I am new to socionics and I want to shed some light on some of its more complex functions and maybe use it as a cornerstone for MBTI direction since people refuse to type me in that thread too... Okay, without further ado. (This will be longer compared to others...)
1.General to specific, specific to general – what does it mean?
It means relating from* overarching overlapped categories of subjects to subject itself as a point of view, which may contain potentials for all the overarching categories it belongs to/ used in depending on the point of interest. :) Depending on what is a focal point this may change, though, as subject may contain specifics from the point of view of which the oneness of the subject may be considered general not specific as before as it contains other potentials in itself too.
2. What does "logical" mean? What is your understanding? Do you think that it correlates with the common view?
Logical means accurate in evaluation of the thing in reality, mental reproduction of it* and strategic, as in adequately knowing what your actions will lead to based on that mental model you create. Being logical is impossible without a) being observant b) being bias free c) being exact d) being honest* Truly logical decisions are those that foresee long time effects and are made with them in mind. Yes, I don't think I said anything new here.
3. How do you explain fractions on the dial of the clock?
Can we not, teach?...
4. What is a rule? What rules do you have to follow?
Rules are limitations that are made to direct your actions and they are neither good not bad by default because it depends on who is enforcing them and what this direction is.*
5. What is hierarchy? Do you need to follow it? Why or why not?
Hierarchies, much like the rules, are made for ease of command in serving some goal. First of all, we need to ask ourselves what goal do we serve and whether it is just. Then you can decide whether to serve it or not. Some people give fake examples of hierarchies, like the natural world - the strong trample the weak. Since such "hierarchy" doesn't serve any goal but violence, lust and power it is not really a hierarchy. And any human hierarchy that shows that animal tendencies must be disobeyed since it is corrupt. Hierarchies serve the goal not further personal desires.
6. What do you think of instructions? Do you use them? Could you write an instruction manual? If so, what type of instruction manual would you most likely write?
Instructions are to be followed to avoid hazard, it is not really a choice or a personal preference. I would most likely write an art tool manual since I am an artist.
7. Please explain: "Freedom is in complying with the laws, but not in ignoring the laws"? Do you agree with the statement? Why?
Yes, I agree. You can't be free at the expense of others, it's not freedom then but selfishness.*
8. Tell us how about consistent you are?
Not consistent. I am basically many people in one handy package.I am a disoriented squad held together by sappy values you will read about below!
9. What is a "standard"? Why do people need it?
Standard in what? In personalities, behaviors, looks? no thank you. In art, science, politics? More standards please and make them stricter so the quality of life improves and the progress becomes achievable.
10. You need to put your home library in order. How do you feel about this activity? How will you approach this task?
I don't care about organizing tasks at all. I will just leave books all over the place - they way the will naturally end up anyway if I do indeed read them and not just put them on shelves for show.*
1. What is work in your opinion? Why do people go to work? Are there any parameters where you can distinguish whether you can do this work or not?
Work is just two things: means of survival and the method of improving the world. All work in the world is either of these two.
2. Is there any correlation between quality and quantity? Tell us if or how the price depends on quality?
Price sometimes reflects quality but not always. Price is a complex, political issue. Most of the time, something costs a lot just because it is sold in an overpriced neighborhood and shop owners have to pay a lot for rent. I feel like the times of realistic prices are gone since at least late 19th century.
3. How do people determine the quality of work? How do you determine such quality? How well you can determine the quality of any purchase, do you pay any attention to it?
It is too much of an abstract question. What kind of work? You know, the work as writing a book and the work as pouring cement on the streets have different criteria of evaluation. All I can say that I value feeling like the person doing the work was thinking, applying their understanding to the full. A lot of people value workaholism, effort but not me. I just want to see, through your work, that you understand what you are talking about.
4. How do you feel if you didn't finish some work? Does it ever happen? What are the reasons?
Depends on the kind of work. If it was just normal work I'd be happy to wing it and relax. But if it's something important to me, I'd chastise myself for being unable to finish. Sometimes I'd even cry. However, I'd get over it pretty quickly too. I prefer starting anew, with new understanding of things.
5. What is "interesting work" for you? Please explain in detail.
Interesting work is the kind of work that allows you to learn many new things, in my case, things about cultures and languages and also the kind of work where you can experiment and create something freely with low levels responsibility for the outcome.
6. You go to the store and see something you're interested in buying; there is a price tag on it. What parameters are you going to use to understand if it's overpriced, underpriced, or priced correctly?
The more important an object is to my wellbeing,the better quality it has to be. Anything else can be cheap.
7. When you work and someone tells you: "You don't do it right." What is your reaction?
I don't know why but people tell me that all the time and it irritates me because I've seen other people who do worse and are applauded. I give off an air of incompetence, I guess which is just my air of carelessness that isn't necessarily incompetence but just laziness and desire to be free of responsibility. I actually like being competent but I dislike when people demand competence in too many things from me because I just like to do what I am best at.
