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Socionics Descriptions of the Functions (with Examples)

By Kartikeya Chauhan

1.Fi : Relation (R). Static, deals with the field of psychological distance.

  • Awareness of the ratio of state of energy (interpersonal), like the ratio of my emotional energy to yours.
  • This awareness is used to fine-tune the wavelength of two different persons (w.r.t. the internal state) to bridge psychological distances (eg. through Politeness or avoiding saying something necessary).
  • Hyper aware of its own emotional state because it has so many other emotional states to contrast with, one by one, either by looking at what’s present and dealing with that (INFP) or with what is absent (ISFP), from which follows the next point :
  • Either is very kind, forgiving, dealing and improving the others’ state of energy via comforting the grieved and by forgiving, maintaining good relations, friendship, sociability, close psychological distance (INFP; Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Kaneki Ken, Amano Yukiteru, Camus : Fi supervises Ne so his notion of the absurd is a good contrast to Sartre’s Ne which isn’t supervised by his own Fi and therefore, Sartre condemns all meaning whereas Camus accepts meaningless insofar as one gets a chance to rebel against it because the Universe is too chaotic to know for sure what the truth really is, which Kant says (short description of the ‘noumenal’ and the ‘phenomenal’) is unknowable and doesn’t really matter since it’s in the ‘noumenal’ (completely objective, existing irrespective of human subjectivity and perception) world, something inaccessible by the ‘phenomenal’ (governed by human perception as encompassing modes of time and space) world that we live in, or is naturally iconoclastic, operates at a far psychological distance, suspicious and holding grudges but also quite good at moving away from this negativist area, often excelling at it (ISFP, Shinji Ikari, Touka Kirishima, Hinami Fueguchi) whereas INFPs crumble along this direction of internalisation.
  • The previous point doesn’t correlate well with the reality, If I am not incorrect. The ISFP is perhaps the personality type hardest to dislike and the aforementioned INFP/ISFP distinctions on the basis of function signs seem opposite but this is what Jung also did, presenting the extremes of the basic 8 types; even going so far as to state that Sensing Introverts and Intuitive Introverts are the most useless of people.

2.Fe : Emotion (E). Dynamic, deals with the emotions of people in real time.

  • Awareness of the states of energy around the individual.
  • Tests the energy of the state using Emotions to adjust it but not according to an internal state (Fi, which acts one-on-one) but to use it to bring all wavelengths to a single resonant frequency (Harmony).
  • Best function for communication since it knows what the masses expect.
  • When Fe is dominant, Fi is ignored, so the internal emotional state is unknown since it isn’t being compared with anyone else’s because it only influences others’ in real time (dynamic function).
  • Either wells up with bad emotion, whole-heartedly tries to move away from bad emotional atmosphere but can dramatise events (ENFJ, Hamlet, literally berates the whole play with monologues after monologues of plight and bad emotions while uttering few words to actually a real person) or imposing a warm atmosphere/caretaker role, Mrs. Hudson/Molly Weasely like persona to ensure positive atmospheres (ESFJ) but gets terrified in the presence of negative emotions.

3.Ni : Time (T). Dynamic, deals with the evolution of possibilities over time. Truth-function. Mutually dependent, exhaustible Probability.

  • Represents a holistic and reflective state of mind, self-knowledge.
  • Feeling sentimental, depressed are all forms of Ni; strong, unexplainable instincts.
  • A mechanism that deals with ideas in real time, not excited over the possibilities but how each evolves over time. With time, certain possibilities are subconsciously discarded or adducted to yield new ones (insights) depending on an instinctive probabilistic mechanism.
  • Ni described by Sherlock (bad audio, copyright issues). Transcript : “I have theorised before that if one could attenuate to every available data stream in the world simultaneously, it would be possible to anticipate and deduce almost anything.” Quote 2 (not from the link) : “The world is woven from billions of lives, every strand crossing every other. What we call premonition is just movement of the web. If you could attenuate to every strand of quivering data, the future would be entirely calculable, as inevitable as mathematics.” Aforementioned descriptions related to heightened form of the cocktail party effect and selective attention theories.
  • Naturally better at metaphors than Ne, due to its dynamic nature overseeing the evolution of possibilities with time in addition to it filling the blanks (being innovative) whereas Ne, being static and dealing with discrete possibilities, joins the dots (and is creative).
  • Either uses grounded past analysis (looks for and extrapolates recurring patterns) to predict where the current state is heading and trying to prevent past errors from happening again (INTJ, Sherlock, Marx and his Dialectical Materialism) or focuses chiefly (and optimistically) on the future and the mystical, believing in a good outcome and bringing the future into the present (INFJ, Hegel and his Dialectical Idealism). Here’s (watch till about 8:58, total time = around 3-4 minutes) a contrast between the teleologies of Hegel and Marx and consequently, the different forms of Ni (INFJ/INTJ).

