• LSI (ISTj) Socionics Type Description by Stratiyevskaya

    LSI (ISTj) Profile by Stratiyevskaya

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    Ego Block: 1st Program Function - Ti Introverted Logic

    The ISTj (LSI) internally strives towards stability, a world that does not change, relationships that do not change - logically beautiful and coherent, calculated, and well reasoned through. For this very reason ISTj's type of intellect - is most the socially oriented one. As the social orientation of this sociotype is determined by the very "program" function of his intellect - the logic of concrete systems (just as the method of its realization, at which this program is oriented - the volitional administrative pressuring).

    In its social mission, ISTj's logical program is meant to be an alternative to any sort of destabilization of his environment and surrounding structures: social, political, physical, biological, and so on. For this very reason, LSI's understanding of consistency, reasonableness, rationality is linked, first of all, to the organization of structural order (the "order of things") within the framework of some real, concretely existing system.

    Outside of the system the ISTj never examines anything - such is the type of his intellect. Any phenomenon is viewed by him as part of certain existing system, that is regulated by certain patters and laws and a certain logical order, understanding which the LSI considers to be his obligation.

    Perceiving his surrounding reality from the point of view of its systematization, logical design, and coherence, the ISTj is constantly analyzing the systems existing around himself - the system of logical and ethical interrelations, the systems of social structures, the system of views and opinions, the systems of life values.

    The meaning and essence of any event or phenomenon the ISTj understands through awareness of its "systematization", as if asking himself the question: this is an isolated occurrence, or it is attributable to some system? Is this an isolated act, or is this a model of behavior? Is this an accidental actions or motion, or is there some system of views and values behind it?

    To understand the inner essence of phenomena, to figure out and elucidate the cause-effect connections between phenomena of the most varied sort, to analyze the observed phenomena, to systematize the conclusions, to derive some more generalized definition and introduce it into an already existing system of views, to chose from all existing systems the one most suitable for achievement of specific goals and to improve it, to adapt this system to the specific social conditions, thinking it over and working through the smallest details - all of this is the sphere of on-going intellectual activity of any of the representatives of this type.

    Due to intrinsic peculiarities of this type of intellect, representatives of this type find it most natural to perceive their surrounding reality as a certain centralized system. ("One sun shines on us all, one God exists for us all, one Church on this earth, and the Pope is its deputy!") But even if such perception substantially limits the method and forms of LSI's thinking, at the same time it expresses the specific directivity of his type intellect, namely - its social orientation, the arrangement and distribution of forces in a social system.

    The ISTj never exists outside of the system of social relations, since the circle and the nature of his personal interrelations is already systematized in itself and takes a form of clear hierarchical subdivision, because this more easily fits into LSI's conception of the inherent "logical order of things". It is generally difficult for representatives of this type to consider or even imagine another point of view: it simply does not fit into their own set mental structure and their own system of views.

    Under no circumstances can the ISTj be "by himself", "thinking only for himself", "himself only for himself" - this contradicts the program of his intellect too much. (Which, similarly to the program of his dual ENFj (EIE), has a goal of living through uncertain times, creating and introducing order, and surviving under extreme conditions. For this very reason this sociotype is characterized by certain conformism and loyalty with respect to the existing regime, since the ISTj often attempts to find an application for himself within an existing ruling social system. Even if a representative of this type exists as some "antisocial" element, nevertheless he cannot be "by himself". For the LSI it is difficult to be a "lone wolf" - his intuition is insufficiently developed for this; therefore, the LSI will for certain be organized within the framework some or another social structure, where he will fulfill all entrusted to him duties and hold the responsibility for his actions - another form of behavior for the LSI simply does not exist.)

    Due to the fact that representatives of this type consider themselves (and every other individual) to be a part of an existing system of relations, they consider any manifestation of individualism to be unacceptable for themselves, going beyond the framework of what is permissible, undermining and weakening the social foundations, and introducing chaos and anarchy into the existing order of things. Therefore they see a special social significance in such activities as creation and introduction of instructions, procedures, social and juridical laws, establishment of standards and norms. LSIs treat their work with much responsibility, and therefore they are usually quite successful at work and in their career.

    The distribution and arrangement of forces in a system, in LSI's opinion, must be logical, thoroughly reasoned, orderly, and fair. It must provide for a clear distribution of duties and corresponding measures of responsibility for these duties.

