Sunday, May 27, 2012

socionics Model A

One of the most basic concepts in personality typing, specifically socionics-based typing is Model A, which is basically a breakdown of how someone uses each of the functions (feeling, thinking, intuition, sensing). Model A is broken down into 8 function slots, which have a different assignment of functions for each personality type (e.g. see the INFj Model A overview). A very good, detailed description of the 8 function slots can be found at Wikisocion, but I've tried to provide a simplified overview below:

Ego functions (stuff you're good at and care about)
  • Base - how you perceive things
  • Creative - how you express yourself
Super-ego functions (stuff you're bad at but don't really care about)
  • Role - what you don't like to do
  • Vulnerable - what you don't understand
Super-id functions (stuff you're bad at but care about)
  • Suggestive - what you need other people for
  • Mobilizing - what you wish you were good at
Id functions (stuff you're good at but don't care about)
  • Ignoring - how you'll act if you need to
  • Demonstrative - how you'll act if you're bored

Understanding Model A is very useful in real-world applications. For example, when you want to quickly engage someone in conversation, talk around their base function. When you want someone to admire or respect you, express their suggestive function. If you want to piss someone off, make them user their role function or talk around their vulnerable function. I'll relate this back to INFJ again, just as an example--to get an INFJ talking, discuss relationships and emotions (introverted feeling). To get them to admire you, explain or demonstrate how to be more productive (extraverted logic). To annoy them, force them to solve a mathematical proof (introverted logic) or loudly invade their personal space (extraverted sensing).

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