ISFP (The Creator)

Quirky, eccentric, and brimming with creativity, ISFPs naturally turn their observances into art. They are ever-forgiving, and willingly give people the benefit of the doubt. ISFPs are typically flexible, quiet, unassuming and often show a natural artistic talent. Due to ISFPs quietness, they may be hard to get to know to begin with. However, to those they are comfortable with, ISFPs are warm, friendly and eager to share their life experiences.

The ISFP personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Introverted (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible as opposed to planned and organized.

The ISFP is often referred to as the “Creator” or “Composer” because of their penchant for bringing new ideas onto the table. ISFPs are typically kind, image-conscious, forgiving, and energetic around close friends. They want to turn their observations into art and inspire other creators in their community.

ISFP key characteristics:

  • Unique taste, reflected in attire and decor
  • Happy-go-lucky attitude toward life
  • Integrates into different groups with ease
  • Has bouts of organizing and cleaning marathons
  • Insanely creative with dexterity skills

ISFP Careers: Work Considerations for ISFPs

The ISFP typically prefers an easygoing, relaxed approach to career direction as a colleague. With their creative edge and boundless passion, they excel in music, fashion, design, and advertising industries.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Repairing tension between colleagues
  • Identifying the emotions present in a situation
  • Seeing little joys in the otherwise mundane
  • Finding opportunities to wax creativity
  • Maintaining a calm and patient exterior

Areas for improvement:

  • Managing nostalgic feelings and mood swings
  • Seeking verification for information before proceeding with tasks
  • Managing burnout and the “imposter” syndrome
  • Cultivating higher self-esteem and self-image
  • Stepping outside of the comfort zone more often to open new doors of opportunity

Career suggestions:

  • Music artistry and production
  • Fashion label coordinating
  • Marketing, advertising
  • Teaching, elementary and secondary
  • Cosmetology and beauty

General career paths to avoid:

  • Data entry, data science
  • Software engineering, coding
  • Zoology, qualitative sciences
  • Statistics, medicine, pharmacology
  • Mechanical repair services

Type:  [Introverted – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving]

Keirsey temperament group:  Artisans (SP)

ISFP Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  2. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
  3. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  4. Extraverted Thinking (Te)

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