The Solution relation is the most comfortable between both partners. There’s a striking similarity in what these two look like to others. They have the same “identity” to the outside world, as they share the same second function which enables them to endlessly discuss anything related to it. Furthermore, each type can bring in their first function when discussing the second, and it happens to be the most compatible positioning for the other type in this relation. There’s an automatic focus on reaching goals and getting whatever they desire related to the first and fourth function – and they can both discuss this through the mutual flexible function.
Solution types seem to remain in each other’s lives for very long periods of times. There can be a sort of “distant but close” feeling with these two. They know how to provide the other with their very basic needs of communication and the attitudes surrounding these needs are willingly accepted by each party. Both types are curious about ideas related to their third function. They can feed off of each other during times of high energy and growth. We call this a phase of “reactivity.” During the opposite, phase of “dormancy,” both types are able to give each other space regarding the aspect and not push too hard.
A relationship between Solution types is considered an “even relation.” Both types are offering the other the same thing. The first function of one partner benefits from the fourth of the other, and the same can be said vice versa. Both types share the same second and third functions. With even relationships, there’s always new things to learn – regardless of how compatible the relationship is.
This relationship has a striking similarity to a relationship of duals. The give and take of the results functions (1 + 4) often make this relationship feel extremely growth oriented similar to duality. However, the difference lies in the comfort levels. This is by far more light-hearted than dual pairs. There’s an inherent respect and understanding of the other’s insecure function, which can cause stagnation when it comes to excitement and exploration of the deep parts of the psyche, but regardless this is still a wonderful match. Where duality pushes two people to be better versions of themselves almost instantaneously, Solutions leave space for the other person to grow. This is often why it’s so long lasting.
The near-identical relation can have some resemblances to this relation as both types share the insecure function. However, the main difference lies in the empathy in the obliviousness to their fourth function. Near-identicals often refuse to pressure, fix, or may even blatantly ignore their shared fourth function. This is in direct opposition to what Solution pairs do. Even in the name, we can see what partners accomplish: Solution.