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Known as The Defender or Protector, ISFJs are:

  • Dedicated - they derive a great deal of satisfaction from caring for others, and they offer their comfort gently and helpfully.

  • Self-sacrificing - they are are extremely industrious, working tirelessly, as they sacrificially give of themselves to the institution.

  • Preserving - they know the value of a dollar and abhor the squandering or misuse of resources.

  • Thorough - they base their self-image on being seen as dependable, beneficent, and respectable—and to that end, they are extremely careful in their work.

  • Respectful - they carry with them a sense of pride and respect for history; a sense of continuity with past events and relationships.

  • Stabilizing -  they proceed with diligence, as they go about completing their tasks. 


Some ISFJs can also be:

  • Humble

  • Shy

  • Prone to take Things Too Personally

  • Repressive with their Feelings

  • Overloaded

  • Overworked

  • Reluctant to Change

  • Too Altruistic

Under stress, ISFJs can become rigid.


How ISFJs typically operate in the workplace:

  • As Subordinates - they exemplify the strength of humble dedication and can be relied on and respected for their patience and commitment.

  • As Colleagues - they seek a friction-less environment, a spirit of friends helping friends to get the job done.

  • As Managers - they are warm, approachable and great listeners, having no real desire to issue authoritarian dictates from some high tower.


Other well-known ISFJs include:

  • Beyonce

  • Lance Reddick

  • George H.W. Bush

  • Mother Teresa

  • Rosa Parks

  • Robert Kennedy

  • Queen Elizabeth II

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