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Information Elements (functions)

The information elements (also IM elements, elements of information metabolism, or functions) are eight mental categories that play a key role in interpersonal interaction.

Information Elements

  • Si - Introverted Sensing: Homeostasis, continuity, smoothness, flow, satisfaction, aesthetics, quality of life, pleasure, relaxation, convenience, quality. *representative: ISFJ, ISTJ

  • Ne - Extraverted Intuition: Potential, permutation, isomorphism, semblance, essence, uncertainty, the unknown, opening up new "windows" and bringing up new possibilities in conversation, seeing opportunities, chance, being the first, refreshing informational suddenness, diversity of interests and involvements. *representative: ENTP, ENFP

  • Ti - Introverted Logic: Structure, analysis, coherence, consistency, cogency, accordance, match, commensurability, understanding, order, or the lack of thereof. *representative: INTP, ISTP

  • Fe - Extraverted Ethics: Emotional atmosphere, romanticism, cooperation, treatment, qualitative judgement of behavior, sympathy, ethical estimations of observable actions, "ethics of actions". *representative: ESFJ, ENFJ

  • Ni - Introverted Intuition: Development over time, historicity, cause and effect, consequences, repetition, archetypal themes and examples, looking for causes in history or the past, past-future forecasting of event dynamics, rhythm, delay or act-now, past-turned imagination. *representative: INTJ, INFJ

  • Se - Extraverted Sensing: Sensing of immediate static qualities of objects, sensing of immediate reality, external appearance, texture, form, static objects, impact, direct physical effect, span, extent, scope. *representative: ESFP, ESTP

  • Fi - Introverted Ethics: Internal harmony, resonance or dissonance of personal sentiments, sympathy, pity, compassion, support, condemnation, judgement, positive and negative emotional space. *representative: ISFP, INFP

  • Te - Extraverted Logic: Efficiency, method, mechanism, knowledge, work, reason in motion, direction of activity into its most logical course of action, "logic of actions", utilitarianism, expediency, benefit. *representative: ESTJ, ENTJ

States of Mind

When a person is "using" an element he naturally goes into a corresponding state of mind, which is reflected in his body language and vocabulary, and tends to have a similar effect on the people around him, who will react with interest (Ego), amusement (Super-Id), boredom (Id), or irritation (Super-Ego), etc. based on which function that element occupies in their information metabolism model (Model A).

  • Si - Introverted Sensing: A physically relaxed state of mind, turned to the continuity and flow of the moment.
  • Ne - Extraverted Intuition: Seeing the potential on the current situation, bringing up various possibilities up to discussion, recombinative play, permutations, variations, alternatives, solutions, including options that seem improbable or even absurd at times, informationally renovative and refreshing conversation.
  • Ti - Introverted Logic: Analytical state of mind, clarity and exactitude of thought, a sense of coherence, order, and regularity at different levels of structure, "debugging": seeing the whole system and then spotting nonsensical flaws or mistakes, or alternatively building one's own systems from simple and well-understood parts.
  • Fe - Extraverted Ethics: Assessing the moods and attitudes from dynamics of surroundings and the actions and choices of others, being perceptive of the "emotional atmosphere", analyzing and evaluating emotions and attitudes of others based on their currently observable reactions and actions, with to express one's feelings and experiences openly and directly, to impact the emotional and social space, which can be done through expressive combination of words and gestures.
  • Ni - Introverted Intuition: A protracted and reflective state of mind, "falling out of time" and later trying to make up for lost activity, generalizing and abstracting past events from memory, using these generalizations to see what's going to happen, reflecting upon the past in order to be able to evaluate what is possible to do in the present moment and to predict the most likely course of events, patience that borders with inactivity.
  • Se - Extraverted Sensing: Awareness of the space and concrete environment around oneself, externally observatory state of mind, "sensing of reality", "factual perception of reality", everything around you gets registered no matter if you can touch it or it's way off in the distant distance, a mobilized state, exerting force on objects and people with the goal of moving them around in space, in Se perception a person or object can be influenced only in space.
  • Fi - Introverted Ethics: An analytical state of mind, analysis of personal feeling and stances, harmony or disharmony of personal values and sentiments, endearment, closeness, moral satisfaction, emotional sensitivity, deep personal conviction that may produce moral firmness and resolve.
  • Te - Extraverted Logic: An evaluatory state of mind that directly assesses events and actions of other people from logical point of view and openly voices those assessments, assessing and estimating productivity, efficiency, usefulness, rational sense of any given involvement venture or activity, steady and purposeful state of mind that leads to making rational actions despite the present sentiments.

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