Intertype Relations

Intertype Relations

There are fourteen of these relationships and among them twelve are called symmetrical and two asymmetrical.

Some of the inter-type relations are more psychologically compatible (or favourable) than others. The different relationships are listed below in order of most to least compatible

  • Duality: Symmetric relation. They are perfectly fitted for each other as the suggestive and mobilising functions of one match the leading and creative functions of the other and vice versa, allowing just the right synergy of valued information. This leads to a “Yin/Yang” effect.

 Dual relationship between an ILE and an SEI.

        Dual Pairs (Dyads): 
                          ILE - SEI 
                          ESE - LII 
                          EIE - LSI 
                          SLE - IEI 
                          SEE - ILI 
                          LIE - ESI 
                          LSE - EII 
                          IEE - SLI 

  • Identical: Symmetric relation. The two partners of such a relationship have the same IM type and thus all functions are exactly matched. These pairings can get to know each other extremely quickly and have no trouble with communication. However, they rarely find solutions to each other’s problems and they will want to take responsibility in the same field, which might lead one partner to idle. For example, an ILE and another ILE.
  • Activation: Symmetric relation. Their ego and super-id blocks are matched so they find it comfortable to let down their guard around each other however the leading matches the other’s mobilising and the creative the suggestive, meaning too much and too little of certain kinds of required information are given. As a result, although common for friendships, these relationships can be a little over-stimulating and even competitive, requiring the partners to require breaks from each other from time to time.

        Activator Pairs: 
                          ILE - ESE 
                          SEI - LII 
                          EIE - SLE 
                          LSI - IEI 
                          SEE - LIE 
                          ILI - ESI 
                          LSE - IEE 
                          EII - SLI

  • Mirror: Symmetric relation. It is a relationship of intellectual connection and stimulation and mutual correction. The pair share the same ego block but with the leading and creative functions switched, causing a different emphasis on how they approach similar fields with opposite temperaments. They will often respect and appreciate eachother’s work but may feel that something is being focused on too much and another more important thing is being compromised.

        Mirror Pairs: 
                          ILE - LII 
                    SEI - ESE 
                    EIE - IEI 
                    LSI - SLE 
                    SEE - ESI 
                    ILI - LIE 
                    LSE - SLI 
                    EII - IEE


  • Kindred: Symmetric relation. Also called comparative relations, the partners in this relation share the same leading function and have a different creative function, which makes interaction very easy as they are both after the same things in life. However, the difference in creative function can lead to disagreements over value differences, with each thinking the same goal should be achieved in ways off-putting to each other.

        Kindred Pairs: 
                          ILE - IEE 
                    SEI - SLI 
                    EIE - ESE 
                    LSI - LII 
                    SEE - SLE 
                    ILI - IEI 
                    LSE - LIE 
                    EII - ESI

  • Look-a-like:Symmetric relation. Also called business relations, the partners have different leading functions but the same creative function, meaning that although they are fundamentally after different things, they use similar methods and are open to similar follies. As a result, they can appear quite similar, albeit often working in rather different fields.

        Look-a-like Pairs: 
                          ILE - SLE 
                    SEI - IEI 
                    EIE - LIE 
                    LSI - ESI 
                    SEE - IEE 
                    ILI - SLI 
                    LSE - ESE 
                    EII - LII

  • Semi-duality: Symmetric relation. Relations of semi-duality are ones of incomplete or inefficient duality when the leading and suggestive functions of the two partners are matched but the creative and mobilising are not. As a result, the two supply each other’s main need but are unable to adequately put each other at ease, leading to a “moth to the flame” effect where the partners are drawn to each other but can suddenly break apart due to a clash in values.

        Semi-dual Pairs: 
                          ILE - SLI 
                    SEI - IEE 
                    EIE - LII 
                    LSI - ESE 
                    SEE - IEI 
                    ILI - SLE 
                    LSE - ESI 
                    EII - LIE

  • Illusionary: Symmetric relation. Also called ‘Mirage’ relations. Each partner is the Look-a-like of the other’s Dual, causing the partners to enjoy each other’s company. However, although the creative and mobilising functions of each partner are matched, the leading and suggestive are not, meaning that these partners are never truly satisfied with each other, often leading to stagnancy.

