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ISFJs and relationships

ISFJs can be reserved and tend to wait for other people to approach them, so they don’t typically initiate a new friendship or approach a potential romantic partner. With the people in their lives, ISFJs are devoted caretakers who frequently check in to see how other people are doing. They often show their care for other people through actions more than words.



ISFJs avoid conflict. They find it difficult to handle confrontation, and if conflict arises, they tend to over-apologize and try to end the argument. If an ISFJ type feels slighted or upset, they generally won’t confront the other person. Instead, they may show their hurt feelings through their actions, which could lead to others finding ISFJs a bit passive-aggressive.

If conflicts arise, ISFJs can minimize them by:

  • Being direct and up-front about feelings instead of hoping that the other person will ask them what’s wrong.
  • Understanding that sometimes, difficult discussions are the only way to truly resolve issues. If you don’t want a conflict to keep happening, you may need to get to the bottom of it.
  • Not internalizing conflict. ISFJs tend to think that relationships depend on them, and if the relationship isn’t working, may blame themselves. This isn’t true, though! All relationships hit rocky patches, so it’s important to resolve the issue and move on.

ISFJ and love

ISFJs are caring and sensitive, and they require one-on-one attention from a romantic partner. Because ISFJs are so selfless and eager to please, they need a partner who can reciprocate this behavior and make them feel safe and appreciated.

They like to have clear roles and defined expectations in a relationship. Because ISFJs are usually somewhat traditional, it’s important for them to find a partner who shares the same values.

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ISFJ and parenting

Knowing your MBTI® personality type gives you a distinct advantage when it comes to raising your kids. Understanding your communication habits, stress triggers, values, and how your personality is similar or different from your children makes the whole parenting process easier.

A parent with ISFJ preferences likes to care for their children and shower them with affection. They like feeling needed as a parent, and genuinely enjoy solving their children’s problems and making them feel safe and secure.

As a parent, ISFJs feel stressed when their children say or do hurtful things and act out, despite best attempts to calm them.

If ISFJs think their child’s preferences are similar to their own (especially when it comes to the Sensing and Feeling preferences), they can better understand how their child takes in information and makes decisions – both very important in terms of how a parent communicates.

If ISFJs think their child’s preferences are different than theirs (especially if they have an Intuition or Thinking preference), they’ll have the knowhow to change communication and parenting style to better suit those preferences. Essentially, parents will be able to “speak their child’s language”.

By integrating awareness of differences into family life, the whole family will benefit from the insights, just as individuals benefit from turning personality knowledge into action.


ISFJ and friendship

ISFJs make great friends because they are so caring and positive. They always want to make their friends feel loved and supported, and they would do nearly anything to help their friends achieve their dreams or resolve their issues.

Because ISFJs are such people pleasers, expect a few “Are you mad at me?” texts! These devoted friends take their roles in relationships very seriously, and they always want to make sure that they’re doing the right thing in their friends’ eyes.