Socionics helps you to choose a suitable profession where your strong sides will be in demand and in which you'll be able to develop rapidly and with a great interest. Knowing your own sociotype it will come clear what tasks to complete yourself and what better to delegate to others. Each of us is naturally an irreplaceable expert at something.
    Your relationships with all of 16 sociotypes will differ. If you understand the specifics of other sociotype you will better understand the person and your common ground. This knowledge will also help to construct work teams allowing everyone to bring out the best of them according to their nature. Or to detect missing sociotypes in the company.

    Thanks to socionics you'll come to understand your nature, strengths and weaknesses and find your development zone. Besides, knowledge of your sociotype will make you understand roots of your reactions. You will realize your way of thinking and perceiving. Wings are not a development zone for a cat. If you understand what I'm talking about.



Socionics is a psychological typology which is dividing people into 16 types depending on how they percept information from the world.
Imagine a person as a many-sided personality, every edge of which is described by some typology. According to the typology Male-Female you are, for instance, male. That defines a number of parameters in you, describes you, characterizes you. You have got male sex characteristics and your testosterone dominates estrogen. Suppose you are also a sanguine. Then you are active, diligent, your movements and speech are fast and facial expressions are lively. And along with this your sociotype is Director. Therefore, you perceive the world mainly through prism of space, balance of power and structure.
Meanwhile no typology is capable of describing a person from head to toes: all of his expressions, preferences, traits and actions. Otherwise, we would be robots and Capricorn-Director (sociotype)-Choleric Mike would not differ from Capricorn-Director-Choleric Bryan. But we know that the same people do not exist, besides individuality is a big deal. That is something no typology can describe - why are there almost 8 000 000 000 people on earth all of whom are different. How to understand what is a part of your sociotype and when you are just being a Capricorn? :)
There are 8 lenses of perception: Context Intuition, Intuition of Possibilities, Comfort Sensory, Force Sensory, Structural Logic, Technological Logic, Ethics of Emotions, Relationship ethics. Their unique combination forms the basis of each sociotype.

Each of us has all of 8 lenses. Having made effort, you can observe the world through each of them. But the two main lenses of perception (Basic and Creative) stand out because it is through them that you perceive information more frequently and abundantly without making any effort. It happens automatically. Lenses of perception you see the world through by default, is what defines your sociotype.
Sociotype is one of 16 types in socionics. Each sociotype has its strengths and weaknesses in accordance with leading lens of perception.

Sociotype never changes. You and everything around might change, but lenses of perception and so do your eyes, stay the same. You can change your surroundings, politics, habits, field of activity, interests, favorite book genre. But you will still percept all of these with the same lenses of perception.

Socionics, as many other typologies, has criteria for determining the type (something that we take as a basis when we try to understand person's sociotype) and the resulting trends – nature, behavior, traits, skills… If to draw parallels with the «M/F» typology, criteria for determining that you are male would be sex characteristics, hormones, set of chromosomes in your DNA. And tendencies of manifestation of your masculinity would be courageous behavior, tone of voice, short haircut etc.

    - semantics of speech
    - functions
    - dichotomies
    - club
    - quadra values

    - skills and abilities
    - habits and behavior
    - nature and tendencies
    - interests and desires
    - appearance and style

Everything in the second column is TENDENCIES OF MANIFESTATION of sociotype. As you can see all of them are variable and are influenced by a large number of factors in accordance with which today you like making plans and writing lists and tomorrow you don't. That's why tendencies of manifestation can't be a criterion of defying sociotype. We only notice them post factum when we have already defined person's sociotype based on the CRITERIA from the first column. Just like a person with a short haircut and courageous, manly behavior can turn out to be a woman, a person who writes plans for the day can be perceptive. Tendencies can be drawn from the sociotype, but sociotype can never be defined on the basis of tendencies.
Development of some skills, behavior and traits can be influenced by lens of perception. But never ever we define the lens of perception on the basis of skills, behavior and traits!
Each lens of perception corresponds to the specific SEMANTICS OF SPEECH – words, phrases, meaning categories that you describe the world with. For instance, description of the café through the lens of Ethics of Emotions: «Wow, what a splendid atmosphere!» , or through the Comfort Sensory: «Such a spiced aroma of the fresh ground coffee!» or through the Structural logic: «Judging by the average receipt this café is one of the high quality facilities».

Examples of semantics of speech on each of 8 lenses of perception can be found in socionic's cheat sheet. Remember that speech of one person may contain all of 8 socionic functions. It's all up to proportion. The stronger a lens of perception is, the more of its semantics will show.


16 types in socionics (the abbreviation TIM can be found - Type of Information Metabolism - sociotype) are named after famous personalities. Jack London, Hugo, Zhukov, Huxley, etc. At one time, Aushra Augustinavichyute (the creator of socionics) chose such pseudonyms based on the sociotypes of their carriers. A whole video playlist is dedicated to these personalities on our YouTube channel "Socionics of the Elements". Below you can see photos of contemporaries who belong to 16 sociotypes. You can read their detailed descriptions here.


- Does the type change throughout the life?
No. Life events, qualities of character, beliefs, circle of acquaintances and lifestyle can change. But a sociotype, like eye color, is given for life. When our life changes, it is difficult to track what exactly is changing: the way of thinking, sociotype, beliefs, or maybe character traits?

To change a sociotype, it is not enough to change one main function or dichotomy to another. It's like in "15 puzzle" game: you can't move one chip without affecting the others. Same applies to functions in socionics: swap 2 of them, and you have to change the position of all the others.

