In order to understand others, you must change quickly - more quickly than they do, to be specific, and in a way that allows you to constantly mesh with them. A corollary to this is that if you want others to understand you, you must change very little to allow them to keep up. Thus, smooth interaction between friends relies both on change and stability. There are a few ways out of this dilemma:
- The Enemy (Chaotic/Antisocial): One who gives up stability entirely to stay one step ahead of his adversary is the most deadly opponent. Such a person does not, for hir purposes, need to be understood - s/he simply keeps the advantage.
- The Reliable Friend (Stable/Social): This person changes very little, allowing others to adapt to hir. Such a person has difficulty reaching out to new friends, but is very comfortable for hir existing friends.
- The Adapter (Chaotic/Social): This person changes constantly, adapting to each person s/he meets. The fact that no one really understands hir is hopefully made up for by hir ability to deliberately get along with everyone.
- The Hermit (Stable/Antisocial): This person takes on the role of a force of nature, not responding to others and steadily following a patterned life. Others learn to not interfere, but often aren't bothered, since it's easy to not interfere.
- The Ever-Shifting Balance: Meta-chaos! In its simplest form, society constantly overcompensates by producing too many Reliables, then producing too many Adapters, then the cycle repeats. However, humans are more intelligent than this - small pockets of society follow the pattern adapt to each other->stabilize and trust each other to remain the way you adapted to them. Thus we have:
- Homeless, seeking to stabilize
- Stable, expecting matching stability from others
Here's another variable: Prediction vs. Acceptance. This is correlated with psychological distance - those who are closer with each other will be better able to predict each other, whereas someone you can't really predict at all is not someone you have a close relationship with. Tangential thoughts:
- What of IEE-SLI? This Irrational dyad is akin to an Adapter-Reliable dyad, and I would be surprised to hear that the SLI was able to predict the IEE's actions - and yet, every dual relationship can be close! For now I conclude, tentatively, that my impression of this dyad was wrong, and the SLI does learn to predict the IEE's behavior as their relationship grows closer.
- Non-prediction with non-acceptance, while possible, is stupid.
Well, I got tired of this while musing about what an Accepting Active Social Stable type would be like, so I guess I'm done.