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How do ISFPs communicate?

ISFPs are gentle, accepting communicators who tend to follow the flow of conversation and look for opportunities to contribute with factual information or practical help. They are easygoing and supportive; they don’t want to be in control or attract attention, and are often attentive listeners. Considerate and accepting, the ISFP often looks for common ground with others. ISFPs shy away from conflict or criticism, preferring harmonious, spontaneous interactions that allow them to be helpful and kind.

What are ISFPs like as partners?

In relationships, the ISFP is loyal, patient, and easygoing. ISFPs are eager to help and quickly perceive the needs of their partners and families. They often show affection with simple, practical gestures that make their loved ones feel comfortable and well taken care of.

ISFPs like to maintain harmony and are very reluctant to engage in conflict. They may have difficulty asserting themselves and struggle with expressing feelings of anger or resentment. Ideally, they want to be cooperative and accommodate others, and may find themselves taken advantage of if their partners are not sensitive to their needs.

ISFPs are tolerant and uncritical, and adapt easily to their surroundings. They like to go with the flow and enjoy life from moment to moment. An ideal mate for an ISFP takes the time to show spontaneous gestures of affection, and appreciates the ISFP’s kind and helpful nature.

What are ISFPs like as parents?

As parents, ISFPs are warm and sensitive, and take joy in creating comfort and stability in their homes. ISFPs are attentive to their children's practical needs and step in quickly and gracefully to provide for them. They often enjoy caring for children, but can sometimes become overworked and exhausted because of their natural impulse to help.

ISFP parents often seem calm and unflappable. ISFPs are private people and can be reserved or remote, so their children may not always grasp the depth of the ISFP parent's devotion to family. Although it is not often conspicuous, ISFPs have a deep loyalty to their loved ones. They value their intimate connections above all else and are tremendously dedicated to the care of their children.

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ISFPs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

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

Potential Complements

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

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ahealey says...

I am amazed at how dead on this is...I am a ISFP and feel amazed I am in the right field and heading in the right direction in my classes and wanting to work in doctors offices instead of a hospital.

Guest (not verified) says...

as am i this is entirely on point

Guest (not verified) says...

This did not fit me at all

Ronald McDoland (not verified) says...

it stands for ignorant suculant fruppee pillows

Guest (not verified) says...

What kind of type are you mr. Mcnutcase ?

TA1979 (not verified) says...

I absolutely think this is a guide to tendencies that one may have. Fortunately we are not robots, and adapt to the world more than this website suggests. I do feel that I have many attributes of the isfp, however, I also feel as I'm a leader and not a follower.  I do not follow many as there are bad leadership qualities and unproductive leaders even though people put the ENTJ or Narcissistic personality in these positions. I have found in my personal experience it's their gift to BS and not actually produce results. I can see through this from the beginning and when expected to follow these methods, yes of course I will not, as I know there effective methods to being a leader than just again, BSing. Right? 

As much as people want to put the ENTJ on a leadership peddle stool, we give them way more credit than usually deserved.

I worked for a Dean that said he demoted himself to Dean from a CEO, but had absolutely no idea what he was doing. Me, being put there unwillingly, knew he was a complete idiot. I was also new to this position annd tried to explain I had no access to many of the things he wanted me to do. So, why didnt he just go ahead and hire a full time admin.? I let him know from the beginning I'm going to grad school and not interested in the position and only want part time.

He thought, after 8 months of working for the college, he could accomplish things as if he did in the corporate world. Even had a two day retreat and paid a speaker 1000.00 to tell professors things that were completely irrelevant to producing any successful results.

Why would he try to tell them how to do their job when they have the most successful program, and for years!

One of the professors tried to tell him it's not the same corporate world experience that you have. He got extremely offended and almost went to battle.

So whether you're an ISFP or INTJ or the opposite, we are put in positions in life to strengthen ourselves, in being productive, successful, and competent sometimes even more than the personality type than originally thought.

We as people are like sheep. We tend to put too much stock in MBTI, or other pioneers. 

