• SEE (ESFp) Socionics Type Description by Stratiyevskaya

    SEE (ESFp) Profile by Stratiyevskaya

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    Ego Block: 1st Program Function - Se Extroverted Sensing

    Willful protection of his own interests (and of interests of his "team"), as well as his own priority - are characteristic of the SEE. This is done not for the purpose of direct and merciless suppression, but for maximum freedom of realization of SEE's own sensing potential, for most complete expression his or her bright individuality, for the realization of his or her own ethical purposes and tasks.

    Therefore, the assessment of ratio of forces in SEE's value system is based, first of all, on the competition of personal achievements and successes. For SEE it is important that his own achievements and merits are acknowledged, and that his authority is accepted as a consequence of realization of his personal qualities: that he is acknowledged as the most sensitive and most thoughtful leader, the most energetic and most active colleague, the most loyal and most reliable friend - the acknowledgement that he is the best and unsurpassed doer of his kind.

    Irrespective of what occupation or activity he or she chooses, the SEE sets a goal to be the best of the best. This goal is praiseworthy and deserving of respect in itself, but on other side - how much physical force and resources does it require to live one's life as an on-going sports contest, constantly turning back to compare yourself with your rivals, constantly checking your own successes against others' achievements, constantly being in a state of tension due to the eternal desire to get ahead, to go forward, and to not yield the initiative to anyone else.

    The SEE tries to easily and swiftly attain the goals that he or she has set. Getting fully involved in some project or occupation, not considering the efforts spent for achievement of success, the SEE is capable of exceptional fitness for work and of any sacrifices, even those that contradict common sense. (For example, one representative of this type, a beginning singer, has been working on improving her voice by simultaneously visiting three instructors. Unfortunately, the result did not justify the efforts and money she has spent on this.)

    Not taking into account that he or she may appear to be boasting, the SEE at every turn "reports" about his or her achievements, sometimes quite sincerely being surprised that others are lagging behind his "model" tempo: "What? You have not yet completed this assignment? I'm already on the next one!" He as if proposes to orient by him in any matter. And in fact, why not? The SEE magnificently knows how to impose the spirit of creative competition and business activity on the most passive and most indifferent to general enthusiasm person - his dual, the ILI. He can make the most passive and the inactive person to start to hustle and be active (The ILIs would have reached extreme points of detachment and passiveness if it wasn't for the exceptional enthusiasm and the hyper-activity of their dual the SEE.)

    The SEE always negatively judges such traits in people as passiveness, absence of initiative, retreat from the chosen plans. It cannot be said so that the SEE openly encourages the skill "to elbow your way through" - it would be more accurate to say that he encourages the skill "to fight, to search, to find, and not to surrender". The SEE does not respect those who give up before difficulties. He is always for an active position in life and for an active search for solutions. Sometimes the methods that he proposes to resolve some problems appear somewhat linear. It is not that the SEE proposes to go and break through the closed doors (although this is not excluded), but to defend one's rights by any possible method, to attain what has been outlined under any conditions, to do so without fail.

    For the SEE it is actually important to know which problems can be solved by method of willful pressuring, and which cannot. Therefore, giving advice to other people, which he himself possibly wouldn't follow, the SEE does so out of consideration of obtaining information for himself on the important to him ego block elements - where it is possible "to press", and where it is disallowed or ineffective.

    Similarly, in assessing potential rivals, the SEE first examines the person's ability to resist pressure that has been exerted on him, and also his or her ability to stand up for himself, and readiness to give an immediate rebuff. Frequently, being confident in his own superiority, or feeling, that the situation is "working" in his favor, the SEE can allow himself a "trial falling out" with a person in whose willful potential he is interested. The absence of immediate defense sometimes directs the SEE to erroneous thoughts that this person is generally not capable of defending him or herself. Sometimes such promptly drawn conclusions in future lead the SEE to some very unpleasant situations.

