The dominant function of the ISFP is introverted feeling. His second function is the extraverted feeling. This combination makes him, like no other type, able to fulfill his physical needs and strive to reconcile his environment.
Out of this drive often develops a superior sense of aesthetics and the finer things in life. ISFPs enjoy living in the “here and now” and have an excellent perception of the surrounding material world. Often they have an artistic streak, and indeed they are over-represented in many areas of art. They are gifted in combining and creating works that appeal to the senses. Even if ISFPs do not make this ability their profession, the esteem for aesthetics is evident in many areas of their lives. Often they practice a hobby in which they can develop their creative abilities. Most ISFPs feel the intense need to be creative in some way. This is because their introverted feeling needs input from the outside. Only in the exercise of an activity by which the ISFP can perceive itself and its environment sensually, he is able to feel the invigorating effect of his first function. Your application is directly linked to the creative process.
ISFPs are naturally gentle and unobtrusive. ISFPs have a rich emotional life, of which, however, only a little outward. At most, they entrust themselves to very close people. It is usually difficult for them to express their feelings. They prefer expressing them through their actions.
In general, they look friendly, if a little reserved. They treat other people with respect and are reluctant to express their opinions. They avoid the open conflict and are interested in a harmonious coexistence. As their emotional function turns inward, ISFPs are more likely to communicate these feelings to others. Often, her facial features seem childishly harmless, occasionally cool and distant repellent. They often take on the latter appearance when they are hurt in their feelings or when other people appear too intrusive. This may already be the case when other people express their feelings too much and, in the opinion of the ISFP, too intensely. It usually touches them when others try to create certain feelings in them.
They notice the finest nuances in the appearance of their fellow human beings and usually arrive at the right conclusions about their feelings. Their introversion is mostly in the high need to spend time alone. Since they are very considerate when meeting others, they severely restrict themselves in society. To compensate, they like to create spaces where they want to be undisturbed and can react very obnoxiously when these rather invisible boundaries are intentionally but also inadvertently hurt by others.
By the emotional evaluation of their environment, they create a strong inner value system and endeavor to direct their actions accordingly. ISFPs are often unruly when they feel they are being controlled by others. They are reluctant to bow to peer pressure, rejecting it less offensively, but rather on withdrawal. Their cultural interest is often beyond the mainstream.
ISFPs allow things to come and avoid making plans. They prefer to act spontaneously and rely on improvisation. Therein they are similar to the other SP types, especially the ESFP. However, he enjoys the unpredictability of immediate sensory experience. Since the ISFP is primarily a judgmental type, it is less interested in the new experience than in matching its experience with its own value system. The desire to live in harmony with one’s own ideals may warrant some ISFP’s cautiousness over new impressions and induce them to turn to well-known pleasurable sensual experiences.
As children, ISFPs are curious explorers who feel no compulsion to achieve any goals. They enjoy exploring their environment, be it plants, animals, unusual objects or people, and often forget the rituals and requirements of their family. When parents put a lot of emphasis on structure and order, the otherwise very sensitive children can quickly be made to feel they are doing everything wrong. ISFP children learn best by exploring, and this also means engaging the learning object with all the senses and actively testing for practical use. Traditional school methods are too abstract for most ISFPs. If they do not recognize the applicability of knowledge and the relationship to their lives, they are not particularly motivated to engage with it.
The career choice of an ISFP is usually not so much about the prestige and purse as on the desire to find a personally fulfilling job. Accordingly, ISFPs are particularly suitable for jobs in which they can live out their creative abilities . ISFPs should increasingly focus on their ability to improvise and look for jobs that offer a variety of activities and plenty of room for experimentation.
Because of their ability to sense needs, ISFPs are capable of unusually high empathy. Helping other people and living beings with their practical skills is a fulfilling experience for many ISFPs. Her empathetic nature predestines her for social professions.
They tend to ignore general guidelines of action and develop their own unconventional solutions. Therefore, professions with rigid specifications, high administrative burdens and a lot of routine activities are in the long run unsatisfactory for the freedom-loving ISFP.
ISFPs are rarely, if not internally, less likely to be bosses. Their discomfort to be controlled also includes a reluctance to control others. While they may play their role in the short term, in the longer term, setting and enforcing deadlines and the constant compulsion to use specific procedures and controls for ISFPs are exhausting and exhausting.
ISFPs prefer to work behind the scenes to fulfill specific tasks. They are very conscientious and anxious to make their best possible contribution. ISFPs tend to sell their ability below value. Since they are reluctant to talk about themselves, it often happens that less suitable people carry the laurels home.
Under the dominant influence of introverted feeling, ISFPs run the risk of exaggerating expectations of themselves and others. This happens especially when ISFPs do not sufficiently balance their dominant function with their second function – the extraverted sensation. The extraverted feeling helps them to collect different experiences and to constantly revise their value system. Since ISFPs strongly associate their value system with their identity, it is precisely immature ISFPs who, through new experiences and the necessary revision of their values, are afraid to abandon themselves and thereby become unfaithful to their own values.
In fact, they overlook the fact that their judgment function is based on constantly evaluating new experiences. The resulting knowledge depends strongly on the number and breadth of experience. Nobody would consult a wine connoisseur who tasted only twenty wines in his life. Similarly, the value system of the ISFP is only as good as its experience in actual life. ISFPs need to be on guard to avoid new experiences. For without sufficient experience, their value system is unable to discriminate between values that fundamentally represent human concerns and must be defended as universally binding and those that only spring from their subjective mood.
Adhering to unrealistic expectations of themselves and others leads to constant disappointment and reinforces the ISFP’s tendency to doubt and withdraw.
If such a condition persists for a long time, the resulting persistent stress can also cause the ISFP to fall into the trap of its underdeveloped function – extraverted thinking. While a skilled user typically uses this function to achieve certain predetermined goals as efficiently as possible by performing standardized procedures, it tends to neglect the ISFP’s existence. Judging the impersonal way of justifying expediency is usually suspect to the ISFP. Often he defends himself against the perceived inhumanity of institutionalized procedures.
Under the archaic influence of extraverted thinking, the ISFP is convinced that its subjective values are the right ones, plagued by the fear of being incompetent, it accuses others of incompetence. He develops rigid black-and-white thinking and has no problem convincing and telling others about the correctness of his views and methods (unusually negative on his type).
However, regardless of the above scenario, such a negative development can occur even if ISFPs fear losing loved-ones, living in an environment hostile to their legitimate values, or forcing them to a high degree of organization and structured action undermine the trust of the ISFP in its own methods.
The better ISFPs learn to accept their reality, the clearer they realize that their value system and thus themselves are intact even if their environment does not represent these values. An ISFP with a well-developed system of values can serve as a model through its confident action and show alternative ways that help others to go their own way – beyond standardized collective ideas about right and wrong.