Dual-type theory: Analyzing the Relationship between Information Metabolism and Exertion
From observation, our mental functioning is divided into two halves: one which observes and processes energy, and another which seeks to replicate this observed energy in the external world. We call the former information metabolism, the initiative to understand the world around us; the other we may call information exertion, the activity of reshaping our present world to reflect ideal conditions we have previously observed or processed. The relationship between these systems is a complex one of many factors and dependencies. In this thread I will attempt to describe these elements in some detail.
The question of differentiation, and relative awareness of an IM element is a key factor. A person who, for example, has only a passive awareness of extroverted feeling will not understand the concrete nature of the activity they induce when they attempt to influence others' emotional states. In contrast, this same person will have a superb grasp of the activity an emotional state can actually induce, despite having poor awareness of the state itself. Such a person might be said to be playing with fire, and that might be a sound analogy were they not extremely careful and circumspect. This person could be expected to devote a high amount of time and energy into the study of emotion and psychology, so as to make themselves as informed as possible of the nature of their own influence.
The discipline of visual artistry is another case study for the relationship between observation and activity. The non-visual artistry inclined are apt to stare in wonder at the amateur artist who depicts their own figure in seemingly perfect form and proportion. They attribute the artist's skill to natural talent. Experience shows that artistic skills are indeed learned; however a steady hand is required to reproduce a feature faithfully on small scales of reproduction. (as in the case of a sketchpad or notebook paper.) Comparison of the steady hand versus the unsteady hand reveals in the former a highly differentiated energy, and in the latter a lesser differentiated energy: the steady hand is steady because all of the nervous energy going into the hand is directly channeled into the motor process of moving the tool it holds, and exactly in the manner necessary for the reproduction of the imagined feature. The unsteady hand, in contrast, demonstrates a modest level of interference in the motor processing of the hand, reflected in a twitch directly proportional to the interference. On such basis we can say that the steady hand exhibits a highly differentaited, "strong" effort to reproduce the imagery, whereas the unsteady hand represents a modestly differentiated "weak" effort.
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Last edited by tcaudilllg; 12-24-2007 at 02:38 AM.
I think you may be misunderstanding. This is a discussion of dual-type theory, an extension of socionics.
Originally Posted by dee