Hello, haven't created many threads here yet as 90% of my activity has been in the shoutbox.
I do a ton of reading on my own from as many sources as possible to build an understanding of socionics, but have reached the point in the community where I notice my own interpretation conflicting with that of others - not to mention a high amount of conflict within the community itself when it comes to a consensus on any given user's type.
In this thread I'm looking for detailed descriptions and conscious methods that individuals here employ when typing others, specifically any ordered structure to their approach and what "tells" they seek or notice to identify individual elements by function in a typing subject. Note that I'm not looking for "vibes" or anything overly subjective or intangible. It's my belief that a scientific approach (and that is what I'm choosing to use on socionics, for better or worse; I can philosophize on my own) needs consistent structure made up of parts that are able to be - at least to some degree - measured and defined in such a way that others can observe and debate their legitimacy.
1. What function do you look for first in an individual?
1A. Why that function?
1B. How do you identify a specific element as that function (i.e. what defines it most and is observable about it)?
1C. What is your second choice when the first preference is unclear?
2. If not a function, what other quality do you look for first? Temperament? Quadra values? Other?
2A. Why that particular quality? Is it systematic in some way?
2B. How do you identify that quality (i.e. what defines it and is observable about it)?
3. What other steps, in actual order or order of ideal preference, do you engage in?
4. Optional: What do you believe is usually the most commonly observed behavior of each element as the Leading function?
Please note that I am purely looking for typing methods as far as the core theory. I don't necessarily need specifics on subtypes yet, nor am I presently interested in typing by way of photographs. I'm building a pattern out of any consensus I can find here.