4.Ne: Intuition (I). Static, deals with one possibility at a time. Tautology. Mutually independent, inexhaustible Probability. Could be correlated with a dopamine affliction, along with Se.

  • Represents the search for new possibilities, measuring and exploring new ones discretely (being static). Excited when thinking about what to do next. Best at Trans-contextual (and fruitless) thinking.
  • When Ne is dominant, Ni is ignored and in the case of Dominant Ne, it results in the lack of interest to the internal mental state and instead focusing concentration wholly onto objects (possibilities) and unchanging scenarios (being Static) since Ni essentially sees possibilities evolving into solutions or unifying so that it seems inescapably true. But with Ne, possibilities are discrete so as soon as an evolution/unification comes to mind (Ni), it is simply ignored in the favour of other discrete, possibility which only evolves into another possibilities (representing another discrete one) so decision making is suspended indefinitely. This is why Ne dominants have the hardest time typing themselves, wanting possibilities to yield even more possibilities which is a part of the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer in the form of the Will (watch till about 22:02, total time = under 2 minutes or so) or, in my own terms, a Hunger for Hunger (which might describe Ne for an ENFP; the intuition of alternatives, to an extent, as opposed to the Intuition of Possibilities for an ENTP, there’s a bit about ENFP/ENTP differences in this post). The solution to this endless problem might be found in Schopenhauer’s notion (carried over from Buddhism) of aesthetic freedom and renunciation (watch till about 25:41, total time = less than a minute) or the philosophy of Epicurus suggesting pleasure but not a hedonistic form but pleasure in detachment, renunciation, the equanimity and tranquility of the mind; the virtue of Enneagram 7.
  • Naturally better at analogies than Ni because, being static, looks for possibilities that don’t lead anywhere conclusive (since it is tautological) whereas Ni (being dynamic) looks for the evolution of possibilities so it is inherently predictive unlike Ne (actively prospective, multiple futures exist for every x which implies y where x=Ne possibilities and y=possible world).
  • Either explores new possibilities like a newborn baby developing fancies for every shiny thing and exalting joy with a toothy grin, absolute scepticism (ENTP, Hume’s scepticism and Socrates as the wise man who knows nothing) or sets oneself apart, noticing hidden things, offering alternatives and wriggle-free room, looks for alternatives to avoid boredom, like an old cheerful man who has seen everything in life and is bored, looking for alternatives to daily routine (ENFP; chief problem of the Delta quadra : boredom, Sartre’s Existentialism sums up his boredom and looking for alternatives and meaning in the light of no possible cause of existence; existence precedes essence, Schopenhauer’s section of the ‘Will’ concerning humanity’s relentless and inexhaustible search for pleasure).

5.Ti : Logic (L). Static, deals with objects and their positional, structural properties in space. Causality. Cogito ergo ist (to think is to be).

  • Rotates the problem around its semantic axes to generate a model, represents clarity of thought, analytical state of mind, monotony.
  • Looks for the mechanical relationships between objects (objective) despite being subjective because even if the subject enters into the decision-making paradigm, it is also itself considered an object. Best function for detached, impartial analysis.
  • Represents indifference and calmness. Subject reacts to mechanical properties and structures so the elicited emotion is only that which affirms or negates the structure and not a sentimental reaction, that which affirms or negates energy states, towards it.
  • Either follows deductive (either/or linear thinking) methods and critiques what is in front of the person, thorough analysis of directions, being loyal to structures that have proven to work, obsessive structuring of the locality of Ti (detailed, OCD-like, which is not that correlated with the ISTJ and even if so, it is because Si is the most badly described function of all time and you can see that these descriptions do have things in common with the popular ISTJ descriptions) represented by the ISTP or follows fractal, polymorphic and synthetic logical abstraction which finds it easier to account logically for what is not true than what is, destroying logical structures (INTP, the Cartesians; Kant accidentally smashing all philosophy upto late 18th Century but offering no solution since it’s easier for Ti, here, to judge what’s false rather than what is true because either/or is here replaced by a less demanding and/or. Also somewhat related to fuzzy logic which deals with the degrees of truth).

