How Subtypes create “Pseudo-Types”

In Socionics, there is the so-called “Inert/Contactsubtype system. According to it, people can either be the “Inert” (first function) subtype, or the “Contact” (second function) subtype – or neither (“no subtype”). Click here for examples. Your subtype determines which alternative Sociotype you will emulate and/or resemble – your “Pseudo-Type“.

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What that means in more practical terms, is that many people lean towards using their first or second function more than other people of their type. Or in other words, a lot of people have a certain tendency to focus on one function in their Ego more, and through that “strengthen” or “boost” other functions, than is the case with the most basic version (aka “no subtype” version) of the type.

That results in the person commonly appearing to be like another type –  their Pseudo-Type  – on a surface level. Most people will tend to mistype the individual as their Pseudo-Type (initially), for most people do not actually delve deeply enough into the psyche of the person to realize that they are only seeing and typing the Pseudo-Type, not the “real” type. This typing mistake occurs the most often when people attempt to type celebrities or strangers.

Unfortunately, even people who study Socionics commonly mistype themselves as their Pseudo-Type, for several reasons. For example, it might fit their “Alter Ego” or Enneagram type’s persona better. (Of course they are unaware of the fact that this influences their perception on their type.)

When it comes to typing someone’s Subtype correctly, having a look at their two possible Pseudo-Types could give a hint at which subtype they are more likely. For example, an LIE who could seem like an ESTx at times is more likely going to be the Te subtype, while an LIE who could be mistyped as xNFp by some people is more likely the Ni subtype. And if the LIE could be mistyped as either at different times by different people, or seems to not have a strong tendency for either Pseudo-Type, they are probably “no” subtype. People with “no” subtype generally have no set “Pseudo-Type”, or what type they appear to be to others is much more fluid. Often times, they appear to be just like what their type is “supposed” to be like, or they engage in their HA to the point they might get mistyped as having this as their Lead function by people who cannot type too well.

Someone’s Pseudo-Type can have an effect on first impressions and superficial interactions. In that sense, the interaction of Pseudo-Types can create Pseudo-Intertype relations. The specific Pseudo-ITR can involve both peoples’ Pseudo-Types, or just one person’s Pseudo-Type and the “real” Sociotype of the other. Those Pseudo-ITRs primarily occur in the early stages of the relationship and/or are to be observed by outsiders.

In that manner, compatible Sociotypes may appear to be less compatible in an interaction to outsiders because of their less compatible Pseudo-Types (“How can they be a couple, they are so different!”). While incompatible Sociotypes may appear to be more compatible in an interaction to outsiders because of their more compatible Pseudo-Types.

It should be noted that the “real” Sociotypes and their true ITR compatibility will always matter more, ultimately, especially when the people attempt to get more close emotionally and psychologically. However, when the people keep their relationship primarily on a surface level, the Pseudo-ITR may actually stay in the forefront.

I have had a closer look at the clumsily translated Inert/Contact subtype article by Meged and Ovcharov, and realized that the table at the end seems to be partly flawed. I am providing what I deem to be a more accurate overview of the Pseudo-Types (based on the shared +/- orientations of the IEs according to Gulenko, see below).

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In bold are the IEs that are particularly “boosted”, “shielded”, etc.

Read this to understand what the numbers before the subtypes mean. It should be noted that a 3-subtype is very rare, if not impossible to find in “real” people. People who are 1-subtype Inert are not listed here, because they mostly come across as their “real” type. 

ALPHA:

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BETA:

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GAMMA:

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DELTA:

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11 comments

    • What makes you not choose LSI? With a subtype like this, it is essentially only a minuscule difference to LSI.

      The problem with many LSI descriptions is the fact that they are somewhat inaccurate, or just unpleasant. So, I understand why someone would rather self-type as SLE-3Ti than LSI. A similar problem exists with the ESI descriptions. Stay tuned for an LSI description by me. And read up on Ti lead, Si Demonstrative, and Ni HA, etc.

      To answer your question, the pseudo-type of SLE-3Ti would technically be either like an LII or ILI.

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  1. I’m close to the “insensitive jerk” stereotype.
    I think I tested as more Ti than I am. 2Ti is more reasonable.
    I’m really not focused on affection and sensitivity.
    I’m comfortable with extremely offensive jokes (rape, murder, etc.)
    Basically, in the best way possible, I’m a prick.

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  2. Very interesting article, I really like this website! I’m still choosing between LII-Ti and ILI-Te, types with same functional strength. I feel that my Ti is very strong (LII) but I’m unsure about belonging to the Alpha Quadra…

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    • Hi Alex, nice to see you enjoying the site.

      I’d suggest you check out descriptions of Introverted Sensing, Extroverted Intuition, and Extroverted Feeling and how they are placed in LII. But mainly, figure out whether you can relate to those information elements more than the other ones. If you do, you are automatically from the Alpha Quadra.

      Don’t let yourself be swayed by certain stereotypes people have made up about the Quadras. It just boils down to which IEs you value, nothing more and nothing less. I have seen people mistype themselves just because they thought the stereotypes of a certain Quadra applied better to them. That’s not really how it works.

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      • Thank you for your comment! I can relate to Extraverted Intuition as a creative function, but less about Introverted Sensing as my Hidden Agenda. I actually don’t know if Extraverted Feeling is my Dual-Seeking function. I don’t seek emotions and I’m quite cold with others. But if I’m with a close friend I become really open, almost hyperactive, talking about anything that comes to mind. It’s like a metamorphosis. I seem to have stronger (but not necessarily valued) Extraverted Thinking and Extraverted Sensing than the average LII. Could this lead me to mistype myself as ILI-Te? Or might I just be the inert subtype of the LII? I’ve been researching for days but I haven’t found an answer yet.

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