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Easy-to-remember intertype relationship charts
18 February 2007

by Matthew West

This document contains charts, designed to be easily remembered, which illustrate the intertype relations of socionics. There are two sets of complete charts in this document. My aim in designing these charts has been to enable persons interested in socionics to calculate intertype relations without having to have recourse to a computer or to printed matter. Intertype relations can thus be calculated "on the hoof", whether for professional, academic or social reasons. Full descriptions of the intertype relations identified in the following charts can be found elsewhere (e.g. on the Internet at www.socionics.com).

1. How the Charts Work

The intertype relationship charts use the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicators, which treat personality types as defined according to four variables:

(E)xtravert/(I)ntrovert => 1st variable
i(N)tuitive/(S)ensing => 2nd variable
(T)hinking/(F)eeling => 3rd variable
(p)erceiving/(j)udging => 4th variable

For example, an ENTp, often referred to as an INVENTOR, is (E)xtravert as opposed to (I)ntrovert, i(N)tuitive as opposed to (S)ensing, (T)hinking as opposed to (F)eeling and (p)erceiving as opposed to (j)udging.

The charts then divide up the relationships between the types according to which of these variables (1st - E/I; 2nd - N/S; 3rd - T/F; 4th - p/j) differ as between the first type and the second. The differing variables are known as the ALTERED VARIABLES.

For certain combinations of ALTERED VARIABLES the results depend on whether the subject is a (p)erceiving or a (j)udging type, indicated as -p or -j on the chart.

2. Examples of How the Charts Work

Suppose one person is an INVENTOR (ENTp) and another is an ENTHUSIAST (ESFj). These types differ in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th variables. This indicates that they have an ACTIVE relationship (a relationship of ACTIVITY). This can be found on the chart - the entries for ALTERED VARIABLES in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions on the left of the charts correspond to the entries on the right of the charts for ACTIVE relationships.

Suppose there is a third person, with personality type ISTp (ARTISAN). The ARTISAN (ISTp) has ALTERED VARIABLES 1st, 3rd and 4th relative to the ENTHUSIAST (ESFj) and the charts indicate that the ENTHUSIAST (ESFj) acts as SUPERVISOR in a relationship of SUPERVISION of the ARTISAN (ISTp).

The ARTISAN (ISTp) has ALTERED VARIABLES 1st and 2nd relative to the INVENTOR (ENTp) and the charts indicate a SEMI-DUAL relationship (a relationship of SEMI-DUALITY) because the two persons are both (p)erceiving types. If they were (j)udging types, for instance PRAGMATIST (ISTj) and PIONEER (ENTj), then the relationship indicated would be ILLUSIONARY.

3. How the Charts are Arranged

The first chart is the logical progression chart. This chart contains all the intertype relations in a single chart. It is organised according to the logical progression of differences in the ALTERED VARIABLES. That chart is useful because it is systematic, and the correct intertype relationship for two given types can be quickly found.

There then follow easily remembered sub-charts, which are organised not according to the logical progression of the ALTERED VARIABLES but simply in the most easily remembered fashion. The sub-charts are divided according to the number of ALTERED VARIABLES, and each sub-chart is then ordered according to the logical progression of the ALTERED VARIABLES. Thus the sub-charts reflect the "patterns within the patterns" and are easier to remember. These charts are especially recommended for easy memorisation.

Logical Progression Chart

ALTERED VARIABLES RELATIONSHIP
NONE IDENTICAL
1st CONTRARY
1st, 2nd IF –p, SEMI-DUAL
IF –j, ILLUSIONARY
1st, 3rd IF –p, ILLUSIONARY
IF –j, SEMI-DUAL
1st, 4th MIRROR
1st, 2nd, 3rd DUAL
1st, 2nd, 4th -p SUPERVISOR TO –j
1st, 3rd, 4th -j SUPERVISOR TO –p
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th CONFLICTING
2nd IF –p, LOOK-A-LIKE
IF -j, COMPARATIVE
2nd, 3rd SUPER-EGO
2nd, 4th -j BENEFACTOR TO –p
2nd, 3rd, 4th ACTIVE
3rd IF –p, COMPARATIVE
IF –j, LOOK-A-LIKE
3rd, 4th -p BENEFACTOR TO –j
4th QUASI-IDENTICAL

Easily Remembered Sub-Charts

(a) Relations with 1 Altered Variable

ALTERED VARIABLES RELATIONSHIP
1st CONTRARY
2nd IF –p, LOOK-A-LIKE
IF -j, COMPARATIVE
3rd IF –p, COMPARATIVE
IF –j, LOOK-A-LIKE
4th QUASI-IDENTICAL

(b) Relations with 2 Altered Variables

ALTERED VARIABLES RELATIONSHIP
1st, 2nd IF –p, SEMI-DUAL
IF –j, ILLUSIONARY
1st, 3rd IF –p, ILLUSIONARY
IF –j, SEMI-DUAL
1st, 4th MIRROR
2nd, 3rd SUPER-EGO
2nd, 4th -j BENEFACTOR TO –p
3rd, 4th -p BENEFACTOR TO –j

(c) Relations with 3 Altered Variables

ALTERED VARIABLES RELATIONSHIP
1st, 2nd, 3rd DUAL
1st, 2nd, 4th -p SUPERVISOR TO –j
1st, 3rd, 4th -j SUPERVISOR TO –p
2nd, 3rd, 4th ACTIVE

(d) Other Relations

ALTERED VARIABLES RELATIONSHIP
NONE IDENTICAL
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th CONFLICTING

Charts and text by Matthew James A. West (ENTp).

The above charts and text are in the public domain and may be used for any purpose without restriction. Please acknowledge design where possible.

Contact: m_west@hotmail.com

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