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The ISFJ Personality: ISFJ Relationships, Life, and Careers


ISFJ is one of the 16 personality types. ISFJ stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. These individuals are often described as warm, sensitive, and dedicated. They are probably the most altruistic of all the personality types, championing one worthy cause or another. ISFJs typically go above and beyond what is expected of them. They are also highly dependable and typically put the needs of others before their own. This has earned them the name “the nurturer.”

Typically, the ISFJ personality type has a very good memory and excellent imagination. They remember details about the lives and habits of other,s which help them to maintain personal and professional relationships with ease. This is an unusual trait for an introvert.

ISFJ StrengthsISFJ Weaknesses

Very serious about long term relationships

Unlikely to express feelings

Very serious about obligations and duties

Unlikely to go beyond their comfort zone

Very sensitive to people's needs

May pay little attention to their own needs

Excellent listening skills

Difficulty in leaving bad relationships

Selfless and Patient

Very intolerant of conflicts and criticsm

Good Money Management Skills


ISFJ Careers

The professional environment can be a challenging place for the ISFJ personality. This is because they are prone to understate their achievements, which can lead to lack of recognition and missed opportunities. In addition, these personalities tend to overload themselves with work. Their kindness can be easily abused by personalities who do not mind using people for their own gain.

ISFJs work best in a close-knit team environment with little to no tension between the employees and management. Known to be meticulous, patient, reliable, and analytical, the ISFJ personalities can be effective employees. They are unlikely to embrace radical ideas and are very traditional in their views. Still, the ISFJ personality is generally open to change as long as it does not compromise their values and principles.

With their altruistic nature, excellent memory, and ability to function well in a team environment, the ISFJ personality is ideal for many career paths. These are the individuals that are willing to put great effort into making sure the job is done. They tend to be service oriented and this is typically reflected in their career choices. They also thrive at the opportunity to create order from chaos.

Ideal ISFJ careers include:

  • Teacher or Professor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Economist
  • Doctor, Nurse, or other Medical Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Office Manger
  • Interior Designer

ISFJ Relationships

ISFJ personalities tend to make romantic relationships a high priority. They typically take dating very seriously, as well. ISFJs prefer romantic relationships that are long-term and monogamous. They are likely to remain loyal and faithful to their partners until the end. ISFJs are committed to maintaining their relationships at the highest level. They have strong feelings, but tend to hide them from the outside world. In addition, they may find breaking up with a long-time partner to be very difficult. They are likely to blame themselves for the failed relationship.

ISFJs view intimacy as a way of strengthening a relationship. They often think about their partner’s satisfaction as oppose to their own. Surprisingly, the ISFJ personality is unlikely to verbalize their feelings of love and affection. They are, however, good at expressing these feelings through physical acts. They are warm and selfless and spend a great deal of energy making sure that their partners are happy. The appreciation derived from this means a lot to the ISFJ personality.

Generally speaking, the ISFJ personality is very family oriented and traditional in their views. They tend to pay a lot of attention to their partners and their family members. They take pleasure in caring for others. These traits are often hidden during the dating phase, but reveal themselves as their relationships progress. They are loyal, trustworthy, and loving partners and their preferred partner types are ESFP (extroverted, sensing, feeling, perceptive) and ESTP (extroverted, sensing, thinking, perceptive).

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Famous ISFJ Personalities

Based on analysis of their work and lives, the following famous individuals are believed to be ISFJ personalities:

  • Mother Teresa, nun and humanitarian
  • Louisa May Alcott, author
  • Robert E. Lee, general
  • Mary I, Queen of England
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, figure skater
  • Michael Caine, actor
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet
  • Halle Berry, actress
  • Bruce Willis, actor
  • Rosa Parks, activist
  • Prince Charles

Some fictional characters include:

  • Bianca in Taming of the Shrew
  • David Copperfield
  • Hero in Much Ado About Nothing
  • Melanie in Gone With the Wind
  • Ophelia in Hamlet
  • Dr. John H. Watson, M.D., in Sherlock Holmes


Nina on January 09, 2019:

The is *the* best isfj description i have ever come across.. I wish i had many years ago, would have greatly helped me seeing myself in terms of what i am, my qualities instead of seeing them as shortcoming to be overcome..

Errr, no offense but i am not convinced about Prince Charles and M. Caine, though!!

Eyul Z. on June 18, 2016:

Great articles, great website. Thank you. :)

LQWILLIams (author) on July 11, 2013:

Thank you so much for reading, commenting and voting!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on July 10, 2013:

Hi LQWILLIams, just stopped by because I knew you'd have something great to share. I'm an ISFJ. I think my background corroborates it. Thanks for the refresher about this personality type. Voted up and useful.

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