8. There is a professional right next to you. You always see that you can't perform the way they do. Your feelings, thoughts and actions?
I don't care, for the most part. To me success is sometimes on a phillosophical level, just being an overachiever won't cut it. I envy not performances but overall lifestyles and mindsets of people. Of course I may feel inadequate sometimes but it depends on many factors. I do envy someone who is more adaptable and fast than me because I think I am quite flexible myself. Talented people who are younger than me sometimes provoke this reaction in me and I am not proud of it. At the end of the day, everyone moves at different speed, comparisons are pointless.
9. When you have to ask someone else to help you with the task, how do you feel?
Sad. I like to be independent and this is obviously admitting my lack of skill and dependency. However, sometimes the task is so important I don't care about such things. It depends.
10. You need to build a pyramid exactly like in Egypt. Your thoughts, feelings and actions?
Why do I need to build a pyramid exactly like in Egypt? I won't build it as well as original builders anyway.
1. What is beauty? Do you change your opinion about beauty? Does your understanding correlate with the generally accepted notion? What goes beyond the generally accepted notion?
Beauty is cultural context and nothing more. The notions of beauty change all the time but something that doesn't change is the fact that it's deeply rooted in culture and also differs from culture to culture. For me personally, beauty is understanding the story behind something. I can't call someone or something beautiful without knowing their mind or its historical significance when it comes to places. Talking about purely visual side, I tend to like people who remind me of some cultural archetypes I like, I like people who embody some emotional traits I value. To me, there is nothing more wonderful than outward expression of internal emotion via everything - face, pose and even clothes. And certain ungliness is welcome here because ugliness is even more loaded with emotion than pure beauty. So, beauty is emotion for me - either through association or memory or through firsthand experience.
Since I am obsessed with ugliness, eccentricity and general complex aesthetics, not many people share my perception of beauty, especially those people who are hung up on physical perfection. I dislike the idea of symmetry especially and I always wonder why people claim something so unnatural can be beautiful and preferable. At least some people share my notion that beauty is always natural. Needless to say, I hate modern ideas of beauty which is always very fake, unoriginal and oversexed.
2. Please describe your understanding of a beautifully dressed person. What is the core of beauty? How do you explain what is beautiful to a person who has never heard about beauty before?
It depends on the context. I am not very picky when it comes to looks and sometimes people invent outfits that expand my already wide understanding of beauty. :) The core of beauty is the same as in art - intentional improvisation and expression of emotion that's appropriate for the occasion. I can only say that personally I prefer more effortless and even slightly messy looks, especially on men. To me, such things like hair gel, dyed hair, piercings, complex haircuts only make most men look worse. You just have to be clean and relaxed - that's all. Not sure I'd be able to explain the idea of beauty to someone like this since I already said that beauty is context. Technically, dumb people will never know beauty because beauty demands brains to decipher by default. :)
3. Is there a template of understanding what beautiful means for everyone to use? Is there such a term as "classical beauty"? If so, what is it?
A template? Never. It is not only personal but also mostly depends on the country of living. For example, I see many Americans obsessing after sporty looks to the point non-muscular men feel inferior. As an European who is not sporty myself (nothing against sports though) I feel intimidated by muscular men and they are literally my least favorite type. I don't want to be with someone who looks like he can accidentally crush me. And American women, conversely, feel safe with this kind of guy. To them muscular= bodyguard, father, to me muscular = criminal. That example may be shallow but it just shows the difference in context.
There is no such thing as classic beauty and the very notion of it is annoying to me. :)
4. What is comfort? What is coziness? How do you create your comfort and coziness? How do others evaluate your skill in doing so? Do you agree with them?
I desire comfort strongly but I am not sure I am capable of creating it. I may obsess over aesthetics but I am actually a messy person who hates cleaning. However, it depends what you mean by comfort?
5. How do you pick your own clothes? Do you follow fashion? Why? Do you know how to select clothes for different types of figures?
I only dress for comfort. I actually give better fashion advice for others than I give for myself. I am a fashion nerd in a way. Not the fashionable kind. For me it's like being a military history freak (by the way, I may a bit of that too, I am interested in historical fashion/ military uniforms much more than modern clothes).
6. How do you cook? Do you follow recipes? What do others think of your skill?
I am incapable of cooking. I am trying to learn but I just hate the process.
7. Are you good at color patterns and mixing them and matching?
I am very cautious with mixing and matching because while I have good eye for quality items, my tastes are random and as result my wardrobe is not coordination-friendly. :)
8. If someone is telling you what is beautiful and what is not, what goes with what color and what is not, do you agree with this person?