    For the SEE it is extremely unpleasant when he gets publicly "put in his place" - this lowers his self-esteem. Still a more absurd situation is when some unfamiliar person, for incomprehensible reasons, suddenly attacks him. In this case the SEE feels himself to be quite lost. Unfortunately, he is not always capable to quickly take control of his feelings and to calmly and firmly ask for an explanation.

    The SEE can vividly, sometimes provocatively "declare" about himself. He can defy society, throw a challenge, create a scandalous image for himself: this for him is nothing more than the expression of its own creative individuality. He is much more disturbed by absence of interest in himself than the consequences of such provocative behavior. He is unsettled by unwillingness to pay attention to his brightly expressed abilities, unwillingness to recognize his success, unwillingness to obey his leadership.

    The SEE, first of all, is a person of action. Therefore he especially painfully perceives any limitations applied to his activities. This is a frequent problem for him, since his activity bears a sufficiently contradictory and turbulent nature that other people seek to curb. SEE's activity also assumes a rather wide spread and scale of assignments and matters.

    Being exceptionally and at times excessively initiative-taking, the SEE can literally "break" into other people's lives, into their relationships, due to which he creates an impression of being impudent, arrogant and shameless. Quite often he may be unceremonious and imposing.

    In his drive to seize initiative at any cost, Caesar frequently shows himself and behaves not in the best way, due to which he sometimes falls into awkward situations, and sometimes simply looks pitiful or ridiculous. (Of which heaven forbid that you tell him!) There is nothing more demoralizing and painful for the SEE than to see that all of his efforts to win over authority, popularity, and positive predisposition, lead to the diametrically opposite results. To give the SEE some credit, he or she usually knows how to recognize the fact of own errors, and is capable of publicly admitting to his faults, although possibly this is harder for him to do than for representatives of other types.

    It would be incorrect to conclude that SEE's own ambitions are of primary importance to him. What is more upsetting for the SEE is when other people don't see and understand his good intentions. The SEE is completely and sincerely confident in his right to lead. Therefore, nonrecognition of his priority and authority is deeply offensive for him, since this means nonrecognition of his merits, his honest, selfless, creative labor, to which the SEE usually commits all his strengths and resources. If for SLE leadership is a strategic calculation, where any limitations of his ambitions are perceived as a hostile move, then SEE, in contrast to SLE, fights not for the assertion of his own ambitions, but for the right to justify the confidence entrusted to him. To put it simply, if for the SLE the feeling of his real authority is important, for SEE what is important is voluntary acknowledgement and trust in his leadership. If for Zhukov it is important to seize, to take authority - for Caesar it is important to hold onto his leadership. The SLE needs authority in order to become the leader of the system, while the SEE needs authority in order to maximally realize his creative ethical potential, to democratize the system led by him, to ethically improve it. If SLE's strategy is to take over all spheres of influence, then for SEE it is important to take "supremacy" in all spheres of his activity: in SEE's opinion, his personal qualities and merits serve to further convince people around him of his right to lead. If the SLE always attentively checks the seized sphere of influence, then SEE often doesn't even notice that he/she took over some sphere or space.

    (It should be noted that the comparison of "program" functions of SEE and SLE is given as an explanation of fundamental differences between the volitional traits and qualities of these sociotypes, and not at all to indicate which of them is a "good" leader and who is the "bad" guy - each of these sociotypes has its own social function, which is necessary for the realization of a specific situation in circumstances of specific societal conditions.)

    SEE's actions are distinguished by their swiftness, self-assertiveness, and immediate and all-encompassing initiative. Inconspicuously to himself, the SEE takes over all of the surrounding space. He doesn't always take note of and properly evaluate methods that he uses for winning over sympathies and attention: it is far more important to him to keep a hold of his authority, and for this he is ready to honestly and ethically work through any obligations that he has taken onto himself.

    One of SEE's problems is that, in contrast to the SLE, who always knows "how it should be", the SEE only distinctly knows "how it shouldn't be". With all of his exceptional talents the SEE is more likely to be a destroyer rather than creator. In politics the SEE is the destroyer of totalitarian and authoritarian systems. In this the SEE is a daring innovator, who subverts previously existing forms. He could be the founder of new direction or movement, which no one else could continue in the same form. To imitate him - yes, as much as is desired, but to continue to originate in the same way - no. Among representatives of this type there are frequently encountered bright and creative individuals who are gifted and talented in all respects.

