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ISFJ - The "Defender"

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ISFJs are traditional, loyal, quiet and kind. They are very sensitive to other people's needs because they are very observant. They have rich inner thoughts and emotions. They value stability and cultural norms. They are very adept at giving attention to detail. They do not seek positions of authority. See MyPersonality PRO™ for a full description of your personality type.

ISFJ Representation



SJ (Protector)

ISFJ Population
Total: 7%
Male: 4%
Female: 10%

Primary Function
Secondary Function
Tertiary Function
Least Function

About the ISFJ
Expert Quotes & Links

"ISFJs are characterized above all by their desire to serve others, their "need to be needed." In extreme cases, this need is so strong that standard give-and-take relationships are deeply unsatisfying to them; however, most ISFJs find more than enough with which to occupy themselves within the framework of a normal life."
- ISFJ Profile (TypeLogic)

"modest, not confrontational, easily hurt, observer, prone to crying, not spontaneous"
- Jung Type Descriptions (ISFJ) (

"ISFJs have a rich inner world that is not usually obvious to observers. They constantly take in information about people and situations that is personally important to them, and store it away. This tremendous store of information is usually startlingly accurate, because the ISFJ has an exceptional memory about things that are important to their value systems. It would not be uncommon for the ISFJ to remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after..."
- Portrait of an ISFJ (The Personality Page)
"The primary desire of the Protector SJ is to be of service to others, but here "service" means not so much furnishing others with the necessities of life, as guarding others against life's pitfalls and perils, that is, seeing to their safety and security."
"At work, ISFJs contribute loyal, sympathetic, consistent, and considerate service to others. They are know for their kindness and for their willingness to go to any length to help those in need. They take the practical needs of people into account when they do their work, and their strong follow-through skills allow them to carry out organizational goals. They do at least what is expected to them and oftentimes more, without attracting attention to themselves. They are painstaking and responsible with detail and routine, and feel it is important to have the right things in the right places at the right times."
- ISFJ - The Nurturer (Lifexplore)

Famous ISFJs

Real ISFJ People

Fictional ISFJs (Characters)

  • Bianca - Taming of the Shrew
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens character
  • Dr. John H. Watson - Sherlock Holmes
  • Hero - Much Ado About Nothing
  • Joel Barish - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

ISFJ Career Matches

ISFJs are often happy with the following jobs which tend to match well with the Defender/Protector personality.

  • Artist
  • Accountant
  • Administrator
  • Auditor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Actor
  • Business Analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Banker
  • Counselor
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Care
  • Church Worker
  • Doctor
  • Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Editor
  • Economist
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Gardener
  • Health Service
  • Human Resources
  • Homemaker
  • Interior Decorator
  • Librarian
  • Military
  • Marketer
  • Medical Technologist
  • Nurse
  • Office Manager
  • Psychologist/Counselor
  • Paralegal
  • Police
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Shopkeeper
  • Senior Manager
  • Scientist
  • Typist
  • Trainer
  • Writer

ISFJ Communities

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More ISFJ Information

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