Dec 22, 2006

Duality and Dual Relations

A unique aspect of socionics is the discovery of complementary psychic structures. Jung and his followers recognized a particular attraction between individuals with certain leading functions, but these observations were not developed into a full-fledged theory. In Myers-Briggs typology there is no one recognized paradigm of intertype compatibility.

In socionics, each of the 16 socionic types has its dual type. The essence of dual relations is that the natural information output of one type is the preferred information input of the other. Having a dual or dual around stimulates one to use one's strengths more, which creates a sense of achievement and fulfillment. Even duals' mere physical presence tends to exert a calming and balancing influence. Dual relations develop around the strongest functions of each partner and keep mental, emotional, and physical functioning balanced, while directing partners' energy towards constructive and rewarding activities. This does not mean that duals never disagree or are never upset or in a bad mood. However, these are generally short-term deviations from the norm.

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