The Peaceful ISFp
By Reuben McNew [ENTp]
ISFps love the goodness of life, nature, and everything beautiful that encompasses the world. Though they can often be construed by others as light-minded, shy and withdrawn introverts, ISFps are bubbling and spewing factories of immense joy; full of charm and complementary measure. They smile for no reason at all, and can naturally brighten anyone’s day. They are the democratic mediators and administrators of all good feelings in the world and where there is a lack, you can bet somewhere an ISFp is making up for it. If any type spells peace, love, and joy ... it is the ISFp!
ISFps generally love people, but can feel overwhelmed. While they are introverts, many can maintain a rather large social gathering, causing them to almost appear extroverted; however, they may only find closeness to a few within the gathering, as they are usually quiet and do whatever to avoid the general spotlight.
ISFps may approach others, but they can be sporadic; they may sometimes unintentionally give off the impression that they dislike other people. They can be sensitive to people who have strong stares, and may not immediately want the attention of strangers who show friendliness towards them. Sometimes they can be seen observing people for a period of time before deciding if they want to get to know them better.ISFps almost never push friendships, and will not persue any type of relationship with anyone who does not seem readily interested in them. ISFps tend to form close bonds to those who seek to know the real them.
ISFps do not like to live in environments that encourage regularity or favor certain specific bland color arrangements, as they would rather love to see big bright and radiantly beautiful colors. Even more so if the colors flash, fluctuate, and change, like changing leaves of the fall. They usually possess an immense affinity for pets, and might crowd themselves out of house and home with their animal companions, if that were possible. They love the softness of silk and of cloth, and the things of their surroundings; some may even jokingly be compared to the classical gypsies.
While ISFps can feel extremely intense emotions, they do not always understand those emotions; in result, they may endure long periods of depression or self-analyzation. ISFps tend to go on emotional highs and lows, which can leave those close to them concerned; they may not ever totally tell them why they feel the way they do. However, ISFps usually bounce back as happy as ever, much to the delight of their friends and family. Although, no matter how bad they feel, ISFps will never share personal information with those they do not know or feel they cannot readily trust, only to those close to them.
ISFps do what they can to help those in need, and may even neglect their own feelings about a person or a situation to do what they feel is appropriate to show kindness and sympathy. However, they may not always know how to effectually deal with those who trod too deep into their own emotional and personal territory; in result, they can feel like fakes. If they feel exceptionally close to someone, they may do silly things to cheer him or her up or make cute little jokes. This results in the fact that ISFps want other to feel the joy that they naturally feel, and may feel frustrated or disappointed if others are unable to feel the same way; they want everyone to be happy with life.
ISFps can be homebodies, and tend to enjoy hobbies that involve the creation of useful objects, such as various items of clothing or home accessories. However, they can also have an affinity for sports or other physical activities, especially when young. Some tend to be quite health conscious, and may avoid certain types of meats or various foods; they can like playing musical instruments.
ISFp by Function
Si: The first function of the ISFp is Si, by which the essence of experiences arrive and insights into their development arise. With this function, it is possible maintain from within ones self an active index of all experiences developed and derived through time, the physical senses, and the patterns of ones own personal life as entered through what could be considered a living journal. Every day and every hour and every minute of a person’s life is catalogued within this journal for future considerations and also for the full review of past experiences in order to relive and redevelopment the various experiences into something better. Being an introverted function, Si has an active ability to self-sustain itself and moves actively between a concrete physical world located in the future and past in order to sustain itself as an active function.
Se: The seventh function of the this type is Se. Strong and lacking, it remains to the ISFp something to be loathed. Though some use may come from this function in the tracking of events, patterns, and simple gauging of current experiences, this function remains the vehicle by which tradition establishes itself and the foreign get thrown out. For the ISFp, Se truly represents all that inferiority is and the uselessness of false potential, and so long as old experiences remain and there remains something to be cherished, traditional belief stands before the new! Disloyalty to a cherished, strong, and qualified system of experiences will never interest an ISFp!
Fe: The second function of the ISFp is Fe, by which subjective feeling substantiates itself through various ethical processes. With this function, it is possible to collect multiple feelings, modes and trends of emotion in order to register them into a structured and growing databank of strong, ethical knowledge. Fe also maintains an active neutral stance on the entire whole of its inputs, even if the whole of the input of one emotional process conflicts with any of the other core processes it remains non-biased and registers them all as equals. Probably the most powerful aspect of Fe is the ability to not only stay well informed of new feelings, trends, and the changing moods of others in ways that may be utterly critical to survival in cooperative atmospheres, but the ability to convince through ethical implementations subjectively designed to reorganize and even direct the emotions of others into certain modes of ethical reasoning. This often includes the ability to cheer up others who are down, instinctual knowledge of the degree of tactful politeness to display to strangers, and influencing others to be kind to each other. Being an extroverted function, Fe cannot derive data from within and must amass information from outside of itself and in the here and now to survive as a function or at all.
Fi: The eigth function of the this type is Fi. Strong and lacking, it remains to the ISFp something to be loathed. Though some use may come from this function in the analysis of moods, feelings, and ethics, this function remains the vehicle by which the old becomes abandoned and the new comes about. For the ISFp, Ti truly represents all that inferiority is and the uselessness of false potential, and so long as new ways of emoting emerge and there remains something to be considered, out with the old and in with the new! Loyalty to a strong qualified ethical value system will never interest an ISFp!
