Socionics: Finding the Right People for the Right Things

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T E C H N O L O G Y – P S Y C H O L O G Y

Mahira Taj

Socionics is a personality diagnosis system that was developed in Russia, and derived from the Jungian personality theory. It assumes although people are vastly different creatures, the way we think; ideas, values in the world; and even the way we perceive the world — can be predicted if our socionics type is known i.e. the general thoughts that occur in our minds have a trend which this system is aware of. Socionics is, above all, a theory — however, like the MBTI system, it also has a lot of people vouching for its effectiveness and it is seen as a sound way of getting a general grip on someone’s personality. 

It is a genuine personality distinguishing model which people have cited time and time again, and research has found much correlation between socionics and intertype relationship theory and real life couples after thorough surveying and research. 

The HSOA journal of Internal Medicine and Primary Health care cited in a review,

Integration of Socionic typology into the production activities of medical institutions can help to restructure the context of professional interactions of health workers and to orient their thinking in the direction of communication modeling.

This suggestion was presented after thorough research into socionics theory. 

Revista Espios, a group focused on humans in the aviation industry, published a research citing which socionics type excels most in such a career, and the study can thus potentially improve on the key weaknesses of the members of the class by changing their study plans according to what is best for the students. 

The study separated students into three groups, with the first group having qualities most suitable to working in aviation.

“First group demonstrated fairly good indicators regarding attention distribution and switching, short-term memory, thinking speed, skill development, and reinforcement regardless of disturbances, adaptive skills, emotional stability, motor reaction, coordination, and tension. The next stage of research involved the use of flight simulators.”

The paper cited that the first group was mostly composed of SLE and LSE. And that IEI and EII were most unfit for aviation, though of course, the courses could design their lesson plans in such a way as to complement these groups of students. 

According to socionics, there are sixteen types, and certain types get along more well than others. 

Types which have a dual relationship are said to have the highest mental compatibility. The strengths and weaknesses of each type of relationship is also thoroughly laid out in socionics. 

Moreover, research conducted in Russia has discovered that a large percentage of married couples are duals, in accordance to the socionics intertype relationship theory. 

Research like this, if developed further, can thus improve marriages between partners once a thorough understanding of their socionics type is reached, it can also help cater to and improve on the weaknesses of workers in an industry, or find the best roles for people in an industry depending on their strengths and weaknesses. 

One question that often arises is the cost of implementation of such techniques. There are many socionics experts who can accurately find your socionics type online, and at a cheap cost. However, an organisation may need to hire psychologists or socionics experts for mass implementation of such a system. 

This can also help the Bangladeshi school system and workforce improve. People who are ranked high in openness and creativity repeatedly show that they make the most innovative products. However, due to the hierarchical nature of how the workforce is structured, creative people starting off in inferior positions cannot rise up in rank nearly as much as the non-creative diligent people in the world. We have less creative people where we need them most: In creative teams and content teams and decision making teams. As a result, creative people are often pushed out of the workforce and we cannot utilise their strengths effectively. 

Socionics can help us identify the strengths and weaknesses of every employee; work on those strengths; and give these employees tasks for which they are the best candidates. Of course, a hierarchical structure will still remain but it can be more classified or regulated depending on the company’s needs. A rise in overall creativity and quality of product will occur, creating an upward trend for the economy and job market alike. 

Not to mention, socionics is different from other indicators of personality in that it has a greater focus and research on interpersonal relationships. While Myers Briggs and the Big Five are good indicators of someone’s general personality, socionics goes further in researching and implementing the compatibility of certain types. This can help us create more efficient teams in the workplace, by utilising supervisor-supervisee and relationship dynamics in socionics. 

Socionics can help the world in multiple ways, with greater generated public interest and improvements to the system. 


Mahira Taj is a psychology and chocolate enthusiast who likes to cry over cute marine animals for fun.


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