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    Default What are some key differences between ISFP and ISFJ?

    I'm having trouble deciding if I'm an ISFP/ISFJ. I relate to both descriptions fairly well.. what are some key differences you may see between an ISFJ and ISFP?
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    In my limited experience, ISFJ is much more quietly decisive, perhaps more articulate and are more logical. ISFPs seem more loving and have a childlike playfulness quality to them. ISFPs are more expressive with their eyes and may come across as more emotional.

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    @lunareclipze The ISFP I know very well is all about fun, and they will sit literally ALL day playing video games. I think they're WAY more relaxed than any Si dom. Relaxed in a sense that they're not outwardly worrying about the future like Si does.

    ISFP's can become very complacent. They sort of get a spot and stay there. (I know a couple of ISFP's that comes home every day and sit in the same spot. They will make you move out of their spot lol....)

    The ISFJ's I know very well is much more talkative. He needs to be around people just as much as he needs to be alone.

    The ISFP does not need to be around people like the aux Fe would. The ISFP longs to have companionship (even if they don't talk that much,) especially with people from his childhood (Fi +Se.)


    Really this is choosing the difference between the combo of Si+Fe vs Fi+Se.

    They are very different imo. An ISFP might care about things like an ISFJ, but you would never know it.

    The ISFJ openly, and enthusiastically speaks to people. Almost in a flamboyant manner (for lack of a better word.) The ISFP is much more laid back and "go with the flow." Which give the impression they don't care.

    The ISFJ will catalog bodily experiences. They know what their first taste of ice cream was like (in ridiculous amount of detail.) And not only do they remember their first, but they remember every ice cream after that as well. Constantly comparing that context with the old context.

    An ISFP is more likely to hold on to sensory details like jokes. Or what they think is important. They are not always the best with details though. They can reference a line from family guy...and they can tell you what the best feeling fabric is....but don't ask them to store tedious facts. It's not usually their thing (maybe unless they're a 2...)

    And also ...ISFP's can be ok at follow through....but not like someone with Si.

    Si will painstakingly follow through with things (can be very perfectionistic.) Where and ISFP will say "good enough." (not really perfectionistic at all, unless it's their trade, maybe.)

    I know some of this is based on behaviors...so some things may be off...but it gives you the gist of what Si looks like at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    @lunareclipze The ISFP I know very well is all about fun, and they will sit literally ALL day playing video games. I think they're WAY more relaxed than any Si dom. Relaxed in a sense that they're not outwardly worrying about the future like Si does. ISFP's can become very complacent. They sort of get a spot and stay there. (I know a couple of ISFP's that comes home every day and sit in the same spot. They will make you move out of their spot lol....)

    The ISFJ's I know very well is much more talkative. He needs to be around people just as much as he needs to be alone. The ISFP does not need to be around people like the aux Fe would. The ISFP longs to have companionship (even if they don't talk that much,) especially with people from his childhood (Fi +Se.)

    Really this is choosing the difference between the combo of Si+Fe vs Fi+Se.

    They are very different imo. An ISFP might care about things like an ISFJ, but you would never know it. The ISFJ openly, and enthusiastically speaks to people. Almost in a flamboyant manner (for lack of a better word.) The ISFP is much more laid back and "go with the flow." Which give the impression they don't care.

    The ISFJ will catalog bodily experiences. They know what their first taste of ice cream was like (in ridiculous amount of detail.) And not only do they remember their first, but they remember every ice cream after that as well. Constantly comparing that context with the old context.

    An ISFP is more likely to hold on to sensory details like jokes. Or what they think is important. They are not always the best with details though. They can reference a line from family guy...and they can tell you what the best feeling fabric is....but don't ask them to store tedious facts. It's not usually their thing (maybe unless they're a 2...)

    And also ...ISFP's can be ok at follow through....but not like someone with Si.

    Si will painstakingly follow through with things (can be very perfectionistic.) Where and ISFP will say "good enough." (not really at all perfectionistic, unless it's their trade.)

    I know this is based on behaviors...so some things may be off...but it gives you the gist of what Si looks like at least.
    Thanks! I was just confused because a few people have told me from posting those questionnaire things for an opinion on my type that I emit an "ISFJ," vibe but going by the information you and highlander have given me I'm definitely an ISFP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunareclipze View Post
    Thanks! I was just confused because a few people have told me from posting those questionnaire things for an opinion on my type that I emit an "ISFJ," vibe but going by the information you and highlander have given me I'm definitely an ISFP.
    The only catch is that if you are a 9.

    Some ISFJ 9's can look like ISFP's.

    But it still comes down to the difference between Si and Fi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    The only catch is that if you are a 9.

    Some ISFJ 9's can look like ISFP's.

    But it still comes down to the difference between Si and Fi.
    This is true. All of what you said before still holds though, excellent descriptions. ISFJ is more outwardly uptight even if they're 9. 9s will just be quieter about it and try to keep it at bay. There's still stress there though. ISFP is more laid back and more moody.

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    Me:

    -Moody
    -somewhat aloof/difficult to read by default
    -Withholding
    -Expressions of joy/appreciation are subtle
    -Somewhat messy
    -Impractical
    -Relatively impulsive (nothing extreme)



    My ISFJ mother:

    -Emotionally transparent
    -Affectionate
    -Unassuming
    -Helpful
    -Consistent moods
    -Talkative around close family, constantly initiating small talk
    -Has a greater need to be around/keep in contact with people
    -Practical
    -Inquisitive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stansmith View Post
    Me:
    -Impractical
    Really? How so?


    For the record I think both ISFP's and ISFJ's are very practical.

    -Talkative around close family, constantly initiating small talk
    This!! So much THIS!

    Quote Originally Posted by skylights View Post
    This is true. All of what you said before still holds though, excellent descriptions. ISFJ is more outwardly uptight even if they're 9. 9s will just be quieter about it and try to keep it at bay. There's still stress there though. ISFP is more laid back and more moody.
    Yea, the ISFJ 9's still show their anxiety.

    But I think the moodiness depends on the ISFP.

    The 2's I know are not very moody.

    The 9's aren't either.

    I think if they're a 4 maybe
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    @Urarienev

    Impractical in the sense that I seem to be more concerned with pursuing intangibles like personal fulfillment than she is (not that she has much of a choice..but she still seems fairly contented), often at the expense of areas of my life that I consider to be of lesser importance within my subjective framework. Otherwise, yeah, I'm fairly 'earthy'.

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