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.

There'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 personality

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

Vin Diesel
Halle Berry
Beyoncé
Queen Elizabeth II
Kate Middleton
Anne Hathaway
Emma Watson

Fictional ISFJs

Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones
Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings
Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ partner
Astrid Farnsworth from Fringe
Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean
Pam Beesly from The Office
Vito Corleone from The Godfather

Comments

Anonymous
3 months ago
Any other ISFJ's feel like they're more of an Aragorn than Samwise Gangee?
Anonymous
4 months ago
My sister is an ISFJ; I'm an INTJ. I do consider myself lucky to have her (not only as my sister), but as my best friend. I absolutely agree with the statement "There's hardly a better type to make up such a large proportion of the population". We may be very different, but I couldn't imagine myself having a better friend.
5 months ago
that was great
melissa
7 months ago
really because i want to be a nurse i got protagonist
Kaitlan
6 months ago
I am INFJ :) less than one percent of the population. I am going to be a counsellor.
Anonymous
5 months ago
I'm an INFJ and I want to be an environmental scientist.
ENFJ-T
5 months ago
I am a protagonist too, we do like to help others so it would make sense that you want to be a nurse.
Doc
7 months ago
This is soooo true. I got ISFJ and its description is exactly me! It describes exactly about my personality and my goal to be a doctor! This is so cool!
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