information elements are the central component of socionics. everything else in socionics is entirely derived from information metabolism. predictably, the vast majority of misconceptions about socionics stem from misconceptions about information elements.
i realize this is a complete about face from my previous position, but hear me out. the following are the only acceptable definitions of the information elements:
Te = external dynamics of objects
Ti = external statics of fields
Fe = internal dynamics of objects
Fi = internal statics of fields
Ne = internal statics of objects
Ni = internal dynamics of fields
Se = external statics of objects
Si = external dynamics of fields
the above definitions, despite being meaningless, are the only way to accurately describe information elements. the reason lies in that although the above does not describe what the information elements are to any degree of satisfaction, it does describe what an information element is and what it is not.
productivity, for example, is not Te. productivity/efficiency/whatever is rather a manifestation of a psychological process which filters out "objective" data and tries to use it to accomplish some goal.
the above definitions are not useful in describing what Te actually means, but they are useful in terms of seeing how an information element is a tool to deal with information.
i need to go. more later.