If you read my previous post, you may be wondering why I’m writing about a slightly different temperament now…the reason is that I am both. I split so evenly on morals, ethics, and ideals that I am both the letter N as well as the letter S. So I’m technically an INFJ and an ISFJ.
I identify slightly more with being an INFJ, but the fundamentals of who an ISFJ is describes me so well that I cannot ignore being an ISFJ; I truly am both. And while there is only a one letter difference, it is significant. While INFJs make up not even 1% of the world’s population, ISFJs make up more than 10%! There are 5 sub-types that make up around 10%; three are categorized as Guardians and the other two are Artisans.
Of the five types, the book reads as if the three Guardian types are the top three with the two Artisan types making up the rest of the Top 5 Most Popular Personalities. This means that I am literally part of the rarest group of humans in the world while simultaneously being a part of one of the most popular groups. I am both Idealist and Guardian.
And because I identify with both types so strongly, I don’t even have the luxury of picking one over the other; I’m pretty much 50/50. (Although I would probably venture that on certain days or in certain circumstances I am one over the other, so it’s more like 49/51, but it’s not consistently in favor of one type.)
I’ve included the summary for ISFJ, but I’ve never heard of anyone else being more than one type so please, if you know someone who is or if you yourself are more than one type reach out by commenting below or sending me a message…I’m very curious to know if I’m alone with this condition. I also believe that the reason I’m two types is due to being bi-polar so I’d also like to know if others who are more than one type have a mental hormonal imbalance as well.
Guardians of all types, ISFJs are willing to work long, long hours doing all the thankless jobs the other types seem content to ignore. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for them. When they undertake a task, they will complete it if at all humanly possible. They also know the value of a dollar and abhor the squandering or misuse of resources.
These reserved Conservators are quite content to work alone; indeed, they may experience some discomfort when placed in positions of authority, and may try to do everything themselves rather than direct others to do their jobs. For all these reasons Protectors are frequently overworked, just as they are frequently misunderstood and undervalued. Their contributions, and also their economies, are often taken for granted, and they rarely get the gratitude they deserve.
This can cause them to harbor feelings of resentment, with their bottled up emotion gnawing inwardly, causing them much undeserved suffering. Protectors are keenly aware of status given by birth, titles, offices, and credentials. They are impressed by visiting royalty, they admire high-ranking politicians, they honor judges, the police, and the military, and they tend to be devoted and loyal to their superiors.
Not that they think of themselves as superior. On the contrary, they are humble to the core, and find the putting on of airs offensive. For the ISFJ, people should behave according to their place in the social order, and they may be annoyed by others who act above their station. They believe in the safety of a traditional social hierarchy, and do everything they can to uphold custom and convention.
The same holds true at work. Protectors are dependable and are seldom happy working in situations where established ways of doing things are not respected. To them, regulations are tried and true, and they rarely question the effectiveness of going by the book. ISFJs often seem to feel personally responsible for seeing to it that people in an institution or business abide by rules, carry out routines, and behave as they are supposed to behave.
If others, including their bosses, violate or ignore these standard operating procedures, Protectors are distressed and embarrassed, although they usually will not display these reactions. More likely, such irritation is turned inward and may be experienced as fatigue and as chronic stomach disorders. With their extraordinary sense of safety and responsibility, and with their unusual talent for executing routines, Protectors do well as curators, private secretaries, librarians, middle-management personnel, and especially as general medical practitioners.
To be sure, the hospital is a natural haven for them; it is home to the family doctor, rescuer of life and limb, and to the registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse, the true angels of mercy. The insurance industry is also congenial to these Conservators. To save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies are important actions to ISFJs, who as insurance agents want to see their clients in good hands, sheltered and protected.
Speculation and innovation do not intrigue Protectors, who would rather leave such risky matters to others, while remaining themselves safely anchored and down-to-earth. For their part, ISFJs value tradition, both cultural and familial. They carry with them a sense of history, a sense of continuity with past events and relationships.They seem to have an innate regard for the past, for whatever is established and deeply rooted. They are honored to care for collections of rare old things, books, paintings, china, and so on, seeing to it that they are safely shelved and regularly dusted. But they are also the keepers of simple family old photograph albums, timeworn furniture, old tools and wedding dresses. Of all the types, ISFJs are most likely to care about tracing family trees.
Protectors are devoted to mate and family, and are usually excellent homemakers. The ISFJ female often displays a flair for making the interior of the home attractive in a traditional manner, and often gives herself full-time to the duties of housewife. She provides attractive, nourishing meals, sees to the shopping, does the laundry, mends the clothes, and follows a daily routine for keeping the house clean and tidy, with rooms straightened up, dishes done, and beds made.
In their parenting role, these friendly and soft-spoken Protectors expect their children to conform to the rules of society, feeling a personal responsibility to see to it that these standards are not only adhered to but honored. Such parents worry a great deal, and may try too hard to protect their children from the dirt and dangers of life. Protector mothers in particular need to learn how to encourage their children’s independence and to cut the apron strings. Occasionally an ISFJ mother may be able to find humor in the wayward son, but she still raises her daughters to respect traditions and to do the Right Thing at the Right Time-and always for the Right Reason.
FAMOUS ISFJs ACCORDING TO GOOGLE:
Anthony Hopkins Bruce Willis Dr. Dre
Katie Holmes Gwyneth Paltrow Halle Barry
Mother Teresa Rosa Parks Kate Middleton
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