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The ISFP at Work

ISFPs want to feel personally engaged with their work, and seek careers which allow them to express themselves or participate in a cause they believe in. ISFPs typically enjoy hands-on activities, and often gain satisfaction when they can create a tangible result from their efforts. An ideal job for an ISFP allows them to clearly observe the fruits of their labor, in a context that feels significant and consistent with their values.

ISFPs like a courteous, cooperative work environment where they can work quietly, with support when they need it. Because ISFPs are so tuned to their physical surroundings, it's often important to them that their work environment is aesthetically pleasing.

ISFPs generally prefer to keep a low profile and do not usually like to be in positions that require them to speak publicly or lead large groups. Although they often prefer to work independently, when they do work with others, ISFPs want their colleagues to be flexible, supportive, and loyal to the team.

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ISFP Careers to Avoid

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ISFP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ISFP. Occupations that require the ISFP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ISFPs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ISFPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

The ISFP on a Team

ISFPs are sensitive, helpful team members who look for opportunities to contribute in an immediate, practical way. They want to assist other people and provide support, and often take on the role of listener. Oriented to cooperation, the ISFP will look for ways to compromise and accommodate others. They tend to step in when others need help and are often prepared with specific, relevant data that can help the team understand the facts of the situation.

ISFPs are at their best when they can work with others in a supportive, action-oriented role. They excel at creatively solving problems to meet people’s immediate needs. ISFPs shy away from theory and future projections, and may become impatient with ideas that have no concrete benefit for people. ISFPs are characteristically unassuming, and may be reluctant to advocate strongly for their own perspective on a team. They can become frustrated with team members who are domineering or competitive, and do best on a caring, egalitarian team where everyone’s contribution is appreciated.

For more information: What's Your Type of Career?

The ISFP as a Leader

In leadership positions, ISFPs are driven by a personal mission and interested in helping their teams cooperate to accomplish realistic goals. Their strengths lie in understanding the needs and concerns of the people they work with and adapting gracefully to changing circumstances. ISFP leaders are practical and down-to-earth, good at sizing up resources and assessing the requirements of the current situation. They are good at building trust and leading by example, preferring to be quietly supportive rather than authoritarian or domineering.

ISFPs often prefer not to be in a leadership role, but are sometimes motivated to take the lead when the project is personally significant to them. When they do lead, they do best heading a small, cooperative team to achieve practical and tangible results.

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Keeah (not verified) says...

some of the stuff about this personality type is true for me, but some of it isn't, it may have to do with the variation of it you get, I got isfp-t when I took the test.  

David (not verified) says...

Fake

Mahmood (not verified) says...

Troll

Pieter (not verified) says...

On what do you base your assumption that the information is fake?

Gawin (not verified) says...

people who use this site is fake SMH

Mamaman (not verified) says...

What does that mean? Do you think it is incorrect? If yes, which part about the article do you think is fake?

maine demesse (not verified) says...

I enjoyed it a lot thanks.

Guest (not verified) says...

me to a tee....outside of the "drawn to the arts" thing. 

 

John29 (not verified) says...

Same :D I am not artistic at all :D

Jamie1331 (not verified) says...

Same here!

Polaris (not verified) says...

Same haha!

citrusun (not verified) says...

i never truly agreed with the whole "isfps are never planning" because i love to plan! i like making lists and organizing parties for fun, but i hate to-do lists. anyways, once i asked myself what i was gonna do in 5 years (which will be right after i graduate) i realized that i have NO plans whatsoever. dang.

lois (not verified) says...

wow it's great to see others who relate to this bc for a long time i would get enfp all the time. then after a bit of a turning point in my life i would always get isfp. at first i was skeptical bccause i see articles that says your type shoudn't change. i assumed it was only bc after that event that affected me. yet even now, on a night where i feel like my realest, calmest self, i got isfp again. interesting many others got the same results. 

catherine (not verified) says...

Me too! I love to plan and organize things 

James53647567 (not verified) says...

