ISFJ - Protector

Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging

 

 

ISFJs are warm, altruistic people that provide service for others and see the best in people. They have exceptional memories and are highly proficient at organizing the information that they take in. They are best at recalling memories that have emotional significance, such as particular details from an intimate conversation or the facial expressions of a friend.

 

When given responsibility, ISFJs will faithfully and methodically complete their work. Their work is always well-done, organized, and punctual. To them, work is virtue, play is earned, and asking for reward is a vice. They are often found serving others in their community, such as volunteering at homeless shelters or caring for disabled children.

 

Caring and selfless, ISFJs make exceptionally committed partners. They view their intimate relationship as their priority in life, secondary only to their children and perhaps God. They have strong feelings for their partners, but they usually express them through deeds rather than words. Valuing security and having a strong sense of responsibility, they are dependable in providing everyday needs for their partners.

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist. Many ISFJs find themselves to be most compatible with ESTPs and ESFPs. Generally speaking, they prefer long-term relationships with Sensing and Perceptive types. More on compatibility can be found under the "In Relationships" tab.

 

About 13% of the U.S. population is ISFJ.

 

 

Famous ISFJs

 

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet

David Petraeus, General in the US Army

Ed Bradley, journalist

Jimmy Carter, US president

Kirsten Dunst, actor (Spiderman)

Kristi Yamaguchi, figure skater

Laura Bush, Former First Lady

Louisa May Alcott, author (Little Women)

Peggy Olson (Mad Men)

Queen Elizabeth II of England, queen

Queen Mary I ("Bloody Mary") of England, queen

Robert E. Lee, American Civil War general

Robin Roberts, TV personality (Good Morning America)

Mother Teresa, humanitarian

William Howard Taft, US president

 

Fictional

 

Bianca (Taming of the Shrew)

Hero (Much Ado About Nothing)

John H. Watson (original Sherlock Holmes' sidekick)

Lauren (The Hills)

Melanie (Gone With The Wind)

Nate Archibald (Gossip Girl)

Ophelia (Hamlet)

Pam Halpert (The Office)

Peggy Olsen (Mad Men)

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI personalities determine their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ISFJ Personality

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ISFJs are warm, altruistic people that provide service for others and see the best in people. They have exceptional memories and are highly proficient at organizing the information that they take in. They are best at recalling memories that have emotional significance, such as particular details from an intimate conversation or the facial expressions of a friend. Their vast repertoire of emotional memories shapes their values system.

 

ISFJs are driven to develop their system of values so that they have a clear idea of what the world should be. They see it as their duty to apply their values to the world. They are often found serving others in their community, such as volunteering at homeless shelters or caring for disabled children. They derive satisfaction for their service and ask for nothing in return.

 

When given responsibility, ISFJs will faithfully and methodically complete their work. Their work is always well-done, organized, and punctual. To them, work is virtue, play is earned, and asking for reward is a vice. As a result, sometimes others may take advantage of them, whether in the home or at work, and the ISFJs may become overworked.

 

Although ISFJs may appear quiet and reserved, most people can recognize their kindness and generosity. ISFJs are keenly aware and considerate of other people's feelings. However, they do not let others know of their awareness. Only when ISFJs feel that someone really needs their help would they tell that person his or her feelings. Because they truly believe in the best of others, they are able to bring out other people's best values.

 

They are exceptionally aware of their own emotions, which they keep to themselves as well. However, any negative feelings that they have about an individual may accumulate to the point that they form a strong, resolute negative judgment. In these situations, they release their emotions through other outlets, such as exercise.

 

ISFJs feel a sense of continuity with the past. They believe in the value of institutions and traditions and are observant of social rituals and propriety. Believing others should follow rules, they become distressed when someone does not. In addition, they believe that everyone should behave according to their social or economic status. Unless shown in a practical manner why a new method is superior, they prefer to trust in the established ways.

 

With their sympathetic and altruistic nature, ISFJs find the most reward in professions that provide service. These include nursing, child care, and religious work. When combined with their memory and organization, they also make terrific primary care physicians and office administrators. They usually derive satisfaction at work by helping an individual, rather than advancing the institution's goals. ISFJs help the world by bringing out the best in each individual.

 

 

Their Cognitive Functions

 

1. (I)ntroverted (S)ensing: the ability to remember facts in an internally organized fashion. As their primary function, ISFJs have a well-organized memory of details and facts.

 

2. Extraverted (F)eeling: the ability to form conclusions about people and to socially organize others. As their secondary function, ISFJs are warm, friendly and socially responsible.

 

3. Introverted Thinking: the ability to construct a network of logical connections suggested by external events. As their tertiary function, ISFJs have some ability to grasp complex logical.

 

4. Extraverted Intuition: the ability to see patterns in events and to see possibilities of where things may go. As their inferior function, ISFJs do not like to venture into the realms of imagination and possibilities, preferring instead the grounded reality.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI typology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ISFJ Relationships


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During a Relationship

 

Warm and selfless, ISFJs make exceptionally committed partners. They view their intimate relationship as their priority in life, secondary only to their children and perhaps God. They have strong feelings for their partners, but they usually express them through deeds rather than words.

 

ISFJs exhibit a unique level of depth in their caring and will put in tremendous effort to make sure the relationship is healthy. Valuing security and having a strong sense of responsibility, they are dependable in providing everyday needs for their partners. They like relationships that reflect traditional ideals. They are likely to play customary gender roles, and dutifully take on corresponding household duties.

