Information Elements: A Primer
One of the most fundamental concepts in socionics is the idea of information elements, or facets of reality. The idea is that reality can be divided into categories that different individuals perceive with differing degrees of clarity and precision. These information elements correspond to Jung's 8 psychic functions, but have been given a new meaning. If there are 8 possible different "leading functions" that perceive different aspects of reality, then reality can itself be described in terms of these 8 different aspects. This was a critical step in the development of socionics that led to everything else. Socionics makes a distinction between information elements (facets of external reality) and psychic functions (positions in the socionic model of the psyche).
Socionics founder Augusta and her associates viewed reality as consisting of both objects and fields (interrelationships between objects), statics and dynamics (rest and motion), and internal and external qualities. The most abstract possible simplification of the 8 information elements is given here (with the symbols that were given to them):
Ne, extraverted intuition = internal statics of objects
Se, extraverted sensing = external statics of objects
Te, extraverted logic = external dynamics of objects
Fe, extraverted ethics = internal dynamics of objects
Ni, introverted intuition= internal dynamics of fields