# Thread: A Brief Summary of Model A and the Functions

1. ## A Brief Summary of Model A and the Functions

Here is a brief summary of Model A and the socionics functions:

Function Descriptions:

Te: is about practicality, efficiency, empirical logic, factual information, etc. Therefore, is about logic. However, unlike , is concerned not with an elegant, speculative, or valid solution on purely theoretical grounds, but a logical solution that "works." In this sense, the nature of is practical logic.

Ti: is about analysis, clarity, logical relationships, systematic thinking, etc. Consider a mathematical formula. I would argue that understanding a mathematical formula is a matter of Ti. The reason is that a mathematical formula is a clear, concise specification that requires an understanding of the logical relationships amongst its parts. The formula might describe something in the real world, but trying to understand it is a matter of pure logic (it could be a manifestation of Te if understanding the formula is serving some kind of practical purpose, but that's a separate issue).

Ni: is about forecasting, having long range vision, thinking in the future, daydreaming, having an idiosyncratic world view, appreciating the meaningful and "deep", etc. There are really two aspects to Ni. The first has to do with time. In this sense, people who use like to live in the past and/or future. The other aspect of Ni has to do with having a deep or poetic nature. For example, INFps (and INTps to a lesser extent) might express this through a preference for some type of spirituality.

Ne: is about seeing possibilities, novelty, ingenuity, inventiveness, seeing the "big picture", seeing and developing the potential in yourself and others, etc. Like , there can be two aspects to . The first is essentially about generating ideas. Many Ne types like to speculate about what is possible more than what is actually the case, and this can take the form of generating ideas. Also, when one has to show ingenuity they usually do so through some sort of creative idea, and this would be an expression of . The other expression of Ne is being able to see the potential in situations, people, etc. This means that Ne types are able to help people develop their potential. (it also helps them to find situations that have potential).

Fi: is about sentimentality, moral sensitivity, integrity, and depth of feeling. In this sense, there are two types of . The first is about moral integrity, the second is about having deep, hidden emotions. (I suppose another illustration of Fi is having a good understanding of human relations. For example, Fi types are very good at choosing friends and forming deep bonds with others.)

Fe: is about emotional expression, enthusiasm, excitement, etc. Really, Fe involves all of the external manifestations of emotions. Therefore, Fe types are really good at being able to sense the moods and emotions of others, and by the same token, they are able to act in such a way as to elevate other people's moods.

Si: is about comfort, aesthetics, being in touch with your senses and your body, etc. Really, is about anything sensory. types are really good at noticing things that involve their senses, whether it be art, their state of health, their environment, etc. Also, Si egos are able to create enjoyable sensory experiences, such as good food, a comfortable environment, etc.

Se: is about strength, power, self-confidence, status, etc. Basically, view themselves as having a strong sense of reality, and, as such, they aren't afraid to tell others what they think. They usually have strong personalities, and are capable of getting others to accomplish what they want.

Model A:

Now that we've seen the nature of the functions, here is how they would fit into one's psyche based on Model A:

Ego: functions that you value, are talented in, and are confident in.

Super-Ego: functions that you are weak in and dislike in others.

Super-Id: functions that you are weak in and like in others.

Id: functions that you could be strong in but basically ignore and that you dislike in others.

Functions 1, 4, 5, and 7, are more pronounced (i.e., they fit the descriptions of each block more than functions 2, 3, 6, and 8).

If you can't tell what functions you value, then take a look at this vocabulary project: Vocabulary - Wikisocion.

How you "feel" about the expressions of the functions might give you some insight into how they work for your type.

Jason

2. overall very good.

but the phrase 'you dislike in others' that I see a couple of times...

What about starting conflict relationships or supervisors. People are attracted to their functions since they seem strong where you are weak. That's not disliking, but liking. So I would simply delete that phrase. 'not value' is good enough already.

3. I liked it, but the only problem I saw was when you started talking about Fe as purely external, even though it is an internal function. I don't think that's the case, especially from an INFps point of view, who is internally emotional just like an ENFj, where as when you're talking about Fi you give note to emotions, which wouldn't really clarify the difference either, since in my opinion Fi is a fight for what's right more than some source of emotion. Fi emphasis of emotion is specifically directed to another person at a significant moment. So somehow fix that.

Originally Posted by jason_m
Ego: functions that you value, are talented in, and are confident in.
In my understanding, confidence is more about functions 1, 4, 5, and 8, since the other ones naturally waver in thought and give uncertainty to the user, these ones stay consistent and sure.

