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(I) Introverted - (S) Sensing - (F) Feeling - (J) Judging
ISFJs are the people-centric doers, using their considerable organisational ability to make sure people are taken care of and protected. They are extremely conscientious, hardworking, loyal and dedicated - to people, organisations, groups. Once they are allied to the cause they take their roles very seriously.
It would be a mistake to underestimate the ISFJ as, although they may give very little out in terms of articulating their feelings, their 'S' detailed type memory stores everything of relevance, including any slight against them. Because they don't necessarily share their feelings this does not mean they don't have any. Everything is stored up, in perfect order, and may come out later in a tirade of facts and evidence dating back a very long way. It is easy to transgress the values of an ISFJ without ever knowing you have done it. Their values are so intrinsic to them, such a part of who they are, and they therefore share them with very few people. In the team the ISFJ will be the quiet one getting things done, almost invisible at times, but the strong glue holding the team together.
The ISFJ is the quiet, shy, gentle individual yet a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker who will not seek the glory, indeed would prefer to remain understated, needing only stroking from those they trust and value. Loyal, shy, devoted to the cause, the ISFJ has an intense need to belong and will work tirelessly for the cause and will channel their considerable energies into their work, or indeed anything which has been asked of them.
Sensitive, kind and caring, (in a very practical way), their at times over- accommodating nature means that the ISFJ may be taken advantage of. It isn’t so much that the ISFJ is worried over confrontation because when a value is transgressed the perpetrator may get an uncharacteristic verbal lashing, surprising those who thought that quiet and shy meant weak and fragile. Values and feelings are at the heart of who the ISFJ is as such are not to be treated lightly. It is more about their need to give, to support and care for that means they may get taken for granted.
Because of all of their caring, committed and supportive natures, ISFJs are often overlooked and overworked. In the workplace, ISFJs are methodical and accurate workers, often with very good memories and incredible analytic abilities. They are also good with people in small-group or one-on-one situations because of their patient and genuinely sympathetic approach to dealing with others. They make great teachers, especially imparting complex technical data in a friendly and understandable way.
In a team situation, the ISFJ will bring order, clarity, organisation and planning. Although introverted and so not the most vocal member of the team, the ISFJ will seek to make sure the team is best placed to move towards a 'known' conclusion in a thorough, planned and detailed way.
The ISFJ is painstaking, orderly, conscientious and anxious and they have a superb capacity for follow-through and perfectionism, although they have a strong tendency to worry about the smaller things and a reluctance to ‘let go.’