The ISFP is the gentle guardian. With Introverted Feeling (Fi) as their primary function, otherwise known as subjective ethics, and Extroverted Sensing (Se) as their secondary function, otherwise known as objective sensation, ISFPs live in a world of morality and pleasure seeking. The combination of Fi and Se makes ISFPs both aggressive and driven, yet gentle and compassionate. An aggressive ISFP is either acting defensively, or being playful. Naturally, they are very easy going individuals.
The world of subjective ethics is one in which the ISFP defines and chooses their own morals, and lives their life according to this inner ethical code. They are critical of others in this regard and may judge others who do not stand up to their ethics. On one hand, they have a very strong identity and integrity of character, but on the other hand, this can make them close minded. Its important for the ISFP to open their minds to the thoughts and lives of those in the world around them, and realize that everyone is a genius in their own mind. Only then will the ISFP broaden their understanding of what is right and wrong. Introverted feeling is also important in that it assumes the internal state of others. This makes ISFPs a very low maintenance personality in relationships, however this can also be a problem with less healthy ISFPs who don’t recognize the needs of others, and may withhold affection or not reveal their emotions to their partner. They can dive deep into their own emotions, and have an extremely high emotional pain tolerance. They are very confident in their ability to deal with others. In this respect can sometimes appear extroverted.
Extroverted sensing creates a desire to explore the world and experience objective sensory stimulation. This means loud music, bright colors, action sports, video games, and can even lead to drug abuse if unchecked. Not only that, but they enjoy experiencing the entire emotional spectrum. ISFPs enjoy change, and can’t live in one location for too long. They either need to redecorate, or move entirely. They enjoy adventure and travel, but as a result of their inferior Te, may have difficulty orchestrating plans and setting them into action, and require the help of someone else in this aspect. With a confident extroverted sensing, ISFPs enjoy being challenged, emotionally, mentally, and physically. They are decisive and have no problem seeing one single solution, and following it. They can also be very artistic decorators. Unlike their INFP neighbors, ISFPs are attuned to the real world around them, unless dominated by a recursive internal state of Fi. Its important for ISFPs to use their extroverted sensing to open themselves to the world around them, instead of constantly ponder how they feel about others. If they don’t, Fi may take over and they can fall into bouts of melancholy.
With Ni as a tertiary function, ISFPs are able to see the future and predict how events will unfold. However they can be very lazy, as this is an introverted function, and as an introvert, ISFPs will often use these functions more frequently. While capable of introverted intuition, it is not their natural way of thinking.
With Te as their inferior function, ISFPs will easily lose track of practical application and methods that work. Orchestrating events can be a difficult task for them, and they prefer to leave this in the hands of someone else. If the entire task or planning of events is left up to them, they can become very nervous or anxious, not completely trusting themselves. At the same time, this is an area they find very exciting and fulfilling when given the opportunity to do it. They like to have someone they can fall back on with a practical mindset and ability to tell them what works and does not work, but they do not like to be micromanaged.
ISFPs are intensely emotional, and extremely skeptical of their partners in relationships. They often have a small group of very close friends who they rely on for help. ISFPs can be very difficult to get to know, and with a dominant introverted feeling, may often criticize or think too much about their relationship, or if the person meets their standards. As a result, they can push their loved ones away almost at random. Its important for them to find a partner who does not take offense at this behavior, who values their intensity and strong ethical code. The ISFPs best match is the ENTJ.
Common Identities: The artist, the guardian, the crusader, the protector, the moral advocate, the adventurer, the quiet party goer, the tag-along, the hunter gatherer, the nomad, the player.
Recommended careers: Artist, Counsellor, Political advisor, Police officer, banker, nature guide, physical trainer, musician, bartender, dancer, performer.
Commonly Mistype as: ISFJ, INFJ, INFP, ISTP, ESFP
Common Enneagram Typings: 1 4 6 9
Famous ISFPs include: Madeline Zima, Peter Steele, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Amy Schumer, Abbie Cornish, Trent Reznor, John Travolta.
Fictional ISFPs include: Bunny Rabbot (Sonic Satam), Puss in boots (Shrek 2), Jane (Daria), Aeris Gainsborough (Final Fantasy 7).