The Five Differences Between Socionics and Myers-Briggs - Psychology Junkie
Mar 30, 2021

Have you ever heard the name “socionics” spring up in a discussion about MBTI, as a correlation or supplement? Have you caught wind of quadras, the definite capacity, or the highborn kids, however, haven’t the faintest idea what these things mean? Dread not – here is a minor prologue to the more youthful, however (I think) more astute sister of MBTI®, and an examination of the five significant contrasts between these two speculations.

Socionics was created during the 1970s and 80s by a Lithuanian social scientist and market analyst called Aushra Augusta. Its motivation was to outline connections and how character types collaborate. The hypothesis is put together not just for Carl Jung’s work on intellectual capacities, yet additionally, a hypothesis called data digestion. The fundamental reason of socionics is equivalent to that of the MBTI; the cooperation between Carl Jung’s psychological capacities, both in the “work stack” and in relationship to others. There are, notwithstanding, certain perspectives that make socionics not quite the same as Myers-Briggs, and that is the thing that I need to talk about here.

A Note Before We Begin:

This article may be befuddling in case you’re shiny new to finding out about character type. On the off chance that you’ve recently taken in your sort and are attempting to see more about the nuts and bolts (like what I/E, S/N, T/F, and J/P mean) this may be a touch of mistaking for you. You can discover more about the fundamentals of socionics here and more about the nuts and bolts of Myers-Briggs here. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you’ve been finding out about sort for some time, you’ll likely discover this article straightforward and edifying!

The Enneagram One Personality Type

The First Difference: Socionics Ego-Blocks Versus Myers-Briggs Function “Stack”.

Perhaps the most evident contrast when we take simply a brisk look at Myers-Briggs and socionics next to each other is the capacity stack. As per Myers-Briggs typology, every one of us has an “essential” heap of four capacities. For instance, an INFJ would have the accompanying capacity stack:

1) Prevailing Function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)

2) Helper Function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

3) Tertiary Function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

4) Mediocre Function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Myers-Briggs specialists differ on how the leftover four capacities (on account of the INFJ: Ne, Fi, Te, and Si) influence people. John Beebe made an 8-work model for each sort, yet MBTI® professionals are partitioned on its unwavering quality. Socionics depicts how we utilize every one of the eight capacities in detail. Socionics partitions these capacities into four distinct squares. You can get a glance at the distinction between the two capacity stacks in the illustrations beneath:

One thing that is exceptional in socionics is that the capacities cooperate in “blocks” as opposed to as a “stack”. The capacities don’t remain without help from anyone else, however are matched together. For instance, the main and innovative capacities (prevailing and helper in MBTI®) are in a similar square: the “conscience”. There are four such squares; the sense of self, the super-personality, the id, and the super-id. Each square contains two capacities, and we have various mentalities and ways to deal with each square. For a basic glance at them, we can isolate them into solid (sense of self and id) and feeble (super-personality and super-id) blocks, just as esteemed (conscience and super-id) and curbed (id and super-conscience) blocks.

Two of the squares in the socionics “stack” are solid (personality and id); we can undoubtedly manage the capacities in these squares. The other two squares, the super-conscience, and super-id contain feeble capacities, and we need assistance or guidance about them. On the off chance that a capacity is esteemed, it is liked, and if it is quelled it is less-liked, yet may, in any case, be solid. Utilizing an INTJ, for instance, Ni (personality block) is an esteemed capacity and contrasted with its curbed partner, Ne (id block), Ni is firmly liked (while Ne is as yet in a solid square). At the point when we put these in an in pairs framework, we see that the personality is both solid and esteemed. We care about it, and we’re acceptable at it. It’s recognizable and straightforward for us to manage. The other solid square, the id, is stifled. It’s simple for us to get to the capacities in this square, however, we couldn’t care less about them and we may de-esteem them. One may state that these are normal to us, however, we aren’t particularly worried about the sort of data they give us.

One of the more fragile squares, the super-inner self is troublesome and even excruciating for us to get to. In fact, we need assistance with this square, yet we can regularly be irritated when somebody calls attention to it. We’re so mindful of our shortcomings around there that it appears to be silly to try and cause us to notice it. The super-id, then again, is an esteemed however frail square – we look for help and counsel in these capacities.

One thing that ought to be referenced is a potential correlation between what John Beebe portrays as the “shadow capacities” and the two stifled squares in socionics; the id and super-inner self. “Shadow capacities” are portrayed uniquely in contrast to the id and super-personality are. As per Beebe, they are a genuine shadow of the “typical” stack, while in socionics, they are just the stifled, less esteemed option of each capacity.

There are likewise significant contrasts in how the various positions a capacity can have are depicted. For instance, the mediocre or interesting capacity (its name in MBTI and socionics individually) is drawn nearer in an unexpected way. In the previous, it is a capacity regularly dismissed or discovered upsetting as a result of its contention with our predominant capacity, though in the last mentioned, it’s viewed as alluring and something we look for help with, as it is reciprocal to our prevailing capacity, yet something we are terrible at.

