Although I am using the MBTI-style type designations here, do not assume your MBTI type is your Socionics type. Really, it's best to forget what you know about MBTI while on this(or any other) Socionics site. However, in general, the E types are usually the same while the I types are typically their J-P counterpart(ie MBTI ISFP will be Socionics ISFJ).


Socionic Perspective: The Searcher


explorative; light-hearted curiosity; optimistic; focused on interests; interested in ideas; usually upbeat; detached curiosity

Model A Analysis
intellectual creative
shyness role
estimative suggestive
personal knowledge concrete art

Socionics Description - From http://www.socioniko.net/

©I.Weisband, Working Materials, 1986.
©Translated by Dmitri Lytov, edited by Lev Kamensky, 2002.

  1. Two birds in the bush [he often chooses this option instead of one in his hand]. He is a genius at finding new opportunities and possibilities. What he has completed always seems to him less important compared to the dawning perspectives which are irresistible an inexhaustible. Scientists of this type tend to procrastinate with the publishing of the results of their research, thinking that the greatest discoveries are still ahead. He lives for the future; meanwhile being not acknowledged does not intimidate him. He chooses to do what is interesting rather than what is lucrative.
  2. Recharge. He needs to feel emotional enthusiasm and ardor, and thus needs permanent sensory and emotional "recharge". He is unable to supply it himself, so he depends a lot on his surrounding. If nobody feeds him with impressions and positive emotions (nobody can do it as well as his dual The Mediator) – he mopes about life, loses ability to work and taste for life. To compensate for the absence of his dual he begins to mix with a lot of friends, becomes active in social projects, starts up clubs or scientific schools (Sigmund Freud, a representative of this type, invented the concept of sublimation to explain this fact).
  3. A leader. He is a good organizer because he remarks potential possibilities in people and situations. If he is to wield power, he needs justification for it: why he must take that position, e.g. a critical situation that nobody else can deal with, assignment from the top. When he takes power, he begins to analyze the needs of his subordinates, tries to provide them with everything and only then makes the necessary demands on them.
  4. A servant. His dependence on the emotional ambiance of others produces an effect of extreme compliance in minor and routine things. Having freed himself thus from having to pay attention to such unpleasant things, he switches for his favorite activity – figuring out the essence of things and phenomena. He does not differentiate people into “us” and “them”, tries to be equally polite to everybody.
  5. Undifferentiated feeling. He believes that all people in their essence are kind and love one another. Therefore he looks funny enough when the situation requires initiative in expressing feelings – they are not his line at all.
  6. Danger. Critical situations pep him up as much as good others’ emotions. The more emotions and panic there is around him, the more active and assertive he becomes. It is impossible to intimidate him – an attempt to do so produces just the opposite outcome. He willingly takes responsibility in critical situations; however, in peaceful and quiet conditions he starts to doubt his right to occupy a responsible position, gets frustrated by the competition and leaves.
  7. Liberty of communication. He likes familiarity in communication, however, does not show initiative in this, but awaits it from others.


Intertype Relation Chart

ENTP Computer Function Analysis

Oldham Style: Inventive

Basic Pleasure Basic Fear
recognition obscurity

Oldham's Type Description

  1. Status. Individuals of the Inventive personality type are highly competitive in pursuit of success and prestige. They want very much to be outstanding in some way, to gain recognition, even fame and glory.
  2. Idealized self-image. They develop highly idealized images of themselves with which they identify and which they love. The person is his idealized self and seems to adore it.
  3. Subdued demeanor. Persons of the Inventive type are energetic, but phlegmatic in temperament. "They can be quiet, rather private, subdued in demeanor, and have artistic interests and aesthetic sensibilities."
  4. Attention. Individuals of the Inventive type have a tendency to behave in such a way as to attract attention. They can be subtle show-offs, but show-offs nonetheless.
  5. Openness to culture. The Inventive person has unusual thought processes, values intellectual matters, and judges in unconventional terms. He or she is aesthetically reactive and has a wide range of interests.
  6. Intelligence. "Intelligence will typically be emphasized in their self-images and social dealings." They put great stock in their ideas and demand that others do likewise.
  7. Competence. The faith of those of the Inventive type is in their ability to improvise something, and they display an unusual talent for rising to the expediency of a situation. Their focus is on competent excellence in performance.
  8. Innovation. The Inventive type maintains an independent view and is the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that is the way things always have been done. They are inventors and innovators.
  9. Cleverness. They are mentally bright and quick-witted. For those of the Inventive type to be taken in, to be manipulated by another, is humiliating; this offends their joy in being masters of the art of oneupmanship.
  10. Self-consciousness Persons of the Inventive type look to others for approval. They are very conscious of how others treat them and highly sensitive to criticism and negative evaluation.

