ISFJ personality types are considerate and kind individuals with a strong sense of commitment to others.
This introduction to the ISFJ personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help ISFJs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
ISFJs are patient individuals who apply common sense and experience to solving problems for other people. They are responsible, loyal and traditional, enjoying serving the needs of others and providing practical help.
Potential development areas for ISFJs
ISFJ people may be overly cautious, and might not consider the logical consequences of their decisions. They can lack assertiveness, and risk basing their decisions on what they think will please others.
Typical ISFJ characteristics
ISFJs are organised, practical and patient, but also dependable and loyal. Furthermore ISFJs are patient and understanding.
Their most common characteristics are shown here in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
ISFJ careers & career ideas
ISFJs enjoy a sense of belonging at work and like to work with people who care about and support each other. Jobs attractive to ISFJs are those that reward loyalty and a sense of duty, including careers in healthcare, secretarial roles and social work. More insight about ISFJ jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
ISFJs under stress
ISFJs will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI type head illustration. In extreme circumstances they tend to be accusatory and pessimistic, tending to think the worst and shut down. Download and share* this ISFJ stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress ISFJs.
An ISFJ is generally dependable and also committed to their partners and the groups they are associated with. They honour commitments and like to preserve traditions, also they tend to be good "caretakers".
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Fun ways to share ISFJ characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an ISFJ personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the ISFJ personality on our Fun ways to share your type page
- Already have your MBTI Step II profile? Create your Personal Typie
- Read more on our blog about how aspects of Type dynamics are captured in each Type