ISFJ is one of the sixteen personality types as classified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. ISFJ is an acronym for introversion, sensing, feeling and judging.
I is for Introversion
As opposed to extraversion, introversion implies that a person is more prone to stay quiet and to himself or herself. A person would be reserved, will have very few close friends and would confide in only one or two persons. Such a person will not have and will not want to have a large social circle.
S is for Sensing
A person with ISFJ personality will be sensible or in other words, pragmatic. He or she will be drawn more by what is tangible or concrete than what is abstract or intangible.
F is for Feeling
The ‘F’ is feeling as it dominates reasoning and decision making. People with such a personality are more willing to consider personal values and interpersonal relations than objectivity while making any kind of decision or choice. Logic takes a backseat.
J is for Judgment
This propels a person to be proactive and keen to plan their actions and routines. Such an attribute makes a person like predictability and the sense of being in control of situations.
Some of the most popular people with ISFJ personality type are Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary I, Robert E. Lee, Halle Berry and the fictional characters of Samwise Gamgee in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. People with ISFJ personality are known as defenders or protectors. They believe that if they can protect something or someone then they should and they will.
An ISFJ personality is very helpful. They are often referred to as universal helpers. Whether it is with time or energy, knowledge or experience, an ISFJ personality will always reach out to a person who is in need of him or her and would try to address the problems at hand. They may also just be present by the side of a person who needs them.
Two of the greatest virtues of people with ISFJ personality are patience and reliability. They can be banked upon. They will be there no matter what the odds are. And they would be surprisingly patient. They don’t leave things unfinished or half baked. They don’t offer sporadic judgments or hasty decisions. They are meticulous, objective and very steady with everything they do. This often makes them successful as they would see through all challenges or situations to accomplish the result, that too maintaining the highest standards.
An ISFJ personality is also observant and imaginative. They are extremely creative but they do have a certain degree of imagination. Owing to their observant nature, they are drawn towards others’ woes and that makes them empathetic as well.
ISFJ people are enthusiastic about their goals and what they do. They are very loyal and they would walk the extra mile should the situation demand so. They don’t stop until the goals are accomplished. They would do more than what is necessary to achieve something. And, they would not walk out on someone in times of distress.
ISFJ people can be very good with normal tasks that others see as chores. They find harmony in everything ordinary and they can go through the rigors of everyday life without getting tired.
These people are usually shy. They remain humble even when they accomplish something significant. But the biggest challenge that keeps such people from success is their innate nature to help others. They remain so engrossed in problems of other people or other lives that they seldom get to focus on their own.
Two very significant weaknesses of this personality are: they tend to set too high a standard for themselves and they can become too engrossed personally in something that doesn’t call for such vestments. Even if they succeed in something, a minor error or something that isn’t perfect may lead them to dilute the gravity of the success entirely. Many impersonal situations can get them involved personally which is detrimental to their own life and goals.
An ISFJ person would often keep their own feelings to themselves, will get overworked with the load they have taken up and they may not be willing to change even if they have reached a breaking point. It is only in retrospect that they realize their mistakes. As helpful as an ISFJ personality is, such a person is unlikely to seek help from others. Even if there are some people willing to help, proactively on their own, an ISFJ person is likely to reject that help and wait for things to get better, on their own.