Eglit I.M., Tumolska V.A.
Research of Response Information Element Change in the A-Model

control transfer, control blocks, response information element change, RIEC, high-dimensional, low-dimensional, TIM identification, information element, functions, A-Model, socionics, ego, superego, superid, id, blocks

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The research of the process of response information element change (RIEC) in the A-Model.

Theoretical background of this research is interpretation of the A-Model from the point of view of the control theory as presented by V.D. Yermak

1. During TIM identification RIECs are effectuated mostly from low-dimensional (69.2%) to high-dimensional functions (86.8%). There are practically no RIECs from Ego and Id blocks to low-dimensional blocks (0.8%).
2. RIEC from the vital track super-block to the mental track super-block amounts to 332, almost 4 times more than RIEC from the mental track to the vital track superblock — 87 (48 of them are relations between functions of one macro-element).
3. The most of transfers occurs in direction to Ego block (about 70%). While transfers from Ego block are rare (3.6%), and mostly are relations with Id block. Thus, presence of RIECs in direction to a specific block combined with absence of reverse RIECs can point to Ego block.
4. Horizontal links within blocks amount to 494 (43.4% of total number of links). Regarding horizontal blocks, the Ego block can be seen most often, the Superego block is seen less often. It confirms the assumption that Ego block is clearly verbalized.
5. Vertical links between functions of one macro-element have amounted to 186 (16.6% of total links count)
6. Diagonal transfers (imperatives) between functions 1–3, 2–4, 5–7, 6–8 amount to 94 (8.3% of all links between functions of the A-model). Using only diagonal imperatives for problem solving seems unfounded because of the following reasons:
a) In practice, there are very few diagonal transfers from first and second functions. This is because first and second functions, in fact, do not need such transfers and handle tasks in their respective information elements well.
b) The same applies to the seventh and eighth functions. Seventh and eighth functions distinctive feature is a larger number of transfers to the Ego block functions. This is because vital track functions automatism not always allows to handle non-standard situations and in this case task is transferred to high-dimensional functions of Ego block.
c) Transfers from low-dimensional functions were observed in many cases and not necessarily were diagonal. A requirement of strictly diagonal control transfers to solve difficult problems seems farfetched.
d) As the resulting statistics shows, there were practically no “diagonal imperatives” from seventh and eighth functions.
e) Recommendation to transfer control for purposes of problem solving from the fifth function to the seventh and from the sixth function to the eighth is totally unfeasible due to automatic nature of functioning of the vital track super-block.
7. Because TIM identification has relied upon detection of dimensionality, sign and vital/mental quality parameters, RIEC may be considered as an independent cross-check tool for Ego block identification.
8. Results of this research do confirm validity of interpretation of the A-Model in terms of the control theory.

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Published: Socionics, Mentology, and Personality Psychology, 2012, № 1

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