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An explanation on "childish" and "mature" views in the Socion
13 September 2009
by Mihai Militaru
Discovery and knowledge are the vehicles by which children and adults perceive and judge things. Children have very little previous knowledge, their mental processes are based on discovery and experimentation to accumulate it. Adults have a large baggage of information which they use to process information and make decisions.
Reinin Judicious/Decissive and Merry/Serious, which I'll discuss in this article, are basically sub-dichotomies, as in the case of Internals/External, but they have to be split considering the application of the information elements: perception or judgment. In the same way, Feeling is internal Judgment while iNtuition is internal Perception.
For the understanding of the further explanations, I assert the following:
extroverted (bodies), dynamic and external are of positive polarization;
introverted (fields), static and internal are negative.
Both dichotomies refer to the comparison between the extroversion line and externality, either both positive/negative, or of opposite polarity. These lines correspond to the start and the end of a mental activity, assumption and conclusion in Perception, purpose and result in Judgment.
We may refer to them in perception as:
"knowledge", when the conclusion matches the initial assumption;
"discovery" , when the conclusion does not match the initial assumption.
We may refer to them in judgment as:
"production", when the result matches the initial purpose;
"creation", when the result does not match the initial purpose.
They are the match between the known of the past/present (certain) and the unknown of the future (uncertain).
Although all people have these traits, we may say that children are discovering and creating, because their knowledge is low, case in which future results are undefined, as long as assertions cannot be made. On the other hand, adults cannot ignore their knowledge, therefore they are able to predict the consequences of their actions. This assertion is the base for the notion of "responsibility" in adults.
When one's initial assumption and conclusion do not match, it is said that the person is "naive", a trait specific to children. They have to experiment a situation and interact with another person to make a judgment. Judicious (Reasonable) people have this trait. They easier overlook flaws in themselves and others.
When one's initial purpose and result do not match, it is said that they are "not serious", irresponsible, improvisers. Again, this is another common view on children. Merry (Subjectivist) people have this trait. They are often involved in activities which do not require precision but creativity and experimentation is needed: arts, research, troubleshooting.
We may conclude that types in the Socionics...:
Beta quadra have mature perception and childish judgment (Decisive and Merry);
Delta quadra have childish perception and mature judgment (Judicious and Serious);
Alpha quadra have childish perception and judgment (Judicious and Merry);
Gamma quadra have mature perception and judgment (Decisive and Serious);
Therefore Alpha is the most childish-like quadra, while Gamma is the most mature-like one.
Alpha and Delta are both rather doubtful than confident, while Beta and Gamma are both rather confident than doubtful.
Alpha and Beta are both rather creative than productive, while Gamma and Delta are both rather productive than creative;
Doubt implies further experiments and discovery, confidence implies complete trust in previous knowledge.
Considering the perception is the most involved in gathering information and judgment in applying the knowledge, the conclusion that the Perceiving types are more childish than the Judging types is also valid. Using only these three dichotomies, someone would be able to find the Dual pair a subject belongs, before knowing his type of perceptive, respectively judging functions.