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 or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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16 Responses to “ISFP strengths and weaknesses”

  1. T Reply

    I like what you have so far. Where is the rest of the ISFP info? You gave us and ESTP the shaft! ;)

  2. C. Reply

    Oh, man…. of all personality types this one and another one are the only ones not fully covered.

    I wanna read mooore.

  3. Madchen Reply

    I don’t suffer from low self esteem. I’m pretty confident- just nervous of not knowing what to say around strangers. I guess I’m in some ways unpredictable (I go through hobby phases every month like mad) but not in a random New Girl kind of way. I dislike the words tolerance and open-minded because now they mean “give me validation for my lifestyle choices or you’re a Nazi” so no, I am not those. But even if I dislike someone at work or something I’m not gonna, like, start fights with them. That’s dumb. I’m not sure what competitive means here. in relationships? in work? sports? I used to be as a kid because I was very proud, and in some ways I like competing quietly but… most of these are true except for those. after thinking I’m an ISFP, not an ISFJ, I’m starting to wonder if I’m an ISFP after all :| Maybe I’m just an ISFx.

  4. Ramibel Reply

    I’m unsure if I’m an ISTP/ISFP. Can someone please help? Thanks in advance.

  5. nikki Reply

    Question: Why is “Fiercely Independent” a weakness? I’d consider that one of my greatest strengths.

    • Ian Reply

      I’m also “fiercely independent” but I know a ISFP that has a severe inability to compromise, it’s their Achilles’ heel.
      In that sense it can be a great strength and great weakness.
      I find that a bit of commitment goes a long way.

    • Stormy Reply

      The problem with being Fiercely Independent is that (Knowing, I do this): I hate asking for help, I hate it when someone helps me when I don’t ask for it. If I can avoid involving others in my life, I’ll do it but I can’t always because I know I need to talk to someone at some point. I hate trying to give tasks to others because of the chance that it might not get done right( and trust me it has to be right. Damn the perfectionism). I hate being commanded to do things and not asked nicely. It’s one thing if I’m helping someone because I want to, not because someone told me to do it like they own me.
      But I love group projects if people are all passionate and have a united/caring sense within the group. There has to be no trust issue but that’s rare to find.
      I do what I want, when I want regardless of what anyone says and my boyfriend is trying to get me to not be that way because life doesn’t work that way.

  6. astrid h Reply

    I’m ISFP but I have almost no trouble in school; in fact, math and science are my strong points. I agree with the artistic stuff, though; I can’t draw, but I can write fiction like the dickens.

    • Blazie K Reply

      Same here, I’m an ISFP but I do quite well in maths and science, but I agree with the artistic point greatly also.

  7. shamma Reply

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH EVERYTHING MENTIONED ! except for the academic part! I think I did well in high school, at least I got an A- I mean I do struggle in university but it’s not because I’m an ISFP. its because engineering is generally a tough major ?!

  8. Brittany S. Reply

    I am all of these.. Its kinda scary what you can find out about yourself that you never knew before lol.. I am very shy and not self-confident in myself.. My friends are helping me a lot and I just can’t believe they want to help me so much with my attitude and they are the best.. I love to find out new things.. So Yeah I’m curious lol.. I love to draw, my friends say I’m good at drawing lol… And I say “lol” a lot o.o.. I don’t know why I’m so shy/curious/not-self-confident in myself. BUt I hope someone can help with that.. I’m 16 and I am trying to be less shy and more confident in myself.. I am definitely ISFP.. I guess.