INDORAMAL.COM/EN - According to David Keirsey, author of "Please Understand Me II", almost all talented artists, painters, sculptors, designers tend to be ISFP. Together with other types of SP, he classifies ISFP people as "Artisans", ie people with the ability natural to excel in art, but notes that ISFP has "the best understanding of what is suitable or incompatible with any types of artistic work". He estimates that ISFPs account for around nine to ten percent of the population despite the more recent estimates by the CAPT ( The Application Center for Psychological Types) quotes a slightly lower number. Is your ISFP artistically inclined? This professionally developed and scientifically validated test will help you find out.
ISFP Personality Review
In general, ISFPs are gentle and affectionate people who relate to themselves and the world around them. Similar to ESFP, they tend to live here and now. Calm and quiet, people belonging to this personality type are keen observers; they enjoy the moment and what is happening around them.
With consideration and respect, they do not impose their views and opinions on others. Unfortunately, their unimpressive gentleness is often misunderstood and interpreted as weakness and lack of direction (Otto Kroeger, Type Talk).
Thanks to their unwillingness to express themselves verbally, ISFP is one of the most mysterious personality types. Their reluctance to speak is not a lack of ability but not interested. Unlike many other personality types, ISFP prefers to express themselves through action, often through art.
ISFPs do not like to remain silent, but they choose their activities spontaneously, without much planning. Doing something is better than doing nothing at ISFP; because they are naturally impulsive like other types of SP, they do whatever they like right now and not what needs to be done. Needless to say, this might result in a long list of unfinished projects, which can be very frustrating even for ISFP itself.
When it comes to working, ISFP Artists want to serve others while money ranks second. More often than not, ISFP works calmly behind the scenes helping others solve problems or achieve their dreams. To be happy at work, ISFP needs two things:
- become active
- and interact with other people.
Praise, recognition, and high salaries are not as important as long as he can feel busy and useful.
ISFP professionals are often ashamed to push their services and often miss opportunities because of the less talented and more aggressive type. In general, ISFP men and women tend to sell themselves short. If they do extraordinary work, they tend to think it was just an accident. If someone compliments them, they consider it "not really meaningful" (Otto Kroeger, Type Talk).
Relationships with friends and family are very important for ISFP. Unlike many others, they invest a lot of time and effort in maintaining their relationship. As people age, ISFP men and women usually find themselves loved and valued by people who know them well, thanks to all their efforts over the years (Sandra Hirsh, LIFETypes). It is their relaxed but active style, their acceptance of others, and their ability to enjoy the simple things in life that make them so pleasant and pleasant to be around.
The meaning of ISFP
ISFP stands for
- Introverted. Being closed means you prefer to focus internally on your thoughts and feelings. Even though ISFP likes to be near other people, they still need a lot of time alone to rest and reflect.
- Feel. Being a sensor means that you are a practical, down to earth person who prefers facts and details over abstract ideas and concepts. Typical sensors are not too worried about the future and are not obsessed with the past; on the contrary, they would rather live here and now.
- Feeling. Having a feeling style means you are a warm and caring person who prioritizes relationships and makes decisions based on feelings.
- Assume. Having an understanding style means you don't believe in planning and prefer to stay open and flexible. In general, all absorbers are spontaneous.
ISFP Cognitive Function
According to Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist and author of "Psychological Types", it is not possible to show introversion and extroversion separately. Each of the 16 personalities is assigned a cognitive function that helps understand it better. In the case of ISFP, cognitive functions are as follows:
- Introverted (Fi) Feelings
- Extra Sensing (Se)
- Introvert Intuition (Ni)
- Extroverted Thinking (Te)
The work of Myers-Briggs (MBTI assessment), Keirsey Temperament Sorter, and the works of many others which expanded on the subject of 16 personalities are based on Jung's original insight.
Another name for ISFP
Like all other personality types, ISFP has many descriptive names given by leading personality researchers who write on the subject of 16 personalities:
- Producer Composer (Linda Berens, author of "The 16 Personality Types"),
- Artist (David Keirsey, author of "Please Understand Me"),
- Composer (David Keirsey, author of "Please Understand Me II"),
- Seeker and Keeper of Human Values (Alan W. Brownsword, author of "It Takes All Types"),
- Amiable Artisan (Jonathan P. Niednagel, author of "Brain Typing" and "Your Best Sport: How to Choose and Play It"),
- Multipurpose Supporter (official MBTI website).
Several other ISFP names are spreading online. That includes Adventurers and Sensual Artists.