We do have our own gifts and talents to and I have put myself in positions such as serving in the military, to strengthen my character. So, although I may not be a natural born leader, I find that I have better leadership qualities than many I've seen in positions that are leaders.

Guardian (not verified) says...

Yes, MBTI most definitely is a guide to tendencies. It doesn't show how you are in every situation, rather it assesses your core personality. Factors such as past, trauma and experience will move you away from the core.

Judging by what you wrote you seem to be ISFP. Of course you will not follow a leader who is incompetent, you have strong values which you wont let go easily, if at all. Adding this to the fact you went to military to strenghten your character it makes sense that you  are a leader type. You hold your values high, in this case one of your values is to have a strong character, being prepared for whatever is to come.

Also ISFJ might fit you but I dont have enough information on that. You are who you are and thats great. Keep raising up new leaders :)

Guest (not verified) says...

If you don't mind me asking, what career path did you choose? I recently learned that I am an ISFP and seeing this list helps tremendously! (I am in the medical field and have been wondering if I should continue on this path)

Guest (not verified) says...

Depends I'm also a isfp I love makeup, hair, photography, landscaping and I love to paint. I get stressed out easily though especially with my kids. But I also was a cna at a care home for 7 years, I have a strong passion to help others. Even though I hated the rules I loved the residents and would go far and beyond too meet their needs. I guess I care too much for people. I also hate seeing others in pain. I see the inner beauty of those people, their passions, their hurts, and knowing their time on earth is short. I want to make sure they get treated with the love other might not be there for them in their final days. The scheduled sucked and didn't do well with new rules, I lost my cool a few times at the nurses an almost got fired. I was easily stressed out and the nurses were very demanding. I prefer to be a cosmologist or photographer but have doubted myself with the compition out there. I don't know how to say yes continue bc of your caring heart for others or no bc the rules and demands and scheduling is a pain. All I can help with is sharing my own experiences, which I hope will help!!!

deebcapozzi says...

How much do you like cosmetology? Do you have a degree? ...and photography? Can you do all the things you feel passionate about? You are compassionate and caring, please don't waste that. The world needs our humanity in these times. I really appreciate how you feel. Good luck!

T (not verified) says...

ISFP here. I'm a designer. I'm happy I'm on the right path.

Teafairy (not verified) says...

What kind of designer? What was the journey like to landing where you are now?

TayTayeds (not verified) says...

Is it weird that I want to make music?

Amanda Jacobson (not verified) says...

Me too!!

Maryrose (not verified) says...

No; music is my passion. I am an ISFP (and it's dead-on), and music can be included in arts. So no, it's perfectly normal.

Guest (not verified) says...

No its not weird at all! I feel the exact same too! What type of music would you like to make?

deebcapozzi says...

Weird? No...but gifted! Never say no to your urges when it comes to the Arts. Music is one of the Fine Arts. Music is the universal language, crossing all borders it is free and born of the heart. Listen to your passions, they will guide you.

ahealey says...

I am amazed at how dead on this is...I am a ISFP and feel amazed I am in the right field and heading in the right direction in my classes and wanting to work in doctors offices instead of a hospital.

david rico (not verified) says...

I took this assessment, and now it's making me question my college career. I have ISPF too, and in one aspect i have chosen the right path. I am going to be a massage therapist, but as far as my college career goes, I am going to be an English teacher. However it says that I am not meant to be a school administrator.

Guest (not verified) says...

Go with your gut. I'm reading ISPF for the first time and it is dead on. Now I realize how my life has changed when I switched from 1.5 years of Criminal Justice to Photography. I don't have the money coming in but I'm the happiest I've ever been... EVER!

Guest (not verified) says...

That's awesome! Just follow your dream and everything should work out great! ^^ Oh I am ISFP too by the way. :)

Nephemia (not verified) says...

