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Personality Types

ISFP Personality Type — The Artist

ISFP Artists live in the present and yearn for freedom. They are artistic, aesthetically inclined and sensitive. They are happiest when they are being creative and expressing themselves. They are loyal, warm and private. ISFPs are cooperative and adaptable. They seek the balance between closeness and independence.

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The ISFP personality type is of the SP Creator temperament.

ISFP Preferences

Preferences: Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), Perceiving (P)

ISFPs direct their energy inward. They often keep to themselves and are hard to get to know. They are deliberate and independent. They do not like being the center of attention. As Sensors, ISFPs process information through their five senses. They appreciate beauty and desire to create it. They live in the moment and are practical.

ISFPs are Feelers that make decisions with their heart. They are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. They are gentle. ISFPs are adaptable and relaxed. They dislike routine and like to keep their options open. ISFPs usually have a carefree attitude.

Describing an ISFP

ISFPs can often be described using these words.
  • Harmonious
  • Creative
  • Adaptable
  • Warm
  • Loyal
  • Gentle
  • Independent
  • Sensitive
  • Friendly
  • Sensation-loving
  • Deliberate
  • Aesthetically inclined
  • Relaxed
  • Private
  • Cooperative
  • Carefree
  • Helpful

ISFPs and Relationships

ISFPs are warm and affectionate once they feel comfortable in a relationship. They are offended by people who are domineering and insensitive to other people's feelings. They dislike talking about their relationships and prefer to show they care by being helpful. They do not like feeling manipulated. They value trust and are loyal.

ISFPs and Work / Career

ISFPs want to make a contribution through their skills and abilities. They enjoy helping others. They are agreeable and easy to get along with. ISFPs are skilled at using tools and with problem solving. They are artistic and thrive when they are given the freedom to create. ISFPs like variety in their work. They yearn for compliments on their performance.

ISFP Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ISFP personality.
  • Artist
  • Carpenter
  • Teacher
  • Chef
  • Child Care
  • Pediatrician
  • Church Worker
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Composer
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Designer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Veterinarian
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Park Ranger
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Musician
  • Naturalist
  • Nurse
  • Mechanic
  • Writer
  • Personal Service Worker
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Medical Staff
  • Dental Staff
  • Homemaker
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ISFPs and Learning / School

ISFPs are concrete learners. They learn by asking questions and through hands-on experience. With all their senses engaged, they become totally absorbed in the learning process. They learn best in environments that provide variety and artistic outlets.

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ISFP Strengths and Weaknesses

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

Typical ISFP Strengths

  • Laid back and adaptable
  • Good at listening
  • Warm and friendly
  • Takes commitments seriously
  • Creative and artistic

Possible ISFP Weaknesses

  • May appear unmotivated
  • Hard to get to know
  • Dislikes long-term planning
  • Tends to withdraw
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Famous ISFPs

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

Famous ISFP People

  • Millard Fillmore
    American President
  • Ulysses S. Grant
    American President
  • Dan Quayle
    American Vice President
  • Marie Antoinette
    Queen of France
  • Fred Astaire
    Actor, Dancer
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Auguste Rodin
    French Sculptor
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Doris Day
    Actress, Singer
  • Michael Jackson
    Singer-songwriter, Dancer
  • Kevin Costner
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    First Lady (Wife of JFK)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Brooke Shields
  • John Travolta
  • Warren G. Harding
    American President
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Liberace

Fictional ISFP Characters

  • Susan Hunsecker
    Sweet Smell of Success
  • Hobbes
    Calvin and Hobbes
  • Rachel
  • Flounder
    The Little Mermaid
  • Manny Ribera
  • Gina Montana
  • Schroeder
    Peanuts (Charlie Brown)


ISFP Artists are harmonious, kind and sensitive to the feelings of others. They yearn for freedom to create and express themselves.Their greatest gift is their desire to help and contribute to the well-being of others.

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