    The discrepancy of "volitional sensing" of SEE lies in the very democratism of his autocracy. The SEE sincerely hates tyranny and despotism. He is one of those people whose name gets written "on the fragments of autocracy" of another leader. By all means possible, the SEE attempts to not be inferior in the extent and breadth of his influence. Acknowledging his own defeat in this sense is especially agonizing to him. Attempting to hold onto his influence and authority at any cost frequently leads the SEE to behave in desperate and contradictory ways, that for him or her often have tragic consequences.

    Ego Block: 2nd Creative Function - Fi Inroverted Feeling

    The SEE builds any ethical relations from the position of his program function of volitional sensing. That is, it doesn't matter how his relations develop, in any event the SEE must remain the leader. The SEE is deeply convinced that the first and also the last word in the development of relations belongs to him. He is always absolutely confident in his right to check and to control any ethical situation, regardless of the fact whether he has the main or secondary role in it.

    Despite having relatively strong ethical orientation, despite the fact that "ethics of relations" is SEE's strong creative function, it cannot be said so that SEE's ethical relations develop easily and smoothly. To SEE generally nothing comes easily, because he always and everywhere has to conquer. SEE's problem is that he frequently conquers that which no one else has claimed or disputed. Moreover, he has a habit of conquering that which already rightfully belongs to him.

    It seems: what prevents the SEE from simply and naturally receiving his natural attractiveness, charm, ease and freedom in making contact? But in this lies the problem - a constant and general acknowledgement of these qualities is needed to the SEE. Additionally, he needs proof that his superiority has been acknowledged, proof of his unquestionable influence. It is precisely in pursuit of these proofs that the SEE tends to lose all of his "majestic" qualities. Sometimes an impression arises that he is asking for compliments, either by force or by inappropriately "pulling" attention to himself, becoming too engrossed in self-love.

    In the area of ethics, claiming half-victories is not sufficient for the SEE: once he has appeared somewhere, he has to charm everybody, "warm" them up towards himself, interest them, and if needed intrigue them by his person. If there is such a person whom the SEE hasn't interested or positively predisposed towards himself in some manner, it is only because the SEE doesn't take this person into his consideration, for him this person, simply speaking, is an "empty space".

    It is not surprising that with such ethics of behavior the SEE manages to gain numerous enemies (independent of the scale of his activity). Moreover, relations of the type friend-enemy are also built with much contrast and inconsistency: yesterday's enemy is graciously received as a friend today, because "this is how it should be", while today's friend, who has given more attention to another subject, is no longer a friend but a "traitor". (The SEE is perhaps the only type in Gamma quadra who divides his contacts into "enemies" and "friends" - the ESI divides people into "his own" and "strangers", while intuitive logical types don't think about this at all.)

    SEE's ethics is distinguished by certain maximalism because it is subordinate to his "program" volitional sensing (it realizes his base function). It is self-evident that SEE's ethics cannot be consistent: the "realizing" function is always manipulative and always used in service of the "base" function. For SEE his extraverted sensing is the solidly set "program" aspect, while introverted ethics only serves to arrange relationships in accordance with the "program" aspect. Towards those whom SEE respects, and whose consideration he is trying to win over - he has one relation, towards those who are of no value to him - he has another relation. And this forms a problem for SEE, this is the secret of him quickly acquiring enemies and ill-wishers - this mix of ethical inconsistency and maximalism.

    For how long SEE keeps in the phase of friendship or enmity depends only on the concrete situation. Of course, the SEE won't withdraw until he clarifies everything for himself, that is, he won't step back until he is fully convinced that relations have broken down and he has no chance to correct them. (In SEE's understanding, "to correct" means winning over authority once again. It is unimportant how he does this precisely - begs for forgiveness or starts up a scandal: this is nothing more than means "to straighten" situation by any method possible.)

