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ISFP is Quiet, Sensitive, Friendly, Harmonious

Introvert – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving

ISFPs are quiet, friendly, action oriented, and caring. They enjoy and experience the present moment. They need their own time and space. Personal values are important and used to make decisions. They are good and sensitive listeners and avoid conflict.

Most Developed Skill

Introvert Sensate Feeling Perceiving’s strongest drive is to make decisions based on personal values. They are quiet, sensitive, accepting and caring about values and people. Communicating feelings is not a strong point so they often don’t express them at all. They can sometimes turn feelings in on themselves.


Their strengths are in their ability to seize opportunities, take action and risk. They improvise well to make things happen. They are good at crisis management of practical problems. They are loyal and committed.


Because ISFPs dominant skill is in sensing, they often develop excellent visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory or kinesthetic/motor abilities.


Possible weaknesses can lead to irresponsible, childish, unreliable behavior. The sensing perceiving combination can mean acting without thinking things through. Their tendency to avoid conflict can undermine their ability to take action.

Stress Response

Under stress, they can become irritable, oversensitive, unreliable, unscrupulous, mercenary or rigid.

Typical Expression

Even though they aren’t master communicators, their conversation is warm, gentle, realistic and easy.


ISFPs value details about people as a way to care for and nurture relationships.


Their highest need is for autonomy, variety and action. Procedures, structure and repetition will not sit well with them.


The Sensing Perceiving combination learns best through experience. Abstractions and theories seem complicated and tedious. They need to live their experiences, not talk about them. They are good at hands on skill development – improving skills through practice.

Least Developed Skills

The least developed skill is thinking. When put in positions where thinking is required this lack can become an obsession with being right, a drive to analyze, find alternatives and evaluate them. Their discomfort with thinking can lead to seeing others as incompetent. They can become dictatorial, and do black/white thinking. Communication using intuition (meanings, implications) is not well developed.

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