Originally Posted by Jarno
That's not disliking, but liking. So I would simply delete that phrase. 'not value' is good enough already.
Or "not put emphasis on," because I happen to like the term subdued more than nonvalued.

4. Originally Posted by Ni
having an idiosyncratic world view
As far as I'm aware, this is diametrically opposed to the truth where INTps are concerned. Their Ni is focussed on realism and actuality. Their worldview is usually devoid of any local, ideosyncratic trimmings. This doesn't mean that they aren't in any way weird, but their worldviews tend to be rather square.

INFps and ISFps do tend to have ideosyncratic lifestyles and views.

5. For a beginner this would be useful, to help get the basic gist of a function before going in depth with them. I like that you included the function blocks as well because I think a lot of newcomers skip understanding anything outside of the ego. I do feel like the descriptions of the functions were too generalized and relied on stereotypes rather than specific information a little too much for me, especially the description. Just by looking at the length of each description, it seems kinda obvious what your skilled functions are

6. Your "second" interpretation of "Fi" is essentially what MBTI calls "Introverted Feeling." Also, your description of Fe as being related to "external manifestations of emotion" is more specifically related to Fe blocked with Si.

In addition, your descriptions are rather a bit too concrete to be satisfactorily encompassing from a Socionics standpoint.

Generally it is obvious that your descriptions are MBTI influenced, at least from the perspective of what the concept of a function is meant encompass, but also from the content of your descriptions to a degree.

7. Originally Posted by jason_m
Here is a brief summary of Model A and the socionics functions:

Function Descriptions:

etc etc
I don't think your descriptions are of what those IM elements are "about" -- rather, they are of common manifestations of them (even as such I don't necessarily agree, but they're not too bad overall).

Originally Posted by jason_m
Super-Ego: functions that you are weak in and dislike in others.
I'd say, rather, that you dislike it when others give them more priority than your ego functions; even more so, when others expect you to do the same.

Originally Posted by jason_m
Id: functions that you could be strong in but basically ignore and that you dislike in others.
I don't think that's correct. It's not that you "dislike" them as such, in others - for instance, you are attracted to your benefactor, who has your 8th function as 1st. Again, what you dislike about the id functions is when others value them over your ego functions and expect you to do the same.

8. Originally Posted by Gilly
Your "second" interpretation of "Fi" is essentially what MBTI calls "Introverted Feeling." Also, your description of Fe as being related to "external manifestations of emotion" is more specifically related to Fe blocked with Si.

In addition, your descriptions are rather a bit too concrete to be satisfactorily encompassing from a Socionics standpoint.

Generally it is obvious that your descriptions are MBTI influenced, at least from the perspective of what the concept of a function is meant encompass, but also from the content of your descriptions to a degree.
I agree. It's not that we don't like them, it's just that they're too MBTIy, especially the feeling ones. I wouldn't recommend these to beginners just yet.

9. Originally Posted by Gilly
Your "second" interpretation of "Fi" is essentially what MBTI calls "Introverted Feeling." Also, your description of Fe as being related to "external manifestations of emotion" is more specifically related to Fe blocked with Si.

In addition, your descriptions are rather a bit too concrete to be satisfactorily encompassing from a Socionics standpoint.

Generally it is obvious that your descriptions are MBTI influenced, at least from the perspective of what the concept of a function is meant encompass, but also from the content of your descriptions to a degree.
Actually, there was no MBTI influence in my descriptions; they are based purely on factual knowledge of socionics and what I've observed in others.

Jason

Jason

10. Originally Posted by look.to.the.sky
For a beginner this would be useful, to help get the basic gist of a function before going in depth with them. I like that you included the function blocks as well because I think a lot of newcomers skip understanding anything outside of the ego. I do feel like the descriptions of the functions were too generalized and relied on stereotypes rather than specific information a little too much for me, especially the description. Just by looking at the length of each description, it seems kinda obvious what your skilled functions are
Well, I wanted to give concrete examples to allow people (especially beginners) to understand how the functions manifest themselves. I think that if the descriptions become too abstract, they become difficult to apply in real life. As for , I have to admit that it's not a function that I have a strong grasp of, so I just tried my best.

Jason

11. Originally Posted by Expat
I don't think your descriptions are of what those IM elements are "about" -- rather, they are of common manifestations of them (even as such I don't necessarily agree, but they're not too bad overall).

I'd say, rather, that you dislike it when others give them more priority than your ego functions; even more so, when others expect you to do the same.

I don't think that's correct. It's not that you "dislike" them as such, in others - for instance, you are attracted to your benefactor, who has your 8th function as 1st. Again, what you dislike about the id functions is when others value them over your ego functions and expect you to do the same.
I have no qualms with any of your disagreements.