The Second Difference: Function definitions

The second significant distinction between socionics and MBTI is the way they depict the intellectual capacities (Ni, Ne, Si, Se, etc,.). Experiencing each psychological capacity definition and depicting the contrasts between Myers-Briggs and socionics would occupy an excessive amount of space in this article. You can discover more about how each capacity is portrayed in socionics (just as its relationship to how Carl Jung depicted them) here. There is, be that as it may, one thing we should address:

Some typologists accept that socionics and Myers-Briggs spread out in such incomprehensibly various ways that the two frameworks can’t be joined. These typologists accept that the two frameworks ought to be kept separate totally. The second way of thinking (to which I have a place), would contend the inverse. Truly, while the definitions between Myers-Briggs and socionics do fluctuate marginally, the hidden idea is the equivalent, just communicated in two somewhat various ways. Therefore, any comprehension of the capacities ought to be a blend between the two frameworks to get an exact image of them.

The Third Difference: Type gatherings

A third enormous distinction between Myers-Briggs and socionics is the way the sorts are assembled. An analyst named David Keirsey (creator of Please Understand Me) broadly gathered the character types into demeanors. These dispositions were named “The Guardians” (SJ types), “The Idealists” (NF types), “The Artisans” (SP types), and “The Rationals” (NT types). These groupings, just as Myers and Briggs’ groupings of SFs, STs, NFs, and NTs are the most ordinarily portrayed groupings among MBTI® professionals.

Socionics, in any case, accomplishes something that according to somebody more used to MBTI® may appear to be whimsical and outlandish. They bunch character types into “quadras”. There are four quadras: Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Alphas. Each quadra comprises four kinds who share similar four esteemed capacities. You can see this in more detail beneath:

1) Gamma Quadra: INTJs, ENTJs, ISFPs, and ESFPs. These sorts esteem Ni, Se, Te, Fi in different qualities

2) Beta Quadra: ENFJs, INFJs, ESTPs, ISTPs. These sorts esteem Ni, Se, Ti, Fe in different qualities.

3) Alpha Quadra: ESFJs, ISFJs, ENTPs, INTPs. These sorts esteem Ne, Si, Fe, Ti in different qualities.

4) Delta Quadra: ESTJs, ISTJs, ENFPs, INFPs. These sorts esteem Ne, Si, Te, Fi in different qualities.

So why pick distinctive kinds of gatherings? For David Keirsey, it involved experimental perception. He couldn’t help thinking that SJs, SPs, NTs, and NFs, carried on also, which is the reason he assembled them as he did. Quadras, then again, are gathered dependent on their shared “quadra values”. This is another territory that I should address in a different article since it would take too long to even consider covering adequately here. I’d suggest plunging into Vera Stratiyevskaya’s quadra portrayals for more point-by-point data.

The Fourth Difference: Intertype connections

The fourth, and generally disputable, distinction between MBTI® and socionics is the hypothesis of intertype connections. Myers-Briggs never proposed similarities between types. The lone recommendation for connections is in the book Gifts Differing, where Isabel Briggs-Myers depicted enigmatically that the best relationships she had noticed appeared to be the place where three of the four divisions (E/I, S/N, T/F, J/P) were shared. Keirsey, then again, has standardizing recommendations of similarity. As per Keirsey, the similarity is most importantly about sharing the favored language, dynamic (N) or solid (S), and past that not sharing any of different polarities. Other than Keirsey, maybe the most famous thought of similarity is a difference in demeanor from the predominant capacity, and afterward changing the remainder of the polarities. For instance, INFJ-ENTP and INTJ-ENFP. Socionics goes a long way past Myers-Briggs with regards to relationship similarity. It does this utilizing a numerical methodology. Rather than simply taking a sort, for example, ENTJ, and afterward finding the most viable sort for them, socionics takes a gander at the connection between each kind, in light of how extraordinary capacity positions look, and how they cooperate between the two sorts. This incorporates a “best match” (known as a duality), while additionally depicting each other’s kind relationship.

The Fifth Difference: Functions versus “Data Elements”

In case I’m totally legitimate, this whole article has been obviously false. Nearly. The utilization of “capacities” in socionics is totally off. While “work” is utilized in socionics, it has an unexpected significance in comparison to what it does in the Myers-Briggs hypothesis. What Myers-Briggs calls an intellectual capacity (Te, Si, Ne, and so on), socionics calls a “data component”. This comes from the hypothesis of data digestion, which was joined with Carl actually intellectual for Jung capacities in the making of socionics. While it is anything but a gigantic distinction, it impacts how we see the two frameworks. In Myers-Briggs typology, a capacity is a cycle in the cerebrum, something that you “use”. In socionics, a data component is only that, a kind of data, though the capacity, the position it has in the stack, is how it’s drawn closer and utilized.

There are numerous contrasts between MBTI® and socionics. One was created by a mother and her girl in post-war America for the business world, the difference was created by a humanist and a market analyst that together made a framework to clarify connections.

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