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ISFJ at a glance

People with ISFJ preferences are often loyal and responsible. They’re generally patient people who use common sense and past experience to help solve other people’s problems. They enjoy helping others in practical ways. People often describe them as modest and traditional.

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ISFJs at their best

People with ISFJ preferences tend to be people-focused and practical. They often make the best caretakers! They’re kind, conscientious, realistic, and dependable.

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ISFJs and stress

People with ISFJ preferences get stressed by last-minute changes, indecision, or too much noise. They dislike not having enough time to prepare or seeing other people repeatedly making the same mistakes.

When they’re stressed, they tend to become stubborn and inflexible, trusting only their past experience and finding it difficult to solve new or unexpected problems. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they might start to catastrophize—imagining increasingly negative possibilities for the future—or shut down emotionally.

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ISFJs and relationships

People with ISFJ preferences are dependable, often putting the needs of others before themselves. They tend to honor their commitments and like to preserve traditions. Their partner, peers, family, and friends will likely describe them as kind, empathetic, and responsive.

ISFJs at work

People with ISFJ preferences usually enjoy a sense of belonging at work. They like to work in traditional, stable environments with people who care about and support each other. They’re typically attracted to jobs that reward loyalty and a sense of duty, such as healthcare, secretarial, social service, or research roles.

ISFJs can often remember specific, personal details from their past which they use to make decisions in the present. They tend to be service-oriented. They’re usually found helping one person at a time to find an efficient solution to a question or problem. They’re careful about the decisions they make, such as choosing a career or college major. Once a decision is made, they may be reluctant to change their minds—even if they find another, better choice.

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