Don't let it change you if you still think you are going a good direction. If the reasons you started on the path you are on are still valid, you have no reason to change things! However, if you realize that you will not be happy and will actively be untrue to yourself then you might rethink things. Being a massage therapist is something I have considered, however my hands are not strong enough. It sounds like a great profession for us ISFPs. If you become an English teacher, that will also be amazing-- I wish I had been taught English by ISFPs or similar types who would nurture and focus on the beauty of writing rather than the deadline. My mother got me into creative writing and I "self learned" how to love literature and writing, both technical and creative. You'll just have to keep in mind that you have blind spots and check up on them every once in a while if you are in a vocation that is a challenge to you. I am headed toward law school next year and the page says that being a lawyer is one of the least popular careers for ISFPs, but I am going to try to specialize in family law minus divorce. E.g. elderly law, adoptions, and anything where I would represent a child. That is how I will make it worthwhile. My dad is a worker's compensation attorney and I know I would hate that-- endless perusal of every factoid and keeping a million factoids in line on a million cases, often interviewing people who are trying to defraud someone else... Blech! :P

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, the writing thing! INFPs are the ones who typically get most of the credit for being gifted with the written word, but I was actually a pretty good writer in high school and college. We often believe that writing skills are a thing of divine providence, but as you say, you can learn to be a great writer. For me, I struggled with writing until the 11th grade when my AP history teacher provided a clear blue print for the parts of an essay, how to arrange it, what it must accomplish, etc. He basically spelled it all out while other teachers had a habit of speaking about writing as if it were some product of spontaneous inspiration that we should always be on the look out (for) and drop everything to grab it once it clutches us. In many ways, teachers made it seem as if great writers are only born, never made. It would be helpful in our education system to read more of the "duds" those great writers produced instead of just being slapped upside the head with all their epic sagas of brilliance. At least then we could see that even the most naturally gifted get dry spells. No wonder kids get discouraged. ... I also expanded my vocabulary by memorizing definitions, etc, to make my writing more melodic and engaging. I can analyze things pretty well, but this was also a learned skill and something that takes a great deal of energy from me. But math? Eh, not ever my strong point. Higher math just never seemed relevant to my life, which I guess taps into the ISFP need to know HOW something will be useful to us. ... I guess my conclusion is that we ISFPs can learn anything and master it, but it just takes lifelong interest and practice to maintain certain skills, like good writing. My husband, an NP, is a professional journalist and can analyze something in an instant and make his observation seem so obvious. Ha.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is why I'm glad I didn't know my ISFP type until after I finished college! I chose a major based in very cerebral, esoteric theory, and although I got mostly As, as I told my prof when he tried to get me to take on harder assignments than others, "I may be one of your stronger students as you say, but this doesn't come easy for me! I work really, really hard and it takes me a long time to get this stuff." However, I do not regret finishing my ill-matched degree, for better or for worse, since we ISFPs have a hard time finishing college in general. And as the studies show, just finishing your bachelor's in anything gives you more lifetime earning power. The only problem is you may not be using that English degree to teach, for example. You might use it for some other career that pays well, but that which might not be your passion. Having said that, however, if you haven't gotten too far in your college career, I see no problem in switching degrees if you have your doubts. It's just that those college loans do start to stack up, and switching degrees can mean more debt down the road, so just keep that in mind. I am actually thinking about nursing school, myself, but then again, I think about that college loan debt I already have. Sigh. But another thing to keep in mind: ISFPs typically lack confidence and don't give themselves enough credit, yet also tend to excel at pretty much anything they set their minds to. (See my story about finishing my degree above :-)) Finding what makes you happy, however, takes a lot of time for a lot of MBTI types, not just ISFPs. We're all just figuring it out as we go along. Good luck!

Guest (not verified) says...

Teaching is not the same as school administration. Administrators include principals, deans, superintendents, etc.

Guest (not verified) says...

it says you will be a great teacher, admin is management.

Guest (not verified) says...

A school administrator is like a secretary. Go with your passion. I'm sure you'll be an excellent English teacher.

Mary Anne (not verified) says...

David

I too am an ISFP ( used the MBTI for more than 30 years in schools) I was a learning strategist, learning diversity consultant for 13 school and FINALLY for the last 5 years of my 32 year career an administrator ( Assistant Principal in a large highschool) As an ISFP in education I only met 2 other ISFP"s and I used the assessment with more than 500 educators BUT because there were very seldom any ISFP's in my profession I brought a totally different viewpoint to every meeting, school and project I worked on. I excelled at what I did but certainly had to believe in my belief in what the education system could be or what a school could be. I was excellent at what I did because no one else was doing it my way. Do what you choose and you will love it and bring another point of view very rarely heard.