    SEE's ethical side is always relative, due to its manipulative changeable nature, despite his strong ethical attitudes. In some situation, the SEE may become fully aware that he is behaving in a bad manner (moreover, he also knows how he should act instead), but he always finds a "convincing" justifications for his own unethical actions.

    The SEE always notices unethicalness in behavior of others, but he doesn't always condemn or even mention it. To give SEE credit, he is usually able to relate with humor to the ethical imperfections of other people.

    The SEE is constantly vying to expanding his sphere of ethical influence. This type may be viewed as a kind of "ethical aggressor". However, SEE's actions within his sphere of influence are often tumultuous, inconsistent, and often unethical in themselves. His ethical tactics, "trusted" persons, enemies-friends, and the centers of his volitional and ethical influences are constantly changing. The SEE is least of all aware that everything that is happening around him is nothing more than a reaction to his own actions. The more the SEE fusses, the more critical the situation becomes, and the more he loses his strategic orientation points within his relationships. In the end, he becomes totally confused as to who is who for him - and now he is engaged in another ethical battle with people close to him, employing some narrow-gauge "shuttle" diplomacy, and some kind of primitive childish intrigues. It seems like no other type knows how to so "creatively" spoil his relations as does the SEE.

    In any event, no matter how his behavior is evaluated, the SEE sincerely wishes that "everything would be better". He in actuality tries to settle everything so that everyone would be pleased by him, and tries be good for everyone. This position leads to either contradictory actions from SEE's side, or to the absence of any decisive actions, which tends to aggravate his ethical problems.

    Super-Id Block: 6th Activating Function - Te Extroverted Thinking

    The SEE - is a person of exceptional business activity and fitness for work. He or she is exceptionally hardy and diligent. Takes up any work with readiness without considering the expenditures of time and effort. If the circumstances require it, he'll take up hard physical labor associated with dangers and the difficulties.

    For the SEE, as for any representative of third quadra, it is very important to realize his creative potential and to see that there is a need and demand for his work. Therefore the SEE gets very activated when he undertakes some concretely feasible assignment or task. And the more he knows how to realize and fulfill it - the more enthusiasm and energy he demonstrates.

    The SEE frequently produces the impression of person who knows how to do everything. He or she sufficiently quickly masters new specialties, professions, skills - more accurately, new crafts and know-hows.** Moreover, that which he has once mastered does not become forgotten. The SEE actively uses his many-sided "arsenal" of abilities and talents, and usually easily finds possibilities to make additional income or earn money on the side. The SEE "sows, and reaps, and plays the flute in the meantime". Whichever work he undertakes, he does everything quickly and easily, as if he's playing.<br>
    [**Editor's note: This is more accurate for SEEs and IEEs of Se or Ne subtype who have accentuated activating function, and are thus more oriented at learning new methods on their "hidden agenda" than the ethical subtypes.]

    The SEE gets into the process of work very eagerly, since this process is much more attractive to him than preparations. Talking about some future task or project that he wants to realize, the SEE mentions possible options and courses of action in hopes that somebody else will pick out the best, most promising course, and undertake its realization, but once the SEE is already working he prefers not to think about about different possibilities: he develops the option that has first come to his mind.

    The SEE is very sensitive towards criticism of his errors and mistakes, but he is happy if his work differs in some significant and favorable way from the work of others. The SEE also dislikes thoroughly checking the results of his work and prefers if a reliable and competent partner would verify and check it, calm him down, and offer some useful observations. The need to slowly work through every detail suppresses and annoys him. Sometimes the SEE doesn't apply enough time and effort to study theoretical material - he decides that he will figure things out in the process of work and application, and in parallel ask for advice at every stage that causes his difficulties. He is interested in receiving essential and situation-pertinent advice. With much attention listens to commentary about rational fulfillment of his tasks, but very much dislikes it if the end result gets criticized. Finds it easier to work by his own precisely developed and remembered methods and techniques.

