ISFP strengths and weaknesses

ISFP Strengths

  • Sensitive and observant. ISFP personalities find it easy to relate to other people and recognize their emotional states. They seek harmony and strongly dislike conflicts.
  • Charming and open-minded. ISFPs are relaxed, warm individuals who rarely have difficulties making friends or fitting in. They also tend to be very tolerant and flexible.
  • Artistic. People with this personality type tend to have a very good sense of aesthetics and beauty. This is also their primary way of expressing themselves. ISFPs’ artistic skills are truly enviable.
  • Imaginative. ISFPs possess a creative mind and are often seen as trendsetters, coming up with bold and unusual ideas all the time. Their vivid imagination and artistic skills form a powerful combination, often helping the ISFP in an unexpected way.
  • Curious. ISFPs tend to be very inquisitive and willing to try out new things. They would rather take risks than miss an exciting opportunity.
  • Passionate and enthusiastic. ISFP personalities may often be quiet and reserved, but they can also become incredibly passionate if they are working on something that excites and interests them. People with the ISFP personality type tend to have very intense feelings, but their passion and enthusiasm are usually hidden from the outside world.

ISFP Weaknesses

  • May have low self-esteem. ISFPs often have problems with self-confidence, especially earlier on in life. Most of their positive traits revolve around sensitivity and artistic expression, and such things are often seen by many as secondary to, for instance, academic performance.
  • Difficulties in the academic environment. People with the ISFP personality type usually find scientific subjects and research quite difficult and may fall behind their peers in highly technical fields.
  • Get stressed easily. ISFPs are intensely emotional individuals; consequently, they may have difficulties coping with conflicts or stress. This can also lower their self-esteem and stifle their creativity.
  • Very competitive. Despite being quite reserved or even shy, ISFP personalities can become very competitive in certain situations. This trait is very common among Explorer (SP) types.
  • Unpredictable. ISFPs dislike long-term commitments and plans, often living completely in the present and consciously trying to avoid thinking about the future. This can lead to a lot of tension and misunderstanding in their romantic relationships.
  • Fiercely independent. ISFPs value their freedom very highly and do not really worry about traditions, rules, or guidelines, believing that they only hinder artistic expression and free thinking. Not surprisingly, ISFP personalities are likely to clash with more traditional types, especially in the workplace.

Do you agree with these points? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.



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Jake Kissner
Jul 26, 2014 23:20:00
This is so accurate that it freaks me out. Every bulletin is absolutely perfect.
Michael Lane
Jun 24, 2014 18:53:10
Yeah, this is pretty much me except for a couple of details. I don't feel strongly about most things, though there are a couple of things (namely, my wife and classical music) that will spark intense feelings. And I am distinctly un-competitive; I REALLY dislike competition, even though I've been forced to take competitive stances at work. I'd much rather simply be my independent self - I feel and do so much better that way.
Jun 12, 2014 05:10:57
I've never paid attention to these things, but as I'm learning about myself, checked this out to see what it meant and Wow! Everything in my life is starting to make sense. I now understand why leaving Criminal Justice degree after a 1.5 years and switching to Photography was the best decision of my life. I just started painting and my creative flow for other arts is opening up as well.
May 19, 2014 20:43:46
Most of it describes me very well except for the future thinking part & reckless demeanor. Im always thinking on the future, although I like adventure, I wouldn't practice extreme stuff, neither I find hard to have a lifelong commitment with my loved one, but the rest entirely fits on my personna :)
May 19, 2014 20:46:29
I meant sorry that i find hard to imagine not having a lifelong relationship with my loved one :P
May 01, 2014 16:57:46
Low self-esteem but very competitive. That is one of my main conflicts I am dealing with... Also, I was always confused about my dream-careers. I like doing art. But I am also interessted in health care and counseling (problem here is again low self esteem and shyness). Also I thought that I am interested in counseling and helping other people out because I am looking for ways to feel better about myself (through talking to people who have issues. I tend to think that I am an asshole). The academic part is true also. I got a useless bachelor's degree and people are telling me to get my master's degree and try to work in the academic field, which sounds like pure horror to me. I'm thinking about pulling through with the masters degree though....