Not only I am often suspicious about opinions of others but this is also the topic I feel strongly about so I will most likely disagree. However, I don't think my opinion is more valuable here - everyone perceives beauty differently. I'd just agree to disagree. However, if they would insist that their kind of beauty is "right' and mine is wrong,..I may get angry about this.
9. Tell us how you'd design any room, house or an office. Do you do it yourself or trust someone else to do it?
If I could design a room, any room, I'd prefer it to be designed in accordance with the rules of some famous style/school of architecture. First, I'd have to learn the basics of that classic style and then, when I am confident I can experiment, I'd add my own style but within the tradition because I want to preserve the historical context of the style. I'd also want to design something very natural, maybe even farmer-house like. I like things that are so raw and natural it's even a bit strange.
10. How do you know if a person has bad taste? Could you give us an example? Do you always trust your own taste or do you seek opinions from others?
A lack of taste is simply a lack of intelligence. No clothes or art can be called objectively bad, everything can be worn or shown in the right place and time. A lack of cultural awareness and awareness of the situation of a wearer or artist is what constitutes bad taste. I often find it funny when people criticize eccentric clothes or paintings saying they are "ugly". Intentional "ugliness" is not ugliness per as, it's eccentric and it's fun. Most often, in both art, fashion or writing, INTENT is what separates a genius from a fool. You can't be "accidentally" fashionable or eloquent. Everything intentional and full of cultural context is fashionable.
Do I trust the opinion of others? Hm, it depends. I am not surrounded by some fashion aficionados in my life and neither I am one myself, however, amongst my friends, I guess I am the one who is most hung up on the aesthetics. I feel like I have good taste overall but I am bad at matching items. I am a bit prone to collecting things that look good on me just in theory or in my mind but not in reality because in reality I don't know how to wear them. :) However, in art, I trust my opinion the most because I am an artist and I spend a lot of time analyzing it.
1. Can you line up human resources and make them do things? What methods do you use? Can you press people? If so, how does it happen?
Don' think so. I am not charismatic enough for that and neither do I desire to command people. I derive strength from other things. Managing people is extremely tiresome and boring. Also, everyone always thinks that people in positions of authority feel like gods but in reality, the masses rule over them. And if they don't, its just means they are tyrannical.
What is incursion? How do you deal with this? Can you repulse? How easy can you do it?
2. What is incursion? How do you deal with this? Can you repulse? How easy can you do it?
First we need to figure out what kind of war we are f*cking fighting and for what, what results will be. You can do many things for the right goal. I can't say without knowing such a goal, war is not an abstraction, it's history.
3. What does "my people" and "strangers" mean? When do "my people" become "strangers" and why?
I don't know what you are talking about here. I just don't use this line of thinking at all. People are always both strangers and friends to you, depending on what part of their personality takes over. However, I know for sure that people who revel in destruction and suffering of others will never be close to me. It doesn't mean I like only nice people, I am fairly generous with mistakes people commit but there is a line there that I hope most people won't cross. But I guess I also will never become close with someone who doesn't speak the same emotional language as me. And that's why I don't have many friends.
4. Are there strategies of attack? Can you use them? When is it justified?
Attack on what? As in military attack? I am not qualified to say. I think diplomacy is always smarter and more strategic. In fact, courtroom battles and diplomatic battles are those that need to be fought most often.
5. Do you think it's ok to occupy someone else's territory? In what situations?
6. What are the methods of volitional force? When is it most effective and in what situations?
Since I don't know much about this, I don't feel qualified enough to say.
7. How do you protect yourself and your interests?
Passively, without wasting too much energy but stubbornly. I can also use some manipulation which works even better but I need some time to think it over beforehand. I may also just leave the confrontation altogether. It is not that I don't believe in confrontation, I just haven't seen any results of it.
8. Describe your behavior in the situations of opposition and if you have to use some force?
I rarely use force but when I do, I am often very angry and use very sharp words to express my displeasure. If I am not completely outraged by someone’s behavior then I'll use sly methods most of the time.
9. Do others think of you as a strong person? Do you think you are a strong person?
I don't believe in absolute strength, only relative one. All people are capable of different things and what's easy for some is difficult for others. Even if absolute strength does exist, we still don't know what it is because all definitions of strength so far are too physically inclined.
10. How do you understand if a person is strong? Are there any signs of a strong person? What is the core of any force? Why do people listen to one person, but not the other?
As I said before, there is no absolute strength but I noticed that people who are both very adaptable and very persistent in the same time, are what can be called as "strong". The strength is ability to change with circumstances and yet preserve your values and goals. I feel like unlike masculinity and physical strength it is even more difficult to achieve but it is an ideal everyone can strive for nonetheless.