I used to be ENFP until I decided to relax a little about judging myself during the test. turns out this is so much more accurate, it isn't insightful or surprising... It's just who I am.

Herani (not verified) says...

Same.. I thought I was enfp but isfp suits me better.

Deebee (not verified) says...

ME too. I found out a week ago that I wasn't an ENFP I thought that since I loved caring and being social with people that meant that I was an extrovert but it's a relieved to finally get my personality right

ESTJ Female (not verified) says...

I love my ISFP husband of 10 years and our ISFP daughter. They are a joy in my life. We are very different but our strengths and weaknesses compliment one another. We really are better together than apart. Their creativity and artistic way of looking at the world is interesting. I work hard to support them so they can we can be successful and happy. 

Littlelex says...

this just exposed how I am. I didnt realize I did these things until I read about it. I feel like im closer to myself bnow that i know what im like.

Eiann says...

Same! I can tell just by reading, "oh yes, that's me".. "uhuh! Exactly" haha

Gooberz (not verified) says...

This was cool when I first was reading, now i just feel more lost then i was before ;) thank you Truity. you are saving lives

 

 

Morgana (not verified) says...

This thing is so wrong. Like Bruh, this isnt even close to me. My dog is more like this, and my dog isnt even alive. I hate this, It makes me feel like a goondac. 

Arden M (not verified) says...

You've got a problem if your dog isn't even alive, jeez. Calm down

Morbol (not verified) says...

Well maybe your dog is the ISFP.

Carla LR (not verified) says...

Maybe you should retake the test and take more time with it? 

NoelleFW says...

This is most very much like me. Reading about the three sections on the bottom about ISFP's (relationships with others) way of love, parenting, and communication, it pretty much sums up what I would do or how I act. Although I might not have experienced these fully, I know that that is how I would have acted if situations involving those occured. This was quiet an eye-opener, a very weird and scary one. Of course, I have done personality tests before and read all about me ;), but this was the first time that I read in depth how I would act or respond to something or someone. And it fits perfectly. Its crazy how these things work.

Vahid (not verified) says...

What about people that are hurt emotionally, for example in their childhood and for a long time. can that break their personality? and not fit any of these 16?

Godknowswhoiam! (not verified) says...

OMG!! I was so desperately hoping to see a comment like this! I feel like I don't fit into any of these 16 types, maybe it's just because I am a teenager and my mental health is almost destroyed, I am hurting emotionally (also suffering from depression and many other metal health issues), do't feel like i have my own opinions and don't know who I am. It has come to this point where I am intentionally doing things in ways everytime that someone (a particular personality type which I relate to at that very moment) would do, just in order to fit in somewhere and I know this is definately unhealthy. I don't even remember if I ever had an identity of my own, and sometimes I don't even know if I am an Fe user or an Fi user. Now I think it would have been better if i had never got myself into this whole MBTI thing. I guess now I am obsessed with it (as it is the only sense of identity I own for myself). :'(

Marybee (not verified) says...

The mbti is hard and confusing. You might like the 5 Factor Model better. You're at a point in your life where it's normal to try to fit in somewhere and be unsure of yourself, so don't be so hard on yourself 😀🌷

Justme (not verified) says...

I also don't fit in any of these 16 types. I have wondered if I could have been meant to be an ENFP but something unexpected happened so that I never became this person. I admire about ENFPs that they live by the desires of their heart. I think this is the best way to live. You gotta let your soul breath. But in order to do this one has to be brave and adventurous. And I am not like this at all. I am anxious, don't like taking risks and prefer a quiet life.

Lynda (not verified) says...

I briefly wondered the same thing when reading this. My personal struggles definitely held me back from living life to the fullest but then most of us can probably agree to that. The description of my personality is bang on, even though I've held myself back (not deserving, not good enough) and accepted things that don't truly "fit" for me. 

Kelara (not verified) says...

