Type Comparison: ILE (ENTp) and LIE (ENTj)

Socionics Characteristics

Observable Differences in Behavior

  1. ILE are relatively better at assessing the emotional atmosphere occurring in a group or during an activity than LIE.
  2. When meeting someone knew, ILE are not as likely as LIE to perceive "getting to know somebody" as a special kind of activity. ILE know very well whey they are getting acquainted (i.e., what the purpose of the relationship is, be it business, personal, travel, etc.). ILE, in contrast with LIE, do not divide the process of getting acquainted into consecutive stages; rather ILE immediately establish the necessary emotional distance in contact and can regulate it if needed. To bridge the gap between poorly acquainted people in a group ILE amp up the emotional tone; this can be mutually experienced happiness or misfortune. The name and title of the person are of secondary relevance to ILE and their relationship with the other person.
  3. LIE are more likely to believe in objective truths than ILE. That is, LIE are more likely to believe there is a correct or best way of doing something than ILE.
  4. ILE are more inclined to believe there are relative truths than LIE. That is, this relativity is perceived by ILE as an extenuation of the differing beliefs, opinions, intentions, etc. of each person.
  5. When something is perceived by LIE as being incorrect, they are more likely (than ILE) to tell the person who made the error what they did wrong and how to do it the right way. LIE are focused on who made the error and helping them to correct the mistake.
  6. When something is perceived by ILE as being incorrect, they are more likely (than LIE) to ask why it was done that way. Instead of necessarily trying to correct the person who made the error, ILE attempt to understand the person's reason for their decision/action.
  7. LIE tend to internally combine emotional exchanges with other activities rather than separating them out like ILE. E.g., LIE see having fun occurring simultaneously with other activities, such as work or even serious affairs. ILE are more likely to internally separate out having fun with other activities, although the two can be interchanged at a high frequency.
  8. The "comparison and verification of concepts" is a more common phenomenon among ILE than LIE. This comparison not only concerns ILE methods, but also their understanding, terminology, etc. ILE are attuned to the fact that different people might understand and interpret different concepts and terms differently. They perceive terminology as well as actions of other people as part of the subjective concept inseparable from personal opinion, position, intent, etc. In contrast to LIE who perceive terminology as "objective," ILE understand personal differences behind terminology (this applies even to well established terms) and they attempt to compare and verify them.
  9. LIE are not as inclined to compare and verify concepts as ILE. LIE assume that these can have only one unique interpretation (the "correct" interpretation), and LIE often do not think about the fact that the other person may be interpreting them differently. Much more than ILE, LIE apply concepts such as "objective reality," "unequivocal facts," and de-emphasize concepts; LIE consider that they know the "right" way of doing things, how something "truly is," etc.
  10. LIE are more likely (than ILE) to use special rituals or other culturally accepted formalities when forming relationships with others. What that means is that the emotional proximity and relationship status for LIE be more externally predetermined. Additionally, LIE generally progress in relationships through stages, and therefore are more familiar with these stages than ILE. LIE tend to be more linear in their relationship progression than ILE, and LIE assign importance to the formalities of recognizing the start and end to each of these stages.
  11. ILE are rmore relaxed in their natural state than LIE. However ILE will mobilize and concentrate when needed to accomplish an objective. After the task has been completed, ILE demobilize again. This state of demobilization is the natural state of ILE.
  12. When contemplating a task, it takes ILE longer time to mobilize than LIE; i.e., ILE prefer to spend some time in a more natural state of relaxedness which will then prepare them to subsequently mobilize and concentrate at the crucial moments, improving their performance.
  13. When working on a project, ILE are more likely than LIE to break up larger tasks into several stages. Then ILE mobilize to carry out each stage (and demobilize between the stages).
  14. When getting ready to start a project, ILE spend more time planning and preparing for the project than LIE. In particular, ILE spend more time discussing the plan, discussing options and ways to approach the project, etc.)
  15. When describing their reasoning for their actions, ILE (more so than LIE) tend describe how and why they came to a certain decision, and focus less on the timing and initiation of the action.
