I was reading this text below and I wonder how much of socionics theory is based on stereotypical thinking and projections by socionists. Personally I feel the basics of socionics does have merit. However there seems to be lot of "fluff" surrounding and these type descriptions here show the side of socionics that I feel is too subjective and misleading in many ways. As you can see it is based on personal opinions, stereotypical thinking and projection by the observer, they point it out at the bottom of the page.
For example what is striking to me as a beta and a IEI is that the description of betas can be seen as ambigious - half positive and half negative (I'm thinking of the SLE and IEI descriptions),while the descriptions for many other types are unambigiously positive. The delta descriptions are almost uniformly positive, only the SLI description maybe has a negative aspect when it describes the SLI as "emotionally cool". What makes a IEI "zany" where an IEE is "frivolous" for example? Why is SLE "demanding of others" while LSE's use "active involvement"?
I wonder how much people identify with these descriptions of their own types, and how much they agree with the descriptions of other types?
Socionic Types and their Overal Moods
Types and their Overall Moods
Below are descriptions of the overall moods or impressions that the socionic types convey at a distance (read explanation at bottom of page).
explorative; light-hearted and detached curiosity; focused on interests and ideas; usually upbeat and good-natured
soft, helping; gentle smile; touch naturally; comfort oriented; sensual and expressive
strong tastes and preferences; enthusiastic and forceful about likes and dislikes; socialites; emotionally involved; reflect values of community; large emotional range
detached critical analysis; clear and independent thought and worldviews; appearance of self-control
dramatism, restraint, alarm; purposeful emotions and purposeful involvement
tough, serious, decisive, tough-minded, disciplined, controlling, firm, resolute; mistrustful; stand their ground
forceful; demanding of others; go-getters; not easily intimidated; ready for confrontation
wacky, goofy, dreamy, zany; interested in people's inner experiences and where people are going with their emotional life; mix of joy and melancholy
flair, playfulness; socialites; physical center of attention; hands-on involvement in world around them
goofy; don't reveal their inner life; interested in processes; passive relaxedness; ironic attitude
unbridled optimism; like movement; energetic; opportunistic; like to test limits; direct
concerned about proper behavior; stand their ground; hard to convince; conservative views and methods
always busy with projects; practical and skeptical; action oriented; professional; active involvement
gentle but with firm principles; demonstrate positive attitude; willingness to share your world
playfulness; tinge of irony; acceptance; frivolous; warm curiosity about people and relationships
soft blankness; internal independence; hard to impress; not easily excited; emotionally cool
*Many thanks to Tom Loveday for helping formulate these type moods in August 2003 in Kiev. We obtained this list by looking through photos of people of each type and trying to catch what they had in common. There might be a bit of subjectivity in these descriptions, as we view other types from the position of our own and identify with some types better than others.