Indicators of dimensionality

So we have the dimensions, how strong functions are. But how do we spot it in people, how do we see how strong a function is? (This list is exclusively from School of system socionics, only paraphrased.)

For one dimensional functions, suggestive/dual seeking and vulnerable/point of least resistance, the following points are characteristic:

  • Describing ones own experience, without any reference to external norms and standards.
  • Learning solely through trial and error, understanding things through experience.
  • Lacking the ability to compare information, and uses self-made standards.
  • Characterized by a thinking that differs from the norms, and often has a non-typical reaction.
  • Advice (especially for PoLR) is seen as criticism.
  • Refuses to agree with a general opinion about the use of the function.
  • They constantly repeat the same thing, and preserves a positive situation.
  • They are gullible, lacks criticism and are unable to asses their own skill in it.
  • Highly sensitive towards parts of the function.

The two dimensional functions, mobilizing/hidden agenda and the role function, can be seen through the following:

  • They refer to a source of authority, person or social rules and norms.
  • There is a correctness and rigidness in its use, and they are often fairly stereotypical.

The for low dimensional functions, all of the above, shares a few common characteristics as well.

  • They are black and white, simple and dichotomic in their use.
  • The person usually has a difficulty providing examples, and are quick at moving on from the subject, if not completely avoiding it.
  • People are quick to both generalize and hide their weaknesses when it comes to those functions.

For the higher functions, there are a lot fewer indicators. I’ll therefore put them in the same category. When not specified, it’s about high dimensionality in general.

  • Goes beyond common understanding and norms in a subject, renouncing a limited, rigid “right way”- approach.
  • Doesn’t need or seek out external confirmation, but is sure about their own ability with it.
  • References different circumstances and conditions for the situation (third dimensionality, for creative and ignoring function).
  • Identifies with the function, sees it as “this is who I am” (fourth dimension, lead and demonstrative).
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