"ISFP" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
|ISFP - Composer Producer
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is composing, using whatever is
at hand to get a harmonious, aesthetic
- Talents lie in combining, varying,
and improvising, frequently in the arts but
also in business and elsewhere.
- With their
senses keenly tuned in they become totally
absorbed in the action of the moment,
finding just what fits the situation or the
- Thrive on having the freedom
to vary what they do until they get just the
- Take action to help others and
- Kind and sensitive to
the suffering of others.
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Composer Producers, life is a process of taking
advantage of opportunities and being free to do so is like a
dream come true. They somehow know how to stick with
what’s important and not sell out to the opportunities.
They seem to tap into what is extremely important
to others and to themselves. They are the ones who listen
to what others want and somehow pull together what
is just right to get them just what they wanted, maybe
even more than was expressed. It all looks so easy that
others often underestimate what went into it. They have
an amazing talent for creative problem solving and take
a great deal of pleasure in helping people solve problems.
In their thought processes they are constantly
composing. From their continual, random scanning
of available resources, they find just the right idea,
color, action, line, word, and so on to pull together a
cohesive whole. Then they tinker with it until it feels
like what is needed. They often get so absorbed in the
creative moment, perfecting the piece, they can lose
track of time.
They enjoy building relationships and attracting
the loyalties of others while at the same time being
their own true self. To not have their own personal
style—to be boxed in and not be free to be however
they see is needed in the moment—is worse than death
to them. They will go to great lengths to avoid being
pigeonholed and labeled. It is very important to them to
play against the expectations others have of them, yet
they often wind up exceeding those expectations when
left to their own devices.
Interpersonally, their ability to build relationships
can hide their intense need for privacy. And the challenge
is always to balance freedom with connection.
They often struggle with nurturing their own selfesteem
and sometimes needlessly beat up on themselves.
Others may not even notice their struggle because their
style is so quiet and unassuming.
For Composer Producers, relationships are about
camaraderie—having fun doing things together,
interacting, and yet also being free. What’s important
is the sense of friendship, being able to say anything or
say nothing and not have to think about or check what
they’re doing to get another’s approval. Some things are
just too deep for words. They judge someone on actions,
and if others are good to them, then they’re good in
return. They trust people who aren’t going to manipulate
and hurt them. They can be very accommodating and
agreeable, loyal and sympathetic. They need autonomy
and will do what they can to accommodate others;
feeling trapped may come suddenly. They want to
do what they want to do and may see that as selfish
of themselves. Yet they will follow through on a
commitment, even though they wind up feeling trapped.
They don’t need to know that much about a person;
being personal is not about self-disclosing but about
helping. They listen to establish trust and then turn
around and try to help the person. A big negative for
them is when the other person never does anything with
the help they offer. They are impatient with that.
In their close relationships, they are open to
relationships but slow to commit. They commit if it’s
important to the other person and they get a feeling of
a partnership. And then they are loyal, as long as they
have some freedom. They don’t like to constantly talk
about the relationship; they assume if it’s good today,
then it will still be good tomorrow. Sometimes they feel
like the other person just needs to give talking a rest and
enjoy doing things together.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ISFP,"
A Personality Type Description.
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