Jason

12. Well wouldn't you agree that the ethical function descriptions are a bit off? They do sound more like MBTI, in which yeah, I would have Fi. If I took account your descriptions then I would think I valued Fi. I like how you divided each one up though. You might even want to divide them up into positivist and negativist.

13. Originally Posted by jason_m
I think that if the descriptions become too abstract, they become difficult to apply in real life.
Indeed. I wish more people would think like that.

14. Originally Posted by polikujm
Well wouldn't you agree that the ethical function descriptions are a bit off? They do sound more like MBTI, in which yeah, I would have Fi. If I took account your descriptions then I would think I valued Fi. I like how you divided each one up though. You might even want to divide them up into positivist and negativist.
I think you're right - to an extent. My problem with Fi is that, like Ni, it is not a function I have a very strong grasp of. (Maybe some Fi types could give me their input to describe how they view it.) As for Fe, it's not MBTI-influenced. The problem, I think, is that my description might be too subjective. I think that each type might use their functions in a slightly different way, making the Fe of, say, an ESFj quite different from that of an INFp. I tried to describe what I experience with respect to Fe, but this might result in a description that is too much like that of an ESFj. I think that the bottom line is that it is hard to abstract the characteristics of a function in a way that can be easily observed and applied, because each function can be used in different ways.

Jason

15. Yeah I always picture the functions as the same basic form for every type, but wherever they're placed in that 8 spot positioning, they are forced into a new form, a different shape or color so to speak. Even though the goal is to capture the essence of that one function by what everyone does in human nature, that won't necessarily make the best description because of translation. People will ask, what do you mean? Can you be more specific? And of course things come down to subjective terms, and hopefully you can display these "examples" effectively enough. The best way is to merge that essense with every placement of the function model, or atleast the valued ones, and that can be quite difficult to do for just one person having a subjective perspective on it all.

16. Originally Posted by labcoat
As far as I'm aware, this is diametrically opposed to the truth where INTps are concerned. Their Ni is focussed on realism and actuality. Their worldview is usually devoid of any local, ideosyncratic trimmings. This doesn't mean that they aren't in any way weird, but their worldviews tend to be rather square.

INFps and ISFps do tend to have ideosyncratic lifestyles and views.
It's hard to explain some of the aspects of the functions using words - sometimes things get lost in translation - but, at a socionics conference, I asked Rick to describe Ni, because I didn't have a very good grasp of it. He gave me an example. He told me that he once asked Niffweed what his worldview was. Niffweed told him that his worldview is "like a sphere." Do you not think that this is an example of an idiosyncratic worldview?

Jason

17. Originally Posted by polikujm
Yeah I always picture the functions as the same basic form for every type, but wherever they're placed in that 8 spot positioning, they are forced into a new form, a different shape or color so to speak. Even though the goal is to capture the essence of that one function by what everyone does in human nature, that won't necessarily make the best description because of translation. People will ask, what do you mean? Can you be more specific? And of course things come down to subjective terms, and hopefully you can display these "examples" effectively enough. The best way is to merge that essense with every placement of the function model, or atleast the valued ones, and that can be quite difficult to do for just one person having a subjective perspective on it all.
I agree with you, and think that your metaphor about the functions being similar but taking on different "shapes" based on their positions in Model A is interesting.

Jason

18. Originally Posted by Jason_m
It's hard to explain some of the aspects of the functions using words - sometimes things get lost in translation - but, at a socionics conference, I asked Rick to describe Ni, because I didn't have a very good grasp of it. He gave me an example. He told me that he once asked Niffweed what his worldview was. Niffweed told him that his worldview is "like a sphere." Do you not think that this is an example of an idiosyncratic worldview?
Niffweed is a bit of a case apart.

I'm mostly talking about INTps like Charles Darwin. There isn't a hint of ideosyncracy in the work of that man.

19. Originally Posted by jason_m
He told me that he once asked Niffweed what his worldview was. Niffweed told him that his worldview is "like a sphere." Do you not think that this is an example of an idiosyncratic worldview?
To me that sounds like a niffweedian joke, which either Rick didn't grasp, or you did not grasp that Rick was quoting it as a joke.

20. Originally Posted by Expat
To me that sounds like a niffweedian joke, which either Rick didn't grasp, or you did not grasp that Rick was quoting it as a joke.
It wasn't a joke.

21. Originally Posted by MysticSonic
It wasn't a joke.
Ok. But I wish it had been.

22. Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings, always darker, emptier and simpler.

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