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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Oct 25, 2014 18:42:40
was totally bored by technical mathematical and structured studies in school so I definitely agree with that part unlike some of the others above ^^ I hate to admit I'm number of these weaknesses are definitely spot on. lol and I am extremely creative and have found a fantastic career that does indeed offer me freedom and happiness In being an artist
Oct 16, 2014 06:41:13
It's me.
Oct 15, 2014 13:22:46
Yes this is definitely me. I need alone time for the creative side but I am very spontaneous about things I like and want. My feelings get hurt easily and it feels like the end of the world.
Oct 15, 2014 11:04:29
Haha, it makes me really happy to read all this, but I wish I could disagree on the academic performance. Though it is true that as per our personality type (ISFP) it is difficult to perceive and construct more logical concepts, such as scientific research, I have found that if an ISFP pairs his/herself with another personality type (for we are also good at making friends yahh) then that perception and internalization will help us to gain the way of thinking of other personality types. Since it is due to our spontaneous nature also that we regard logical fields of study to be taxing and confining, a good bond with that other personality type (I have an INTJ in mind) will allow a constant 'source' of inspiration to pursue the thinking of that other personality type. If I properly explained that, I hope it helps, since I think we ISFP's are pretty bad at explaining things with all the correct details, or so I've experienced. XD But being an ISFP is much more fun than other personality types~
Oct 15, 2014 08:04:24
Difficulties in the academic environment. not much though.
Infact I LOVE SCiENCE !!!!