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Te (Extraverted Logic) / P (Pragmatism)

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Extraverted Logic according to Aushra Augustinavichiute

Information about actions and deeds, physical activity, the activity of animate and inanimate objects. This perception provides an ability to assess situations one gets exposed to. It determines one’s knowledge of possible methods of action, and an ability or inability to personally come up with such methods. It also determines one’s ability or inability to direct others’ work and to distinguish rational actions from irrational ones.

When this aspect of perception is in the leading position, the individual has an aptitude for planning their own work and the work of others. They have an ability to understand how logical a process is, to adjust others’ workflow in accordance with this understanding, to use the most rational methods of action and to communicate these methods to other people.[1]

Extraverted Logic according to WSS

Aspect: Factually-informed processes. Any working body or mechanism is made up of moving parts that change in their properties. Continuous observation of such processes provides data on how the thing works, its effects and how it can be improved. Such data is factual and concrete, being clearly substantiated in observation. The larger the quantity of data and the more often it is updated, the better the decisions that can be made, increasing the efficiency of these processes.

Metabolism: The individual focuses their attention on figuring out how things work from available factual data. Anything learned is treated as part of an ongoing stream of useful information, through which methods and strategies can be updated to maximise their productivity. In doing so, the person thinks pragmatically, optimising performance by applying well-informed, accurate expertise on the relevant subject, ultimately doing what works best. In doing so, processes are improved and prudent decisions made, the person being competent and helpful to their environment.

Strength: The person is good at taking in large quantities of factual data and understanding how to apply that information effectively. They are capable at problem solving, having a good sense of what works and how something can be made to perform even better. In addition, when encountering a situation where they might be ignorant, the person will know how to find the information they need and will easily update their thoughts and opinions on things as they learn. They will be able to readily explain how things work to others, relaying the facts with confidence, being widely knowledgeable.

Value: The person places importance on doing things effectively for oneself. The individual needs to feel that they are improving, getting better at things in their life through the accumulation of knowledge and experience. Without continuous improvement in some way, they may feel they are being wasteful. They will place an emphasis on communication to accurately inform people in its full complexity, preferring to say only what they know to be factually true and helpful, expecting others to take what they say at face value. They may similarly correct simplification or exaggeration.[2]

Extraverted Logic according to SHS

Calculation of profitable actions; work, benefit, profit, money; automatism, desire to movement; cardiovascular system.


The P-state manifests as prudence, the assessment of benefits, thinking about the appropriate ways to act. Thinking according to the P-pattern proceeds in the form of verbal reasoning according to the formula “if–then.” There are long logical chains of cause and effect. The grammar of such a speech is rather poor, but P-speech is dynamic, differs in lexical diversity, and conveys the developing processes very well.


A long-held P-state creates an informal role of the group's engine. In the P-state, a person cannot sit idle—they constantly engage in some kind of beneficial activity. It is impossible to rest sitting next to a person in the P-state. With their work ethic, the P-users unwittingly pull everyone who communicates with them closely into their work rhythm. For this reason, workplaces designate such people as official leaders. The second side of the P-role in a team is to be a formal leader.


The communicative aspect of P creates a state of excited motion, a thirst for useful activity. In the P-state, a person experiences a rise in productivity, becomes energetic and purposeful. This state is very energy-consuming, so a person who is in it gets nervous, and has challenges with restraining himself. Any distraction from work is perceived as a useless waste of time and a loss.


A P-state manifests as a fast movement with a uniformly smooth rhythm. Contractions-relaxations of muscles are subordinated towards one goal, produced in one direction. A person in such a state is quite inflexible and struggles to change direction. Having entered a P-state, a person completely gives themselves up to it, and turns into a kind of machine of productivity. It is hard to get out of this state right away. Once the momentum is gained, muscles continue to contract rhythmically, and limbs continue to move. Strenuous work requires a long time to recuperate energy.[3]


[1] Aushra Augustinavichiute, Socion - The Foundation of Socionics
[2] WSS, The IM Elements - Judgments
[3] SHS, Functional state P - Business Logic

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