    Similarly to the INTj (LII), the ISTj considers it necessary to edify and guide the public consciousness, with orientation of this activity being directed at the purposes and goals of the existing social system. For this very reason, representatives of this type are characterized not only by a social, but also by an ideological orientation. It is also for this very reason that just like his dual the ENFj (EIE), the ISTj is distinguished by an active social position and points of view. Representatives of this type are inclined to see their social destiny in ideological and educational work, in bringing up the necessary, pre-defined social consciousness in the younger generations (examples: Alexei Maximovich Gorky and Anton Semyonovich Makarenko).

    The LSI considers the interchangeability of all of system's parts to be an indicator of high quality and viability of any system, as well as a guarantee of its stability. A person being a part of a social system must be interchangeable: in such conditions every person will be able to find his place in an already existing social system. And the system itself will be already be good by ensuring full occupation and employment to each person. (This state of things is especially convenient for the LSI in view of his weak intuition of possibilities.)

    In LSI's opinion, a perfect system must not have any unique, irreplaceable elements. In working associations there must not be any irreplaceable specialists, any clearly expressed individualists, since this creates inequality in interrelations, produces confusion and uncertainty, and for this very reason becomes dangerous for the vital activity of the entire collective in critical situation. (In this, LSI's critical attitude towards openly individualistic positions is demonstrated once again: a person can be a bright individual as much as he or she desires it, but this does not give the right to consider oneself irreplaceable.)

    LSI's thinking is very systematized. All that happens he attempts to explain from a logical point of view. (In logical issues and questions, it's not easy to convince the LSI otherwise or to confuse and throw him off his course.)

    The ISTj knows how to estimate the intellectual potential of his conversation partner, although his evaluation frequently tends to be critical. In debates the LSI tries to take the initiative - the last word must remain with him. (Sensor!)

    The ISTj magnificently well develops methods, calculates and compiles tables, graphics, textbooks, manuals, and so on.

    A good speaker and presenter, the ISTj presents material sequentially, in stages, so that the entire logical chain is easily traceable up to its final logical conclusion. When speaking before an audience, the LSI tends to pose questions and answer them himself.

    In expressing his point of view the LSI is quite pedantic. He will defend his system of views and values, expressing himself with extreme maximalism. It's not enough to say that the LSI relates with respect to the hierarchical social systems, where everyone needs to know his place: other systems he simply does not accept.

    In LSI's opinion, the behavior of a person needs to correspond to his position, otherwise public consciousness will be disoriented by models of the "unbecoming" behavior, which will lead to the destabilization of the social system. Respect for the authority - is one of the most important values of his intellectual structure. Orientation at authority - is an important motivation for many of his actions, that in many respects determine the nature of LSI's relationships and behavior.

    Gifted by nature with a phenomenal power of observation, the LSI thoroughly gathers and scrupulously processes factual bits of information, knowing how to find within the flow of information precisely what he needs. He is scrupulous and disapproves when some allegedly "unessential" minor facts get ignored or some seemingly insignificant errors in calculations are permitted - in this the ISTj is very specific and attentive.

    People who don't know how to logically present their thoughts, who get distracted by tangential issues from the main topic or subject matter, tend to irritate and annoy people of this type. The LSI is annoyed by a negligent attitude and treatment of formulations, confusions and mix-ups in terminology and in definitions, and, the most terrible - confusion and chaos in presentation of thought.

    Ego Block: 2nd Creative Function - Se Extraverted Sensing

    A real and concrete logical program must be implemented by concrete methods, and what can be more real and concrete than the method of direct sensing effect?

    After appointing the ISTj as the theorist of concrete systems, nature has armed him with such a powerful tool as the flexible and manipulative volitional sensing - a willful, goal-oriented, real influence on his surroundings by means of keen awareness his own capability and power in space, his own significance, and the rightfulness of his volitional methods.

    Belonging to an actually existing public structures gives the ISTj a sense of his own social significance, which he sees in the service to the ideals of his system: he creates a theoretical basis for it and builds strong administrative structures that are fundamental and inviolable at all periods of time. (The main system can crumble, but its administrative apparatus can quickly undergo a reform and continue to function under another flag and other slogans.)

    The ISTj is distinguished by high exactingness towards both himself and towards people around him, and by intolerance of any kinds of manifestations of disorder within the framework of his system and any cultivation of anarchy and chaos within it.

