Intertype relations¶
Intertype relations refer to the patterns of functional interaction between two socionic types. There are 14 such patterns – 12 symmetric and 2 asymmetric.
List of Intertype Relations¶
In Englishlanguage socionics, there are a number of competing terms for intertype relations. The ones that are the best translations from the most common Russian versions are listed first. It should be noted that just as with Reinin dichotomies, the names of these intertype interactions should not be translated literally.
Symmertric interactions:
Asymmetric interactions:
Complete Table¶
ILE 
SEI 
ESE 
LII 
EIE 
LSI 
SLE 
IEI 
SEE 
ILI 
LIE 
ESI 
LSE 
EII 
IEE 
SLI 


ILE 

SEI 

ESE 

LII 

EIE 

LSI 

SLE 

IEI 

SEE 

ILI 

LIE 

ESI 

LSE 

EII 

IEE 

SLI 
+Sup: Type in the left column is Supervisor to the type at the top of the table.
Sup+: Type at the top of the table is Supervisor to type on the left.
+Ben: Type in the left column is Benefactor to the type at the top of the table.
Ben+: Type at the top of the table is Benefactor to type on the left.
Categories of relations¶
Symmetric relations relations refer to intertype interaction where the functions of Person 1 map to those of Person 2 the same way that the functions of Person 2 map to Person 1. Example: ESTp has Ni and Te, which are INTp’s ego elements, in the 5th and 8th functions, respectively. Likewise, INTp has Se and Ti, which are ESTp’s ego elements, in the 5th and 8th functions, respectively. Therefore, the INTp and ESTp have a symmetrical relationship, and they are SemiDuals.
Asymmetric relations relations refer to intertype interaction where the functions of Person 1 map to those of Person 2 differently from the way that the functions of Person 2 map to Person 1. Example: INFj has Si and Fe, which are ISFp’s ego elements, in the 6th and 7th functions, respectively. However, ISFp has Fi and Ne in the 8th and 5th functions. Therefore they have an asymmetrical relationship where they exert a different, nonsymmetric influence on another another. The INFj is a Benefactor to an ISFp, but an ISFp is a Beneficiary to an INFj.
Further Links¶
Relations vs. Relationships¶
It is common for people to get into the habit of equating intertype interaction (or ‘relations,’ as it is usually called) with the more everyday concept of relationship. Here is what Aleksandr Bukalov and Olga Karpenko of the International Institute of Socionics had to say about the difference between information interaction between types and relationships:
A.B.  Anyway, Aushra wrote several more works, such as The Socion, The Theory of Intertype Relations, and lengthy descriptions of several types, where she examined in detail how the information model of the psyche works for each type, how intertype relations work and how they manifest themselves — or, to be precise, “intertype information interaction,” out of which, on a subjective level, arise relationships. That’s how we’ve formulated it in recent years.
O.K.  In order to separate relationships from their information component.
A.B.  Yes, information interaction and how relationships feel subjectively are not exactly the same. Aushra mixed the two, but that’s natural. [1]
Many socionics hobbyists eventually come to realization that congruence of TIMs, or types of information metabolism, does not translate to developing a close intimate relationships or romantic feelings for another person. The table of intertype relations can be applied to different types of social interaction.
Compatibility of types of information metabolism (i.e. socionics types) also does not prevent people form ever having arguments or conflicting with one another. Having compatible types of information metabolism merely increases the chances of both people being receptive to communication with one another. Many also report that even if they enter into an argument with someone of congruent TIM they feel like they have a better understanding of where the other person is coming from than when they argue with someone of less compatible TIM.
Easy to remember table¶
The intertype relations are easier to remember by looking at Jungian dichotomies, using the fourletter code.
Examples:
Duals share only the fourth Jungian dichotomy: 0001
Mirrors share only the second and third Jungian dichotomy: 0110
relation 
conformity 

duality 
0001 
identity 
1111 
activity 
1000 
mirror 
0110 
superego 
1001 
quasiidentical 
1110 
contrary 
0111 
conflict 
0000 
semiduality (rational) 
0101 
semiduality (irrational) 
0011 
comparative (rational) 
1011 
comparative (irrational) 
1101 
illusionary (rational) 
0011 
illusionary (irrational) 
0101 
lookalike (rational) 
1101 
lookalike (irrational) 
1011 
supervision (rational supervisor) 
0100 
supervision (irrational supervisor) 
0010 
benefit (rational benefactor) 
1010 
benefit (irrational benefactor) 
1100 