What we here at TBMPT like to call the Value Groups are also known as Quadras; which is of the core theories in the Russian typology system called Socionics.
In this system, the sixteen personalities were divided into four groups based on what cognitive functions are valued and whose use is encouraged in communication and decision-making. We here at TBMPT believe that this grouping, while valid, is the least useful in determining type because of its abstract nature; unlike Interest Groups or Temperaments, understanding Value Groups/Quadras takes more experience and knowledge – both of the system itself and of the people involved.
Either way, the Value Groups are valid and important to understand if you wish to gain a well-rounded knowledge of Typology. Their most important use becomes apparent when you gain an understanding for intertype relationships, another Socionics-based topic that we will be covering later on. But for now, let’s get down to Grouping the Personalities, Part 3.
Alphas – ENTP, INTP, ESFJ, ISFJ
The types of the Alpha grouping value Si, Ne, Ti and Fe.
As a group, Alphas tend to be emotionally positive and place a strong emphasis on this, encouraging a merry, happy and relaxed atmosphere where people can talk about their interests, ideas and beliefs in a relaxed manner. Theoretical discussions and concepts are usually considered stimulating and a source of interest, yet rarely are they given serious long-term treatment; instead being a source of fun rather than a source of practical merit. Due to the relaxed nature of Alphas, they tend to view formalities, melodrama and seriousness in a negative light, instead preferring laid-back jokes, funny moments and general light-heartedness interlaced with imaginative ideas and quirky observations.
Betas – ENFJ, INFJ, ESTP, ISTP
The types of the Beta grouping value Se, Ni, Ti and Fe.
Betas are the most emotionally expressive of the Value Groups, and encourage or pressure people to participate in this emotional atmosphere. Fun is taken seriously by Betas, and almost all activities are collective; group discussions, group jokes, group games, everyone participates. But due to their collective nature, it is the Betas who are most likely to avoid long-winded monologues, one-on-one conversations and open criticism of other people in group contexts. At the same time, Betas are usually bored by quiet and relaxed groups and impersonal discussion, preferring situations to be loud, passionate and emotional. Generally Betas have strong and serious views about politics, social issues and such, and will often express their views and concerns with a certain a dramatic, poetic and theatrical flair. Essentially, apathy and indifference on such subjects is the polar opposite to the Beta way of life.
Gammas – ESFP, ISFP, ENTJ, INTJ
The types of the Gamma grouping value Se, Ni, Te and Fi.
Gamma groups can be characterized by their small size, subdued emotions and somewhat serious demeanor. Of all groups, the Gammas could be characterized as the least laid back and creative, instead valuing a realistic, materialistic and somewhat forceful and direct outlook; Machiavellian intelligence is highly valued by Gammas. When stories and experiences are discussed in Gamma groups, the intent usually isn’t to be humorous, but instead insightful; delivering an inherent lesson which can be drawn from the story being told. These discussions do tend to be personal in nature, with a focus on past failures and future successes, prospects and enterprises. When there are jokes and humor in Gamma groups, the serious demeanor changes slightly. Emotions remain subdued; outright laughter is somewhat rare, but smiles and amused smirks become common in lighthearted situations. Gamma humor is generally blunt and sarcastic, often appearing cynical to outsiders. Another characteristic of the Gammas is a certain sense of chivalry; loyalty to one another is highly valued, as are deeds and self-sacrifices, provided they have an actual affect on someone or something.
Deltas – ENFP, INFP, ESTJ, ISTJ
The types of the Delta grouping value Si, Ne, Te and Fi.
The Delta group combines the individualistic, creative attitudes of the Alphas with the objective and serious outlook of the Gammas. Deltas typically value a live and let live, noncompetitive attitude with other individuals and groups. Of all the Value Groups, the Deltas tend to be anarchic, leaderless and the most likely to splinter into smaller groups, based on their current interests and sentiments. In discussions, Deltas tend to speak about personal experiences and sentiments with an insightful goal in mind, but also like talking about new experiences and new facts, or even old facts with a new perspective or idea. That being said, theoretical discussions and concepts are usually discussed with some productive and tangible goal in mind; which is what separates Deltas from Alphas. Humor is generally subdued and sprinkled throughout the discussion, and Delta humor is characteristically dry and sarcastic, but usually not as blunt or cynical as that of the Gammas.
Well. That’s the end of our second topic of discussion. Groupings are extremely helpful for typing people, but also for understanding some of the behind-the-scenes mechanics of social dynamics. For our next topic we’ll either cover the cognitive functions in a deeper detail, or start publishing our brief overviews of each of the sixteen personalities. What ever option we choose; you’ll hear from us sometime next week.
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I have gotten so close to a penta 3 times now, and all of them have had around the same circumstances: I play as Rammus, get a quadra, the last enemy is almost dead, I get a taunt off, and a Jayce Q takes it. It’s as infuriating as it is eerie.