Although I am using the MBTI-style type designations here, do not assume your MBTI type is your Socionics type. Really, it's best to forget what you know about MBTI while on this(or any other) Socionics site. However, in general, the E types are usually the same while the I types are typically their J-P counterpart(ie MBTI ISFP will be Socionics ISFJ).


Socionic Perspective: The Politician


flair, playfulness; socialites; physical center of attention; hands-on involvement in world around them

Model A Analysis
intellectual creative
shyness role
estimative suggestive
personal knowledge concrete art

Socionics Description - From http://www.socioniko.net/

©I.Weisband, Working Materials, 1986.
©Translated by Dmitri Lytov, edited by Lev Kamensky, 2002.

  1. Kindness is power. He takes pride in his influence with people, their love and respect, of his own popularity, gladly leads others. He is assertive and kinky in expressing his sexuality, but aloof in dealing with the objective world, mistrustful towards new scientific ideas and in general towards everything things objective, which he perceives as too impersonal. He feels much more confident and therefore has a clear conscience, only in the field of manipulating people.
  2. Restless activity, greed for practical actions. He never hides his feelings – en contraire, he takes special pride in them. It is easy for him to sound sincere, when he expresses his true feelings. He expresses his admiration both verbally and with a look in his eyes. He is always an adherent of love in all its aspects, both carnal and psychological, if he needs it. Even when a feeling is of a passing nature, he knows very well what he desires from his lover, has no intention to adapt – only to dictate. He is arrogant, optimistic, before a complicated situation he does not go shy but tries to resolve it immediately in a few decisive moves.
  3. He pays a lot of attention to the esthetic and order in his surroundings. Frequently he is the possessor of inborn taste, knows how to dress well and demands the same from his partners. He is attentive to “physical parameters” of his partner. In all his activities he shows a lot of initiative. However, he lacks a sense of measure: he is ever unsure that he has done all he could.
  4. Less nagging and more living! His life may be poisoned by the demands of those close to him to think his actions through, to act “rationally”. This is too much for him to withstand, such demands only make him want to act more irrationally, and brush reason aside altogether to spite everyone. In fact, he acts cleverly and logically until someone starts to demand of him to do so, i.e. as long as he is “respected” and “reckoned with”. It is useless to dispute his logic: one can influence him only by challenging him to set aside his goals in favor of other ones, more noble and harder attainable.
  5. Laws are cowards’ inventions. His initiative and passion for new undertakings are so great that no criticism, even permanent grumble of his dual (Balzac, The Critic) who condemns almost each display of enthusiasm, can spoil his mood. Moreover: criticizing calms him down, for him it signals that his activities did not pass unnoticed and that he must have done enough.
  6. Disappointment. Due to his initiative and demanding nature he frequently feels disappointed with his loved ones: they turn out to be “not what they seemed to be”, not perceptive enough of his whims. The bottom line is that he needs a partner who is easy to adapt to without adapting at all (without changing his own nature). If such a partner is not nearby, he gets up to mischief in order to draw such a person’s attention.


Intertype Relation Chart

ESFP Computer Function Analysis

Oldham Style: Mercurial

Basic Pleasure Basic Fear
relationship being alone

Oldham's Type Description

  1. Romantic attachment. Mercurial individuals must always be deeply involved in a romantic relationship with one person.
  2. Intensity. They experience a passionate, focused attachment in all their relationships. Nothing that goes on between them and other people is trivial, nothing taken lightly.
  3. Heart. They show what they feel. They are emotionally active and reactive. Mercurial types put their hearts into everything.
  4. Unconstraint. They are uninhibited, spontaneous, fun-loving, and undaunted by risk.
  5. Activity. Energy marks the Mercurial style. These individuals are lively, creative, busy, and engaging. They show initiative and can stir others to activity.
  6. Open mind. They are imaginative and curious, willing to experience and experiment with other cultures, roles, and value systems and to follow new paths.
  7. Alternate states. People with Mercurial style are skilled at distancing or distracting themselves from reality when it is painful or harsh.

Source:Oldham, John M. and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Likes Dislikes
  • relationship
  • romance
  • pleasurable experiences
  • attention
  • change
  • instability
  • crises
  • appearance of competence
  • entitlement
  • spending
  • sex
  • mood altering substances
  • fast driving
  • eating
  • shopping
  • entertainment
  • travel
  • partying
  • cooking
  • gambling
  • idealizing others
  • devaluing others
  • guilt
  • punishment
  • being alone
  • abandonment
  • loss
  • trusting others
  • deprivation
  • discipline
  • losing emotional control
  • mourning
  • unpleasant experiences
  • stability
  • regulation
  • routine
  • a dangerous and malevolent world
  • being powerless and vulnerable
  • being inherently unacceptable

Disorder Perspective

The personality disorder which is a pathological representation of the Mercurial personality type is the Borderline Personality Disorder.

Basic belief: Other people must satisfy my needs. Thinking strategy Relationship change.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, pg. 654) describes Borderline Personality Disorder as a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  • frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment;
  • a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation;
  • identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self;
  • impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating);
  • recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior;
  • affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days);
  • chronic feelings of emptiness;
  • inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights);
  • transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Typical Beliefs

  • No one would love me or want to be close to me if they really got to know me.
  • I can't cope on my own. I need someone to rely on.
  • I must subjugate my wants to the desires of others or they'll abandon me or attack me.
  • People will hurt me, attack me, take advantage of me. I must protect myself.
  • It isn't possible for me to control myself or discipline myself.
  • I must control my emotions or something terrible will happen.
  • No one is ever there to meet my needs, to be strong for me, to care for me.

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