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ISFJ: The Protector


Enneagram: Loyalist             Keirsey Reader: Guardian

ISFJs make up about 10% of the US population

ISFJs love to serve. Sometimes a regular give and take relationship is not satisfying enough as it does not have enough give in it. ISFJs are very accurate and detail oriented workers, remembering much about people and places. Many have great analytical abilities. They are extremely loyal to their families and close select group of friends. The longer they have known someone, the more they value their friendship. They usually do not show how they are truly feeling and can pretend not to know how others are feeling. They are very methodical and systematic, and enjoy working with people in small groups or in one-on-one situations.

Taken from TypeLogic.com

“The ISFJ feels a strong sense of responsibility and duty. They take their responsibilities very seriously, and can be counted on to follow through. For this reason, people naturally tend to rely on them. The ISFJ has a difficult time saying “no” when asked to do something, and may become over-burdened. In such cases, the ISFJ does not usually express their difficulties to others, because they intensely dislike conflict, and because they tend to place other people’s needs over their own. The ISFJ needs to learn to identify, value, and express their own needs, if they wish to avoid becoming over-worked and taken for granted.”

“ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occurred, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.”

Taken from PersonalityPage.com

Famous ISFJs: St. Teresa of Avila, Barbara Bush, Queen Elizabeth II of England, Elijah Wood, Julianne Moore, Tori Spelling, Michael Cane, and David Copperfield

Famous Fictional ISFJs: Ophelia in Hamlet, Charlie Brown, and Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and crafts

Careers: ISFJs gravitate towards careers where they can use their skill of 1. Taking the needs of others into account and helping/supporting others and 2. Using their detail-orientation and organization for developing and implementing structures and procedures

The Top 8 careers where ISFJs can use their natural skills, as noted by Team Technology, are:

  1. Marketing specialist
  2. Lawyer/attorney
  3. Nurse
  4. Secretary
  5. Assistant
  6. Researcher
  7. Trainer
  8. Teacher

Top 8 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk


Some other career titles include:

  • Accountant
  • Actor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Artist
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Child Care
  • Church Worker
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Counsellor
  • Database Analyst
  • Doctor
  • Early Childhood
  • Development
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Gardener
  • Health Service
  • Homemaker
  • Human Resources
  • Interior Decorator
  • Librarian
  • Marketer
  • Medical Technologist
  • Military
  • Nurse
  • Office Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Police
  • Psychologist/Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Shopkeeper
  • Social Worker
  • Trainer
  • Typist
  • Writer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info


In Leadership roles ISFJs possess a “Behind the Scenes” interaction style pattern.  This suits their auxiliary function of extraverted intuition quite appropriately, because ISFJs are driven to INTEGRATE.

“People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining, and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.” 16types.com

ISFJs in relationships are extremely loyal and devoted. They put a great amount of energy into a relationship that is important to them. They are very dependable and their natural partner is the ESFP or the ESTP, which bring out the introverted side of them but who are also reasonable and logical (Sensory).


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