The Characteristics of an ISFP

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    The Characteristics of an ISFP

    Main Characteristics
    ISFPs are found in about 6 percent of the general population. The best name for this type is free spirit, for they have an intense need for freedom. The simple rural life, life in the wilderness, the tribal/communal life - all these may call them. Their need for social interaction, however, is not as great as that of the type they most resemble, the ESFP. So an ISFP may forgo all social ties of any duration to preserve the freedom to wander. The lyric, "I was born under a wandering star...", might capture the spirit of the ISFP in this respect. The flower children of the 1960's may have been largely ISFPs, though the ESFPs also seem attracted to communing with others.

    ISFPs also resemble INFPs in needing to achieve intensity of feeling. The focus, however, with the ISFPs seems to be more on the sensuous side than the meaningful side. The ISFP is orgastic, in the sense, demanding of life that it provide the excitement and pleasure of drinking deeply at the Dionysian well. Not revelry (that is the forte of the ESFP) but experience is what attracts the ISFP to these kinds of activities. Music, like wine, is incorporated and internalized, and the introverted nature of the ISFP requires this internalization. There is a reason why the flower became the symbol for what the flower children wanted: Flowers are warm, alive, sweet, colorful, rhythmic, natural, absolute, needing no statement, no interpretation - a pure being in self.

    ISFPs are not articulate. They communicate through action. They do not verbalize their meanings, but, for example, offer a lovely flower and a smile. Their actions speak of the pastoral and the bucolic.

    Career
    They do not seek philosophy or science or literature. These are too distant from life for the ISFPs. They seek, rather, the pounding surf, the river, the forest, the ship, the truck, the racing car, the horse, the potter's wheel, the hoist, the bulldozer - some kind of action where they can keep their fingers on the pulse of life.

    Home
    It is not that people are unimportant to the ISFP - indeed they are - but people are more the framework for the activities of the ISFP, providing a shadowy background. Perhaps this type is the least understood of all the types - and yet often the most envied. They are so fiercely independent and insistent that they live in and for the moment, in action, fully savoring the urges they feel and discharge, that others often find them difficult to comprehend or understand. Gaugin, perhaps, provides a prototype of the ISFP as he walked away from his affluent position in society, off to Tahiti to an unknown future, and without a backward glance!

    Mid-life
    At mid-life ISFPs may be subject to strong temptation to follow Gaugin's lead, to abandon their current style of life, and sacrifice home, children, and mate for the lure of the unknown bucolic life. The cost of following this impulse must, of course, be reckoned. If the ISFP has not found in work a source of pleasure which continues past mid-life, he or she may want to opt for an early retirement and enter into a new career where their need to be close to nature can be satisfied.

    Mates
    Pursuit of two themes - closeness to nature and artistic activity - places the ISFP quite a distance from the utilitarian outlook. Yet it is precisely that outlook that seems to attract the bucolic spirit. The opposite on the N side is the ENTJ "fieldmarshal," the most militant of all types in his desire to run things. ISFP is most likely to become a pacifist or environmentalist, and yet also is likely to seek out the person who is temperamentally suited to tactical leadership, military or otherwise. ISFP is likewise attracted to the ESTJ "administrator," the person temperamentally suited to be "in charge" of establishments. Note that the person most likely to deprecate the establishment is attracted to the head of an establishment. It is rather doubtful, should an ISFP actually marry an ENTJ or ESTJ, that there is any intent or desire to change the spouse into a pastoral. Of all types, ISFP is most likely to "let be" whoever or whatever. It seems more likely that the latter provides a kind of anchorage to enterprise and to civilization.

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    Unknown Personality

    This was really useful, I'm beginning to wonder if I am actually an ISFP. I do like freedom and my independence though. I'm going to read the INFP one and see if that fits better.
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    Unknown Personality

    I'm studying philosophy and literature...There are equal numbers of sensors and intuitives in my philosophy class.

    Though it's likely more of the intuitives will take on philosophy to a higher level, I think it's important to note that with Ni third, the right sensor can have easy acess to such subjects.

