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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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Guest (not verified) says...

dead on can't believe it

Guest (not verified) says...

Interesting! Reading all this opens perspectives and makes me curious about my creative side. :) What I also like, is that the type is not described in a negative way like other personality tests do (inconspicuous, hesitant, ...) as if I would be lacking something. Of course, we all have weaknesses... However, don't take it too serious either, you shouldn't start reconsidering your whole life or career. I'm working on a phd now, so not all isfp's drop out on college.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is funny because my two top career choices are in the least popular category for ISFPs.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ISFP who discovered my mbti profile quite recently... And also realised that so far, I had chosen the academic and professional paths that were the exact opposite of what would theoretically suit me best: I joined one of the most elitist business school of my country, and have been working in audit, business, marketing fields. Despite the continuous efforts that I engaged, and the reward of being in such prestigious companies, I somehow felt that it was never really my cup of tea. That's why I would constantly change missions, hoping for a better fit, but always ending disappointed by the spectrum of opportunities that are offered. Sad to say that after 26 years of constant reflection on "what should I do with my life", I still do not get satisfied of what I am doing today... Still have some artistic hobbies that enlighten my days (piano, drawing, photography), but could or would never dare pursue a career in that direction. I would feel so sad to waste my time and money studying for nothing, so I still hope to find a fulfilling job, far from the competitive and fierce business world, where I could shine. I read that on average, ISFPs find it hard to work in the ideal jobs of their lives, jobs that are meaningful. I totally agree. Maybe we value it too much, with such passion that we end up being frustrated. I truly hope that I will one day manage to show my real talent and earn my living through it, but today I am still confused ... :( am I the only one in this situation ?

Guest (not verified) says...

No, I k now how you feel too. Im only 27, but I am searching for something meaningful to do!! Good luck xoxo I hope to find something. So exhausting trying things, and keeping positive.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep, this confirms I am definitely an ISFP. In my case, it is also true that I can function against type, for instance in a visible leadership role...but it is very stressful for me over time. I had to fight my introversion to reach a certain level in my career. Luckily I was eventually able to step back and focus on the favorite creative parts of my job so I enjoy my work with a much lower level of stress now. Young people should not be persuaded to categorize themselves too easily...we all learn about our strengths and weaknesses with maturity. And we learn what matters enough to fight for.

Suhas (not verified) says...

The audio for ISFP says, "you're energized by spending time alone or in quiet surrounding.. ". However, the video reads differently - "energized by spending time with others".

Can the admin kindly correct this please? or am I wrong?

mahto (not verified) says...

48 years old and have done everything as far as types of work, trying to figure out now what will be the MOST appealing for me and something I can do for the rest of my career, this test seems to be right on, what are some jobs that some of you all have and are happy in? thanks

Guest (not verified) says...

right on point

Guest (not verified) says...


Nice to see some ppl like me:) my main worry is finding a boyfriend :D it feels like guys don't even look twice at me. N the age that I am I should have had at least 1 by now :D

Stephanie Edwards (not verified) says...

I am an ISFP and this is very accurate for me. I am very good at the arts and expressing myself. I've learned a lot from this.

INFJ with an ISFP (not verified) says...

Infj here. I see a lot of isfp people wondering if they are suited for healthcare fields... Yes! My fiance is ISFP. Nurse for 15 years, has worked behavioral health, and phlebotomy too. He once wanted to do chiropractic, but not the buisiness end of it. There's a lot of postings on isfp claiming you are artists, well you're more than that. You're also accomodating, nonjudgmental and compassionate too. Those qualities are needed in healthcare. You guys do excell in structured task oriented environments, even if sometimes time crunches wear on you. ISFPs take a lot of emotional punches true, but are resilient none-the-less. My guy struggles with the cliques in healthcare, and often puts his foot in his mouth because he's had to learn how to balance authentic expression with a professional style. But it's not just ISFP's that experience that in healthcare. My guy's best days are when he's clicked well with a patient and assisted them through something difficult. It's easier to deal with job stressors when you're not attaching labels to cans or moving boxes, but helping someone heal and return home, or alleviating their pain. School was tough for him, but not impossible. Sure he's got a guitar and he kind of plays... But honestly I'm the one who paints

Guest (not verified) says...

Only half of the isfp fits me how do I figure out what the other half is?

Guest (not verified) says...

everything describes me but i love what am doing a degree in biomedical engineering i think that your career list is outdated or uninformed please update

Sue1476 (not verified) says...

I definitely identify with Introversion, Sensing, and Perception, but I have a mix of the Feeling and Thinking. Is that a thing? Can you naturally be inclined to both or is one a product of your surroundings and experiences?

Guest (not verified) says...

These videos weren't proof read at all. This is the third video in a row I've watched where in the audio says something completely different than the on screen text says. Not impressed...

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.

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??

BettyH says...

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

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. 

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. 

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!


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?

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