Victor Gulenko

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Victor Gulenko (also known as Viktor Gulenko) (born December 2, 1958)[1] is a clinical psychologist and sociologist. He identifies himself as a socionist and is the chairperson of the Humanitarian Socionics Institute in Kiev, Ukraine.


Gulenko has emerged as a leading figure in socionics. He is the 2nd most cited socionist (after Aušra Augustinavičiūtė) in peer reviewed publications [2] and is respected for making a number of important discoveries. Gulenko has offered a number of hypotheses, including the "DCHN" subtype system, the first such system to be empirically validated.[3]

Gulenko considers himself an analytical psychologist and a disciple of Carl Gustav Jung. In his work he has sought to bring clarity to Jung's assertions and to show how socionics can justify them. He is also credited with Alexander Bukalov and Gregory Reinin, as a chief player in the later developments and standardization of socionics theory after Aušra Augustinavičiūtė.

Early achievements[edit]

Gulenko assisted Aushra Augustinaviciute in the production of two vital components of Model A, the function order and the sign system.

Function Order[edit]

Gulenko discovered the order of information flow between functions. According to him, function processing begins with the base function and proceeds through the creative, role, and vulnerable functions and back to the base. The vital track functions may be accessed from the mental track temporarily through a channel between dual functions. Gulenko cites neurological research when he asserts that processing through the vital track is hampered by lower psychic energy levels compared to processing in the mental track.[citation needed]


In 1995, Gulenko proposed a series of sub-categorizations to account for variations in behavior between people of the same type. According to Gulenko, these categorizations are necessary because functional strength, represented in terms of frequency of usage, can differ between functions. (cite) The DCNH is itself an extension of an earlier subtype system, also proposed by Gulenko, which distinguished between "accepting" and "producing" subtypes.

Other systems[edit]

Gulenko has proposed other extensions to socionics beyond DCHN. In a 1990 paper, Gulenko proposed the existence of 16 "counter-types" opposite the sixteen identified by Augustinaviciute.[4] Gulenko argues that the functions of these types process information differently and have different behavior and thinking from the other 16. In 1989, Alexander Bukalov cited the human shadow or inner function circuit as being describable using the counter-types paradigm.[5]

Multiple types[edit]

In a 2000 paper, Gulenko proposes the existence of two or more types in one person.[6] Particularly, he proposes that numerous intra-type differences can be explained by proposing a second dimension of personality which has processing functions of its own. Socionists have argued for the existence of functional "accentuation" factors since the 1980s to account for these differences.

In recent years, Gulenko has published several papers on the 2nd type dimension through the Humanitarian Socionics Institute. He has concluded that it is a processor of energy, as opposed to information, and a determinant of the efficacy level of the individual when dealing with various tasks. The research stands to be highly influential, having applications in career placement, psychotherapy, and informatics. Additionally, it brings clarity to some questions concerning the function order, explaining how information aspects can be processed in apparent violation of the functional succession rules. (the violating aspects are not information aspects at all, but aspects of energy whose processing functions are unrelated to the functions of the information metabolizing type or their ordering).


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  2. ^ Socionics Citation Index
  3. ^ Boukalov, A.V. (2004). 16-component model of TIM and Socionics. Socionics, Mentology, and Personality Psychology, 3.
  4. ^ Gulenko, V. Quantity of Types in Socioanalysis. (Russian title: Количество типов в социоанализе) November 1990. accessed from:
  5. ^ Boukalov, A.V. (2004). 16-component model of TIM and Socionics. Socionics, Mentology, and Personality Psychology, 3.
  6. ^ Man as a System of Types. Gulenko, V. (Russian title: Человек как система типов. Проблема диагностики Эго и Персоны.) accessed from:

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