Ni: The third function of the ISFp is Ni, by which the essence of ideas arrive and insights into their development arise. Since the ISFp type thrives in a world of concrete and non-abstract structures, it may be rendered difficult for this type to index from within an active belief system developed and derived through time, experience, knowledge, and the patterns of ones own personal life. In result of this inability, expected behaviors should include an inability to plan appropriately for the future, lack of future investment, lack of insight and predictability into the actions of others, problems learning from past mistakes, looking for short-term results in long-term investments, managing time effectively, seeing the full consequences of ones actions beforehand and choosing wrongly, and lacking in an ability to see forthcoming danger in time to avoid it.
Ne: The fifth function of the ISFp is Ne, by which the essence of ideas arrive and insights into their development arise. Though be this a weak, unconscious, and influential function, it should find itself most active within the presence of one whose dominant function coincides, for it it seeks to be strong and may pretend to be such. At other times, an expression of this function may find itself in place of the weak and conscious Ni function. Manifested bahaviours expected of this function should include waste too much energy in activies that are obviously unprofitable, prone to forming childishly compulsive ideas about the possibility of various concepts, neglecting good or bad possibilities only to place faith into bad or worse ones, try very hard at the most minute task only to receive a very small profit if any, and tendency towards being a workaholic.
Te: The fourth function of the ISFp is Te, by which objective logic substantiates itself through various thought processes. Since the ISFp type thrives in a world of ethical and non-logical and subjective principles, it may be rendered difficult for this type to collect multiple thoughts, modes and trends of thinking in order to register them into a structured and growing databank of strong, factual knowledge. In result of this inability, expected behaviors should include inflexibility to changing life situations, extreme formality or informality, not keeping promises, unable to concern themselves with keeping track of math related life skills, such as bookkeeping, income and living expenses, falling into temptation without calculating the cost, and misunderstanding or unaware of new modes of thinking and ways of doing things.
Ti: The sixth function of the ISFp is Ti, by which objective logic substantiates itself through various thought processes. Though be this a weak, unconscious, and influential function, it should find itself most active within the presence of one whose dominant function coincides, for it it seeks to be strong and may pretend to be such. At other times, an expression of this function may find itself in place of the weak and conscious Te function. Manifested bahaviours expected of this function should include a failure to research facts and giving off an aura of intellectualism, beginning with pure logic and ending in pure fantasy, misrepresenting knowledge to the point of embarassment, attempts at logical analysis produce childish results, exagerration of the truth to the point of storytelling, speaking in a factual tone with content that seems contradictory or out of context, continuous debate over subjects that are not worthy of debate, disappointment if not allowed to substantiate own logic.
Because of the structureof various function, it is not uncommon for a person to be confused or undecided between various types and even between the usage of various functions. The following is a functional description of various types that an actual ISFp may become confused or undecided between.
ESTp - An ISFp may find him or her self activelly undecided between the ESTp type and his or her native ISFp type. Because the sixth function of the ISFp is Ti, it is not uncommon for one to confuse the second creative function (Fe) for that function. When this occurs, an ISFp may have problems deciding between those ethical and logical functions. In even more complex situations, an ISFp may demonstrate what appears to be a false lack of Fi, which corresponds to the fourth weakest function of the ESTp. In this instances, the way to discern between these two types and to choose the correct one is to determine whether you activelly use Si or Se. If you use Si more than you use Se, you are an ISFp. If you use Se more than you use Si, you could really be an ESTp.
ISTj - An ISFp may confuse him or her self for a ISTj for the same reason that one would confuse his or her self for an ESTp. If you use Si more than you use Se, you are probably an ISFp. If you use Se more than you use Si, you could really be an ISTj.
ISTp - An ISFp usually becomes confused between this type and his or her native ISFp when he or she has decided upon being an introvert, determined self as a perceiving type, and has been having some influence from the sixth function, while not really being sure if that function is introverted or extroverted. In this senerio, instead of a ISFp confusing his or her self for an ESTp the extroverted or introverted type has been substituted. In this instance, the way to discern between these two types and to choose the correct one is to determine whether you activelly use more Ti or Te. If you use Ti more than you use Te, you are probably an ISFp. If you use Te more than you use Ti, you could really be an ISTp.
ESFp - Because of the influence of MBTI, some new to socionic's theory may ignorantly think that the correct way to switch between introverted and extroverted types is to simply switch an E to an I or an I to an E. This is not the correct way to switch back and forth between the two in socionics. If you are an ESFp in MBTI with an emphasis on expressing Si and Fe, your actual socionics type is either an ISFp if you choose to stay a perceiving type or ESFj if you find that you might want to consider being a socionic's judging type . On the otherhand, if the above ISFp description does not relate to you and you functionally express Se and Fi, ESFp is still an option, though be warned that socionics does not totally follow the same logic as MBTI does when determining J and P nor do the same stereotypical rules apply when attempting to determine introversion and extroversion. If you are familiar with MBTI, the possibility of having to type yourself totally diffrent than MBTI should be a definite expectation.