I have been studying functional MBTI/Jungian cognitive functions for a while and know my cognitive type according to that system. I’d like to expand my scope by learning about Socionics. What I’ve read so far has impressed me.
What I’ve gathered on Socionics so far seems to point me in a certain direction regarding my type, yet I am hesitant to draw any conclusions without getting additional input by people familiar with the system. Therefore, I’d highly appreciate your opinion regarding my most likely sociotype/subtype.
I have compiled some information regarding myself:
- I predimoninantly rely on internal insights to make sense of the world. Every now and then, I experience strong Aha-moments – moments of inner clarity, when things just click and coalesce into one single insight. I live for these events.
- My worldview can shift in an instant due to a very strong, sudden realization. Although certainly not an everyday occurrence, this has happened several times. How I think or feel about the realization in question is irrelevant; my psyche accepts the insight as being true due to its very existence (which has occasionally been painful not to say deeply disorienting). Consequently, my perception of reality has significantly changed over time; it seems fluid, although not indiscriminately so. I don’t seem to have as stable a notion of reality as I believe to observe in most others.
- I use emotions to affect/move others. My emotions tend manifest externally.
- I strive to express/communicate my inner “visions” so that they touch/affect other humans. My preferred pathway of communication is verbal: mostly writing, followed by speaking. I regularly fail to communicate my internal “visions”, partly probably due to my own inability to verbalize them, but also because they seem hard to relate to: often abstract, complex and weirdly evanescent, they carry meaning that almost seems reluctant to be passed on.
- Writing seems to have come naturally to me, not however speaking. I tend to speak briefly and often not fluently, especially when I haven’t had the opportunity to previously reflect on what I am speaking about. My inner monologue flows much better.
- I tend to procrastinate. Often, I know quite well what to do but lack the energy to act.
- I would consider myself introspective but not very consciously perceptive regarding my own emotions.
- I am generally very yielding. I only tend to stand my ground when someone challenges my inner “insights”.
- I would consider myself rather non-judgmental. I don’t seem to have a strong (moral) filter based on which I judge others.
- What roots me in (consensual) reality is interacting with others. Dealing with other people grounds me and prevents me from losing touch and completely dive into my inner world.
- I seem to use sensory information/details unconsciously to develop an abstract internal model of the world.
- I feel threatened by thinking based on external/material evidence. I do however very much appreciate consistency and coherence and like to analyze things. Consequently, I have little interest in science but a lot in philosophy mostly. I value science but I don’t have the mind for it.
- I tend to get along with most people. I do however struggle regularly with people who tend to focus on and push thinking based on external evidence and have a focus on the concrete. I find no common ground with them and often feel pushed around by them. In two words: fundamental incompatibility. According to functional MBTI, these people share in common their preference for Te-Si (ESTJ). I try to avoid them. When I have to deal with them, I try to say as little as possible and generally hide my thoughts as best as I can. I know it won’t go well if I express myself more freely.
- I love learning. I vastly prefer a solitary, explorative, theory-focused, self-directed style of studying. When trying to understand something, I first need to grasp the underlying principles; I almost can’t memorize specifics without already having constructed a larger conceptual framework within which to place them.
- My main interests are first and foremost spirituality, second psychology, and to a lesser degree philosophy.
- I perceive myself as decidedly more “vision”-driven than value-driven, although values can mean a lot to me. But if a value conflicts with a “vision”, the “vision” takes precedence. I have a deep inner drive to be loyal to my vision(s).
- I’m introverted. Socializing, while enjoyable, drains me and I love to and need to withdraw to refuel. I also by far think best when alone.
- In interactions I tend to adapt to my interlocutor. I cannot hide my preference for the “abstract” plane; having to listen to details and concrete content quickly drains me. I also tend to quickly disengage when someone starts rambling; I am not good at processing long speeches. I seldom make definitive statements and mostly merely suggest or ask (mostly ask).
- I am seldom present; most often, I am mentally somewhere else (predominantly in the future or just envisioning imaginary situations; rarely, I think of past events). Staying in the present moment drains me.
- I often do not make eye-contact for long periods of time; it distracts me.
- People sometimes comment on my eyes, which I find interesting as I tend to avoid eye contact. It seems I give off the impression of having a distant yet intense gaze.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.