The ISFP

Temperament: Artisan.

ISFP

ISFP s are extremely creative, artistic, spiritual and empathic human beings who seek to enjoy and create pleasurable and above all, beautiful things. They are destined to become artists of some sort at an early age and are extremely good at drawing, writing or other handicrafts even without any practice. Generally disliking the logical point of view, they usually have a very strong belief system and value things that are innately good and aesthetic. For this reason, most ISFP s seem to have a supernatural bond to nature and animals as nature is arguably the most innately beautiful thing. The ISFP is the poster child for our ideal of the Artist, without whom beauty, unconditional love and freedom would vanish from society.

Communication Style

ISFP s are usually quiet individuals who nonetheless become very outgoing, vibrant and talkative when they're around their friends. They are very easygoing and usually just want the best for everyone and everyone to be happy. Because they are also very Intuitive, they can usually participate in discussions about any topic, ranging from abstract ideas and concepts to daily news and gossip. Their speech tends to be relaxed and informative rather than directive, which means that they prefer to ask questions or answer them, rather than telling someone what they’re ought to do. When in a fun environment, the ISFP may like to tease and be teased. In these circumstances ISFP s are very quick with word games and word play, skillfully participating and topping off fun and games within the group.

What goes on in your head

ISFP s live in a beautiful and loving world, which others may only understand by putting on a pair of colorfully tainted velvet glasses. They are very trusting personalities that see the good and beauty in everyone. When they are by themselves they can become quite philosophic. They may discuss by themselves what they think is right and wrong and form the values that they then apply to the outside world. Deciding what's good and bad comes to them primarily in form of a gut feeling... they just know it's right, but they also use their intuition quite a bit to test their believes in various scenarios. That's why when they are alone, ISFP s may sometimes imagine how a situation will play out in the future, what people expect of them and how they will reply.

In Relationships

As in most other parts of life, the ISFP is also very easygoing when it comes to relationships. They don't expect much more of their partners other than a good time and they try to give the same to their partners. With a strong value system, ISFP s are usually very loyal and monogamous to their partners, that's at least as long as they are with them. As Artisans they seek enjoyment and with their lovers that's playing around and getting to experience intimate human interaction. They are playful, cheering, teasing, happy andlustful, but also fiercely independent. They want their partners to be happy and give them a joyful experience, but despite their loyalty, the ISFP can often simply leave a relationship because they are asked for a stronger commitment. Naturally, the ISFP is attracted to the strong and well organized ESTJ which is a union that would lead to a healthy symbiosis of freedom, safety and stability. Because the ISFP is so skeptical about structure however, this type may change relationships several times and only settle in such a union after their need for trial and experience has been satisfied and calms in favor of security.

Growing up

Growing up, ISFP s may have different experiences, depending on the nurturing style of their parental figures. When ISFP s are given the freedom to develop their own interests, their artistic strengths are likely to become highly developed, they tend to make several good and lifelong friends in school and they are happy to obey most structures and rules of their family and teachers. If their growing up environment is one-sided and intolerant however they are poised to become somewhat conflicted and unhappy. The reason for this is that even though an ISFP might not agree with the people around them, they still want everyone to be happy and will thus comply, even if this is at the expense of their own happiness. In the early twenties, this means that an unhappy ISFP will seek freedom and try to leave what they know and explore new circles of friends or even move to a new country while ISFP s who had a happy childhood will also seek freedom, but tries to continue including their friends and family in their adventures. Regardless of growing up, the ISFP is poised to become an artistically free spirit seeking to explore the beauties of nature and the world.

Strengths

 Highly Creative and Artistic

 Kind and Spiritually Aware

 Strongly in Touch with their Feelings

 Witty and Focused

 Egalitarian

Weaknesses

 May be too trusting which can turn into

 resentment

 May be overly sensitive to criticism

 May become unrealistic and narrow minded

 May become too emotionally driven

 May have difficulties leaving a bad

 relationship

How others should deal with this type

When dealing with an ISFP it is important to remember that this type has a strong need for personal space and choice. They dislike rules and can easily feel caged, leading to deterioration in their creative abilities. When in a relationship or working with an ISFP this type should be appreciated for their strengths, and criticism should come in form of a suggestion. While ISFP s feel offended and become avoidant if openly criticized, they will be happy to apply suggestions as they generally wish to maintain the status quo and keep everyone happy.

How you should deal with others

As an ISFP you may sometimes not be aware of other people’s need for clarification or certainty. While you generally just know what is right and wrong other people would still like to see your reasoning for these beliefs, which can cause unnecessary tensions. In such situations, try to understand why you feel a certain way and don’t hesitate to explain your feelings to others. Also, your strong need for freedom and privacy can cause others to feel distanced from you. To prevent loved ones from getting hurt, try to include them in your life more often, explain them what you are doing and how you feel about them.