So we have the dimensions, how strong functions are. But how do we spot it in people, how do we see how strong a function is? (This list is exclusively from School of system socionics, only paraphrased.)
For one dimensional functions, suggestive/dual seeking and vulnerable/point of least resistance, the following points are characteristic:
- Describing ones own experience, without any reference to external norms and standards.
- Learning solely through trial and error, understanding things through experience.
- Lacking the ability to compare information, and uses self-made standards.
- Characterized by a thinking that differs from the norms, and often has a non-typical reaction.
- Advice (especially for PoLR) is seen as criticism.
- Refuses to agree with a general opinion about the use of the function.
- They constantly repeat the same thing, and preserves a positive situation.
- They are gullible, lacks criticism and are unable to asses their own skill in it.
- Highly sensitive towards parts of the function.
The two dimensional functions, mobilizing/hidden agenda and the role function, can be seen through the following:
- They refer to a source of authority, person or social rules and norms.
- There is a correctness and rigidness in its use, and they are often fairly stereotypical.
The for low dimensional functions, all of the above, shares a few common characteristics as well.
- They are black and white, simple and dichotomic in their use.
- The person usually has a difficulty providing examples, and are quick at moving on from the subject, if not completely avoiding it.
- People are quick to both generalize and hide their weaknesses when it comes to those functions.
For the higher functions, there are a lot fewer indicators. I’ll therefore put them in the same category. When not specified, it’s about high dimensionality in general.
- Goes beyond common understanding and norms in a subject, renouncing a limited, rigid “right way”- approach.
- Doesn’t need or seek out external confirmation, but is sure about their own ability with it.
- References different circumstances and conditions for the situation (third dimensionality, for creative and ignoring function).
- Identifies with the function, sees it as “this is who I am” (fourth dimension, lead and demonstrative).