One might be meant to be one personality from the start, that is hard to modify, but circumstances, pain and trauma sure can influence and change your perspective and results. And yes you can change. I took the test first when I was in a horrible abusive relationship where I felt lost and like I didn`t know who I was anymore. I ended up with ISTJ where I felt that it wasn`t me when I read the description. But it sparked a fire in me to find back to ME. I escaped from the relationship, went on a journey to find myself and did tough trauma therapy. 3 years later I took the test again and ended up being ISFP, the last 2 letters not only switched to the opposite, but were in the complete opposite end of the scale as well. This type feels like me. So while it may not fundamentally change who you are, yes, circumstances, pain and trauma can influence how you view yourself and thereby influence and change what results you get.

Maven Grey (not verified) says...

I come from a traumatic, abusive childhood. You can't break a personality; only shape it. In my experience, most people who have experienced childhood struggle grow up to be introverted, loving, tolerant people. They don't like to draw attention, (so as to avoid negative attention). However, they tend to be wellsprings of the love and acceptance their personal history lacks.

Jennylol (not verified) says...

sending love and healing to you

Scott Tatum (not verified) says...

Having got my type years ago, ISFP of course, I read this and almost started crying.

This is almost me to a T, although I work in data anlysis and computing rather than the arts (I'm about as artistic as a house brick lol), although I do like my work and results to look nice, and professional.

Weng (not verified) says...

Wow, same ISFP-T, i left my talents in arts when I got older, now a Reports and Data Analyst too for a BPO company.  I'm glad my manager provided me an office where I can work alone free of distractions. I did my work as best as I could, all of them say I did a great job, but then I always have a horrible feeling that they are being untruthful and just trying to be nice, i always have anxiety issues everytime im in the office.

 

little billy (not verified) says...

idk

Foobar (not verified) says...

Wow.  This was an interesting read.  With the exception of one sentence (I'm a small business owner), the description of ISFP was like reading a manual of me.  A little scary, actually.

Ellairë from Middle Eart (not verified) says...

Wow! This is awesome, seeing how accurately this fits me, but even more so, seeing that there are thousands of fellow ISFPs. There are so many like me, but I still feel super unique! Thank you all for commenting! God bless you today! ~Ellairë the elf

ISFP lady (not verified) says...

Totally spot on for me, especially the creating beauty and aesthetics - professional cometologist and certified makeup artist who loves fashion, interior design, I recognize quality, have my own style, and I feel good when my environment is attractive.

 

Guest (not verified) says...

Does anyone have suggestions for ISFP jobs for those 60+ years old where going back to school is not (less) an option? I had a biochemist reasearch position and then my wife and I ran an online bookstore for 20 years. I can't go back to science after that long and I don't want to work for Amazon!

ESTJ Female (not verified) says...

My ISFP husband worked at Michael's making custom frames. There he has helped customers create flower arrangements and pick out art for their home. My Mom waters and cares for the plants at home depot garden outside where she can appreciate the natural beauty and help people who are trying to beautify their homes. She wants to work at Hobby Lobby and help people with craft project ideas. 

Diane92 (not verified) says...

I found this site by chance while taking a class on understanding our personality. Took The MBTI twice at another website and came up with ISFP with slightly different % each time and had to laugh at the list of careers I was best suited for. It was only about 10 and lets just say I would never make it in about 75% of them. So my son and I googled ISFP careers and found the huge list here.

For all those folks who are just embarking on their higher education or trying to find their place in the world, there are two ways to look at a job. 1) Do what you love and the money will follow (though you may need to supplement with some part time grunt work)  2) Get a "real" solid, steady job, and do what you love on your own time. My kids are seniors in high school so this is advice I've given them.

I always remember that my dad told me he took a "career" test and he should have been a forest ranger. Well, he ended up being a civil/aeronautical engineer. And we went camping ALOT. Then he bought a lake lot when I was 13 and they have a nice permanent trailer and fishing dock. So he has his little forest.

