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.

Defenders You May Know

4 years ago
I have finally found who I am. AMAZING and FANTABULOUS assessment.
4 years ago
This is great
4 years ago
This test was pretty much spot-on with everything. I can be somewhat of a perfectionist at times, but first and foremost that's because I do not want to disappoint myself. Having such high expectations for myself, and especially when I know other people expect a lot from me can stress me out at times. I'm also very shy but incredibly social. I like to chat to lots of people throughout my day - but people I am very familiar and comfortable with. I prefer one-on-one interactions or small groups. It can really take me a while to open up to some people though, and there are a lot of people I just know I never will be comfortable around - especially other women for some reason. I like a lot of order and organization and cannot relax if my home is in disarray. This makes moving very stressful, as I feel like I have to unpack and organize everything ASAP. I am in the military, and I think the order and structure suits me, although I am not crazy about my specific career field. I really wish I had studied for a career in genetic counseling. Lastly, the romantic stuff rang true very much too. I believe in the importance of fidelity as strongly as some may hold their religious beliefs (although I am actually not religious at all). I had also just been telling someone recently that I was happy in my relationship mostly because I felt appreciated and valued. Oh, and for real lastly, I do make a conscious effort to remember things about people - names, likes, bdays, etc. I am the go-to person in my very large extended family for remembering birthdays.
Ana Carina S.
4 years ago
"It can really take me a while to open up to some people though, and there are a lot of people I just know I never will be comfortable around - especially other women for some reason." You read my mind. But you know, this is something I feel very uncomfortable to admit to most people, because society almost always criticizes women like us. It's like we're women and have to be comfortable with other women only, because if you feel better talking to men you are something else you shouldn't be.
Caydence swain
4 years ago
I'm an isfj and I've never read anything that described me so well - so I'm not alone here?
4 years ago
This is so true, finally something that understands. I talk a lot, but only around people I'm comfortable with, sometimes I literally HATE speaking, and I just like to think alot
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