The Suspense Is Killing

Socionics: A “New” (to Me) Approach to Jungian Typology

In my search for greater understanding of myself, I discovered that the Myers-Briggs understanding of typology was not the only–or even necessarily the best–approach. “Type Twitter” introduced me to Socionics, a Russian take on Jung’s psychological types. I learned that there is not a one-to-one correspondence of MBTI type to Socionics type, because the cognitive functions, or information metabolism (IM) elements as they are called in Socionics, are not defined the same way in both.

I began to read about Socionics on several websites and found some online quizzes. Unfortunately, the results were inconsistent: am I an IEI or an EII? Or maybe something else entirely?

Potential Solution: A Live Interview

One of the helpful “type” people on Twitter recommended that I arrange an interview with Jack Oliver Aaron of the World Socionics Society and ask him to identify my type. I watched several public interviews Jack did and was impressed, so I decided to follow that advice. My interview was last night, and the time sped quickly by. At the close of the interview, I anticipated the results of Jack’s analysis with bated breath…only to learn that I will have to wait a week or so for his findings. I feel like a child waiting for Santa Claus to come.

Paint Your Pet

Last night I tried something new with cousin MJ and sister Melissa: a class at The Community House in Birmingham entitled “Paint Your Pet.” After arriving we each got a canvas with a light pencil sketch of our chosen pet (based on photos we had sent in ahead of time). Our teacher gave us instructions for painting, first the background and then the details. She went from person to person to suggest appropriate techniques for the animal each was attempting to capture on canvas. We really enjoyed ourselves, even though we were not 100% satisfied with the quality of our labors.

Charlie

Haunted by Carl Jung

Ancient History

Many years ago (in the early 1970s), one of my professors in the College of Education at Wayne State University introduced us to the Jungian model of perception-judgment styles and speculated on how each might respond to various teaching styles. I was so intrigued with the idea of matching teaching methods to students’ perception-judgment styles that I designed the experiment for my doctoral dissertation on this foundation. At that time, I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and learned that I was an ENFP.

Revival

I am not exactly sure what prompted the intense revival of my interest in Jung’s personality styles earlier this year. I began to search for online tests and found a number of websites which offered them. I was surprised to learn that nearly all of the ones I took typed me as an INFJ (although the preference strengths varied from test to test).

Seeking further information about myself, I also looked for online cognitive function tests on the web. One that I found was at SimilarMinds.com. The results of the test are presented below. Apparently they were so strange that my “type” could not be determined from them. I was not sure what to make of this!

Jungian Functions Test Results

Te (Extroverted Thinking) |||||| 30%
Ti (Introverted Thinking) |||||||||| 35%
Ne (Extroverted Intuition) |||||||||||| 50%
Ni (Introverted Intuition) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%
Se (Extroverted Sensing) || 5%
Si (Introverted Sensing) |||||||||||| 50%
Fe (Extroverted Feeling) |||||||||||||| 55%
Fi (Introverted Feeling) |||||||||||||||||||| 85%

Take Free Jungian Functions Test
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

I found a number of other tests on the site. One was called a “Jung Word Test,” and its results were consistent with those I got on other sites.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

Free Jung Word Test (similar to Myers-Briggs)
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

Another test promised results for both my Jungian type and my Enneagram (previous results on that revealed 1w2). The results are shown below.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Orderliness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 60%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||| 26%
Type 4 Individualism |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 5 Intellectualism |||||| 23%
Type 6 Security Focus |||||| 26%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 33%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||| 73%
Type 9 Calmness |||||| 26%

Your main type is 1
Your variant is social

Free Jung + Enneagram Personality Test
Personality Tests by SimilarMinds.com

Retest

I finally decided to invest in a retake of the (updated since the 70s) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which indicated that I am an INFJ; and then the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Level II, which labeled me an “Emergent INFJ.” The Level II was interesting because it broke down the dichotomies into components, revealing both typical-of-type and atypical traits.

I began to find MBTI aficionados on Twitter and Facebook, and followed many of them. One of them even designed a 29-question personality test that I found interesting…and accurate. Take the quiz here.

My search for self-understanding continues.