In practice, this means that a person previously perceived and described the world through the prism, for example, of structural logic, and now "changed the sociotype", and all the same is considered through the lens of emotional, "feeling" perception. Moreover, in this case, his weak functions should change places, and the person will stop noticing what he was previously focused on and will suddenly notice other areas of life. These changes must inevitably affect his speech: the semantics (frequently used words and expressions), as well as dichotomies. Such fundamental changes have never been recorded. So, once you know your type – oh well, at least in this life you'll have to bear with it;)
- Can one person be several sociotypes at once?
The answer is no. Undoubtedly, some dichotomies and functions may be somewhere in the middle (40% introversion / 60% extraversion) or not really noticeable, which is why sometimes we have a draft version "somewhere between the Romantic and the Actor".

But, since finding out a sociotype means analyzing many factors, indistinctly manifested dichotomies are overshadowed after determining the position of the vulnerable and suggestive functions, stimulus groups, quadra values, etc. That is, as a rule, one inconsistency accounts for a lot of other arguments on either strong or weak socionic parameters.

It is important to pay attention to what lens of perception, semantics, what set of dichotomies one uses statistically more often, with ease and with in-depth understanding. Meaning what functions are included in his immediate set of tools, and what he uses secondarily and with less comfort. Therefore, it is almost always possible to accurately determine the sociotype by combining all evidence together and getting to the end result.
- Do socionic tests work?
No, none of them really do. Tests can guess, but not determine your sociotype. Even if 10 tests show that you are the Romantic, there is no guarantee that this is true. Why is that so? Because tests:
a) are made out of closed questions and do not analyze the semantics of speech, which is crucial to determine the type;

b) do not take into account what you actually meant by terminology used in the questions, and this is critically important, since different types see things differently;

c) do not recognize the context and mood in which you are at the time you give answers.

Theoretically, with the proper development of artificial intelligence, it is possible to compile a complex algorithm to analyze the respondent's speech with a high probability of a reliable result. Moreover, both neurophysiological measurements and physiognomy can be taken into account. Unfortunately, at the moment, such methods have not yet been invented. So, no matter how joyful or annoying it may sound, in the field of psychology, a person still needs a person.
- At what age can a sociotype be determined?
There are two main ways to answer this question: the first says that the sociotype is innate, and therefore it is possible to type a person almost from birth; the second version is that the functions in the psyche are developed gradually, and the final formation of the sociotype is completed closer to the age of 20.

I stand somewhere in between of these versions and believe that the sociotype is innate, but at an early age it is difficult to determine it reliably. And here's why: the child starts interacting with the world for the first time, and therefore can be deeply involved in many different areas of life, and then suddenly abandon them (that's why it is difficult to understand which functions he prioritizes). Secondly, he tries various models of behavior, plays with them, as with new toys - hence there may be doubts about his dichotomies, in particular, with extraversion and introversion. Thirdly, the child is dependent on the semantic set of speech of his parents - he simply does not know how else to describe the observed reality, except using his mom's words and resemble her personality type.

Thus, we most likely are born with the sociotype, but it can be checked only when a person gets out of the influence of his parents, "tries out" all his 8 functions quite a few times, gains sufficient freedom in choosing personal reactions, attitude to things, semantics, behavior and activities.
- Is socionics related to Human Design, astrology, numerology, etc.?
No. Socionics is a branch of psychology. Information about a person's belonging to a particular sociotype is gathered during an interview or by observation. Human Design, astrology, numerology, on the other hand, base their data on the position of the stars and the date of birth, which eliminates the need for live contact with a person, as well as the possibility of checking the resulting portrait.

Basically, psychology is closer to science, but astrology and such to esotericism. You can verify or refute the sociotype, but you can't do that with the natal chart: either you accept its description, or you don't. The problem with esoteric typologies is also that they can be explained using the Barnum effect: it's not that the zodiacal description may not suit you, but rather that it suits almost everyone else. Same cannot be said about the good quality descriptions of sociotypes: the lens of perception and Psychologist's description do not correspond at all with the one of the Inspector, and even the mirroring types like the Diplomat and the Guardian have very tangible points of difference.

Therefore, one should not mix those systems of measuring personality as they are quite different at the core. The indications of socionics diverge from the indications of astrology, like degrees on a thermometer and kilograms on a scale.
- How to understand which sociotypes are suitable for my team at work?
Here, as in the choice of a romantic partner, there is no universal answer. It all depends on several factors:

1) Your sociotype - the most compatible candidates for the team will be selected according to it;
2) Sociotypes of existing team members - one must also take into account those who already make up the team;
3) Tasks the project/firm/company is facing - certain things require different sociotypes, not necessarily compatible with you and your team;
4) Qualifications, experience, age, gender, city of residence and other parameters that do not depend on socionics. Of course, between an experienced Psychologist programmer and a novice Critic, you will most likely choose Psychologist, although this is a very uncharacteristic profession for this sociotype. But, choosing between the Psychologist and the Critic with the same experience and level of competence, of course, the choice should be given in favor of the Critic. That is, to solve such issue, it is necessary to use an integrated approach and not be limited to the sociotype only.


Determine your personality type and you will find out:
  • Your inherent strengths and weaknesses
  • Professions that will reveal your talents
  • What Skills and Skills Should You Develop?
  • With whom in a relationship more perspectives and understanding
  • How does your perception work?
As result, you get a complete description of your personality type, as well as a list of suitable professions and recommendations for self-development


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