...how much is Weisband?


There was only one problem: Augusta was not able to develop her theory alone. She created a lot of drafts, but only few finished articles. Her descriptions of the dichotomies and of the types were “raw”. Then, in 1984, Igor Weisband, one of her disciples, which now lives in Germany, on the base of her works created a first manual of socionics.

Weisband “wiped out” many of Augusta’s unproven hypotheses and left only those, which could be proved by more or less facts. Based on her “raw” descriptions and on self-told stories of representatives of different types, he created new descriptions of these types. Wesband’s work was really a great feat. In fact, Augusta wrote, like Jung, in a very vague and ambiguous language, and was not always easy to understand. Well, it is always a problem of discoverers of something new: WHEN IT IS REALLY NEW, THE LANGUAGE LACKS WORDS NECESSARY TO DESCRIBE IT!

When Weisband was about to complete his manual, he occasionally learned about the Myers-Briggs typology. It was the already mentioned above B.Shneiderman’s book with short descriptions of the 4 dichotomies and some more few words about the MBTI – that was all! However, it was an important information. It helped to clarify some moments in the descriptions of types and dichotomies. At that time, neither Augusta nor any other socionists realized the difference between the definitions used in socionics and MBTT. However, they quickly understood the methodological difference.
I find that the closer I get to Augusta's original work (through Rick's translations), the easier it is to understand what socionics really *is*.