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A General Overview of ISFP (the Artist!) Personality Traits

A General Overview of ISFP Personality Traits
Do you know what personality type you have? If not, then you should definitely take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator quiz. You may turn out to be an ISFP. What does an ISFP personality mean? Read on to know all about the ISFP personality, rightly called the artist, in this PsycholoGenie write-up.
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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2018
Percentage of ISFP in the population
☞ 10% of women
☞ 8% of men
☞ 9% of the general population
There are 16 personalities according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). These personalities developed from the book Psychological Types  by Carl G. Jung, consider 4 dominant factors in an individual. Although personalities are extremely complex and people have many layers, it is possible to get an idea of the basic traits of an individual through their preferences.
The four preferences considered are introversion-extroversion, intuition-sensing, feeling-thinking, and judging-perceiving. Different combinations lead to different personalities. In this PsycholoGenie write-up, we shall discuss the characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, relationships, and careers of ISFP personality.
Characteristics of an ISFP Personality
I - Introversion
S - Sensing
F - Feeling
P - Perceiving
Introversion does not mean shyness. It simply means that such people require some lone time to charge up and gain energy. ISFPs need their own space and independence. They are reserved but helpful and friendly. They love to be in their own little world where anything is possible.
ISFPs are observant individuals who love to actually do stuff rather than just talk about it. They prefer practical matters over theories and are down-to-earth individuals. They are very original and have strong artistic capabilities.
ISFPs are sensitive and emotional beings, although they may not show it. They hate conflicts and confrontations. They love peaceful and harmonious surroundings.
Perceiving people are usually calm and relaxed. They do not get unnecessarily stressed about anything. They live in the moment and are very spontaneous.
Although reserved, ISPFs are extremely friendly and kind. They are sensitive and understanding. They also have this inherent charm that draws people to them. They love harmony and peace, thus they rarely argue or fight with anybody. They are always ready to help others, especially in artistic endeavors. They strongly support people who share similar interests like theirs.
Extremely original, ISFPs love coming up with unique solutions to any challenge. Their originality is seen in everything they do. They love to explore new things.
Blessed with a vivid imagination and an unparalleled creative streak, ISFPs are artistic souls. Right from the way they dress to the way they furnish their homes, their distinctive touch is evident. They also love to help people with their amazing ideas, and yes, they adore the appreciation that comes their way.
ISFPs hate boring, mundane, or repetitive tasks. They hate planning everything or thinking too much about the future. They live in the moment, and are very spontaneous. Being with an ISFP can never be dull, as they will come up with exciting things to do at any moment.
Overly competitive
Nobody loves losing, but ISFPs just can't bear it at all. Even a little insult can trigger them immediately. They can be become overly competitive even over the smallest task.
Fiercely Independent
Boundaries, rules, limitations are what the ISFPs loathe. They just want to live life their own way. Nothing can stop an ISFP when the decision has been made. They won't listen to anybody when there's a question of their freedom.
Most creative people have this eccentric streak. ISFPs can be really unpredictable at times. They hate commitments and plans and can cancel something at the last moment. Or they just want to do something totally random. You can never guess what they will come up with.
ISFPs hate thinking about the future, which makes them ignore important tasks. Paying bills, shopping for grocery, or other day-to-day tasks can be too menial for ISFPs. Thus, they can be quite disorganized, and their homes can be messy too. The perceiving preference makes ISFPs laid back and easygoing. But, sometimes, this laid back attitude can turn into laziness.
ISFP Relationships
As Lovers
ISFPs are very sensual and all their shyness disappears in front of their lovers. You will never have a dull moment if you are dating an ISFP. They will find different ways to surprise and pamper you. Get ready to be showered by love by an ISFP, but don't forget to show appreciation. They may not need words, even a small gesture is enough.
As Parents
Their kind nature and warm personalities make ISFPs really great parents. They being action-oriented ensure that their children get lots of practical experience and knowledge. Their children can expect a new activity everyday. They are very understanding and make caring parents. The only problem is that ISFPs need lots of appreciation, which they may not receive as their children grow up.
As Friends
ISFPs are the best friends you can ever have as they know how to have fun. They are passionate and love to do different things. But if someone judges or criticizes them; they will instantly withdraw from the person. They are explorers who love to try out different things. Initially they may take some time, but once they trust you, they will shed all their inhibitions. ISFPs are very friendly and kind.
As Colleagues
ISFPs love to solve problems and love working in their own space. They cannot control or dominate others, nor do they tolerate domination. They can be charming and impress people with their networking skills. Instead of long-term plans, they love to do things spontaneously.
Suitable Careers
ISFPs are rightly called artists. They have really good aesthetic sense and should choose a career where they can fulfill their potential. They also tend to get bored with the mundane, and crave for adventures. Most ISFPs don't like to be the center of attention or leaders. They like to do their own work in their own way. So, you could do better by working on your own. But the risk of drifting or lack of motivation can be a problem.
  • Fashion designer
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Writer
  • Nurse
  • Landscape designer
  • Photographer
  • Interior designer
  • Graphic designer
Famous ISFPs
It is not surprising that most famous artists are ISFPs!
  • Jonathan Ive
  • Brad Pitt
  • Justin Timberlake
  • David Beckham
  • Michael Jackson
  • Paul McCartney
  • Eminem
  • Britney Spears
  • Avril Lavigne
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