    The ISTj sincerely admires such qualities as high work capability. The selfless labor for the good of society, for the good of the team or group - this is the norm of human activity, which is the only one allowed in a healthy and viable social system. And vice versa, any slackness, irresponsibility, and sloppiness undermine social foundations, lead a society to its weakening and destruction, to social calamities and catastrophes; therefore, the LSI considers that it is necessary to fight such manifestations by all means, without pity or any leniency.

    The ISTj is always ready to directly counter and fight any manifestations of disorder, incompetence, and irresponsibility in society. (For example, the LSI can spend much of his vacation time fighting the deficiencies in the system of hotel maintenance and nutrition, and later return home tired, worn out, but happy - one additional center of sloppiness has been liquidated by his efforts and now other vacationers can get full service.)

    Within the framework of ISTj's system there cannot be simply a group of people - there is a collective, united by common interests and organized hierarchically; irrespective of its membership count and the age of its members, there is always someone appointed to manage and lead it within the "entrusted area" ("commander of the unit", "supervisor of the floor", etc.). The volitional sensing of LSI, in contrast to the militant-moralizing volitional sensing of ESI and the administrative mob boss-like volitional sensing of SLE, carries a militant-administrative nature - in view of the particularities of the dual dyad "LSI-EIE". This partly explains why within the framework of LSI's social system a group of people is converted into a "unit", a "squad", or a "brigade".

    The ISTj can settle comfortably into any level of the social hierarchy. For the LSI the main thing is to occupy a place in this system. He or she can carry out any official work with the same zeal, and conduct his business relations in accordance to the occupied position: make demands of subordinates and try not to argue with his higher-ups. "The management knows better" - is an LSI phrase, and the argument: "I was only carrying out orders" - is the most convincing one. And it is incomprehensible to the ISTj how it's possible to dispute this. According to LSI's hierarchical logic, within his system the subordinates must obey those standing above them, and the young must obey the elders.**
    [**Editor's note: This is conditioned by LSI's particular form of thinking.]

    The ISTj tends to be politely strict in communication. Always disciplined, collected, neat, operative, responsible, and punctual: these qualities ideally correspond to the social function and motivations of sociotype LSI - work for the good of the social system.

    His home the LSI also views as an entrusted to him "area" within the system. Therefore, everything in his home becomes subordinated to the system's precise rules. The distribution of family budget, the behavior of the members of family - everything must be subjected to strict control and inspection. The concept of "the order of things" in LSI's household acquires special significance, in both literal and figurative sense - this does not only constitute a designated place for each thing, but also a specific place for each member of the family within the family hierarchy.

    ISTj's instrument of willful influence is a creatively used system of encouragements and punishments (the system of "whip and carrot"). Within the entrusted to him "area", the ISTj won't tolerate even the slightest resistance to his will. The shorter the personal distance, the stricter and harsher the measures of his willful influencing of others become.

    It is necessary to give the ISTj some credit in that before punishing anyone he typically explains why that person is being punished (it is necessary to edify and raise the consciousness of the member of the society), but if the "misdeed" is repeated all too often, then the LSI can punish without a warning. Moreover, the suddenness of his punishment is often unexpected and therefore frightening: "Music lessons were a real trial for me. They would start with my father carefully tuning the violin, neatly laying out the note sheets, and, most importantly, hanging his belt on the back of the chair. If I got distracted or played a false note, the belt fell directly on me ... However, after such lessons, my father was especially affectionate and put candy under my pillow ... He loved to say that many great musicians were trained by this same method ..."

    The ISTj loves to use verified tried-and-tested methods, especially if they agree with his own point of view and are known by him to bring positive results.

    ISTj's system of "encouragements and punishments" is constructed on contrasts of sensations, and in this, as any sensing type, the LSI is magnificently discerning - he knows what is real pain and what is real pleasure (and if he doesn't know this yet, then he may, from purely intellectual considerations, want to test this on himself or on others). It must be noted that this form of volitional influencing is meant, first of all, for mobilization and discipline of his dual, ENFj (EIE), for his weak, and sometimes quite inert sensing, which without an appropriate impulse does not "engage" and "start working". Not feelings confidence that he is being guided by a strong and firm hand, without the awareness of the fact that there are limits to all-permissiveness, without sharp contrasts in sensory impressions, the EIE feels poorly - he loses his vitality, his "inner rod", his support and orientation points, and begins to feel depressed and irritated, and starts to annoy other people, provoke them to quarrels, as if demanding that they would prove to him what they are capable of. The EIE respects strength and despises all weaklings and wimps; therefore he sufficiently quickly finds common language with the LSI, sensing in him a person and a partner who is worthy in every respect.