6.Te : Profit (P). Dynamic, deals with how structures impact each other. Causal Causality. Cogito ergo cogito (to think is to think).

  • Looks for impacts and mechanical implications (and not the process; Ti) of the structures, hence also called Business Logic.
  • Looks for efficiency for it evaluates logical implications dynamically, serving only those situations which positively impact other situations mechanically (bringing about Profit).
  • This rational outlook negates the sentimental implications because only represents the object’s mechanical relationships with the subject.
  • When Te is dominant, Ti is ignored and in the case of Dominant Te, classification and structures are unvalued because, being dynamic, Te has no use for static properties like classifications/theory/structures since they don’t represent any favourable (or any) mechanical changes since Ti deals only with unchanging (static) mechanical attributes.
  • Either is very scruplous in formal matters, works hardly, economically and could be a miser or use resources all too frugally (ESTJ, Greg Lestrade, Ebenezer Scrooge) or more focused on profitable investments (since Te here is used locally) and on constant restructuring because standardisations need to fit what is and not what is not (hence the frugality of the ESTJ) and on brutally efficient logic, restructuring (ENTJ, Napoleon going around smashing the European political system, Light Yagami favouring profit over usefulness, also taking a potato chip….and eating it, Irene Adler from Sherlock; subjugation).

7.Si : Sensing (S). Dynamic perception of sensory input, how one physical state leads into another.

  • Different schools of thought regarding Si, the function most heavily misunderstood. How MBTI gets Si wrong.
  • Represents a physically relaxed state of mind, homeostasis, seeking physical comfort (creating/consuming), continuity of the movement (dynamic), convenience and satisfaction.
  • Being dynamic, looks to see how the individual senses affects the field of sensory input, noticing physical/sensory comfort in oneself and around others, using that to fine-tune the wavelengths and generate comfort for others or detect how what one does will lead to comfort (Note that all dominant/demonstrative functions, 4-D in strength, operate freely and manipulate elements in time, space and distance which means that ANY dominant function can predict the causal outputs of its own influence and it is distinct from Ni which dynamically manipulates the evolution of possibilities over time).
  • Either knows how to treat maladies and daily discomforts, to solve these kinds of problems (ISFJ, the quite unfairly patronised as but perhaps correctly attributed the dutiful housewife archetype, utilising positive Ne. John Watson, most female anime characters), or adjusts the environment to make oneself as comfortable and territorially autonomous as possible (ISTJ, the worker bee; being sad when there’s no pollen to carry around. Yagami Souchirou from Death Note, Kurisu Makise from Steins;Gate).

8.Se : Force (F). Static perception of Forces and volitional pressure of individuals. Empirical research suggests correlation with the Jedi.

  • Awareness of the space around itself, easily detects volitional pressure (from people with different energy levels), mobilising, will, strength, essentially reactive.
  • Being static (and operating mechanically like Ne, see above), it deals with discrete pressure states. It is essentially reactive because it perceives a malleable space and discrete pressure states invoke an urge to affect the physical state and make sensory impact.
  • When Se is dominant, Si is ignored and this results in a sort of recklessness for which the function is quite infamous. Since Se is static, it does not, unlike Si (which notices the flow of movement of one physical state to another; resultant characteristic cautiousness), gauge how each malleable action leads to another state (quite like Ne for possibilities) since the sensory input is taken discretely so each state has usually 1/the most obvious reaction to it because it isn’t concerned with the evolution of physical states.
  • Either impacts the objects (Sentient) in the physical field and inculcates defense, mobilising others to take action, insubjugation, counter, etc. but is also quite jovial and fun-lovingly reactive (ESFP, Misa & Matsuda from Death Note, Joey from ‘Friends’, Ronald Weasely) or entices initiative, offense, subjugation, noticing the lack of Se in others and using it against them (ESTP, reasoning for the conman attribution, Sawyer from LOST, Jack Sparrow, James Bond).

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