What's It Like To Be an "ISFP"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ISFPs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ISFP - Composer Producer
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Probably I’m the happiest when things
are just a little different everyday. I
don’t want to commit to any particular
way to be. I want to be able to be a lot
of ways. In my mind, I am peacefully
assimilating myself to a lot of different
situations, flowing easily between them
all. Most people don’t understand there’s a lot going
on inside. It’s always different, and if it’s not always
different, it’s no fun.
When I’m someplace, doing something, I’m really
there. The whole experience is related to that time and
place. And people only see the part of me that is with
them that day. That’s who I am for that day, but little do
they know that tomorrow I might be different.
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
I’m reserved when I first meet people, but I am
friendly, warm, and outgoing once I’ve gotten to know
someone. I really enjoy listening to people, hearing other
people’s stories and learning about them. I remember
a lot of the details. I ask a lot of questions and like the
challenge of recognizing where people are coming from
and why they might be coming from that perspective.
I love the give and take of conversations. I really feel
thrilled and excited learning from that intellectual energy
combined with that emotional energy. It gives me a sense
of the person. In any situation, I love the give and take,
the playfulness and energy, the excitement and a little bit
of competition, a little bit of one-upsmanship. But when
it becomes abrasive and people personally attack others,
I have a lot of interests and I can get interested
in one thing, and then something else comes along and
that looks fascinating. I enjoy using the skills that I do
have, and they’re varied. I’m always on the lookout for
something that uses my skills and abilities, that will give
me variety and still be stimulating and let me have a
mission with people. In my best jobs, I was connecting
with people and problem solving and often using tools,
adapting equipment or techniques.
My nature is when things get to a crunch, I’ll
make something happen that will make it all right.
I just know that I can do that and will do that. I love
solving people problems.
But part of me shivers if someone tells me their
expectations of me, even if they’re expectations I have
for myself. I need the freedom to be able to change my
mind or direction. I like to get a feel for what they’re
looking for and then just make it happen and hope they
enjoy it. And don’t ask me how I did it because I have
a difficult time communicating that. It’s whatever
moves me at the time. I probably don’t even remember
half of what I’ve done. I can spin around doing nothing
and then spend two minutes and get something done.
It’s a whole process that I can’t communicate, because
it’s not something that can always be written down on
paper—because when I’m doing it, I’m enjoying it. It’s
like I’m in a different world. It’s not a task to me—it’s
a creative outlet.
I enjoy family and friends. I enjoy being with
them and doing things with them—developing that
relationship, bonding with them. I carry through with my
commitments and I’m a very responsible person. Deep
friendships are important to me, but not too many.
When I am angry I get quiet. Others don’t know
though, that’s the problem. Because it’s not an external,
visible reaction—it’s more passive, turned inward. I’m
trying to think it through to figure a way to get my point
across so they understand because I wouldn’t want
to attack somebody. That’s something about me, that
noncommunication, or withdrawal.
I like recognition. It’s very important to get
complimented soon after an accomplishment. If
something goes unnoticed or unrewarded, it doesn’t have
the immediate impact that I want. I’ve been learning
my own positive self-talk. I tend to be a workaholic
at whatever it is I am doing. You might say I’m a
perfectionist. I want people to be impressed with my
performance. I don’t want anyone to be unhappy with my
performance so I continue to perform, and that is kind
of a driving force. It has been a constant struggle to not
overdo it. I need a positive environment to work in and I
need the people I’m working with to support me.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ISFP,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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