Remember the majority of dropouts are SP's so for them to meet an instructor or and administrator who understands them is a gift beyond anything you can imagine.

Become an administrator!!!! They need to hear your voice in the school system.

Lots of luck

Guest (not verified) says...

I was reading up on this on another site & it said we make great teachers.. We usually cannot get through the studying part though... However if we can push ourselves we make wonderful teachers

Guest (not verified) says...

Look into Montessori- I'm an ISFP teaching at a Montessori school. The values and activities seem to line up a lot more than the traditional US school system in its current state

Guest (not verified) says...

Remember this is basically and educated guess based an a select amount of people studied if you think you're going to be good as a teacher or someone else does don't let this opinion get in the way!

EM-S (not verified) says...

I have taken this test in the pass, but I do not remember what my type ended up being. However this time I will remember my results because I'm happy to say that they are right about me. I couldn't be more of a supporter of the Meyers, Briggs personality test. I want everyone to take the time to find themselves and start moving in the direction the test suggest for them to do, because this is a connection that helps to move forward with a better understanding of who you are and helps to understand where it is one could be most effective. Thank you to my Professor who suggested this exercise for our class. I am in the right field and on my way to a great start helping others in a safe and supportive environment.

Mel (not verified) says...

I have taken the test through this website and am FASCINATED by the the results!
The only thing is that I scored right in the middle of Intuitive and Sensing. I've read both descriptions and can see myself in both of these, especially if with varying moods. It seems when I'm around other people (especially enlightening people) my mood lifts, even though I'm definitely not an extrovert! And when this happens it seems I might describe myslef more on the ISFP level, but when I'm feeling reclusive I would probably describe myself more INFP.
I do definitely daydream about future possibilties and what career I'd like to pursue, but I definitely appreciate my surroundings, especially a beautiful garden or house.
Confused!

Nephemia (not verified) says...

I am similar! :) Don't be confused about it. Everyone has SOME amount of every function in them, I/E N/S F/T J/P. Many people get about 30/70 in a pair, while others get something more like 52/48 and still others get 95/5 or whatever! There are a lot of tests that measure this but you have to keep in mind that the tests ask a question and assume that all of X type will answer X way, etc... while some of Z type might answer X way because *reasons*. ;) If you think you have a lot in common with both sides of a pair then you might want to do what I do when discussing yourself.

I say "I'm an IxFP with a lot of T".
I am I more now than I used to be because I have had health/energy problems, but when I am around people I tend to act more low energy outgoing than the excitable high energy many Es exude.
I am pretty much borderline on N/S. A lot of MBTI fans will say "x" when they can't decide/are borderline on a piece of their type.
I have a lot of T-- I almost always test as a T. And yeah, there are probably lots of reasons for this but just accept that I'm an F for now. xD
I am very P.

I feel like some activites and behaviors also pull out certain parts of our person. When I write, I include a variety of descriptions and always try to get some part of the world I see in my mind described to the reader. I would love to do more and more but it gets boring to read and I would probably be too detailed. Constant descriptions are something I have found much much more common among S writers. Tolkein was an N and it is actually difficult for me to read him because I feel disconnected from the story and its world. In contrast, I'm pretty certain that CS Lewis was an S or at least had a great deal more S than Tolkein.

If you would like to read my poetry/fiction and analyze it a bit while thinking about N/S and ISFP, feel free to look up theoneandonlyjo on Wattpad or Figment. (just Google it. :) ) I would love to hear comments or just know another someone is reading it. I recommend Life, vol 1.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is just liek nme. #buzzin

Guestjyll (not verified) says...

very accurate . now that i know which type i am, its like i have found peace , at last , with "that" part of myself ..... its a weird yet wonderful feeling .. definately more confident and assertive . thanks!

Lepidolite (not verified) says...

According to the test, I'm this type, but looking at your syntax is giving me flashes of INTJ. Very...interesting structure. Almost poetic.