  16. When it comes to completing a task, LIE are more likely than ILE to mobilize for longer periods of time. Specifically, LIE tend to mobilize for an action early and stay mobilized for a longer period of time after the task has been completed. For LIE, this state of readiness is their natural state.
  17. LIE are more likely than ILE to tackle a task in its entirety, rather than breaking it up into smaller separate stages.
  18. When doing a task, LIE are inclined to work for the sake of the result (for example, a reward or bonus for completing the task). In contrast to ILE, LIE can renounce their comforts and conveniences for this; LIE evaluate their place of work by looking at what returns they get for the effort they invested (e.g., monetary, prestige, etc.).
  19. When describing why they undertook a project, LIE are more likely than ILE to focus on the moment when a decision is made and to speak in detail about the stages of its implementation.
  20. When discussing work, LIE are more likely than ILE to focus on the fruits of their labor, about what their effort will yield. ILE on the other hand are more likely to focus on the environment they work in, e.g., their work conditions, conveniences, commute time, etc.
  21. When conversing, LIE types are inclined to communicate in the form of monologues, where each party has "its turn." Because of that they subconsciously attempt to transform a dialogue into a series of monologues. Conversely, ILE tend to prefer more of a question and answer style format.
  22. ILE tend to plan ahead, making decisions early. On the other hand, LIE tend to prefer a wait and see, more spontaneous approach.
  23. LIE are relatively more flexible and tolerant than ILE.
  24. ILE are relatively more rigid and stubborn than LIE.
  25. LIE are comfortable making changes and adjustments to their decisions quite frequently. ILE, on the other hand, prefer to not make changes to their decisions.
  26. ILE tend to put more effort than LIE into finishing any new project they start.
  27. LIE tend to start more tasks and other projects than ILE, but the LIE are less likely to complete all of them.
  28. ILE tend to have stiffer more angular movements. LIE tend to have more relaxed fluid movements.
  29. LIE tend to have a more democratic leadership style than ILE.
  30. ILE tend to have a more authoritarian, hierarchical leadership style than LIE.
  31. LIE have a relatively higher stress tolerance than ILE. ILE often struggle with continually changing situations more than LIE do.
  32. When planning to complete something, ILE are more likely to focus their attention on the goal itself, overlooking and deprioritizing the individual actions needed to reach that goal. On the other hand, LIE tend to focus their attention on the each action; i.e., they're focused on how each decision and choice is being made (towards reaching the goal), in a step by step process.
  33. LIE are able to change and make adjustments to their goals more easily than ILE (depending on how progress is being made, etc.). ILE on the other hand, prefer to stick with their original goals.
  34. ILE tend to judge their available options by how likely the option will help them reach their goal. If a choice no longer helps ILE reach their goals, it will be dismissed and discontinued. On the other hand, LIE prefer to continue pursuing their current option, opting to adjust their ultimate goal in order to fit the current choice.
  35. ILE are more likely (than LIE) to seek new and novel experiences rather than returning to something already lived through. They will generally only re-read a book, re-watch a movie, or revisit the same place if they have forgotten it or are hoping to learn something new from it.
  36. LIE are more likely than ILE to use "emotional anchors" that resonate with their internal emotional condition. These emotional anchors could be a book, a movie, a place, a song, etc. LIE use these anchors to strengthen their inner emotional state and thus will repeat the experience: e.g., re-reading a book, re-watching a movie, continually going back to a place to experience the emotions associated with it.
  37. When developing a plan of action or process, LIE tend to see themselves as "within the process"; they are immersed in it. Often because of this, they have more difficulty managing several plans at once. On the other hand, ILE tend to place themselves "outside of the process"; they dissociate from it. For them the process or situation is something external from themselves.
  38. When working on a project, ILE experience more discomfort (than LIE) if the project does not have a clearly delineated end-goal or result. This happens because ILE have more difficulty monitoring and understanding how the project is developing than LIE because they are outside of the process.

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