Hey. So, looking for some assistance in determining a type for myself. I've dipped into socionics a few times, always in a sort of fervor, to try to establish some reference points
for self understanding. So, here goes.
I'm not a complete novice to Socionics, having gone through most of the popular and reposted links and descriptions. I have a moderate understanding, though I don't aim at typing people, or even at identifying information elements
in reality. I tend to view the information elements and corresponding descriptions as a set of values, habituated through life experience. I tend to re-explore Socionics every so often, as an interesting system in itself, as well as a
tool for self-understanding, however little it may impart. I have to admit that I stick to what is usually called classical Socionics, with some slight investigation into Gulenko's cognitive styles & other constructs. I've also explored other
typological systems(MBTI, Enneagram, Oldham Styles), as well as a brief foray into the Big 5 and corresponding papers employing it.
I don't have a very direct approach to life, tending towards contemplation and exploration over action and initiation. My typical activity tends toward research in a given area of interest, gathering more resources to analyze, and understand.
I usually prefer books about a subject, to gain an understanding of it, than just jumping in. This tendency shows up in most areas of my life, and I can end up stopping at this point and not really doing whatever I was researching. The
search for more information in order to comprehend is pretty much never-ending, and the end-point is usually to know things well enough that whatever comes afterward can be understood in terms of what I know. In this way, I tend to be
open-ended, but still trying to put things together in some stable way. I also have a tendency toward seeking improvement, in self, as well as around me. This drive is not constant, but is somewhat spontaneous. I'll get an idea of a way
that things could be made better, or different, and i'll make it a project. Again, these do not always bear fruit, as I can lose interest, realize that the goal isn't worth the effort, or get side-tracked by something even more interesting.
I have a collection of bookmarks that are generally someday/maybe projects that i'd like to pursue. These tend to be focused around increasing understanding of some areas of mathematics/computer science/physical science stuff(I find a lot
of it interesting, as well as a scattering of fitness/health based things i've yet to implement. However, I should mention that these things have been sitting for months, as I feel a lack of motivation to really tackle them. Instead, I can
usually be found thinking about my recent topic of interest, re-exploring and clarifying.
I am mostly reticent and quiet, really only speaking when someone else starts a conversation. Even then, I don't offer much unless it's a topic I know about, or i'm interested in. I tend to be alert to what's happening,
and the various conversations around me, in a detached way, kind of taking the conversation in and following my own tangents. I focus mostly on work, and tend to enjoy working more than socializing and small talk. Even then, I try to be polite with my co-workers, and I never really
have problems with other people (true throughout my life), though I don't really know how others feel about me. At work, I tend to stifle my opinion, as opposed to when with friends. I am pretty self-conscious, so even then my behaviour tends to be moderated. I pay some
attention to my appearance, as to not really stand out, but it can still be considered sloppy or rushed. Once I hit presentable, I tend to not care.
I see life as consisting of various interesting possibilities and concepts to understand, while also recognizing the limited time and energy I personally have to pursue them. I also recognize the necessary preconditions before I can pursue the
things that I actually want to, and I tend to get stuck at the point where things aren't interesting. In addition to this, I generally have a desire to be more of a generalist than a specialist, and I tend to worry about getting stuck as such.
My attitude tends toward wanting to do something new and different that could prove to be better, than sticking to the most guaranteed. I'd rather play around and find something that could turn out to be useful. I tend to be open in the way that I
prefer trying something new over something old, and entertaining new ideas instead of immediately dismissing them.
I realize that my description might lack connection to Socionics at parts, so if anything really needs to be clarified or elaborated on, feel free to ask.
Also, for those who want to know, I identify with enneagram 5w6 sp/sx.
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I'm probably some irrational type, in terms of the wikisocion definitions.
I would say i'm an introvert in both the colloquial meaning and the socionics meaning.
I'm more aware of what's going on in my head than around me, tending to pursue related ideas and imaginings in my head, kind of like following a stream of thoughts,
and then suddenly realize that I stopped listening(This is more in terms of lectures). I tend to think of possibities, or picture a concept. (I think I am more intuitive
Socially, i'm quiet, reserved, detached, and maybe a bit bored.
If with close friends and the conversation has died down, I can do some quick mental scanning to find something to talk about, maybe reigniting the conversation. I have a tendency
to only really get into a conversation with something that grabs my interest(maybe something i've researched, been reading about, areas of personal experience, areas where I feel confident),
and otherwise i try to behave politely, though innattentively. I'm generally not very good at identifying how people feel about me, and I think that shows up with strangers, where I
behave quite cautiously, but with people closer to me, I can be a bit silly and screen my behavior less, though not a total 180. Friends and family would probably describe me as quite
sarcastic and maybe a bit witty.
I tend not to be very energetic, even lazy, quite a bit of the time, though I can become pretty energized when actually in the midst of working or accomplishing something. (IP or EP temperament, maybe).
Pretty unemotional for the most part.
Most of the time, i'm gathering information on topics of interest, in a flurry. I can binge on some topic, or try to take a task from start to completion, maybe leaving it for a while,
forgetting about it and then not have the energy to start again. I can be lazy about starting new projects, though having collected materials and making preparations(I try to save
"good" information. I have a ton of bookmarks on topics that I would like to explore, sorted by subject) . I can leave something sitting for weeks, but with a bout of inspiration,
try to take it to completion in a few days. I actually have a hard time getting motivated enough for a lot of things(a common complaint, i'm sure). The topics are generally
math/science based stuff, as I feel a need to sharpen my understanding, as well as computer science/engineering, cooking, fitness, productivity, etc. These tend to fit with my general
goal of being more knowledgeable, being able to understand more about the world and being skilled in different areas.(NT or NT wannabe maybe)
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