When compared with the four temperament personality systems, ISFP is equivalent to a mixed Phlegmatic-Sanguine temperament.
ISFP creates parenting partners and supporters who prioritize the needs of their partners. When they first fall in love, they may become completely consumed by it and make important decisions about their future and marriage that can ultimately destroy them. They become naive and very romantic; things like status, financial security, intellectual compatibility, and education are not important for love-stricken ISFPs. ISFP artists see no problem in marrying someone from a different background, with shaky financial status and difficult relatives. What ISFP cares about is this:
- happy together,
For ISFP relationships with their partners is a clear priority, and for the sake of that relationship, they are ready to make important changes in their lives, such as
- stop working if that's what their partner wants,
- start working to support their partners,
- move to another country,
- surrender to the things they want to do if it bothers their partner.
ISFP Compatibility with Other Personality Types
There is no room for discussing ISFP compatibility with 16 personality types, but because asking about ISFP INFJ and ISFP INFP compatibility is very common, we will discuss it here.
ISFP and INFJ
ISFP and INFJ are good partners because both have many things in common. Both are personal and sensitive people and tend to spend a lot of time alone, with each other. Because both prioritize relationships, they tend to consider each other very much and try to please each other as much as possible. Even better, both of them want harmony and tend to avoid conflict, which makes their relationship very stable.
On the negative side, ISFP might find INFJ too complicated and too much thinking. He might hope that INFJ partners will be more present and more lively. Another potential problem area is that INFJ is busy with its thinking while ISFP partners want to think less and do more. Money is another potential problem area: INFJ tends to be on the frugal side while ISFP likes to shop freely and easily.
Because both partners tend to avoid conflict, they can avoid discussion until their small differences become a big problem.
ISFP and INFP
Although ISFP and INFP have many similarities, their differences attract them to each other. ISFP is interested in INFP's originality while INFP admires ISFP's ability to be mysterious and fun at the same time.
On the negative side, ISFP may find themselves unable to meet INFP expectations. INFPs tend to idealize their relationship, and ISFP may feel guilty if reality does not meet expectations.
ISFJ vs ISFP
Another common question is what is the difference between ISFJ and ISFP. The answer is ISFP and ISFJ have three types of preferences and have many similarities. Both are sensitive, reserved, and humble types of people. However, there are some important differences between them:
|respect authority||less polite|
In general, ISFPs of both sexes do not project strong images. Men who belong to this personality type are known to be quiet and personal, but they are also known to have a high sense of humor. Because of their nature, it may be difficult to get to know them at first, but over time, their talent, loyalty, and natural respect for boundaries other people become clear. Although they have no desire to lead or control, male ISFPs often succeed in various roles and make excellent romantic partners (Otto Kroeger, Type Talk).
Strengths and Weaknesses of ISFP
- a good listener,
- good taste,
- not good at planning,
- often don't finish what they started,
- avoid any conflict or criticism,
- Do not talk.
ISFP has two seemingly conflicting desires: on the one hand, they are people-oriented, and on the other hand, they need a quiet space that they can adjust to their desires. Ideal work arrangements for ISFP must:
- allow a lot of freedom,
- active and busy,
- giving ISFP a personal angle where he can work and observe others.
- Air traffic controller
- Animal trainer
- Caregivers of children
- Beauty expert
- Coach (sports)
- Dental hygiene
- Dog Obedience Coach
- Emergency Room Nurse
- ER doctor
- Factory Superintendent
- Fashion designer
- Film producer
- Fitness Coach
- Flower Designer
- Foodservice workers
- Graphic designer
- Insurance Assessor
- Interior designer
- Labor Relations Mediator
- Landscape Architects
- Massage Therapist
- Office manager
- Physical Therapist
- Assistant Physician
- Pre-school teacher
- Public Relations Specialist
- Real Estate Agent
- Recreational Workers
- Social worker
- Special education teacher
- Special Event Producer
- Travel agent
Careers to Avoid
- anything that requires long-term planning.
The following celebrities and famous people might be included in the ISFP personality type:
- Michael Jackson,
- Steven Spielberg,
- Brad Pitt,
- Jessica Alba,
- Britney Spears,
- Lady Gaga.
- Christina Aguilera,
- Pharell Williams,
- Paul McCartney,
- John Travolta,
- David Beckham,
- Jackie Kennedy,
- Ashton Kutcher,
- Marie Antoinette.
ISFP Fictional Characters
- Charlie Brown from "Peanuts"
- Jessica Jones,
- Luke Skywalker from "Star Wars".
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