 

While their commitment allows them to have successful, devoted relationships, they sometimes have great difficulty leaving relationships that are bad. If they have been loyal to their commitments, they may become dumbfounded if a partner leaves. They blame themselves, asking what they could have done differently. Some have a "rescuer" tendency, in which they gravitate towards those on a downward spiral, in an attempt to save them. It behooves ISFJs to consider what is best for themselves from time to time.

 

Some may become possessive of their partners, interpreting their partner's desire to socialize with others or to be alone as forms of rejection. ISFJs need to remember to not take this kind of behavior personally.

One trait that only those who know the ISFJ well will recognize is their inability to conceal and express any distress they may have. For instance, an ISFJ who experienced a loss of a close one may become unexplainably moody to their partner. ISFJs would choose to keep this a secret because they do not want to make themselves needy to others. A partner who knows them well would try to uncover these problems.

 

Like many other Feelings types, ISFJs try to avoid conflict situations. They will try to sidestep the potential conflict to the best of their abilities. They may bottle up their feelings until it bursts out in anger, making them say something they may regret later. Releasing emotions more regularly may be a way to minimize this vulnerability.

 

 

Sex

 

ISFJs view sex as a physical way to strengthen emotion bonds. Because they enjoy making others happy, they are likely to take more pleasure in serving their partners. Valuing tradition, they prefer sex at the proper time and place. They may not be very verbally expressive, but through their actions they can demonstrate their deep level of affection.

 

 

Compatibility

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist.

 

With a strong Introverted Sensing function, ISFJs are better understood and appreciated by other Sensors. With the Judging characteristic, ISFJs are naturally the ones who "keep the ship on track". Thus, they are better paired with Perceivers, who tend to "go with the flow". Specifically, they are most suitable with those who have strong Extraverted Sensing functions, such as the ESTP and the ESFP. How this is derived can be found here.

 

 

ESTP - ISFJ

 

ESTPs bring spontaneity, mental stimulation, and new ways to do things to to the ISFJ's life. By enjoying life to its fullest, they give the ISFJs a sense of purpose and appreciation. ISFJs' reliability and faithful commitment provide ESTPs with stability, both emotionally and in practical matters. With their nurturing care and decision-making skills, ISFJs allow ESTPs to enjoy life without losing direction.

 

 

ESFP - ISFJ

 

ESFPs bring a new level of joy, fun, and spontaneity to the ISFJ's life. By enjoying life to its fullest, they give the ISFJs a sense of purpose and appreciation. ISFJs' reliability and faithful commitment provide ESFPs with stability, both emotionally and in practical matters. With their nurturing care and decision-making skills, ISFJs allow ESFPs to enjoy life without losing direction.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI psychology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although using MBTI in relationships is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ISFJ Career & Other Info

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How ISFJs relate to other Types


ISFJ: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

ESFJ: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

ISFP: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

ESFP: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

INTP: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One's weaker strengths are the other's stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

ENTP: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

INFP: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

ENFP: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to "escape" from normalcy.

ISTJ: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

ESTJ: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

ISTP: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other's company.

ESTP: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

INTJ: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

ENTJ: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

INFJ: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

ENFJ: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.



ISFJs As a Parent

 

ISFJs are exceptionally devoted to their families. They are naturally good at providing physical nurture to their children. Emphasizing traditions and propriety, they strive to make sure their children fit into society. They provide an environment with structure and warm discipline. While they are generous towards others, they are very resourceful towards themselves.  Protective by nature, they like to save materials for emergencies or unexpected events in the future. Their homes tend to be traditional and meticulously attractive.

 

ISFJs need affirmation from their close ones. Without this, they may feel unreasonably pessimistic and that they are somehow inadequate. Love and appreciation can be their greatest reward, although ISFJs will never ask for those things.

 

 

ISFJ Occupations

 

ISFJs like to work steadily and independently. They prefer projects that allow them to directly help other people, especially on a one-by-one basis. They are motivated by their personal values and enjoy seeing the tangible efforts of their work. Work that calls for organization, accuracy, and attention to detail is most suitable. They are best in environments that are structured and stable, where they know what is expected. Hard work and service are virtues to them. They appreciate personal recognition behind the scenes, but do not wish to be put in the spotlight.

 

 

Potential Career Paths (ISFJ Jobs)

 

Administrative Assistant

Audiologist

Biologist

Bookkeeper

Conservation Scientist

Counselor

Court Reporter

Credit Counselor

Curator

Customer Service Rep

Dental Hygienist

Dentist

Dialysis Technician

Electrician

Elementary Teacher

Family Physician

Farmer or Rancher

Food Scientist

Funeral Director

Genealogist

Health Care Administrator

Historian

Hotel Manager

Interior Designer

Jeweler

Librarian

Medical Assistant

Medical Researcher

Nurse

Nutritionist

Office Manager

Optometrist

Paralegal

Physical Therapist

Physician Assistant

Preschool Teacher

Probation Officer

Radiation Therapist

Real Estate Appraiser

Religious Educator

School Administrator

Social Worker

Speech Pathologist

Tech Support Specialist

Veterinarian

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI personality types determine their day-to-day interactions. Although using MBTI in relationships is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.