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    Aug 21, 2015    |

An In-Depth Look: ISFJ

TeamTypeTableThis is a type distribution table that reflects a US representative sample, and as you’ll notice, ISFJs represent a whopping 13.8% of the population! In other words, ISFJs are the most prevalently distributed in the public. I decided to dedicate this blog post to understanding and appreciating this valuable and common type.

Characteristics of ISFJ
ISFJs have a practical respect for realities and facts. They can often remember details about things that have personal meaning for them, or relate to factual information about other people. As a result, the opinions of ISFJs are often firm because their decisions are based on the application of their values in combination with their “ISFJ Database” of stored information. ISFJs tend to respect established procedures and authority, believing in the adage that these exist because they work. As a result, embracing change requires data that demonstrates practical and person-driven benefit.

Important ISFJ ContributionsHand Shake (3)
ISFJs are dependable and considerate, dedicated to meeting the personal and professional obligations set out before them (family is a particularly important priority). They will often go to great lengths to accomplish a necessary task, but will resist doing something that doesn’t align with what they deem as practical. ISFJs focus on what people need and want, and strive to meet those needs using established and orderly procedures.

Some Blind Spots
Because of the value they place on meeting the immediate needs of others, ISFJs can sometimes become too accommodating and forgo their own needs or interests in work or personal contexts. This may also impact their decision-making, as it may be uncomfortable for ISFJs to apply impersonal criteria to problem-solving even when necessary. Finally, their immediate focus on the realities of any circumstance can limit an ISFJ’s ability to notice the wider implications or ramifications of the data or decisions to be made.


The above poster is taken from a workshop in which I ask participants of a particular type to list contributions, blindspots, needs, and annoyances. Do we see some ISFJ type-tendencies?  Do these characteristics align with your personal experience of those common-and-necessary ISFJ helpers? We’d love to hear from you!