I wasn't lucky enough to take such a test. I did pretty good in most classes in high school, but had to do a report on a career that uses chemistry so I found out way back in 1985 pharmacists were in demand and making a whopping $10,000/yr. Sign me up. So far I had worked as a dance instructor, swim instructor and life guard. And I LOVED (did I say LOVED) photography. I mean, I was going to work for Life Magazine and National Geographic. (except my mother told me that only men worked and it was too competitive, etc) So I went to college and while I read Glamour magazines in all my advanced math classes, I could barely pass biology and chemistry. I adored my social science and English classes and even took the 1year of photography class they offered and some business classes (towards my MBA with an emphasis in advertising). I changed my major every 3 months! Then I had to decide if I wanted to go to pharmacy school......  I decided to try it out but almost dropped out after 1 winter break of working in an actual pharmacy! 

Fast  forward 26 years. I am still a pharmacist. I work part time and I learned along the way there are SOOO many things you can do with this degree. I am sure this is true with many degrees. Back in the late 80's/ early 90's my goal was to settle down and make a dark room so I could focus on my photography. The dark room never happened but I did end up taking amazing trips every year all over the USA and taking great pictures until my kids were born. I became a stay at home for 4 years while my kids were young and they became to objects of my camera lens. Then I turned to other art forms- crafts, cards, sewing, and lots of volunteering on my days off.

So even if you start down one path, never be afraid to change. My husband met his best friend at his second job here. I'm pretty sure this guy has had about 10 totally different careers- Latin teacher, yoga teacher, worked in genetics lab (where he met his wife who is now an artist and sells her paintings for crazy amounts of money), software designer (where he met my husband - when they got laid off from this job, he went back to school to become an urban planner), worked for local transit as urban planner, now retired and works as tour guide in city and back in genetics lab PT- these are just the jobs I can remember. The guy next to me at work has not gone back for college degrees but he's been a ski instructor, bar tender, cook, sold Mercedes, worked dialysis unit of hospital, and is currently a pharmacy tech. He's also our computer guy, Mr. Fix-it, etc at work, builds decks, fences, etc at home, and he makes an amazing authentic cheesecake (not my Philly 2-step).

So never say you are too old. My husband hates his job. It pays the bills, esp since I work PT. I'd go back to FT if he wanted to go back to school to learn something new. Learn something new that excites you then put it to good use or make gifts. I sew and donate to Days for Girls, grocery bags to food bank, homeless shelters, etc. I make gifts and stuff for around the house. I love to write so there is a group at our church that sends cards to sick folks, bday cards, etc. If you like to build, make benches for a park, help with Habitat for Humanity, etc. Just put in your skill/passion and volunteer into google and you'll find ways to get yourself known in the community. Who knows, it can lead to cash customers?

sarah lei (not verified) says...

this is definitely me, i'm very anti social and quiet but i love helping others i love art and have a huge ear for music this is spot on!

 

Piah (not verified) says...

I'm working in sales and marketing and have been feeling lost in my career for awhile that's why I've been seeking what other options I have. I'm just taking it one day at a time but I just don't have the passion and drive for my job. I love make up and graphic design but I'm afraid I'm too old to go back to school and change my career. 

Courtney H. (not verified) says...

Some of these characteristics describe me, as I am a laid back person and easygoing, and nonjudgmental. But as far as being an artist, sadly I am not. I always wanted to be creative, but sucked at art. :( I have respect for people who do those things because they are truly inspirational! My sisterself are the artistic one's. I am the calm and supporting one. I don't seem to match any of the 16 personalities. I'm convinced that these suit sensitive personalities only, which I am not. 

Guest (not verified) says...

So true, exactly how I feel. I mean, is there any hope for us? just gotta keep the chin up and chase endless short terms dreams and ideas, never seem to find the one thing that sticks

 

BettyH says...

Explains a lot. I might have taken a completely different path if I'd known this in my 20's. 

Steev (not verified) says...

I find architecture very interesting and liberal. I'm of type isfp, and wondering why it's not part of our career paths??

Guest (not verified) says...

Am so happy and delighted to know I am this. I love nature especially been at sea side and can be so poetic.I naturally read people's mind and my assumptions often comes with great accuracy .Am going for a Masters degree in Psychology.I love listening to people and love to share in pains of others.The problem is that I dont have people around who naturally fit into my world.

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