In the case of Super-ego Relations, we find a fascinating interaction that can be compared to a Monet painting: from a distance; they appear to be pleasant and easy-going, even friendly. Still, as you get closer to their interactions, you will see the experience of a very passive rivalry between these partners.
When there is a certain amount of ego involved amongst personalities is always hard to reach a neutral ground, so it is advised to keep a close look into these interactions when it comes to teamwork. Otherwise, we might encounter some sort of battlefield: make sure you provide them with tools and space to try to readjust to one another, seek common ground, and achieve a healthy balance. It is always easier to make sure you pinpoint them in the early stages. Superego Relations can be found amongst these types:
- INFj (EII, Fi-Ne) – ISTj (LSI, Ti-Se)
- INTj (LII, Ti-Ne) – ISFj (ESI, Fi-Se)
- ISFp (SEI, Si-Fe) – INTp (ILI, Ni-Te)
- INFp (IEI, Ni-Fe) – ISTp (SLI, Si-Te)
- ENTp (ILE, Ne-Ti) – ESFp (SEE, Se-Fi)
- ENFp (IEE, Ne-Fi) – ESTp (SLE, Se-Ti)
- ENTj (LIE, Te-Ni) – ESFj (ESE, Fe-Si)
- ENFj (EIE, Fe-Ni) – ESTj (LSE, Te-Si)
Since there is a psychoanalytic factor, we can resort to the description provided by R.K. Sedih in “Informational psychoanalysis”:
“The name of this type of relations corresponds well to its structure: Ego block of one partner interacts with the Superego block of the other partner. In most cases, this interaction does not get past the level of acquaintances. Partners feel as if slightly restricted by each other. As a result, their interaction is somewhat shallow.”
We cannot expect more than a professional relationship between Superego partners, which in return could be very beneficial to your team, allowing them to focus on what they are good at, as long as you provide a very structured and organized environment.
V.V. Gulenko, in his work “Criteria of reciprocity” tries to give us some sort of upbeat look into Superego relations, as they seem a bit distant, saying that they “are characterized by the ability to sensitively capture the state and motivations of the partner at large communicative distances.” If we are clever, we can foresee these situations and make the most of their ability to read each other, to understand each other, and use their skills and abilities, considering that: listening and acting on time are appropriate.
And, last but not least, there is an excellent piece of advice from Eugene Gorenko and Vladimir Tolstikov in “Nature of self.” They say we can rely on Superego Relations easily because of their interaction, which is very similar to Kindred Relations: “Each can offer his or her shoulder and offer help in matters that the other partner struggles with.”
They can certainly serve as that extra eye to look into each other and improve. However, they are best left working individually, to each their own, and allowing time and space for professional exchanges that can emphasize their ability to catch what the other may have missed.
By: Dr. Graciela González Calderón-Psychologist
- Gulenko, V.V. “Criteria of reciprocity” as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/81-Superego-relations
- Sedih, R.K. “Informational psychoanalysis” as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/81-Superego-relations
- Gorenko, Eugene. Tolstikov, Vladimir. “Nature of self” as quoted in https://www.the16types.info/vbulletin/content.php/81-Superego-relations
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