        Illusion Pairs: 
                          ILE - IEI 
                    SEI - SLE 
                    EIE - ESI 
                    LSI - LIE 
                    SEE - SLI 
                    ILI - IEE 
                    LSE - LII 
                    EII - ESE

  • Super-ego: Symmetric relation. Super-Ego partners often find each other quite mysterious and curious people and appreciate each other’s energies due to matching temperaments. However, their leading and role as well as their creative and vulnerable functions are matched, leading to a dissonance in values and abilities, meaning that conversations are usually short-lived and unfulfilling.

        Super-ego Pairs: 
                          ILE - SEE 
                    SEI - ILI 
                    EIE - LSE 
                    LSI - EII 
                    LIE - ESE  
                    ESI - LII 
                    IEE - SLE 
                    SLI - IEI

  • Benefit: Asymmetric relation in which the type with the higher status is called the Benefactor (>) and the type with the lower status is called the Beneficiary (<). Here, the suggestive function of the Beneficiary is matched by the Benefactor’s creative while the Benefactor’s suggestive function is matched by the Beneficiary’s vulnerable function. As a result, the Beneficiary requires a little too much from the Benefactor while giving absolutely nothing of what the Benefactor needs in return. This provides a feeling of being used in the Benefactor and a feeling of impotence in the Beneficiary. As an asymmetric relation, this is better demonstrated in rings rather than pairs.

        Benefit Rings: 
                          ILE > EIE > SEE > LSE > ILE... etc. 
                    SEI > LSI > ILI > EII > SEI... etc. 
                    ESE > IEE > LIE > SLE > ESE... etc.  
                    LII > SLI > ESI > IEI > LII... etc.

  • Supervision: Asymmetric relation in which one partner, the Supervisor (>), is in a higher psychological position than the other partner, the Supervisee (<). This is due to the leading function of the Supervisor matching the vulnerable function of the Supervisee, causing the former to be baffled by the inadequacies of the latter and placing expectations on them that the latter does not understand. Additionally, the leading of the Supervisee only matches the creative of the Supervisor, meaning the feeling of bafflement is not returned. As an asymmetric relation, this is better demonstrated in rings rather than pairs.

        Supervision Rings: 
                          ILE > LSI > SEE > EII > ILE... etc. 
                    SEI > EIE > ILI > LSE > SEI... etc. 
                    ESE > SLI > LIE > IEI > ESE... etc.  
                    LII > IEE > ESI > SLE > LII... etc.

  • Quasi-identical: Symmetric relation. This is a relationship of external similarity and internal value dissonance where the two partners have their leading functions matching each other’s demonstrative functions and creative with ignoring, meaning that although the partners may superficially work in similar fields and do similar things, they have very different priorities in how to approach matters, meaning that they may never agree on what is the right way to do something and may see each other as ‘wrong-headed’. As a result quasi-identicals often resemble ‘topsy-turvy’ versions of each other. 

        Quasi-identical Pairs: 
                          ILE - LIE 
                    SEI - ESI 
                    EIE - IEE 
                    LSI - SLI 
                    SEE - ESE   
                    ILI - LII 
                    LSE - SLE 
                    EII - IEI

  • Extinguishment: Symmetric relation. This is a relationship of confusion and confounding where the two partners have their leading functions matching each other’s ignoring functions and creative with demonstrative. A strong, explicit values dissonance should occur, with each stubbornly disagreeing with what the other thinks is most important and not backing down. Each type will see the other as highly contrarian and unwilling to accept their point of view.

        Extinguishor Pairs: 
                          ILE - ILI 
                    SEI - SEE 
                    EIE - EII 
                    LSI - LSE 
                    LIE - LII   
                    ESI - ESE 
                    SLI - SLE 
                    IEE - IEI

  • Conflicting: Symmetric relation. Conflict is the inter-type relation considered to be the least compatible and fulfilling psychologically as the two partners are complete opposites. The leading and vulnerable functions as well as the creative and role functions are matched leading to mutual misunderstanding and inadequacy as both find each other to lack in desirable qualities or operate in a manner that can be really understood. Unfortunately, the conflictor is the quasi-identical of a person’s dual and so such relationships can come about due to confusion, the people superficially being a point of intrigue at a distance and thus having an attractive effect to begin with. This often goes wrong once they come closer.

        Conflictor Pairs: 
                          ILE - ESI 
                    SEI - LIE 
                    EIE - SLI 
                    LSI - IEE 
                    SEE - LII   
                    ILI - ESE 
                    LSE - IEI 
                    EII - SLE

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