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Personality Types

ISFJ Personality Type — The Defender

ISFJ Defenders are kind, loyal and considerate. They desire to serve and protect others sacrificially. They serve behind the scenes without seeking recognition. ISFJs like routine and have excellent follow-through skills. They possess rich inner lives, are private and quietly friendly.

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The ISFJ personality type is of the SJ Protector temperament.

ISFJ Preferences

Preferences: Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

ISFJs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone. They are private and deliberate. ISFJs usually have a small circle of close friends. As Sensors, ISFJs process information through their senses. They are concrete, realistic, practical and live in the moment. ISFJs give attention to details.

ISFJs are Feelers and make decisions with their heart. They are gentle and empathetic. They are warm and caring. ISFJs strongly dislike conflict. ISFJs are organized and plan ahead. Their lives are scheduled and structured. ISFJs are responsible when it comes to finishing tasks. They get satisfaction from closure.

Describing an ISFJ

ISFJs can often be described using these words.
  • Selfless
  • Observant
  • Service-oriented
  • Kind
  • Sensitive
  • Traditional
  • Loyal
  • Concrete
  • Private
  • Quiet
  • Realistic
  • Disciplined
  • Loyal
  • Empathetic
  • Warm
  • Organized
  • Consistent
  • Gentle
  • Considerate
  • Practical
  • Affirming
  • Responsible
  • Deliberate
  • Humorous
  • Trustworthy

ISFJs and Relationships

ISFJs define love in terms of caring and support. They are utterly committed and dedicated in their relationships. They are often trustworthy and can be counted upon through thick and thin. They cherish deep connections and seek lifelong friendships. They sometimes have a hard time standing up for themselves. ISFJs have a great sense of humor and love to laugh.

ISFJs and Work / Career

ISFJs are dependable and trustworthy. They feel a great sense of responsibility for the job assigned to them. They work well when they know what is expected of them. They often enjoy working alone and do best without distractions. ISFJs have a hard time stopping until the job is done. They are committed to treating others with respect.

ISFJ Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ISFJ personality.
  • Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Care
  • Police Officer
  • Church Worker
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Counselor
  • Medical Doctor
  • Social Worker
  • Actor/Actress
  • Counselor
  • Human Resources
  • Medical Technologist
  • Office Manager
  • Shopkeeper
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Librarian
  • Nurse
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Analyst
  • Health Service
  • Homemaker
  • Writer
  • Military
  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant
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ISFJs and Learning / School

ISFJs are concrete learners. They are drawn to subjects that are practical. They learn best with caring and organized teachers. They need clear and detailed directions. Teachers appreciate their willingness to work hard and turn in assignments on time. ISFJs often pursue training for service-oriented careers.

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ISFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that ISFJs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ISFJ Strengths

  • Good at listening
  • Eager to serve
  • Good at handling money
  • Warm and affirming
  • Great organizational skills

Possible ISFJ Weaknesses

  • Can neglect their own needs
  • Dislikes change
  • Takes criticism personally
  • Has trouble with conflict
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Famous ISFJs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ISFJs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ISFJ People

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • William Howard Taft
    American President
  • Robert E. Lee
    Army Officer
  • Queen Mary I
    Queen of England
  • Barbara Bush
    American First Lady
  • Nancy Reagan
    American First Lady
  • Bess Truman
    American First Lady
  • Robin Roberts
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
    Figure Skater
  • Mother Theresa
    Missionary Nun
  • Johnny Carson
    TV Show Host, Comedian
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • Michael Caine
  • J. P. Morgan
    Financier, Banker
  • Ed Bradley

Fictional ISFJ Characters

  • Navigator Lambert
  • Tonya
    Doctor Zhivago
  • Bianca
    Taming of the Shrew
  • David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens Character
  • Hero
    Much Ado About Nothing
  • Melanie Hamilton
    Gone With The Wind
  • Ophelia
  • Joel Barish
    Eternal Sunshine of...
  • Samwise Gamgee
    The Lord of the Rings
  • Dr. John H. Watson
    Sherlock Holmes
  • Winnie the Pooh
    Disney Character


ISFJ Defenders are agreeable and kind. They are deeply caring and conscientious. They are excellent helpmates and need appreciation from those closest to them. Their greatest contribution is their ability to identify the needs of others and meeting them selflessly.

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