The composer, the conciliator, the artist, the mediator

Cognitive functions

Dominant function : Introverted Feeling
Auxiliary function : Extroverted Sensing
Tertiary function : Introverted Intuition
Lower function : Extroverted Thinking

Examples of ISFP characters

Fiona Gallagher (Shameless)
Jane Doe (Blindspot)
Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)

Their assets

ISFP’s live from hand to mouth with joy ; they take time to appreciate every moment. They grant much importance to freedom and follow the way that seems the best to them, have their personal space and set their own timetable. They show the same tolerance towards the others. They fulfil their commitments towards others and things that matter to them.
ISFP’s take the time to create narrow relationships with others and once established these relationships become very valuable for them. They express their devotion in various ways, spontaneous and discrete.


ISFP’s are governed by a set of fundamental values and want these values to reflect in their life. They dislike routine but will work vigorously and with devotion when it comes to a topic which they believe in. ISFP’s tend to be trustful, pleasant, attentive, sensitive and gentle.
They are completely conscious of the details and realities of the present, things and people that surround them. They learn through action more than by reading or listening and involve themselves in daily activities.
ISFP’s tend to be observant, realistic, practical, concrete and factual. They are attentive to others feelings and needs and deal with them with flexibility. They are often fond of nature and beauty within all living beings – people, plants and animals. They particularly appreciate people who take time to understand their values and aims and those who help them achieve those intentions.

How others perceive them

ISFP’s are adaptable unless a topic on which they are keen on is endangered ; thus they will cease adapting themselves. They are deeply concerned about others but tend to show it more through their actions than verbally.
ISFP’s are generally calm and discrete ; people who know little about them can oversight their warmth, enthusiasm and cheerful humor. ISFP’s prefer observing and helping rather than organize situations, they don’t feel this need to control. ISFP’s can be underestimated by others and themselves. They find natural what they make a success of and insist on the shift which exists between their internal standards and their behaviour and recognition of the other.
ISFP’s are generally seen as calm, cautious, secretive, hard to become familiar with, spontaneous and tolerant.

Potential development areas

If ISFP’s can’t find a way of using their talents and be appreciated for their contribution, they generally feel frustrated and can :
- Withdraw on themselves
- Excessively criticize themselves
- Passively resist to structures and regulations
- Feel little appreciated and underestimated
It happens that ISFP’s pay less attention to the functions they dislike the most : Thinking and Intuition. However, if they neglect these aspects too much, they can :
- Reject logical systems
- Feel vulnerable facing complexity
- Dislike larger consequences of their immediate decisions
In very stressing situations it happens that ISFP’s become excessively critical as well as towards themselves than towards others and conceive grim and pessimistic judgements.

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