I've been doing Socionics for about 2.5 years and these are questions that I have never been able to get over since day one and I take them seriously. So if you're thinking about posting something like
"if you don't like Socionics then leave" or
"why do you do Socionics if you don't believe in it" or
"go read more and come back"
then don't post at all because you're not taking this seriously. And I think anyone who does Socionics needs to take these questions seriously. That being said, if anyone has any answers or comments I would love to hear from you.
Here are the questions in order of importance.
1. Translations. Fundamental problem.
We have very little translated material from Russian and most of it is terribly translated. This means not only do we NOT have access to Augusta's life work and commentary, but the partial material we have is distorted. So are we even doing Socionics? Isn't this kind of like claiming to know Jung's theory of psychological types after reading only his introduction?
Do you have anyone to do Socionics with?
If so, how often do you reach a consensus about someone's type?
I have a few friends and we've all been doing Socionics for years, yet we change our typings time and time again and very rarely do we reach a consensus that lasts. This has made me very suspicious about any typings, especially my own. Has anyone else noticed this? If so, how do you explain slash get around this problem?
There are other problems I have with Socionic theory, but because of problem 1 I don't really believe we have access to Socionic theory. If anyone can ease my mind about these problems please do so.
Edit: If anyone has any links to translated material of Augusta I would love to read anything I can get my hands on. I asked Rick and he said he hadn't heard of any.