ISFJ Personality (“The Defender”)

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.

Brian Tracy

The ISFJ personality type is quite unique, as many of their qualities defy the definition of their individual traits. Though possessing the Feeling (F) trait, ISFJs have excellent analytical abilities; though Introverted (I), they have well-developed people skills and robust social relationships; and though they are a Judging (J) type, ISFJs are often receptive to change and new ideas. As with so many things, people with the ISFJ personality type are more than the sum of their parts, and it is the way they use these strengths that defines who they are.

ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity.

ISFJ personalityThere's hardly a better type to make up such a large proportion of the population, nearly 13%. Combining the best of tradition and the desire to do good, ISFJs are found in lines of work with a sense of history behind them, such as medicine, academics and charitable social work.

ISFJ personalities (especially Turbulent ones) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism, and though they procrastinate, they can always be relied on to get the job done on time. ISFJs take their responsibilities personally, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything they can to exceed expectations and delight others, at work and at home.

We Must Be Seen to Be Believed

The challenge for ISFJs is ensuring that what they do is noticed. They have a tendency to underplay their accomplishments, and while their kindness is often respected, more cynical and selfish people are likely to take advantage of ISFJs' dedication and humbleness by pushing work onto them and then taking the credit. ISFJs need to know when to say no and stand up for themselves if they are to maintain their confidence and enthusiasm.

Naturally social, an odd quality for Introverts, ISFJs utilize excellent memories not to retain data and trivia, but to remember people, and details about their lives. When it comes to gift-giving, ISFJs have no equal, using their imagination and natural sensitivity to express their generosity in ways that touch the hearts of their recipients. While this is certainly true of their coworkers, whom people with the ISFJ personality type often consider their personal friends, it is in family that their expressions of affection fully bloom.

If I Can Protect You, I Will

ISFJ personalities are a wonderful group, rarely sitting idle while a worthy cause remains unfinished. ISFJs' ability to connect with others on an intimate level is unrivaled among Introverts, and the joy they experience in using those connections to maintain a supportive, happy family is a gift for everyone involved. They may never be truly comfortable in the spotlight, and may feel guilty taking due credit for team efforts, but if they can ensure that their efforts are recognized, ISFJs are likely to feel a level of satisfaction in what they do that many other personality types can only dream of.

Famous ISFJs

Queen Elizabeth II
Robert E. Lee
Queen Mary I
Halle Berry
“Samwise Gamgee” from The Lord of the Rings
“Dr Watson,” Sherlock Holmes' partner


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Oct 09, 2015 18:37:02
This is so accurate! All of my friends and I took this. Every single one of us is a perfect match to the result!
Sep 18, 2015 00:31:09
My sister is an ISFJ-T (I'm an INFJ-T) and I was wondering if there are ways I could connect with her more from other ISFJ's. Any thoughts on this?
somebody no. 2
Sep 30, 2015 07:57:05
Sorry cant help you... im the exact same type as you...
Sep 14, 2015 07:01:56
I enjoyed taking the quiz and the results were absolutely amazing, 100% accurate.

I looove being this type of personality and would love to meet and get to know others like me.

Also interesting to read that all our weaknesses are actually pretty great, I mean, there's nothing to be ashamed of or being upset about. We're simply being overly kind and good, well except "taking everything too personally", but be sure, we always know when we're doing it and never blame others. Anyway, I'm loving it. Definetely sharing this with my friends.

Much love, Enisa.
Benetta Brown
Sep 01, 2015 09:36:56
I have a ISFJ personality and it claims that i am a defender. My opinion as far as their as there determination would be that they are absolutely correct. I am a defender. I love to protect myself as well as anyone that I have any form of care for. They are definetly right as far as my persoanlity. I do procrasinate but i do get the job done before its due to be done. I like to be adknowledge for any positive thing I do and for any effort I put into anything. I am not a attention seeker more so on the shy side and i'm not too sociable but I do enjoy the comfort and attention of my loved ones. My weaknesses are definetly that i take things the wrong way and i get offended when offense is not meant. This personality quiz has stated things about me that as so far true. I enjoyed reading it, as well as taking time out to participate in it.
Aug 10, 2015 17:01:22
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