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ISFP Personality Type, Strengths & Weaknesses

What are the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) type the Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiver (ISFP)?

ISFP Personality Type

In temperament they’re reserved and generally unassertive, speaking softly and quietly. They won’t open up easy with people that they don’t know, however when they get comfortable with someone they can be very caring and affectionate. They are generally easy going and cooperative, they don’t try and beat others competitively or control others, they mostly just wish to get along with people.

They suit jobs that involve caring for others, so nursing, working with children and the elderly. With dominate sensing they will also be suited to jobs that require a strong eye for detail, and paying attention, and good observational skills.

Appearance wise they will be well presented, cloths likely will be well fitted and well ironed. They’re likely to wear darker colours, as they like to fade into the background. There are not naturally tilted towards tradition, which may-be reflected in their personal choices, including clothing and other design preferences.   

Functions

  • Dominate – Sensing
  • Auxiliary – Feeling
  • Tertiary – Thinking
  • Inferior – Intuition

ISFP Strengths

Pragmatic

They’re naturally take to that which is practical, practical in their thinking, and also like completing practical/physical tasks. They will be good at keeping to time scales, so likely to be punctual, due to their natural focus on the current moment.

Fun

Sensing perceivers by temperament are thrill and adventure seekers, they like having their five primary senses engaged.  

Observant

This type is naturally observant, as sensing is their dominate function. They’re focused on the details, with a good memory of those details. They will pick up on body language quickly, and notice and remember what people are wearing.

Compassionate

With Auxiliary feeling, there are fairly in-tune with their emotions, they will be considerate to the feelings of others, and naturally compassionate and caring with a strong interest in people.

ISFP Weaknesses

Small Picture Thinkers

This type doesn’t naturally pay attention to the bigger picture, they may suffer from short sighted thinking. They may struggle to see patterns and connections.

Lack Commitment

They will lack conscientiousness and dutifulness, they will often delay work for play and adventure, often being distracted from their work commitments.

Logic

They won’t naturally be the most logical people in the world. They may struggle to put aside emotion and the subjective factor, causing them to see the world through an emotional or biased lens.