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The ISFP Personality: ISFP Careers, Relationships, and Life

Updated on October 31, 2012

ISFP means introverted, sensing, feeling, and perceptive. They are generally seen as the most unpredictable and spontaneous of the other introverted personality types. The ISFP loves new ideas and activities. They have a knack for coming up with new ideas and inspiring others. Because of this the ISFP personality is known to be trendsetter.

Independence is prominent trait of the ISFP personality. They love their freedom and will resist any form of control. Typically, they see all rules, guidelines and even tradition as limitations that make life boring. This personality type lives in the present, taking things as they come with an uncanny ability to adapt their behavior as necessary.

Having great control over all five of their senses, the ISFP is very much in tune with the physical world. Even though they are introverts, they rarely have difficulty connecting with other people. The ISFP can be incredibly charming even during periods of recklessness and unpredictability. They are generally highly competitive and can react very badly to any type of criticism. The combination of risk seeking and competitiveness can lead the ISFP to engage in such activities and gambling and extreme sports.

The ISFP’s introverted traits can be seen in their need for time following social interactions. This personality trait must let their minds rest and give their bodies time to recharge. This particular aspect of the ISFP personality can make them seem mysterious to others. Quite often even those closest to the ISFP have difficult anticipating their thoughts and reactions to things. In addition, the ISFP can be highly sensitive to the feelings of others. They seek harmony in any given situation with the unusual ability to sense changes in the emotions of others almost immediately.

ISFP Strenghts
ISFP Weaknesses
Warm and Friendly
May appear slow/lazy due to their concentration on the present moment
Optimistic, sensitive with impressive practical skills
Slow in verbalizing their feelings
Excellent Listners
Need a lot of personal space
Respects the personal space of others
Bad long term planning skills
Loves aesthetics and beauty
Dislikes and very vulnerable to conflict and criticism
Takes commitments seriously
Tendency to hide their thoughts and feelings

ISFP Careers

ISFPs find the process of structure to be difficult. This often leads to poor performance in school. With their other prominent traits, however, this personality typically excels in artistic areas. They have a great sense of aesthetics and utilizing their talents in this way allows them to express a great degree of freedom.

For the typical ISFP, what they do for a living must be more than just a job. In order to be fulfilled and happy most ISFP personalities need a career that is in tune with their inner values. They do not generally do well in corporate environments as this does not afford the kind of space and freedom they require.

Instead, the ideal ISFP careers allow this personality to contribute their skills and abilities. The ISFP enjoys helping others, are easy to get along with, and make great problem solvers. Again, they are highly artistic and thrive when they are given the opportunity to utilize their creativity.

Possible ISFP Careers include:

  • Artist
  • Musician/Composer
  • Designer
  • Counselor
  • Child Care
  • Social Worker
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Psychologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Pediatrician
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian

ISFP Relatonships

Trust and loyalty is paramount with the ISFP personality. They take their commitments seriously and they generally seek long term relationships. ISFPs are very private people, however, and they often keep their feelings and opinions to themselves. Despite this the ISFP is quite passionate with very intense feelings. They prefer, however, to show that they care by being helpful to their partners, rather than discussing the relationship. This can cause problems in some ISFP relationships.

The ISFP typically accepts and values other people. They believe that people have the right to be themselves. They need space to live their lives and will respect other’s need for space as well. They are also very positive with a warm outlook on love. ISFPs go to great lengths to please their partners. They detest conflict and desire to be understood for who they are.

During intimacy, the ISFP provides their partner with their complete attention. They experience intimacy through all five of their senses and welcome the opportunity to be with their partners. They believe, however, that actions speak louder than words and are not likely to express their feelings verbally. Thought the ISFP is generally uncomfortable with sentimental praise, they actually need praise and positive affirmation to feel good about themselves. The preferred partners for the ISFP personality are ESFJ (extroverted, sensing, feeling, judging) and ENFJ (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging).

Famous ISFP Personalities

Based on analysis of their work and lives, the following have been identified as famous ISFP personalities:

  • Marie Antoinette, former queen of France
  • Ulysses S. Grant, former president of the United States
  • Marilyn Monroe, actress
  • Elizabeth Taylor, actress
  • Ervin Johnson, NBA star
  • Paul McCartney, singer
  • Christopher Reeve, actor
  • Michael Jackson, singer
  • Kevin Costner, actor
  • Britney Spears, singer
  • John Travolta, actor

Some famous ISFP fictional characters include:

  • Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes
  • Rachel, Friends
  • Flounder, The Little Mermaid
  • Schroeder, Peanuts
  • Manny Ribera, Scarface


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