ISFPs are modest, sensitive, and adventure loving people who live their life according to their values.
Those who identify with the ISFP personality type will be driven to do things depending on how they feel about them; this is because of their dominant function Introverted Feeling (Fi). Fi is the source of their strong inner value system and it guides their choice of actions throughout life. One thing that ISFPs fear the most is being forced to do something that goes against their values. These people need their independence and are often proud of their own unique style and originality.
ISFPs value harmony in their lives and strive to maintain certain feelings within. These people feel things deeply and are known for being quite sensitive, especially when it comes to conflict or criticism. However, they may not always express the depth of their feelings to the outside world and instead choose to bottle up their feelings on the inside. Artistic expression is a great way for them to show the world how they feel and they often do well in the art industry.
The source of their adventure loving nature is their auxiliary function Extraverted Sensing (Se). Se is all about the present moment and the utilization of the 5 senses. ISFPs tend to always be aware of what’s going on around them at the moment, even when they are daydreaming or lost in their inner world. Se is also what makes these people unpredictable and spontaneous. ISFPs would rather leave their schedule open than plan their whole life out because that would be much too boring. Although they are introverted and tend to be quiet people, they have a fun loving air about them and are known for taking spontaneous risks.
ISFPs naturally combine Fi and Se. Fi is their default mode of living and it is all about peace and harmony. However, Se is all about action and taking risks which makes for a very unique combination. An ISFP with well developed Se will be great at taking action, especially when it comes to something they feel passionate about. Decision making in general is not a strong point for ISFPs but developing Se will definitely help in that regard. Fi on it’s own is very lax and melancholy so having Se to support creates an equilibrium that is essential for these people to function.
Their tertiary function is Introverted Intuition (Ni). This function is not the strongest of their abilities but it is there to support them nonetheless. With Ni these people can envision possibilities and potential improvements for the future. Their intuition is an important tool for figuring out which path to take in life but it can sometimes leave them idle and stagnant. Sometimes these people get stuck in a Fi + Ni loop which can get quite depressing. They may envision their wildest dreams coming true and how great it will feel when they accomplish their goals but will remain stuck in the loop, simply dreaming but unable to take action. This may feel like a safe place for them but ultimately nothing will change without them taking action in the present and making things happen. The only way for them to get out of the loop is to utilize their auxiliary function Se and start taking action.
The inferior function for the ISFP personality type is Extraverted Thinking (Te). This is their weakest function and very often brings out the negative characteristics of the person. When an ISFP is being bombarded with excessive criticism or negativity then that’s when Te will start to show. They will feel compelled to take control of the situation and defend themselves any way they can. Most often they will become aggressive towards whoever criticized them and will respond with their own criticism. Te will also show its self by taking unnecessary action that only makes the situation worse. Learning how to control their emotions and remain peaceful in times like these is a life long goal for people with the ISFP personality type and it will only get easier with age.
Dominant function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Auxiliary function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)
Tertiary function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Inferior function: Extraverted Thinking (Te)
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