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ISFJs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ISFJ's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ISFJ as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ISFJ may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ISFJs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ISFJs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ISFJ initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ISFJ, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ISFJ's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ISFJ's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

ISFJs in Love

In relationships, the ISFJ is generous, accomodating, and loyal. ISFJs are dedicated to the task of taking care of their loved ones, and take their family responsibilities seriously. They look for ways to provide and to assist, and are attentive to the details of the people around them.

ISFJs appreciate history and tradition, and often want to create a relationship that reflects traditional ideals. Whether male or female, the ISFJ typically adheres to customary gender roles, and dutifully takes on the corresponding household duties.

ISFJs are motivated to help, and may put their partner’s needs ahead of their own. They typically have a clear idea of what a partner "should" do, but are not likely to be outwardly demanding when it comes to their own needs. They prize harmony and will often withdraw rather than engage in conflict.

ISFJs want a relationship that allows them to be helpful and dutiful in their devotion to loved ones. They appreciate a considerate and thoughtful partner who recognizes their dedication and ability to nurture others.

ISFJs as Parents

As parents, ISFJs are devoted, traditional, and responsible. They are often firm but loving disciplinarians, and want to teach their children to do the right thing and adhere to the rules of society.

ISFJ parents can be overprotective in their motivation to shield their children from the dangers of life, and may blame themselves for problems that their children experience, feeling that they didn’t work hard enough as parents. ISFJs are nurturing and practical, and typically excellent at providing for their children’s daily needs.

For more information: Please Understand Me II

ISFJ Communication Style

ISFJs take a supportive role in communication, listening to tune into the needs of others. They tend to be sensitive and want to collaborate to support everyone involved. ISFJs rarely demand the floor, but are often quietly taking in detailed information from the world around them. They contribute information when they see a practical use for it or when they see that it could be helpful. ISFJs are loyal to what they see first-hand, and will often share perspectives based on personal experience.

About the Author

Molly Owens is the CEO of Truity and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. She founded Truity in 2012, with the goal of making quality personality tests more affordable and accessible. She has led the development of assessments based on Myers and Briggs' personality types, Holland Codes, the Big Five, DISC, and the Enneagram. She is an ENTP, a tireless brainstormer, and a wildly messy chef. Find Molly on Twitter at @mollmown.

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