Socionics: Intertype relations

Socionics has a system of intertype relations, which is based on how the cognitive relationsfunctions and their place in the model interact between types. For instance an Fe dominant type and a Te dominant type may has issues cooperating due to their difference in focus. Fe seeking to organize the environment for external harmony, with the Te type seeking to organize the external environment for logical efficiency.


This is the relationship between two people of the same type, this means that they generally get along and get to know each other quickly. However, this is also the catch 22 of this relationship, since both of them share the same strengths and weaknesses growth can rarely come from this relation. In the end, they often end up finding each other boring.


Duality is often referred to as an ideal relation, where the information elements of the involved people fit each other perfectly. They recognize the weaknesses and strengths of each other and each partner is ideally suited to make up for the other’s weaknesses.


Activation relationships exist when two people are the opposite on every dichotomy except introversion and extroversion. For instance, one partner may be introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging, the other introverted, sensing, feeling and perceiving. These relations are common in friendships and the activation partner often supplies the information expected, yet from a different perspective than expected.


Mirror pairs often share interests but each processes and judges in a different manner than the other. Thus, they are complimentary in that each tends to notice things the other would miss, however over time this tends to become an obstacle as they often perceive each other to be nitpicking, or focusing on inconsequential/unimportant things.


Kindred partners have the same dominant function but different auxiliary functions. This results in a similar understanding and ideas but differing opinions when it comes to how something should be used or executed. They tend to inspire and encourage each other’s leading functions but over time the difference in auxiliary functions can become a strain on the relationship. The different auxiliary functions can also lead to conflict as both partners may insist on going “their” way.


This is described by some socionists as “moth to the flame” unlike duality relations, the partners are drawn to each other, however may be prone to conflict due to misunderstanding each other or perceiving the other as “sabotaging” or intentionally making blunders.


These are the “look alikes” of the intertype relations, partners have half their functions in common. [which functions] This leads to similar approaches and methods, in addition to similar communication styles. Business relations are normally smooth and fluent, and partners do not require a long time to get to know each other. The psychological differences are normally large enough that they do not seek to know each other deeply.


Mirage relations are similar to duality in that many of the partners functions correspond to the unconscious expectations of the other. One of these partners are introverted, the other extraverted, and the relations range from understanding and compatibility to complete aversion to the other person’s lifestyle and approach.


Super-ego partners usually view each other as strange and curious individuals and if they share common interests the relationship may function smoothly. However, it can also be filled with strife if both partners end up wanting to express their own points of view rather than listen to the other’s view.


Extinguishment relations exist where the partners are opposite of the partners. This means that one partners conscious functions (dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior) correspond to the other partners unconscious functions (Opposing personality, critical parent, trickster and demon).


These partners usually have a lot to talk about as their interests tend to be similar, however they take different approaches to every subject. Each partner may want to redefine and correct the other’s approach in accordance with their perspective, while finding the other’s use of their leading function impressive.


Conflict relations are generally the least satisfying of all psychological compatibilities.


Benefit is an asymmetrical relation where the one with higher social status is called the benefactor and the one with lower social status is called the beneficiary. Usually the beneficiary will admire the benefactor from a distance.

The benefactor is generally supportive of the beneficiary, and seeks to help the person, but may become discontented with not receiving anything in return. All the while the beneficiary starts to become irritated with the benefactors apparent attempts at trying to “mold” the beneficiary’s person and behaviour.


Supervision is a relationship where the person with the higher status is called the supervisor and the one with lower status is called the supervised or supervisee. This relation occurs due to the person with higher status being able to put pressure on the supervisees trickster using their leading function while the supervisee is unable to “fight back”.

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