Reinin dichotomies

There are, except the four Jungian dichotomies, 11 additional dichotomies that were introduced by Grigoriy Reinin. Each type has a unique set of dichotomies, and some of them are extremely influential in making a type. 

Note that the Reinin dichotomies are not fully endorsed by all socionists, and that model A, functions and quadras always has a greater weight than singular Reinin dichotomies.

Static – dynamic

Static types, with Pe and Ji in their ego, sees reality in still pictures, every single situation as a frame. Good at noticing everything in this frame, and comparing one frame to another. Talks about the stating of wanting something, or the potential that something hasDynamic types, who’s ego consists of Je and Pi, are rather focusing on the change between frames. Not paying much attention to the “still pictures”, they can have a hard time describing the difference between state A and B, but can more easily describe the path to get there. Focused on the dynamic change in something, using words that implies an action.

Positivist – negativist

Not to be confused with optimism and pessimism, this dichotomy is focused on what we look at and notice. Positivists, democratic extravertes (ESE, ILE, LIE and SEE) and aristocratic introverts (IEI, LSI, SLI and EII) notices what’s present. When exterminating something, they focus on what can be done, what results it can bring. Meets a problem with a “we can do this” – attitude, and focuses on what can be done rather than what can’t. Negativists, aristocratic extraverts (EIE, SLE, LSE and IEE) and democratic introverts (LII, SEI, ESI and ILI) on the other hand notices what isn’t there. They focus on the loss or risk of failure, and explains the negatives of doing something, rather than the positives of not doing it.

Asking – declaring

Askers (alpha/beta intuitives and gamma/delta sensors) talk in questions and dialog. Often asks questions that they answer themselves, and when explaining something, they prefer to do it in form of a dialog. Declaring types (alpha/beta sensors and gamma/delta intuitives) on the other hand has a tendency to speak in a monologue, even in a conversation, and their questions often sounds as statements. When they ask questions, it’s for a distinct purpose, and they prefer to keep talking until they’ve made their point, then letting the other person talk.

Tactical – strategic

The extraverted judicious types (ESE, ILE, LSE, IEE) and introverted decisive types (IEI, LSI, ILI and ESI) are tactical types, focused on the way in which something is achieved. Breaking goals down into steps and following them and are focused on the path, the steps that should be taken. If the right procedure is followed, we reached the right conclusion. On the other hand, strategic types, extraverted decisive (EIE, SLE, LIE, SEE) and introverted judicious (SEI, LII, SLI and EII), are focused on the goal. They organise their lives around those goals, and mean that they followed the right procedure if they reached the goal.

Constructivist – emotivist

Constructivists are merry extraverts and serious introverts (ESE, ILE, EIE, SLE, ESI, ILI, EII, SLI), and emotivists are merry introverts and serious extraverts (LII, SEI, IEI, LSI, LIE, SEE, LSE and IEE). The constructivists are focused on getting into the right mindset for a situation, and tends to revisit old experiences to relive an emotion. For new acquaintances, they tend to view business as the only legit way of reaching out for contact. For emotivists, a conversation is more likely to spill over into an emotional exchange. They would rather want to watch a new movie, read a new book, unless there’s something “new” they can find in an old one, somehow gathering new information from it. They tend to want to keep a a “positive spirit” in the conversation they’re having.

 Result – process

Result types, alpha and gamma rationals, beta and delta irrationals (ESE, LII, SLE, IEI, LIE, ESI, IEE and SLI), sees the process as something external to themselves. Usually good at multi-tasking, and prefers to focus on the beginning and end of something. Are not, in contrast to the process types, “in” the process. Alpha and gamma irrationals, and beta and delta rationals (ILE, SEI, EIE, LSI, SEE, ILI, LSE and EII) on the other hand, are merged with the process. Hard to tune in and out of it, they prefer to focus on one task at the time (since they are “inside” the process).

Yielding – obstinate

Yielding types, ExTx and IxFx, sees resources (time or funds) as sacred and private, while they are more open with ideas and interests. This makes it easier to change their mind about something. If the personal space, consisting of their private resource, they will defend it to the point of conflict. The same applies for obstinate types, ExFx and IxTx, but for them, ideas and interests are what’s sacred. Resources on the other hand can be traded, shared and given away.

Carefree – farsighted

ENxx and ISxx, the carefree types, believes that it’s impossible to foresee every situation, and when they’re faced with a new one, they use whatever information and resources they have available at the time. They tend to create a new algorithm for each problem. The focus is on what they can estimate to be the best way to approach something, rather than to use the tried methods. Farsighted (ESxx and INxx) on the other hands uses former knowledge and algorithms to solve a problem, even if it’s not directly related to the problem at hand. Relies on their ability to plan and predict what will happen.

Quadra specific:

Judicious – decisive

Sometimes also called reasonable – decisive, this dichotomy is about the valued irrational functions. Types that value Si and Ne (ie alpha and delta) are judicious or reasonable, and those that values Se and Ni are decisive. So what does this mean? Judicious types are focused on what is unique and interesting in life, and they’re looking to entertain the opportunities and potential they can come up with, if nothing else in their mind. Focused on the present moment and how to make it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, they are normally in a relaxed state and takes the time needed to make a decision. Decisive types are at odds with reality. Straight forward and to the point, they tackle a problem all at once, getting it done before diverting from it. Focuses on their reasons for making a decision. Always moving unless they take conscious effort to relax.

Aristocracy – democracy

Aristocratic types are in beta and delta. These types tends to see people as a part of a group or heirarchy. There is a strong focus on belonging to and being part of a group, for beta types a more traditional view of aristocracy, with their view being influenced by Se and Ti, making them follow a rigid, “real” system. Delta on the other hand has a more vague view of aristocracy, being more about the inner potential and belonging. Both quadras refer to and describe themselves and other people as part of, or lack of belonging to a group. Democratic types on the other hand, alpha and gamma, describes and thinks of people in regards to their individual characteristics, and tends to shy away from broad generalisations.

Merry – serious

This dichotomy has the Te/Fi types on one side, and Ti/Fe on the other. Merry types, valuing Ti and Fe, care a lot about consistency in ideology and expression. That an ideology or system that they follow is possibly the most important part when choosing. They also highly values the mood of the situation, and may go to great lengths to ensure this. In contrast, serious types (Te/Fi) doesn’t consider the emotional atmosphere at all when compared to individual expression. They also don’t give as much focus to consistency, but rather on factual accuracy. For serious types, “groups” aren’t really groups, but rather a network of people. Highly focused on the productive side of things, even when it comes to relationships.


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