    In everyday life, the SEE usually manages his household in a rational manner. With interest listens to information concerning ways of successfully investing money or making advantageous acquisitions. In such matters, there is no more valuable consultant for him than his dual, the ILI, who can warn the SEE about poor and untimely investments and waste of money, and not allow him to get involved in risky projects - the ILI talks the SEE out of pursuing get rich quick schemes that are often of questionable nature.

    From ILI the SEE receives precise information on every question: what needs to be done, when, in which order or sequence, and whether there is a point in doing it at all. On basis of this information the SEE acquires confidence in correctness and appropriateness of his actions, a sense of calmness and order in his life, as well as a certainty that his own strengths and energies are being applied rationally and purposefully.

    Super-Id Block: 5th Dual-Seeking Function - Ni Introverted Intuition

    The SEE does not hide his problems on this aspect. How can he hide them when it becomes obvious that with all of his exceptional activity the SEE never has enough time. And where is he going to get it, when he starts several matters and undertakings simultaneously, each requiring high expenditures of time and effort.

    An attempt to concentrate on what he should do now and how long it will take put the SEE into a lot of tension. Thus he generally prefers to not think about such things: the SEE does what he wants at the moment, and spends as much time as this activity requires. The SEE tries to work quickly and prefers not to get stuck on any step in order to have time to do as much as possible - he tries to not complicate work for himself. If some ambiguity or uncertainty appears, the SEE switches to another matter. Main thing for him - is to always advance, always move forward, not getting fixated or stuck on a specific problem.

    Getting absorbed into the process of work, the SEE frequently doesn't notice its pointlessness and lack of prospects. Thus he sometimes feels afraid to think about what will happen in the future, what will transpire next. It is easier for the SEE to live by the present day, not thinking and worrying about the future. If he does think about it, the SEE prefers to see in his future only that which he wishes for himself. Any information about potential problems and setbacks he receives very unwillingly, despite being aware of its importance. For his light-mindedness the SEE sometimes pays dearly.

    The SEE dislikes waiting. This for him is incredibly difficult - he is too active and therefore too impatient. He wants everything, at once, or at least sooner rather than later. It happens that he has no time to think, or simply doesn't want to waste his time on contemplation and reflection. His dual, the ILI, creates a more measured pace of life for the SEE and teaches him to live by the principle "hurry unhurriedly". He cools the exorbitant fervor of SEE and calms him down: "time will give an answer to all questions", "time will put everything in its place". The SEE listens to such advice and becomes convinced by it. Suddenly he develops a wish (and sometimes a curiosity) to patiently observe and "see to the end" how it will all happen.

    Sometimes the SEE reflects on the topic of whether he or she is living "correctly" or "incorrectly". How will his present day behavior reflect on his future fate, and what he should change now so that in the future everything comes together for him in the best way possible. In themselves, such reflections are very tiresome even agonizing for the SEE. Therefore he prefers to obtain already compiled information on this aspect in advance. Sometimes the SEE feels a wish "to introduce order" to his present life in order to ensure for himself a better future. Then it becomes necessary to analize the consequences of each of his steps and actions. For the SEE it is important to know what will occur after he takes this or that step or another. (The SEE actually needs the instruction: "If you go to the right - you will lose your horse **...")<br>
    [**Editor's note: This quote is from Russian folk tales, where a traveling hero encounters a three-way road with an inscription that warns him of different consequences of taking each path. The hero then decides for himself which road he must take. Stratiyevkaya has compared SEE's dual the ILI to such an inscription tablet.]

    By nature itself the SEE is granted such dual as Balzac. No one better than him knows how to predict future outcome of events depending on various circumstances. It is only necessary to tell Balzac "what has happened", and "what will follow and calm and quiet the heart" he will describe himself.

    From Balzac Caesar can obtain precise information about the opportuneness and expediency of any of his undertakings, and a general idea about the consequences of his actions, see the reflection of his today's behavior in the near and distant future. Such information for SEE is always valuable and relevant, while the ILI has no equals in this respect. The SEE can be reasonable, farsighted, and prudent only with the timely warnings and the forecasts of his dual ILI.

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