    In fact there are quite a few sensors in my english class. If I were to go by the face book test results, alot.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    I agree with this, I still wonder how I got ISFP confused with ENFP.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    For a long time, I've had that urge in the back of my mind to just get away from it all, live in nature and work with nature. I thought that was just a normal human thing. I didn't know it might be type-related.

    I agree with most of this, although I am far from being a hippie.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    I have urges to get away from it all also, and I do sometimes by driving to other cities and spending most of the day there.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Getting away from it all is one of my characteristics. I have had different jobs in different fields. Although they have a similar theam in what one might consider customer service.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    ISFPs also resemble INFPs in needing to achieve intensity of feeling. The focus, however, with the ISFPs seems to be more on the sensuous side than the meaningful side. The ISFP is orgastic, in the sense, demanding of life that it provide the excitement and pleasure of drinking deeply at the Dionysian well. Not revelry (that is the forte of the ESFP) but experience is what attracts the ISFP to these kinds of activities. Music, like wine, is incorporated and internalized, and the introverted nature of the ISFP requires this internalization. There is a reason why the flower became the symbol for what the flower children wanted: Flowers are warm, alive, sweet, colorful, rhythmic, natural, absolute, needing no statement, no interpretation - a pure being in self.

    ISFPs are not articulate. They communicate through action. They do not verbalize their meanings, but, for example, offer a lovely flower and a smile. Their actions speak of the pastoral and the bucolic.
    This is a cool article. Thank you.
    This is very true of me,but I don't want to get away from it all. Not in the sense that I want to move away to the woods. Though that might be cool to have a house in the woods that's kind of close to a city or town.
    Anyway,
    I guess I express my need for freedom differently. I just want to be me. I want to express myself the way I want to express myself(like being playful or if I get intense while creating)and move the way I want to move(like if I want to stretch in class I won't get stared at like I'm from mars) basically I don't want to be told or judged about how to be myself at any time... as long as it's not hurting anyone of course.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    First post here, but I felt compelled to either make it here or in one of the other posts about ISFP's by Grey.

    I feel like this fits the bill almost perfectly in my case. I have always been happiest when in the "purest" natural setting I can find. I have lived in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, New York, and then, contrastingly, southern California. I am so distinctly aware of my absolute happiness and sense of belonging when I'm alone with a sunset; atop a mountain just above cloud level. I am acutely aware of my absolute unhappiness and feeling of having lost my way, while sitting in traffic on my way home from the daily grind, sucking up smog.
    I'm an underachiever by most anyone else's estimation, but only because I don't require a 60" big screen, thousands of facebook friends, and a Lincoln Navigator with 22" rims to be happy. I just need the smell of the wilderness, the caress of the breeze, a chance wildlife encounter, a smile from my 6 year old son. Experience "now" is what makes life "alive" for me. If I can't be there, I search endlessly on the internet and live vicariously (and enviously) through those who are experiencing "nowness" in the places I'd much rather be.
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    ISFP - The Artists

    Quote Originally Posted by whowhatwherewhyami View Post
    First post here, but I felt compelled to either make it here or in one of the other posts about ISFP's by Grey.

    I feel like this fits the bill almost perfectly in my case. I have always been happiest when in the "purest" natural setting I can find. I have lived in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, New York, and then, contrastingly, southern California. I am so distinctly aware of my absolute happiness and sense of belonging when I'm alone with a sunset; atop a mountain just above cloud level. I am acutely aware of my absolute unhappiness and feeling of having lost my way, while sitting in traffic on my way home from the daily grind, sucking up smog.
    I'm an underachiever by most anyone else's estimation, but only because I don't require a 60" big screen, thousands of facebook friends, and a Lincoln Navigator with 22" rims to be happy. I just need the smell of the wilderness, the caress of the breeze, a chance wildlife encounter, a smile from my 6 year old son. Experience "now" is what makes life "alive" for me. If I can't be there, I search endlessly on the internet and live vicariously (and enviously) through those who are experiencing "nowness" in the places I'd much rather be.
    Awesome post!

    "I am so distinctly aware of my absolute happiness and sense of belonging when I'm alone with a sunset; atop a mountain just above cloud level." Love it! Alone or with somebody I truly love though.

    "I just need the smell of the wilderness, the caress of the breeze, a chance wildlife encounter, a smile from my 6 year old son." Beautifully said!
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