ISFJ Personality Type

The ISFJ Personality Type has a strong sense of duty; this is both beneficial and troubling. They tend to value “being there” and can be counted on in the worst of times. They also tend to let people take advantage of them and will remain silent to avoid conflict. In families this can be a double-edged trait. In the family you can often find the ISFJ in the kitchen, preparing a meal and enjoying the responsibility of doing so. Taking care of the family and putting up with the complaints in the name of harmony is often a role the ISFJ will find themselves.

In friendship the ISFJ Personality Type is the friend you can count on. They may not enjoy being intruded upon but their high sense of duty will compel them to do what needs to be done. Friends will often complain that they let people walk all over them but this matters little to the ISFJ.

In love the ISFJ often becomes the quiet reserved backbone of a relationship. They will put all of their needs on hold in an effort to keep the relationship intact. They may tend to move slowly but every step is a sure step and their level of commitment is usually high.

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ISFJ Careers

A big part of the ISFJ’s life is work. No matter what the professions this type can be counted on to find rewarding, fulfilling roles in the work place. If not, expect them to work harder in an effort to find that sense of duty and service. The ISFJ isn’t looking for a nice retirement package or the golden goose; they use work as a means of balancing a productive life. Nancy Reagan, who didn’t believe in weekends, is a famous ISFJ. Other popular ISFJ career directions include: Counseling, Ministry, Library Work, Nursing, Dental Hygienists and Musicians.

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ISFJ Education

As long as nobody is making waves the ISFJ is a happy student. Practical well-defined classes make the ISFJ at ease in the learning environment. While a stubborn streak may exist in the ISFJ they will ultimately conform to whatever authority figure is in front of them.

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The Myers-Briggs Type Table


Planner Inspector


Protector Supporter


Foreseer Developer


Conceptualizer Director


Analyzer Operator


Composer Producer


Harmonizer Clarifier


Designer Theorizer


Promoter Executor


Motivator Presenter


Discoverer Advocate


Explorer Inventor


Implementer Supervisor


Facilitator Caretaker


Envisioner Mentor


Strategist Mobilizer