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    Introduction to Socionics

    Socionics is a theory of information processing and personality type, distinguished by its information model of the psyche, called Model A, and a model of interpersonal relations. It incorporates Carl Jung's work on Psychological Types with Antoni Kępiński's theory of information metabolism. Socionics is a modification of Jung's personality type theory that uses eight psychic functions. These functions process information at varying levels of competency and interact with the corresponding function in other individuals, giving rise to predictable reactions and impressions—a theory of intertype relations.

    Socionics was developed in the 1970s and '80s, primarily by the Lithuanian researcher Aušra Augustinavičiūtė, an economist, sociologist, and dean of the Vilnius Pedagogical University's department of family science. A. Augustinavičiūtė has later shortened her last name from "Augustinavichiute" to "Augusta" to make it easier to spell for foreigners. The name "socionics" is derived from the word "society", because A. Augusta believed that each personality type has a distinct purpose in society, which can be described and explained by socionics. Augusta created symbols to represent the functions described by Carl Jung and — together with a circle of fellow researchers/hobbyists — eventually created what is known as the "socionic model of the psyche" — a description of the psyche where each of the 8 information elements has its place in each person's psyche.

    The central idea of socionics is that information is intuitively divisible into eight categories, called information aspects or information elements, which a person's psyche processes using eight psychological functions. Each sociotype has a different correspondence between functions and information elements, which results in different ways of perceiving, processing, and producing information. This in turn results in distinct thinking patterns, values, and responses to arguments, all of which are encompassed within socionic type. Socionics' theory of intertype relations is based on the interaction of these functions between types.

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  • Krig the Viking

    by Published on 10-09-2011 05:49 PM     Number of Views: 9614 
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    Socionic "Masks": How They Hinder Us and Help Us
    Authors: Kamenev S. K., Prokofiev, T. N.
    Published: "Socionics, Mentology and Personality Psychology, 2009, № 6, p.10.

    Our society is set up so that, in certain situations in life, people put on a "mask" with the not always conscious goal of presenting themselves to others in a more favorable light. In this article we talk about what a "mask" is. In what situations do they hinder people, causing inconvenience and discomfort, and in which situations do they help people to interact with the environment and achieve their goals?

    Keywords: Socionics, TIM, "mask", intertype relationships, life challenges and problems, functions in the cells of Model A.

    A hypothesis from a number of people regarding the existence of "masks" was proposed long ago and confirmed by the studies of many socionists. In the works of different researchers, the "mask" acquired different names and slightly different shades of meaning, such as the "communicative model" (Vladimir Ermak), "socionic accentuation" (Semyon Churyumov), and the "accents of type" (Valentina Meged, Anatoly Ovcharov). The first mention of the existence of such a feature in people was by Karl Jung. In the introduction to "Psychological Types" [1] he wrote: "Under abnormal conditions, that is, where there is extremely strong and abnormal influence from their mothers, children can have violence done to their individual predispositions (relative to normal influence), which perhaps would choose another type, if not prevented by these abnormal external conditions."
    by Published on 10-03-2011 07:02 PM     Number of Views: 18924 
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    DCNH Subtypes: The Empirical Portrait by Vera Borisova

    [Translator's Note: This is part of a longer article on the DCNH subtypes by Vera Borisova, which can be found here. The following is a description of the four
    by Published on 10-03-2011 07:00 PM  Number of Views: 6464 
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    Accentuated Functions

    The concept of accentuated functions in socionics was borrowed from general psychology. The term "accentuation" was first introduced by a German psychiatrist Carl Leonhard, who in 1976 published a book titled ...
    by Published on 10-01-2011 04:56 PM  Number of Views: 7471 
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    Original Article in Russian here.
    Translator's Note: Gulenko uses his own form of notation for the Information Elements, as follows:

    Se = F (factor, force)
    Ne = I (intueor, idea)
    Te = P (profiteor, profit)
    Fe = E (emoveo, emotion)
    Si = S (sensus, sensation)
    Ni = T (tempus, time)
    Ti = L (lex, logic)
    Fi = R (relatio, relation)

    He has also renamed the blocks of Model A to base them on Jung instead of Freud, as follows:

    Ego = Ego
    Super-Ego = Persona
    Super-Id = Anima/Animus
    Id = Shadow

    However, this is somewhat odd, as he also refers to the "Ego Type" as the traditional Socionics type, and the "Persona Type" as his new "energy type". He doesn't seem to explain this discrepancy anywhere.

    V. Gulenko; Man as a System of Types. The Problem of Diagnosis of the Ego and Persona
    This article was published in the sixth issue of “Socionics, Mentology and the Psychology of Personality” in the year 2000.

    This article has led me to engage in fierce debates in recent years, which has led to an ideological schism among the socionics schools. The crisis of diagnostics, which we are currently experiencing, will either completely undermine faith in socionics among professionals and our potential clients, or will give birth to a new comprehension of the phenomenon of human personality as a polysystematic object, exchanging energy and information with the surrounding environment.
    by Published on 08-09-2011 09:01 AM  Number of Views: 7427 
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    2. Socionics,
    3. Intertype Relations,
    4. Additional translation required,
    5. EIE - ENFj,
    6. ESE - ESFj

    Kindred Relations ESE-EIE by Stratiyevskaya

    (machine translation--further translation needed)

    I. Conserving program of ESE and wasteful ...
    by Published on 05-04-2011 11:09 PM     Number of Views: 24711 
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    3. DCNH,
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    Viktor Gulenko's Descriptions of the DCNH Subtypes

    This article contains Viktor Gulenko's descriptions of the four DCNH subtypes that have been translated from one of his blog entries. These are the links to his original posts: Dominant ...