Myers Briggs Personality Type
Summary of ISFJ type
- Quiet friendly, responsible and conscientious.
- Committed and steady in meeting their obligations.
- Thorough, painstaking and accurate.
- Loyal, considerate, notice and remember details about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel.
- Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
Full explanation of ISFJ at: Myers Briggs Personality Types
They are interested in maintaining order and harmony in every aspect of their lives. They are steadfast and meticulous in handling their responsibilities. Although quiet, they are people-oriented and very observant. Not only do they remember details about others, but they also observe and respect others’ feelings. Friends and family are likely to describe them as thoughtful and trustworthy.
They are most concerned with taking care of people by keeping them safe and secure. They are modest caretakers who do not demand credit or thanks for their efforts. But while they are essentially compassionate, and in fact exercise more patience in dealing with the disabled than perhaps any other type, their shyness with strangers can lead others to misread them as standoffish.
Only among friends and family may this quiet type feel comfortable speaking freely. They are serious people with a strong work ethic, not inclined to self-indulgence. They believe in being meticulous and thrifty. They work well alone. While they may enjoy taking care of others, they do not enjoy giving orders.
They collect data in the present moment and compare it with past experiences, a process that sometimes evokes the feelings associated with memory, as if the subject were reliving it. Seeking to protect what is familiar, they draw upon history to form goals and expectations about what will happen in the future.
ISFJ seek social connections and creates harmonious interactions through polite, considerate, and appropriate behaviour. They respond to the explicit (and implicit) wants of others, and may even create an internal conflict between the subject’s own needs and the desire to meet the needs of others.
They seek precision, such as the exact word to express an idea. This type notices the minute distinctions that define the essence of things, then analyses and classifies them. This type examine all sides of an issue, looking to solve problems while minimising effort and risk. They use models to root out logical inconsistency.
ISFJ finds and interprets hidden meanings, using “what if” questions to explore alternatives, allowing multiple possibilities to coexist. This imaginative play weaves together insights and experiences from various sources to form a new whole, which can then become a catalyst to action.
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