Imported from socionics.ws where it was first posted due to server issues. This thread will contain random thoughts about progressive ways of interpreting socionical signs. All of the following is experimental, provided as is, unsupported and supplied without responsibility taken on my part. Read and believe it at your own risk.
Reinin dichotomies are interesting, but they don't speak to the imagination as much as functions do. While one might wish to conceive of the processes in socionics as an interplay between successive mental stages, aka functions, one would miss an extensive part of the truth in not incorporating the wisdom provided by the Reinin traits when using the functional symbols conventionally used. Without radical alterations, the conventional set of terms can not explain all Reinin traits in terms of functions.
The solution is to come up with symbols that merge Reinin's claims with a functional model. Preferably, these new symbols would be as few as possible in number. The smallest number of new dichotomic introductions that I've been able to find is 2:
+/- (aka Concrete/Abstract)
Notice that neither of these is strictly new in that people have used these before. Limiting/Empowering was first mentioned by user Smilingeyes to my knowledge, and +/- is extensively being used by Gulenko.
Their definitions are as follows:
Limiting = Accepting Dynamic or Creating Static
Empowering = Creating Dynamic or Accepting Static
+ = in any combination of two blocked functions, the leftmost in the sequence N T S F N relative to the other
- = in any combination of two blocked functions, the rightmost in the sequence N T S F N relative to the other
The definitions of the reinin dichotomies in terms of functions are then as follows:
Taciturn: +Object, -Field
Narrator: +Field, -Object
Process: +Accepting, -Creating
Result: +Creating, -Accepting
Positivist: +Empowering, -Limiting
Negativist: +Limiting, -Empowering
Democrat: +Perceiving, -Judging
Aristocrat: +Judging, -Perceiving
Reasonable: Valued Si and Ne, Unvalued Ni and Se
Resolute: Valued Ni and Se, Unvalued Si and Ne
Merry: Valued Fe and Ti, Unvalued Te and Fi
Serious: Valued Te and Fi, Unvalued Fe and Ti
Obstinate: Valued Limiting F, Valued Empowering T (Limiting F = interest protecting); opposites Unvalued
Compliant: Valued Limiting T, Valued Empowering F (Limiting T = resource protecting); opposites Unvalued
Emotivist: Strong Limiting Serious, Strong Empowering Merry; opposites Weak
Constructivist: Strong Limiting Merry, Strong Empowering Serious; opposites Weak
Carefree: Valued Limiting S, Valued Empowering N; opposites Unvalued
Calculated: Valued Limiting N, Valued Empowering S; opposites Unvalued
Tactical: Strong Limiting S, Strong Empowering N; opposites Weak
Strategic: Strong Limiting N, Strong Empowering S; opposites Weak
So this is why you want Limiting/Empowering and +/-: it allows you to use the knowledge in the Reinin dichotomies without using dichotomies of types. You can just stick to functions while incorporating anything you might have learned from Reinin's work.
Of course, the challenge is to find the right interpretations of the terms, but this is also half the fun.