The ISFJ Personality Type – Personality type ISFJ
The Judger element of the ISFJ personality type means that Feeling is extraverted with this personality type and Sensing is Introverted. The preference for them in their processing is how they decide and come to conclusions (judgements) which in this case is through Feeling rather than Thinking.
Their preferred attitude and their preference for directing and receiving energy is Introverted rather than Extraverted, so they Introvert how they take in information (their Sensing). Introverted Sensing is therefore their dominant preference and this will display itself in their personality:
Realistic, practical, specific and concrete
As Introverted Sensing is their dominant function so Feeling (rather than Thinking) is their next preference. They Extravert their how they decide and come to conclusions (Feeling) which leads to them being:
Thoughtful towards others, cooperative, sensitive and kind
Their personality dynamic is therefore Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Feeling. Their third preference is Thinking and their inferior function is Extraverted Intuition.
ISFJs may feel stressed in the following situations and they should watch out for:
- When they have no time to prepare and are experiencing unrelenting change
- When they don’t have a clear sense of direction
- When they defer their own needs to meet those of other people
- When they see others ignoring facts, givens and common sense
- Times when the future seems unclear, there are no well defined outcomes or when the future looks undesireable
When you are with an ISFJ they will respond best to you if you:
- are experienced, practical, organised
- use tried and tested methods
- make use of their own experiences from similar situations in the past
- give them clear step by step instruction with procedures that you can prove have a history of success
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On the whole I’m an introvert, though maybe not as introverted as I thought. I definitely get my energy from, and crave, time and space alone. My favoured activities to switch off are activities alone. I’m reflective and think things through. I’d rather make my way to events alone (rather than car-sharing) and, once there, put off my arrival until I know I’ve avoided the dreaded “reception drinks” before the main event. In social situations I can flex to be more extroverted – I’d rather avoid these situations (e.g. networking events etc) but, once in them, I can be sociable, even a hugger!!! I do like to organise parties but like these on my territory rather than outside of it!
I think I would fall on the middle-ground of sensor/intuitor scale though probably tend to tend towards Sensor. Before making a decision I like to know all the information – I’m not a fan of winging it! At work, I could lose myself in the ‘doing’ and had to remind myself to look up and take a longer-term view.
I’m definitely a Feeler. I find it difficult to be detached from decisions – I would definitely consider the impact on others and want to be seen as caring and sensitive, nice. I crave harmony and peace. At work, I liked to be acknowledged and appreciated… this carries over into my home/family environment.
I think I’ve changed since I did the Myers briggs last time. I was a perceiver before but now I feel I fit the Judger profile better. I am highly organised, I love lists, I panic about being late and it frustrates me when others are late. I would often like to get to a decision – I don’t like loose ends.