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di·chot·o·my

(dī-kot'ō-mē),
Division into two parts.
[G. dichotomia, a cutting in two, fr. dicha, in two, + tomē, a cutting]

dichotomy

(dī-kŏt′ə-mē)
n. pl. dichoto·mies
1. A division into two contrasting things or parts: "the dichotomy of the one and the many" (Louis Auchincloss).
2. Astronomy The phase of the moon, Mercury, or Venus when half of the disk is illuminated.
3. Botany Branching characterized by successive forking into two approximately equal divisions.

dichotomy

[dīkot′əmē]
Etymology: Gk, dicha, in two, temnein, to cut
a division or separation into two equal parts.

dichotomy

, dichotomization (dī-kot′ŏ-mē) (dī-kot″ŏ-mĭ-zā′shŏn) [Gr. dicha, twofold, + tome, incision]
1. Bifurcation of a vein.
2. Cutting or dividing into two parts.
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There appears to be no connection between MBTI thinking and feeling dichotomy to any of the ILS dichotomies.
In fact, both the sensory and sequential dichotomies have a higher percentage frequency of distribution for the SJ temperament compared to any of the other three temperaments (Table 5).
There appears some correlation between specific dichotomies.
There are three correlations when comparing the specific dichotomies of MBTI and ILS as well as an overall preference towards the ILS visual dichotomy.
In each case the simplifying dichotomies of life open career doors or close them.
If they or others in a position to influence others do not sense this, the skilful work of the career practitioner has considerable scope to work through what may be one dominant dichotomy or an interlocking set of dichotomies about what must or must not happen, what is desired or disliked, and 'unpack' the often deeply inscribed and contradictory drivers of career choice towards something more viable and satisfactory in the long run.
Identify dichotomies in what is said, and what is presented as career issues and choices.
Examine how dichotomies limit or constrain training or employment issues and choices.
The net result is that every new generation of theorists can repeat the argument, organize their research, their journal articles, their monographs and their textbooks around the dichotomies of their choice, although they may choose to rename their dichotomy a duality--conflict/consensus, action/structure, micro/macro, homo economicus/homo sociologicus, individualism/holism, and so on--and set about busily linking them (Holmwood and Stewart, 1991; Sztompka, 1994: 269-70).
After sketching Latour's own arguments in relation to the opposition between non-humans and nature on the one hand, and humans and culture on the other, concerning the existence of two dichotomies across different axes, rather than only one, and the constitutive articulation of the `work of purification' (first answer) with the `work of translation' (second answer), I will outline how they apply to all dichotomies in social science, such as individual/society, agency/structure, and so on.
Dichotomies like individual/society, or agency/structure and what might be more properly called the `modern problem of order' are thus integrally linked, bound to each other like Siamese twins.