it means two different things. In Carl Jung’s work, he described three different aspects of …

Quadras

One of the most important aspects of socionics, essential to understanding the theory as a whole with specific types and the intertype relationships, is the quadras. They are based around each type sharing valued functions, as well as three different dichotomies; judicious – decisive, merry – serious, and aristocratic – democratic. The first quadra, Alpha, consists …