Wednesday, February 20, 2013

best friends among the personality types - introducing quadras


Inevitably, people who dabble in personality theory want to know more about how certain types interact with each other. There's a lot of things to say on this matter but today I wanted to introduce the concept of Quadras, which is a concept that is unique to Socionics. Essentially, the sixteen personality types are broken down into four groups which share a preference for the same functions, thus having the most psychological compatibility. Here's a quick summary of how the quadras are categorized and their preferred functions:

ALPHA - INTj, ISFp, ENTp, ESFj (LII, SEI, ILI, ESE)
  • Extraverted Inuition + Introverted Logic
  • Introverted Sensing + Extraverted Feeling
BETA - INFp, ISTj, ENFj, ESTp (IEI, LSI, EIE, SLE)
  • Introverted Intuition + Extraverted Feeling
  • Extraverted Sensing + Introverted Logic
GAMMA - ISFj, INTp, ENTj, ESFp (ESI, ILI, LIE, SEE)
  • Extraverted Sensing + Introverted Feeling
  • Introverted Intuition + Extraverted Logic
DELTA - INFj, ISTp, ENFp, ESTj, (EII, SLI, IEE, LSE)
  • Extraverted Intuition + Introverted Feeling
  • Introverted Sensing + Extraverted Logic

But what does this all mean?


You'll notice that each group is made up of seemingly disparate types -- introverts mixed with extroverts, thinkers mixed with feelers, etc. But types in each group share corresponding function preferences, meaning that have the same elements in their Base and Super-Id functional roles in Model A. Or put more simply, the types in each group care about the same kinds of things and process information in a similar way. Just looking at the functional preferences listed above, we get a sense for how each group will behave.

  • ALPHAS are generally light-hearted and enjoy stimulating conversations in comfortable settings.
  • BETAS are expressive and emotional and have strong personal convictions that they will display quite openly.
  • GAMMAS are business/productivity-oriented and often individualistic.
  • DELTAS are serious and kindly, usually concerned with community-related or group-related well-being.

Of course these are generalizations of the types that fall into each group--the characteristics described above are most obvious when you get several people from a single quadra interacting with each other. I plan on talking about each quadra with much greater detail in future posts, but there's some great information about the quadras and their behaviors in the links below.

More information:
http://www.socionika.com/agenda.html
http://www.socionics.us/theory/quadras.shtml
http://www.wikisocion.org/en/index.php?title=Quadra

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