    Additionally, at this stage LSI's aspect of "sensing of sensations" (Si) gets turned on, which for the LSI is a demonstrative function that is realized unconsciously - and thus in correspondence to the changes in his moods. Thus, the LSI cannot always fully and consciously acknowledge why he suddenly wished to inflict pain and what motivated him to do this, since this wish arises in him almost instinctively and sufficiently often, at the signs of slightest irritation. Then, later, the LSI can come up with a logical basis for his actions and explain that he did this for educational purposes. If the LSI feels that he has overdone it with his volitional sensing methods, he will certainly try to find a way to make up for this and diminish his fault by a kind act.

    Super-Id Block: 6th Activating Function - Ni Introverted Intuition

    The LSI, just as all rational sensing types, is distinguished by being taken up by the matters of the current moment to the point of saturation and even overload. The phrase "current moment" is in itself very much Maxim's term. The LSI is constantly observing and analyzing "the current moment" in time - charting graphs, writing reports, conducting meetings about the state of things at "current time".

    The super-significance of this "current moment" holds the LSI in a state of constant tension, in a state of constant readiness to apply all his forces for the sake of the importance of the "current moment".

    An impression arises that the LSI has no other ways to perceive time, that he has no other temporal categories, except for this "current moment" - and this is so in reality. Formally the LSI also has an abstract notion of the distant "bright future", into which, if he's located within the framework of his system, he looks relatively confidently, but about which, in reality, he thinks no more than about life after death. There is the recent past, which still very recently was the "current moment", and which is distinguished from today's "current moment" only by some statistical indices. There is the distant past, about which the LSI knows from hearsay and in which he's even ready to believe, but he cannot judge about it on his own, because this concept include all that was before he has been born; and from the moment he was born he, once again, only had the "current moment".

    LSI's time belongs to his work in the system; therefore his temporal categories are directly connected with the "temporal indices" of his system. His own orientation points in time becomes substituted by the orientation points of the system in which he works: end of quarter - beginning of quarter, time of summer vacations, the start of the shift period, working time...

    The time of the workdays does not belong to him, but to his assignments and responsibilities; the LSI consider that a workday can always be filled up and won't allow neither himself nor his employees to leave work before the designated time (who knows whose assistance might be required). The LSI likes to check on his subordinates: when have they started on work, when have they left work. If his workers complete the work too quickly, he might put together an inspection committee to check on everything, to examine the time schedule, to change the plan, the lower the valuations.

    Being chronically incapable of waiting within the framework of his personal life, within the framework of his work time the LSI is ready to wait as much as is required: he has nowhere to hurry, he is already at work.

    LSI's temporal attitudes and relations within his system are determined by his position in it. He won't rush and hurry his supervisors coming up with a decision, but he will push his subordinates to realize this decision within compressed periods of time (of course, in the mean time, demanding high quality of carried out work, although it is precisely quality that suffers through this). The LSI in his own manner ignores the time factor - he substitutes it with the factor of "enthusiasm of the working masses". The LSI himself will join in the rhythm that is required by the production. Indeed he works most productively precisely in conditions of condensed time frames and tight deadlines, which makes him indispensable in emergency situations.

    The announcement of the time frame in which the work needs to be completed is important for the LSI. If, for example, he has received instructions that he needs to meet the request within a two week period, this will be executed, but if he receives no instructions of the type then what may occur is "bureaucratic mayhem and misconduct".

    LSI's time is static - it doesn't change for him and it doesn't change him. No matter how much the historical eras change in their appearance, for as long as there are administrative systems in them, the LSI will live and work within their frameworks. When the epoch of the predominant hierarchical system passes and the LSI "falls out" of the system, he starts to live "outside time": he doesn't see himself in the future and instead longs for the past. In such cases, he tries to reanimate the pieces of broken down systems, tries to re-establish their connections and work within the framework of these links, however fragile they might be, until his dual the EIE fills them with new ideas that correspond to the spirit of the present times. It is then that the LSI will, with full investment of his efforts, strengthen and improve this new system, to not only introduce it into the society, but also make it be the predominant one within it. (Example: the victory of Communists in Duma elections in 1995 and their attempt to re-create USSR.)

