Partners in a dual relationship provide support to each other and subconsciously expect to be supported. The support provided to each other in a dual relationship is complementary, not identical.
Below are 8 dimensions through which dual partners support each other. You can identify your Socionics type by considering each dimension: what part you would naturally play in a relationship and what part you would subconsciously expect the other person to play.
One dual (Exxx) perceives the world as objects – attentive to the qualities of objects. The other dual (Ixxx) perceives the world as ties/relationships between objects.
One dual (xSxx) focuses on visible, quantifiable, and tangible things. The other dual (xNxx) focuses on hidden, unseen, and intangible things.
One dual (xxTx) focuses on the logical aspects of reality. The other dual (xxFx) focuses on the emotional aspects of life.
One dual (Exxj, Ixxp) is aware of the morphing nature of reality – one state of reality transforming into another state of reality – not thinking about still moments in reality. The other dual (Exxp, Ixxj) is aware of still moments in reality that are of pivotal importance – one still moment is followed by another still moment - not thinking about the morphing nature of reality.
One dual (INTp, ENTj, ENFp, INFj, ISFp, ESFj, ESTp, ISTj) does most of the talking in the relationship. The other dual (INTj, ENTp, ENFj, INFp, ISFj, ESFp, ESTj, ISTp) interacts by presenting questions.
One dual (ENTx, ESFx, ISTx, INFx) focuses on the positive aspects of a situation - what has gone and could go right, what is acceptable and plentiful. The other dual (ISFx, INTx, ENFx, ESTx) focuses on the 'negative' aspects of a situation - what has gone and could go wrong, what is missing or deficient.
One dual (xNxj, xSxp) focuses on the goal to reach – examining, comparing and ranking goals. The other dual (xSxj, xNxp) focuses on the method/actions to be performed - examining and comparing methods to find the best.
Dual A (xxFj, xxTp) is drawn to the ‘business’ elements of what Dual B (xxTj, xxFp) says. Dual B is drawn to the emotional elements of what Dual A says.