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S-Type: Socionics Type. This is not an MBTI(r) equivalent, although it looks similar. All the capital letters practically mean the same as those in MBTI(r) acronym, apart from the small j/p, which has a different meaning than the capital J/P in MBTI.
TIM: Type of Information Metabolism. More precise definition of the word Type and the way it is used in Socionics. Three letter acronym is an abbreviation of the extended description of TIM (See TIM Extended).
Fn: Type representation by 2 main functions, Dominant and Auxiliary, also used by MBTI(r) practitioners. The capital letter refers to the function (F-Feeling, N-Intuition, etc.) whereas the small letter refers to whether this function is intro- or extroverted. For example Se is Extroverted Sensing, Ti is Introverted Thinking.
Symbol: There are 8 different symbols used in Socionics to represent 8 functions. The circle means Sensing, the square means Logic, the triangle means Intuition and the L-shape means Ethics. Introversion/Extroversion is defined via colour: Back or shaded symbol means Extroversion whereas white or unshaded means Introversion. For example is Introverted Ethics, is Extroverted Intuition. The symbols are ordered by 2 main functions, same as in functional representation (See Fn).
TIM Extended: The most desirable way of calling the Types in Socionics. The fist two words describe the first two main functions of the type that form the Ego block. For example Sensory-Logical means 1st function is Sensing and 2nd is Thinking (Logic) and Ethical-Intuitive means that 1st function is Feeling (Ethics) and 2nd is Intuition. The last word defines whether it is Extrovert or Introvert by introducing two specific terms: Extratim and Intratim. The -tim bit is most likely attributed to the TIM (See TIM). The reason for introducing two different words being that Extrovert and Introvert also have other definitions in English language, opening a possibility for misinterpretation.
Nickname: Some of the nicknames used to refer to Socionics Types.
Original Russian: These nicknames have been used by the Socionics enthusiasts in Russia for a long time. The Russian nicknames supposedly link the types to some famous people, however some of them have also been largely debated as incorrect.
* The original MBTI abbreviation was not included in the table for a very specific reason - to avoid spreading JP/jp confusion further: If a person knows very little about Type, i.e. only the MBTI acronym (i.e. from tests), then it is most likely that they would use the acronym from 'S-Type' column, since it looks more familiar. This should work. If however a person already knows and concerned about MBTI Type dynamics, then they should and possibly would use the 'Fn' column to find corresponding S-Type. Hopefully this table would answer the MBTI/Socionics conversion questions for many.
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