I want to make this thread to promote DCNH, because I feel it doesn't get the attention it deserves.
DCNH is not only beautiful and cool. It is also very accurate, and fills a gap in the understanding of Socionics and compatibiliy.
Socionics is great, but DCNH makes it easier to see, because it sorts out some things, makes them clearer.
It's a whole world, and can give incredible satisfaction and joy.
It might sound formal and complicated. But it isn't.
There are three good articles on the subject. Read them!
System of DCNH subtypes
Subtypes: the empirical portrait
So, the basics: A person can show strengths of different functions, regardless of type. These strengths or "energizations" come in pairs. We get these subtypes:
FeTe = Dominant subtype
NeSe = Creative subtype
TiFi = Normalizing subtype
SiNi = Harmonizing subtype
The main compatibilities are these: D and N fit together, and H and C fit together. This is not only theory, in my observations a majority of married couples follow this pattern.
Strengthening a pair of functions in this context means that you focus on the content of the information, the experience, it's very practical, not just processing. It does NOT mean that you start using the function more in the model A structure. For example, if a SEI strengthens Ni (Harmonizing), it is NOT the same as emphasizing the role (that would feel stressful). This is why some people have misunderstood DCNH because they think that it is against the rules of socionics to strengthen for example Si and Ni at the same time. But this is in fact the rule, this kind of strengening happens in pairs.
But, in addition to this strengthening in pairs, there is another kind of strengthening that actually is about functions in the model A structure. So D has strengthened base, C has strong creative, N role and H PoLR. This shows in different ways. For example the C is focused on self-actualization, very difficult to work with uninteresing tasks, unpredictable. N has problems working for himself, needs a social environment, direction.
I can give you one example from my type (SEI): Focusing on...
Ni (H subtype): meditative, receptive, attentive state of mind, perceptive of environment, percieving deep, "spiritual"dynamics of events
... and that's not the same as this:
Ni-role: acute awareness of flow of time. Feeling of being late, feeling of being in a slight hurry all the time, need to adapt, punctuality, especially in social context, work etc. This shows more as the person becomes socialized, maturing.
But DCNH is not difficult. Forget the theory. It's easiest to learn through examples. I couldn't find that many celebreties of N subtype, for obvious reasons.
I really hope the links work. Some of these videos give a good insight into what this is all about.
David Hasselhoff (ESI/ISFj), Spencer Stern (LII/INTj), Angela Merkel (LII/INTj), Kirk Hammett(SEI/ISFp), Doctor Phil (LSI/ISTj), Richard Dawkins (ILE/ENTp)
Woody Allen (ILI/INTp), Russell Brand (ILE/ENTp), Björk (SEI/ISFp), Charles Manson (EIE/ENFj), Gordon Ramsay (LSI/ISTj), Slavoy Zizek (ILI/INTp),Jack Nicholson (SLE/ESTp), Roman PolanskyIEI/INFp
Noam Chomsky (LII/INTj), Rick DeLong (IEE/ENFp)
Emanuelle Seigner (IEI/INFp), Lisa Mitchell(SEI/ISFp), George Michael (SLE/ESTp), George Michael (young), Madonna (SLE/ESTp), Eva Rydberg (LIE/ENTj)
DCNH doesn't compete with model A. Model A is still the same. Just specifying intra-type differences.
Comparing main Socionics with DCNH I would say that Socionics model A focuses on the information processing but DCNH focuses on the awareness or immidiate approach to things. DCNH is a more shallow but visible phenomenon. It's a big part of your "personality". Often I can know the subtype of a person, but not the main type, until I get to know them more.
DCNH AND CHANGE
DCNH subtype can change during your life. But it is a slow process. Things like severe illness, emotional stress, life crisis can trigger a change. But often what is needed is sustained training of the pair of functions. DCNH can be compared to mood. The mood, the kind of awareness, can change during the day or during longer periods depending on what you do. But usually we swing back to our default subtype very soon. If you spend lot's of time with a another subtype it can also trigger change, or at least give you alternative ways of being that can inspire you to change.
Change usually happens ignoring -> connecting. So N begins to change towards H and C towards D.
Gulenko has suggested that Steve Jobs might have undergone a subtype change, at least partially. He is usually typed EIE. As young (in the 70ies-80ies he seems C, later, when he is older he seems more D. That's understandable thinking about how his tasks /the company has evolved.
DCNH AND MISTYPINGS
D and C introverts can often be confused for extravers. And H and N extroverts of course confused for being introverts. Cs are generally difficult to type.
DCNH and MBTI
Se in Myers Briggs seems very close to Se-Creative in DCNH. There are probably also other things one could point out. Or Normalizing intuitives will sometimes be typed as sensors in MBTI because they often lack imagination (in some sense) and are detail focused.
EXPANDING TO 8 SUBTYPES
... is easy. In some people one function in the pair seems to be stronger. So you can have Fe-dominants or Te-dominants etc. Young Yoko Ono would be an example of Ni-H-SEI. Compare her with Lisa Mitchell who is much more Si-H-SEI. But in most people the functional pair is pretty even.
HOW TO LEARN DCNH
Look at married couples and you'll find the main compatibilities. Not always but very often. Compare people of the same sociotype. Also keep in mind that this is a structural-analytical approach and you shouldn't worship the definitions when typing people. Try to look around and learn what is intended by the model. Not all Ds are "dominant" in a traditional sense, for example. But DCNH is not trivial, it actually refers to something in the mind. It is not just about "some people are a little like this, and some are like that".
When typing DCNH one can look at the functions, the dichotomies, or the descriptions. Or all of them. Basically the same thing.
WHY DCNH IS GREAT!
Many reasons, but it finally teaches you socionics in practise, because it subtracts a layer from the general personality so you can see model A clearer. Or the opposite: You can ignore model A and just enjoy observing DCNH in people. In the same way it separates a layer of compatibility so you can understand the socionics relations better, or the opposite, understand the DCNH compatibilities better. This is analytical psychology at its best. DCNH is all around us. Happy observing!
* astheno-neurotic means something like sensitivity to smells, colors, body-sensations, tiredness, muscle-weakness, moodyness. It's a term used in Eastern European medicine.