(*RANT! omg, wtf??? This thing is AUTOMATICALLY filling in the word 'see' in the 'tags' section, and THEN it has the GALL to tell me, 'Tags cannot be overly common words (see).' And I am not capable of telling it to stop automatically writing the word 'see' in the 'tags' section!!! It's doing that because the title of my thread contains the word 'see' and it thinks I'm referring to the SEE type. In order to post this thread at all, I have to rewrite the thread title so that it does not contain the word SEE!*)
I just had a huge insight.
Negative semantic themes.
The reason why the theme of 'comfort' doesn't resonate with me, as a Si base type, is because I am not comfortable. Si is described as having to do with 'comfort.' When I see the word 'comfort,' I imagine a happy, smiling person fluffing up their pillows, and settling down into them with a deep sigh. Wouldn't that be nice?
Alas, I do not resonate with this.
Oh, but we're supposed to automatically understand that the word 'comfort' implies 'degrees of comfortableness,' including discomfort? But we don't see all the implications behind every word. An intuitive type might be able to look at a word and see that it has a bunch of implications behind it. But we sensors need to see all the examples listed out in detail.
If the description said that a Si type complained about discomfort, and then it went into detail about all the various types of discomfort we might complain about, we might resonate with that description more. Many people are not happy and comfortable, and when they see the mental image of the comfy person settling into their pillows with a happy smile on their face, they think, 'That's not me.'
So we need more themes in the semantics of the information elements. We need to show the dark sides of every theme. If there is a theme of comfort, there are themes of discomfort as well. It turns out that the semantics page (the one that's on socionics.us, the page that talks about the book) didn't list every single word that was written in the Russian book, but instead, it only listed the most general top-level categories. Perhaps in the book, there were indeed those negative themes that would seem more familiar to those of us who aren't running around with big happy smiles on our faces all the time.
Intuitives can see the implications in a general word. Sensors usually cannot. On top of that, it's even worse if you are a sensing-emotional type, and you have to not only understand the detailed specific implications of the words, but also, you have to logically argue that you fit into a particular category and not some other category, and you have to fight for that argument - if you're an SF type, that's very difficult and unnatural. We can't expect SF types to automatically see the meanings behind all the words and then argue logically which type they belong to.
So SF types are having a hard time deciding which category they go into.
I don't like the Myers-Briggs, Keirsey, or 'JCF' (Jungian Cognitive Functions) as much as I used to. However, the good thing about them is that they have a lot of resources written in English. You can read a wide variety of descriptions of the 16 types, written by many different people. I resonate well with descriptions of the ISTP that talk about specific jobs they might work in, for instance. What? We're not supposed to be specific? It's best to be general, abstract, compact, and high-density in our descriptions? But we can't see ourselves in those - the words are meaningless. I like to read descriptions that contain specific things that these types have been seen doing.
I particularly liked a web page where it listed a bunch of different real-world jobs, and it listed which personality types they had found doing those jobs.
Anyway, that is my idea for today: try to expand the words that are too general and abstract, into words that are specific and concrete. If there is a positive-sounding semantic theme, then show the negative side of it as well. I'd resonate better with the Si description if it didn't merely say 'comfort and health,' but said every nuance of those things, like 'sick,' 'cold,' 'pain,' etc, etc, etc.
They need to show which word themes go with which blocked-together elements. Alpha SF's Fe isn't the same as Beta NF's Fe. To an alpha SF, the forest might feel 'spooky,' and that is one example of the type of Fe themes they have. (And I cannot possibly do this justice, so forgive my lame description.) It can be a feeling associated with a physical location. To a beta NF, Fe is something different that I will have a hard time describing, but it's like Steve Jobs talking about the universal human condition, how we all are going to die someday. They are not going to have the same experience of Fe. The words that they use to express Fe will not be exactly the same words.
We need 'The Semantics of the Information Elements' written again in English. We need that experiment to be done again. It doesn't have to be set up exactly the same way - in fact, if the experiment were done differently, we could harvest different information from it. I'd like to see what would happen if they assumed that the IM elements are blocked together by quadra, instead of mixing the quadras together the way that they did (from what I read about the experiment, it looks like they took all the types who had a particular element in their ego block, which means they would have had, for instance, alpha Si in the same group as Delta Si). Maybe that's not necessary - maybe the effect of quadras isn't as strong as I think it is - maybe they really do use the same words for an IM element no matter which quadra they are in.
Anyway, I also think they could have extracted more and more and more themes from each IM element. Not much has been translated into English, and the book probably has a ton of extremely valuable stuff that they discovered. I'd like to see that book. I think it would be very helpful - that's an understatement - I think it's a gold mine. It would be so useful to help people recognize the types, and recognize themselves. Here's a huge, enormous, gigantic, detailed word list. Do you tend to use the words in this list when you're writing and talking? Is there a particular list of words that you strongly avoid using? Is there a list of words that you just can't even understand, and you don't even know what those words mean? All of those things would help us decide what type someone is, and what they are not, and what positions those elements are in, in their functions.
So... somebody get a hold of that book, and then start scanning it into a pdf file for me.
enough for now.