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ISFP at a glance

People with ISFP preferences are often great at providing practical help to others. They hold firm to their values when bringing people together. You’ll often find them gently facilitating and encouraging cooperation between friends or colleagues. They’re usually modest and tolerant and tend to have a lot of empathy for others.

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ISFPs at their best

People with ISFP preferences tend to be people-focused and aware of the current reality of the world around them. They work hard to build and maintain harmony and are often great at troubleshooting problems as they arise. Others describe them as kind, friendly, and realistic.

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ISFPs and stress

People with ISFP preferences often get stressed by time pressure, rules that limit their freedom, and disruptive behavior or a lack of understanding from others. They may find it stressful to live in a way that isn’t aligned with their personal values.

When they’re stressed, they tend to withdraw and isolate themselves from others. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they might become cynical, aggressive, or start to doubt their own abilities.

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ISFPs and relationships

People with ISFP preferences often want the freedom to follow their own path. They enjoy having their own space and setting their own schedules. Because of this, they’ll usually give the same freedom to their partner, peers, family, and friends. However, others may not value this freedom in the same way. ISFPs can sometimes be difficult to get to know. They tend to care deeply about others, but they show their affection through actions rather than words.

ISFPs at work

People with ISFP preferences usually enjoy work that is personally meaningful for them. They have strong values and often prefer to work somewhere that these values will have practical outcomes. They generally like a supportive working environment and colleagues who care about one another. They may go out of their way to avoid competitive roles.

They enjoy working independently in roles where their attention to detail is valued. They like to make an immediate difference for people who are important to them—and their choice of career often reflects this. They’re usually attracted to careers in healthcare, crafts, and the clinical or service industries.

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