Benefit relations are also known as “relations of request” or “social order.” The four rings of benefit are:
- ENTp (ILE) → ENFj (EIE) → ESFp (SEE) → ESTj (LSE) → ENTp (ILE)
- ISFp (SEI) → ISTj (LSI) → INTp (ILI) → INFj (EII) → ISFp (SEI)
- INTj (LII) → ISTp (SLI) → ISFj (ESI) → INFp (IEI) → INTj (LII)
- ESFj (ESE) → ENFp (IEE) → ENTj (LIE) → ESTp (SLE) → ESFj (ESE)
These relations represent those that take place under particular circumstances. According to Meged and Ovcharov: “The benefactor perceives his partner as someone who needs his protection, patronage, and advice.” This perception could be perceived easily as a one-way relationship where someone has the need to feel useful and reaches out to someone (a beneficiary) to understand and help them in difficult situations.
Often, in these relationships, the benefactor can partially take on the execution of the work responsibilities of both parties. Still, this doesn’t mean it can last forever; the benefactor will grow tired over time and will most likely lose interest in his partner.
O.B. Slinko, in the “The key to heart – Socionics” claims that the beneficiary is at a higher social development level than the benefactor, however, is assigned a subordinate role in this specific relationship, in this case, the benefactor is as if always asking or requesting something from the beneficiary. Sadly, the benefactor does not fully hear the recipient and does not look into their problems, so, by seeking to fulfill the social order, the beneficiary will leave the direct influence of the benefactor.
Given the fact that this relation is not reciprocal, people involved in teams with these types of relationships can either take advantage of beneficiaries or pay proper attention to benefactors, and use their lack of reciprocity, if constant, as a flaw.
In “Criteria of reciprocity,” Gulenko mentions how to overcome breaking points such as tension in communication: they need to gain each other’s trust, avoid catching them off guard to supervise their actions, and taking time to cool off.
Gulenko also says that “Communication is not as much interesting as it is activating and mobilizing.” He refers to the benefactor when he is critical of the opinions and behaviors of their partner, mainly when they seem to be ignoring or not noticing something, making it necessary to bring the matter to his attention. Cleary, one person in these relations, makes the decisions, and the other one follows, but not in a very conventional way. These relationships work as long as people are precise. Assistance needs to be understood and perceived as such, not as a role of one team member only.
If you are supervising a team and benefit relations begin to appear, make sure beneficiaries and benefactors are clear of each others’ responsibilities, help is thanked and appreciated, and honesty prevails at all times.
By: Dr. Graciela González Calderón-Psychologist
- Meged, Valentina. Ovcharov, Anatoly as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/82-Benefit-relations
- Slinko, O.B. “The key to heart – Socionics” as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/82-Benefit-relations
- Gulenko, V.V. “Criteria of reciprocity” as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/82-Benefit-relations
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