ISFPs are difficult to know "as they really are" due to their
quiet, reserved nature. Their reserve can cause others who do not
know them well, to think that they are aloof or not interested in others.
But those who are blessed to have an ISFP for a close friend find them
to be generous with their time, their talents and their goods. They
are truly characterized as loyal helpers.
Their feelings are deeply held - whether manifested through
acts of deep loyalty to friends, the need for freedom "to do" or "to be"
or "to go", or to help those they feel need a helping hand.
ISFPs have a need for independence - for they immensely enjoy
new experiences, whether in a taste for fashion, foods, travel, emotional
experiences [though in a more grounded reality than the Idealist NFs] and
relationships. The deeply spiritual ISFP is apt to seek richer and
deeper fulfillment through non-traditional experience.
They are very sensitive, although they say little to reveal
that propensity. They are extraordinarily kind - even saying "nice
things" when they, in reality, hold different opinions than
what they are saying. They don't like to hurt anyone. When
they do feel compelled to "dress someone down" - even though gently done,
it has a great impact for they are so characterized by kindness.
As with the other SPs, ISFPs don't really like "do and don't"
regimens. While not especially rebellious, they nonetheless value
independence and the ability to enjoy their interests in an unfettered
way. This makes the regimens of education and the SJ classroom structure
laborious for them and will, therefore, not be found in great numbers among
those in higher education. Large numbers of them, in fact, quit high
school. They prefer to learn by DOING!
ISFPs are known to love children and, indeed, many female ISFPs
count being a wife and a mother to be a life goal and make nurturing, caring,
gentle and generous parents. They can, however, tire of an inattentive
mate and take off for greener pastures and exciting adventures.
They are numbered among the kindest, most selfless of individuals
and the world is better off for their gentle spirits.