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You know you’re an ISFJ when:

  • You enter into a flow state when you’re able to challenge yourself to build new and healthier habits and to meet commitments and deadlines
  • You grow when you push yourself to connect with and inspire and motivate other people, to set a positive example
  • You comfort yourself by detaching from relationships and engaging in analytical problem solving tasks
  • You become stressed by change and novelty and unexpected events that you can’t resolve or have not prepared for

The ISFJ personality type at their best is one that is highly responsible and that works hard to be a role model and somebody for other people to look up to. They pride themselves on being consistent, healthy, and disciplined. They balance this out with a cool logical approach to life and an informal and fun, goofy and relaxed self expression and communication style. It’s important for this person to be a healthy and positive influence for others. 

They are highly perfectionistic and idealistic about being able to have a positive impact on other people, and it is therefore hard for them when they are unable to help or support other people. For the ISFJ, it can be stressful and scary to deal with change and novelty. But through adequate preparation and stress resilience, they can overcome even the most unusual and unexpected changes.

The ISFJ Eight Functions

The Eight functions of the ISFJ are:

Introverted Sensing

This function drives the ISFJ into a flow state, providing them with energy, motivation, and confidence. The better they use this function, the greater the flow state. This function allows them to tackle and prepare ahead of change and new situations. This function allows them to address responsibility, to stay committed, to stay disciplined, and to work hard at a task in a careful and consistent manner. 

Extroverted Feeling

This function pushes the ISFJ to be a positive role model and to inspire other people through communication and interaction and through positive expressions that help their community. That’s really scary for an ISFJ and can make them feel really vulnerable. They can be afraid of saying something wrong or hurting others feelings, and can therefore detach and withdraw to avoid this. 

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking provides the ISFJ with a sense of relief and helps them tune out of difficult relationships and challenging emotional situations, providing them with detachment and a level headed situation. This can allow them to engage in easy problem solving and tasks that require little pressure or challenge. 

Extroverted iNtuition 

This function allows the ISFJ to address unexpected situations that require quick thinking and improvisation skills. Extroverted iNtuition allows them to think about what could happen or what could go wrong. In this sense, it’s a stressful function that provides a challenge to the ISFJs normally structured and organized life. But it’s also highly rewarding. 

Extroverted Sensing

Extroverted Sensing is an highly inspirational function for the ISFJ, pushing them to be more spontaneous and to act more quickly and to spend longer time preparing and studying ahead of a situation. That allows them to learn things they otherwise wouldn’t faster - but it can also be uncomfortable for them to do so. 

Introverted Feeling

Introverted Feeling is a recreational function for the ISFJ. It allows them to engage in healthy and fun self expression, releasing their inner child for a while. It allows them to rest and recharge and regain energy when life gets tough and overwhelming. It provides them with a sense of relief.

Extroverted Thinking

Extroverted Thinking allows them to express negative and difficult emotions and anger or frustration. It allows them to exercise a healthy judgment and critical thoughts they may be having about a situation. It can in this way provide them with stress release, but it can also feel very scary to open up about such feelings and to show this side of yourself to other people.

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition can feel menial and pointless to the ISFJ. Why bother thinking about this abstract stuff that leads nowhere? Introverted Sensing appears much more fruitful and practical and provides more things to do. But Introverted iNtuition can also give you perspective on your life and a bigger picture.

The dominant subtype

The dominant subtype ISFJ is one that will show a high capacity to plan and prepare ahead of any situation. They usually hold positions of status and recognition in the community. They are recognised as highly consistent, and good at what they do. When in this subtype, you are less concerned with the future and with change - you know you can deal with whatever comes up and you believe you have the experience and resilience to manage anything new or unexpected.

The Creative subtype

This subtype ISFJ is highly expressive and communicative, focusing on their personal impact on other people, and how they can inspire and motivate and set a positive example for others. This makes them highly creative - and drives fast growth. They have many identities and responsibilities for many different people, and fulfill important roles in the community. This can be overwhelming and tough on them though, and can make them experience hidden self esteem issues and self doubt. They often compromise their own boundaries and long term health to constantly meet others needs.

The Balanced Subtype

The balanced subtype ISFJ is one that takes a more analytical and cautious approach, focused on thinking about things in a more detached and calm manner. They seek to be practical and not to take on responsibilities they can’t meet. They’re afraid of betraying others' trust, and so are careful about what they say yes to. 

The Turbulent Subtype

This is the most conscientious subtype. This ISFJ is one that sticks to a comfortable routine and habits that are easy to achieve and manage. They can fear accepting too much responsibility or fear unexpected and new situations outside their skill and comfort. 

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