Source: Kelly, David. Ptypes http://www.geocities.com/ptypes/, 2004

Likes Dislikes
  • recognition
  • approval
  • attention
  • perfection
  • always being at one's best
  • identity
  • image
  • status
  • prestige
  • success
  • triumph
  • greatness
  • genius
  • stardom
  • fame
  • glory
  • wealth
  • inventiveness
  • cleverness
  • innovativeness
  • imagination
  • intellectualism
  • romanticism
  • stylishness
  • independence
  • being one-up
  • trust
  • autonomy
  • initiative
  • industry
  • intimacy
  • generativity
  • high hopes
  • high expectations
  • obscurity
  • anonymity
  • failure
  • role confusion
  • anybody getting ahead of you
  • poverty
  • being thought inferior
  • being low in the pecking order
  • being one-down
  • dependence
  • imperfection
  • poor performance
  • negative reactions from others
  • critical judgments of others
  • evaluation by others
  • disapproval
  • being inadequate
  • being deficient
  • poor health
  • mistrust
  • shame and doubt
  • guilt
  • inferiority
  • isolation
  • stagnation
  • low hopes
  • low expectations

Disorder Perspective

The personality disorder which is a pathological representation of the Inventive personality type is the Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Basic belief: I must attain a position of distinction or merit. Thinking strategy Pretension.

The website PTypes personality types proposes Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder as a pervasive pattern of unstable, "overtly narcissistic behaviors [that] derive from an underlying sense of insecurity and weakness rather than from genuine feelings of self-confidence and high self-esteem" (Millon), beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by ten (or more) of the following:

  • seeks to create an illusion of superiority and to build up an image of high self-worth (Millon);
  • has disturbances in the capacity for empathy (Forman);
  • strives for recognition and prestige to compensate for the lack of a feeling of self-worth;
  • may acquire a deprecatory attitude in which the achievements of others are ridiculed and degraded (Millon);
  • has persistent aspirations for glory and status (Millon);
  • has a tendency to exaggerate and boast (Millon);
  • is sensitive to how others react to him or her, watches and listens carefully for critical judgment, and feels slighted by disapproval (Millon);
  • is prone to feel shamed and humiliated and especially hyper-anxious and vulnerable to the judgments of others (Millon);
  • covers up a sense of inadequacy and deficiency with pseudo-arrogance and pseudo-grandiosity (Millon);
  • has a tendency to periodic hypochondria (Forman);
  • alternates between feelings of emptiness and deadness and states of excitement and excess energy (Forman);
  • entertains fantasies of greatness, constantly striving for perfection, genius, or stardom (Forman);
  • has a history of searching for an idealized partner and has an intense need for affirmation and confirmation in relationships (Forman);
  • frequently entertains a wishful, exaggerated, and unrealistic concept of himself or herself which he or she can't possibly measure up to (Reich);
  • produces (too quickly) work not up to the level of his or her abilities because of an overwhelmingly strong need for the immediate gratification of success (Reich);
  • is touchy, quick to take offense at the slightest provocation, continually anticipating attack and danger, reacting with anger and fantasies of revenge when he or she feels frustrated in his or her need for constant admiration (Reich);
  • is self-conscious, due to a dependence on approval from others (Reich);
  • suffers regularly from repetitive oscillations of self-esteem (Reich);
  • seeks to undo feelings of inadequacy by forcing everyone's attention and admiration upon himself or herself (Reich);
  • may react with self-contempt and depression to the lack of fulfillment of his or her grandiose expectations (Riso).

Source: Kelly, David. Ptypes http://www.geocities.com/ptypes/, 2004

Typical Beliefs

  • I will accept nothing less than perfection from myself.
  • In order to be loved and successful, I must be perfect.
  • I must be loved.
  • I have so many faults that I must be approved of in other ways.
  • I need to please others to gain their acceptance.
  • I should be able to dominate life.
  • It is very important to get recognition, praise, and admiration.
  • Other people don't deserve the admiration or riches that they get.
  • I've got to try hard to be at my best at all times.
  • I need to be necessary to people.
  • I have an immense desire to give people a sense of security.
  • I must be a personage, one who is never thought of apart from what he's done.
  • I am constantly in search of the best forms to guide and control life.
  • I must transform the world around me to confirm my own personality.
  • I have an all-consuming need for identity.

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