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    Quote Originally Posted by Singu View Post
    Well it's that kind of conspiratory thinking that attracts people to things like Socionics. It's "what the mainstream doesn't know or understand". They believe they have some secret knowledge that the rest of people don't know.

    However if you analyze Socionics and see it for what it really is, then you'll realize that there's actually nothing special or magical about it. It's just making a bunch of observations and categorizations. Just because it's shrouded in some mystical or vague language doesn't make it any more special or magical.
    That’s all unrelated to it being valid or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    That’s all unrelated to it being valid or not.
    Well I just said that it was all about making observations and categorizations. If you try to "prove" that types exist or something, then all you're proving is that what you have observed so far is correct. But it won't ever tell you anything about what you will be seeing in the future. Or anything that is yet to be observed, which must include a whole chunk of human personality and interactions.

    I very much doubt that Socionics has much predictive ability. It's always about explaining things after the fact. It says "this happened, which is explained by...". But you can explain anything after the fact. The whole point is to try and predict what you think would happen, if X were true.

    The whole reason why we conjecture and hypothesize things, is because it could be correct. But it could also be one of the millions of possibilities where it's false. So how do we know that an explanation is the correct one? Well one of the ways to do it is to try and predict what would happen, if X were true. That's exactly what we do when we perform tests and experiments.

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    ^ Edit the last paragraph a bit IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    ^ Edit the last paragraph a bit IMO.
    What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singu View Post
    However if you analyze Socionics and see it for what it really is, then you'll realize that there's actually nothing special or magical about it. It's just about making a bunch of observations and categorizations. Just because it's shrouded in some mystical or vague language doesn't make it any more special or magical.
    Where do you see a mystical language in Socionics? It's a quite technical language. It is actually funny how it tries to take "mystical" concepts like "duality" and make it all technical.

    But I did notice how it seems to get connected to "mystical things" in general, at least for some people. What I am referring to actually is subconscious and unconscious parts of the mind, as Socionics does try to give some information on those.

    So if you study it, you might try and investigate those parts in yourself more.

    This is actually why I call it poor man's psychoanalysis sometimes lol.

    Also I call it that because the Socionics model is not the best for its purpose, but I've criticised it before, while also acknowledging valid aspects of ideas.

    It does allow one - if not careful - too easily to get vague and apophenic though, too, yes, and that's the part I criticise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singu View Post
    Well I just said that it was all about making observations and categorizations. If you try to "prove" that types exist or something, then all you're proving is that what you have observed so far is correct. But it won't ever tell you anything about what you will be seeing in the future. Or anything that is yet to be observed, which must include a whole chunk of human personality and interactions.

    I very much doubt that Socionics has much predictive ability. It's always about explaining things after the fact. It says "this happened, which is explained by...". But you can explain anything after the fact. The whole point is to try and predict what you think would happen, if X were true.

    The whole reason why we conjecture and hypothesize things, is because it could be correct. But it could also be one of the millions of possibilities where it's false. So how do we know that an explanation is the correct one? Well one of the ways to do it is to try and predict what would happen, if X were true. That's exactly what we do when we perform tests and experiments.
    Socionics predictions are not supposed to be definitive because of the nature of the thing (humans).

    Same for all psychology predictions too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    Where do you see a mystical language in Socionics? It's a quite technical language. It is actually funny how it tries to take "mystical" concepts like "duality" and make it all technical.
    An example is Socionics tend to use "paradoxical" language. For instance, it might say "SLEs can be both strong and vulnerable", which might just as well be saying, "SLEs are capable of any logically possible behavior", which is true enough, since human beings are capable of a whole host of complex behavior.

    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    Socionics predictions are not supposed to be definitive because of the nature of the thing (humans).

    Same for all psychology predictions too.
    Then you can't claim to have understood the mind, if you can't at least predict what would happen.

    Psychology doesn't somehow have "immunity" from having low predictive ability, just because of the nature of human beings. The theories that can't even properly predict things are discarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singu View Post
    What?
    Would improve if you improved upon the grammar and flow, and the semantics a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singu View Post
    An example is Socionics tend to use "paradoxical" language. For instance, it might say "SLEs can be both strong and vulnerable", which might just as well be saying, "SLEs are capable of any logically possible behavior", which is true enough, since human beings are capable of a whole host of complex behavior.
    I haven't seen this type of paradoxical language in Socionics. What I do see is too much use of the "can" language for sure though lol.

    Also, what do you see as mystical, this is left unclear.


    Then you can't claim to have understood the mind, if you can't at least predict what would happen.
    Did I claim to have understood it?

    I also don't think Socionics understands it fully. Or any theory in psychology at this point.


    Psychology doesn't somehow have "immunity" from having low predictive ability, just because of the nature of human beings. The theories that can't even properly predict things are discarded.
    I did not talk about immunity. It's just how it is. A little correlation is already seen valuable and worth further research in psychology, and the whole science is still quite young.

    No one can expect a theory that only covers certain factors (*not* enough factors) to predict in a definitive way beyond just some probabilities being higher or lower. This is what I meant by the nature of the thing.


    PS: I clicked "constructive" accidentally. I did not mean to click it, as I don't particularly agree or disagree with your post significantly more than other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    Would improve if you improved upon the grammar and flow, and the semantics a bit.
    Maybe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    I haven't seen this type of paradoxical language in Socionics. What I do see is too much use of the "can" language for sure though lol.

    Also, what do you see as mystical, this is left unclear.
    I'd say something is mystical, if it doesn't have any explanations or hypotheses for alleged phenomena, and then you claim to have a model of it which doesn't actually explain anything.

    For example, there's no explanation for why should Duality or Conflictor get along or conflict, other than something based on an observation. Supposedly Fe and Ti get along and Fi and Ti conflict "just because" or "we've observed it", but there's no reason or explanation for that, as Fe and Ti can go both ways and can either get along or conflict, as it depends on many other factors.

    You can also say "I have observed that Virgos and Capricorns get along well". But it's not clear whether the month that you were born has anything to do with it, or whether other factors are at play. There's simply no explanation for how that works.

    So without explanations, it just doesn't "work", and it stays at a level that is something mystical.

    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    Did I claim to have understood it?

    I also don't think Socionics understands it fully. Or any theory in psychology at this point.
    Maybe you don't, but Socionics and Socionists claim to. There have already been alternative psychological theories that can offer better explanations and predictions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    I did not talk about immunity. It's just how it is. A little correlation is already seen valuable and worth further research in psychology, and the whole science is still quite young.

    No one can expect a theory that only covers certain factors (*not* enough factors) to predict in a definitive way beyond just some probabilities being higher or lower. This is what I meant by the nature of the thing.
    I also think that fundamentally, much of human behavior is unpredictable, because of the ability of human beings to be creative and come up with something new. And how can you predict creativity? You just can't.

    And yet still, there must be some sort of "laws of psychology" that must stay consistent over time. Otherwise, our minds and cognition would probably not be possible.

    I don't think low correlation and predictive ability is worth much of anything, let alone little to no explanations. But still, you'd have to come up with better alternative theories.

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