Mike’s Dump

July 8, 2005

I am a ISFJ

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikesdump @ 2:59 am

I’ve been meaning to put this up for my reference for a while. The test can be found here: http://www.personalitytest.net/types/index.htm and descriptions found here http://www.typelogic.com/

ISFJ: “Conservator”. These people are service and work
oriented – very loyal. They may suffer from fatigue and tend to
be attracted to troublemakers. They are good nurses, teachers,
secretaries, general practitioners, librarians, middle managers, and
housekeepers. 6% of the total population.

EI: 12 out of 17Extrovert |-------------------------------------------------| Introvert                                            |                                           70%SN: 4 out of 17Sensation |-------------------------------------------------| iNtuition                    |                   23%TF: 10 out of 17Thinking  |-------------------------------------------------| Feeling                                      |                                     58%JP: 2 out of 17Judging   |-------------------------------------------------| Perceiving              |             11%

Your Personality type is ISFJ

ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others,
their “need to be needed.” In extreme cases, this need is so strong
that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to
them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy
themselves within the framework of a normal life. (Since ISFJs, like
all SJs, are very much bound by the prevailing social conventions,
their form of “service” is likely to exclude any elements of moral or
political controversy; they specialize in the local, the personal, and
the practical.)

ISFJs are often unappreciated, at work, home, and play. Ironically,
because they prove over and over that they can be relied on for their
loyalty and unstinting, high-quality work, those around them often take
them for granted–even take advantage of them. Admittedly, the problem
is sometimes aggravated by the ISFJs themselves; for instance, they are
notoriously bad at delegating (“If you want it done right, do it
yourself”). And although they’re hurt by being treated like doormats,
they are often unwilling to toot their own horns about their
accomplishments because they feel that although they deserve more
credit than they’re getting, it’s somehow wrong to want any sort of
reward for doing work (which is supposed to be a virtue in itself).
(And as low-profile Is, their actions don’t call attention to
themselves as with charismatic Es.) Because of all of this, ISFJs are
often overworked, and as a result may suffer from psychosomatic

In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often
with very good memories and unexpected analytic abilities; they are
also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because
of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with
others. ISFJs make pleasant and reliable co-workers and exemplary
employees, but tend to be harried and uncomfortable in supervisory
roles. They are capable of forming strong loyalties, but these are
personal rather than institutional loyalties; if someone they’ve bonded
with in this way leaves the company, the ISFJ will leave with them, if
given the option. Traditional careers for an ISFJ include: teaching,
social work, most religious work, nursing, medicine (general practice
only), clerical and and secretarial work of any kind, and some kinds of
administrative careers.

While their work ethic is high on the ISFJ priority list, their
families are the centers of their lives. ISFJs are extremely warm and
demonstrative within the family circle–and often possessive of their
loved ones, as well. When these include Es who want to socialize with
the rest of the world, or self-contained ITs, the ISFJ must learn to
adjust to these behaviors and not interpret them as rejection. Being
SJs, they place a strong emphasis on conventional behavior (although,
unlike STJs, they are usually as concerned with being “nice” as with
strict propriety); if any of their nearest and dearest depart from the
straight-and-narrow, it causes the ISFJ major embarrassment: the closer
the relationship and the more public the act, the more intense the
embarrassment (a fact which many of their teenage children take gleeful
advantage of). Over time, however, ISFJs usually mellow, and learn to
regard the culprits as harmless eccentrics :-). Needless to say, ISFJs
take infinite trouble over meals, gifts, celebrations, etc., for their
loved ones–although strong Js may tend to focus more on what the
recipient should want rather than what they do want.

Like most Is, ISFJs have a few, close friends. They are extremely
loyal to these, and are ready to provide emotional and practical
support at a moment’s notice. (However, like most Fs they hate
confrontation; if you get into a fight, don’t expect them to jump in
after you. You can count on them, however, run and get the nearest
authority figure.) Unlike with EPs, the older the friendship is, the
more an ISFJ will value it. One ISFJ trait that is easily misunderstood
by those who haven’t known them long is that they are often unable to
either hide or articulate any distress they may be feeling. For
instance, an ISFJ child may be reproved for “sulking,” the actual cause
of which is a combination of physical illness plus misguided “good
manners.” An adult ISFJ may drive a (later ashamed) friend or SO into a
fit of temper over the ISFJ’s unexplained moodiness, only afterwards to
explain about a death in the family they “didn’t want to burden anyone
with.” Those close to ISFJs should learn to watch for the warning signs
in these situations and take the initiative themselves to uncover the


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