    Super-Id Block: 5th Dual-Seeking Function - Fe Extraverted Feeling

    The LSI very much likes to live in emotionally saturated, bright, and vivid manner. He likes people with restless and rebellious hearts and souls, who can create bright emotional impressions, fill life with strong yet pleasant emotions - without such impressions the LSI quickly loses his vitality, "turns sour", becomes stiff, formal, and dull. Sometimes he feels himself sick, sluggish, deprived of liveliness; he begins to feel depressed, falls into hypochondria and misanthropy.

    Meanwhile, under EIE's emotional influence the LSI blooms like a flower washed over by the rain. He literally begins to sparkle with emotions.

    Interaction with a dualized LSI can be a rare pleasure - he makes for a very interesting conversation partner, charming, witty, and what talent: he sings, makes parodies, composes poems impromptu - a sheer fairy tale! Dualized representatives of this type have long time ago won over the public sympathies, by becoming popular movie actors, hosts of well-known talk shows and entertaining telecasts, captains of the strongest stand-up comedy teams.

    For the LSI it is very important that his life would be filled with bright emotional events. He quickly "charges up" from the common emotional elation, especially, if these are strong and sincere emotions. He likes the feeling of a mass holiday, where he feels himself a part of general celebration. The LSI likes holidays and celebrations with bright entertaining showcases. LSIs love the magnificently designed solemn ceremonies: the openings of festivals, Olympiads, celebrations on the occasion of adopting the oath. (The later is especially significant and sacred in this dyad: the union of Maxim and Hamlet - is the union of force and ideology. The ritual of making an oath, even for children, in the "Maxim-Hamlet society" is conducted very solemnly, as the celebration of devotion and loyalty - qualities of special value to Maxim and Hamlet.)

    The LSI often experiences the need for the change of moods. Possibly for this reason (especially in the absence of his dual, the EIE) he tries to create an emotional tone in his circle of friends himself. Sometimes, at the peak of the holiday, a non-dualized LSI can suddenly feel the need for deep sad emotions. It is good if in this case he himself sings or plays a melancholy song, otherwise, it has happened, that he could play for his guests the funeral march of Chopin. A similar prank can be expected from an EIE, but the LSI will most likely do something like this unconsciously - simply he suddenly had a strong yearning for heartache and sadness.

    The unconsious need for changes of moods, in sharp contrasting emotional sensations, as well as the constant need to see feelings of a partner expressed precisely in such a form, in which the LSI is capable of noticing them, makes the LSI sometimes be the unconscious initiator of family scandals. (In cases when he doesn't live as part of a dual pair, in which he usually doesn't get bored.)

    It is very important to understand this property of this sociotype, and, no matter how much you value the outward peace and calm in the family (and perhaps precisely for the sake of it), it is desirable to try to fulfill the need of the dear LSI husband for sharp emotional sensations, moreover, doing so by precisely those means that he himself so obviously suggests and hints at, provoking a scandal. It is useful to remember that the LSI respects power - one of the basic values of his own sociotype. He respects the ability to give a rebuff to his sometimes intentionally harsh and unreasonable requirements, with which he purposefully tests his partner in order to check his partner's system of values and views, and to become confident that his partner is actually worthy. This possibly explains the ornery and contentious nature of LSIs even in early childhood: it is not only the method of imposing their own system of relations, but also a distinctive way of searching for their duals, since young EIEs often demonstrate similar qualities.

    Sincerity in expression of feelings - is one of the most important values of this dyad. Therefore, true feelings and true love for himself the LSI visualizes precisely in interpretation of type EIE. True feelings, in the opinion of this dyad, must undergo the tests by pain and by suffering, which further ennobles them, makes them stronger, and truly beautiful and viable. (Moreover such tests are applied not only to feelings of love alone, but also to friendship, to loyalty to a duty, and to feelings of patriotism)

    The LSI with his keenly sensitive and critical power of observation becomes convinced precisely by EIE's emotions - sincere, subtle. Their touching effect, their melancholy greatly predispose the LSI and give food to his intellect; it is through these emotions that the LSI obtains the most precise ethical orientation. ("I was immediately captivated by her eyes, I searched for a girl precisely with such eyes..." - Gleb Panfilov about Ina Churikov)

    No other partner, except for EIE, is capable of convincing the LSI of the sincerity and depth of his experiences and feelings. The EIE - is the only one whom the LSI is able to trust completely.

    Source: http://socionika-forever.blogspot.co...g-post_29.html
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