The attribution of a person to a particular socionic type on the basis of identifying the inherent features of perception, thinking and behavior has many varieties of methods according to which it can be the implemented. The most common methods of sociodiagnostics are the following:
* questionnaire method: using a variety of questionnaires and written tests;
* visual method: observation of a person's appearance or behavioral reactions;
* interview method: a focused interview with the subject on the topics of his biography and life preferences;
* training method: disclosure of a person's inclinations by assigning him various test tasks of a game or competitive nature;
* a complex method that combines several of the above methods.
In general, logicians work better with questionnaires that require objectivity and consistency. Ethical sociotypes prefer to be diagnosed in live communication, when a person can be felt. The sensorist is better able to observe a person who reveals himself in practical action. And intuitive types combine all these approaches well, building an internal image of a person's characteristic features through associations.
The most reliable of all these methods, of course, is the complex method. Socionics professionals most often use the interview method in combination with visual observation. It turns out to be the most economical, and with a good organization of work, it takes 15-20 minutes to diagnose one person. In the course of a practical seminar on socionics, training identification is most justified, since having enough time allows you to test a person in a whole series of demonstration exercises.
It should be noted that sociodiagnostics is the most difficult part of applied socionics. Here, dilettantism is unacceptable, since we are talking about the fate of people. It is only half a science. The second half of the study of the sociotype relates to art: there are moments in it that, in principle, cannot be algorithmized and technologized. Therefore, sociodiagnostics cannot be learned from books and manuals. Success on this path is given only by many years of personal experience.
The importance of sociodiagnostics should not be underestimated by the future creators of artificial intelligence. They will sooner or later be forced to take note of the fact that there are sixteen varieties of intelligent systems. Having learned to algorithmize the left-hemisphere psychological functions-logic and sensorics-the designers of artificial intelligence risk tripping over the problem of right-hemisphere functions-emotions and intuition, without which a full-fledged thought process is impossible. The success of such interdisciplinary projects, without a doubt, directly depends on the ability to diagnose the types of reflexive (self-aware) systems and predict their communicative dynamics.
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