Is socionics better than the MBTI

Compared to MBTI (Myers Briggs)

What are the differences between the personality test type test and the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), which is one of the foundations of the type test? Since this question comes up again and again, here is an overview:

1. The German terms

I use my own German terms (Reasons for this


I.ntroversion - E.xtraversion / I.ntroverted - E.xtroverted
S.ensing - iNtuition / Ppractical - Ttheoretically
Thinking - F.eeling / Hkind - Kooperatively
Judging - Perceiving / Geplant - S.spontaneous

(Neuroticism, i.e. the properties Resistant - Sensitive are not part of the model with the MBTI)

2. The evaluation / test

At the MBTI one assumes that there is only one either / or. E.g. either one is an extrovert or an introvert. The strength of this characteristic is irrelevant for the MBTI. Therefore, you always have to choose between two statements in the original MBTI and also in similar tests (e.g. whether you are rather neat or casual). There is no middle ground. Scientific findings from the last 30 years (e.g. Big Five) are largely ignored and not taken into account in the MBTI.

The type test I orient myself more towards scientific knowledge: it is above all important how strong the expression of a property is. E.g. whether you are strongly extroverted, moderately extroverted, slightly extroverted, right in the middle, slightly introverted, etc. The generic terms such as introverted and extroverted are simplifications to describe a quality in general. The strength of a characteristic can be tested e.g. in the type test XL. You don't have to decide for one side or the other, you can specify how strongly a statement is true.

3. The interpretation

In the MBTI Similar to socionics, it is based much more or less directly on the 90-year-old theories of C.G. Young. In the MBTI, these theories were further developed into questionable functional analysis: according to the MBTI, each type has a fixed set of functions with a fixed sequence that determines which properties are strongest and which are weakest. Mind you, regardless of which property is actually strongest or weakest in the test. This system therefore has little to do with the real personality, because its statements are simply incorrect (see critical article on the functions).

In the type test Jung's old theories no longer play such an important role. It's all about personality traits (see above) and the strength of their expression. Because from it it can be read in a very simple and real understandable way which is the strongest property. There is less room for interpretation and more about how someone actually is.

There are even more differences on the page in the comparison to the MBTI section.

The old 16 MBTI types:

ESTP - doer
ESFP - entertainers
ISTP- Craftsman
ISFP - connoisseur

ESTJ - director
ESFJ - host
ISTJ - Inspector
ISFJ - Caregiver

ENFP - comedian
ENFJ - Teacher
INFP - dreamer
INFJ - psychologist

ENTP - inventor
ENTJ - Commander
INTP - thinker
INTJ - scientist

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