...the more I read it, the more it grows on me. I think I might have to "borrow" it into a story.

Guest (not verified) says...

Most of this is spot on. Although there a few things that are not like me, such as being very likely to drop out of college. I also am not one to let people take advantage of me and I'm quick to stand up for myself. Other than that this is me in a nutshell.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree. I'm not playing on dropping out of college, and I was taught never to let someone take advantage of me, something that I often remember and shows in my slightly defensive personality.

davrico (not verified) says...

This really defined me well. I never knew how many characteristics I had until i saw them outlined. Almost every single section, hits the kind of person I am dead on. It also tells me that the career path I have chosen to take is the right one. I am very glad i took this test.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is really accurate but it just shows me how pathetic my life is. My career was forced upon by my parents, and seeing this just makes me more confused and lost.. I have no idea what kind of job I want to do and looking at this, and these jobs given (I admit they are my style of jobs) but dont pay well..

Guest (not verified) says...

It's okay if it doesn't pay well. Save a little money and pursue things that are a better fit on the side at first. Make time for them though, no matter what. At some point you can master them and get paid enough to make the switch, but you have to invest the time.

hayley (not verified) says...

i don't feel weird any more. i always thought there was something different about me, but in a negative way (i even suspected i had Autism or Aspergers at one point). it feels so good just to know, ya know? and this description is dead on. im even a cosmetologist!

Cody (not verified) says...

That's funny, I actually did the same thing. I always being quiet and more introverted was a bad thing. I thought I had apsperger's or Autism too, because I thought I was weird or had social issues. Thanks for sharing!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ISFP with a lot of overlap from the ISFJ. I have aspergers and was diagnosed my sophomore year of high school. Aspergers is so much more than being quiet. I have trouble talking to people I don't know and making friends. I love to hang out with the friends I do have. I get overwhelmed when there is too much stimuli ex. Noise, sound, light, smells. It takes me longer to complete school work than most students which was a problem in school when I felt like my teachers were mad or upset with me because I didn't complete my assignment in the same time as the other kids even though I worked hard the entire time unlike most others who were goofing off and talking. Aspergers Is different in every individual who has it. Most people with it may have irrational fears or obsessions almost like hobbies. For me when I was little I enjoyed bugs, not spiders though. I used to find a similar type of caterpillar every time we went camping and named him Edward. This lasted for years. I was then interested in butterflies for years, wearing them all the time. Then I liked rocks. There are many different shapes and sizes and colors and then you get ones with crystals that are pretty. In high school I didn't really have a obsession. In the couple of years I have turned to cacti. I have a plant light in my room(in the basement) so that I can have them grow. I take care of them using different tools like spoons and bowls to help keep from getting pricked. I love science! There are so many things about science, the study of the earth, rocks, different plants, bugs, and the way they all interact. This is partly what led me to chose to pursue a career in science, though I haven't decided a specific area yet. So aspergers is so many things and makes me who I am and gives me in part the personality I have.

John K. (not verified) says...

I wanted to thank you for including your message. I also have Aspergers. I find it ironic that usually those that innately have empathy, dont have it with those that dont have it. I also had trouble in school, especially with finding the words in my head. I fluctuate in my severity. In a world of N.T.s and those on the spectrum, I have come to recognize that I am definitely to much either to not be other. Its a weird place to be. Anyways I am also ISFP and wanted to ask you if you know anything about taking care of aloe . Thanks again.

Siannn (not verified) says...

Oh my goodness! Me too! I've taken the autism spectrum test so many times! I'm in Australia and cosmetologists are called beauty therapists here, I'm halfway through getting qualified. How creepily accurate but also so nice to see that I'm not defective. I'm normal!

Guest (not verified) says...

this is very interesting module to know about the personality of any person living in the society. This is going to be very helpful for the persons who go through this module - Guest (From India).

Guest (not verified) says...

This is very spot on. Accurate in every aspect.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is very true to me and I am so glad to see something so spot on! The only difference is that I tend to be a little more rude/outgoing to people I know. Otherwise perfect! Everyone is different :).

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