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    Default ISFPs, and the finer things in life.

    Hello ISFP's and observers of ISFP's. I am a great admirer of ISFP's, and I can usually relate easily to them, and I had a question.

    I hate to generalize about types, but I've noticed two of the ISFPs I know love nothing more than to read Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno, Homer's Odyssey, etc.

    This has always seemed out of character to their personalities, but it holds true for both. Now, this isn't to say they don't also love Red Vs. Blue, Anime, and Family Guy, but I was wondering if it was a common thing for ISFPs? I always (stupidly?) assumed it was more of an NT thing, but I would like to know your opinion/thoughts.

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    I personally love Homer's Odyssey and hate Family Guy (go figure, i know )
    I like a lot of the stories written about mythology and will gladly find literature that involves such. If its interesting, then I'll totally go for it. Doesn't matter what it is.
    It really has to do with personal references. I personally hate shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons because I personally don't find that type of humor very funny.

    I'm pretty sure ISFP's are very capable of enjoying fine literature. Literature is a written art and I know for myself, it intrigues me just like any form of art.

    edit: sorry for all the jumping around
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    Books I'm currently reading --> Vanity Fair (no, not the magazine) and Anna Karenina.

    On my MP3 player --> (currently) two contemporary music albums (one's Enya and the other is a guilty pleasure that shall remain unnamed) and at least five classical music recordings (a Marilyn Horne and Leontyne Price joint recital, Marilyn Horne singing Mahler, half of act 1 of Puccini's Tosca, Renee Fleming's Belcanto recording, Jussi Bjoerling's Basta...etc)

    In my wardrobe --> Non-trendy yet admittedly stylish stuff.

    I don't purposely seek out the so-called finer things in life but I can't help - nor can I specifically explain - it that what I enjoy and what society deems the high arts seem to coincide. I think that part of my interest stems from my love for and appreciation for beauty in all its manifestations. I feel that the old masters put a lot more thought, originality and a lot more of themselves into their creations than many contemporary artists (writers, poets...) do.

    And yet I also enjoy Family Guy, Christina Aguilera and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

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    Your question is all over the map. Are you asking if it's a common thing for ISFPs to read the particular things you listed?

    If so, I would think it would be hard to know the answer without surveying a large sample of ISFPs.

    My answer to those specific writings would be no. And I don't consider any of that to be "the finer things in life."

    Also, what is "Red Vs. Blue?"
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    Great works of art appeal to all types.

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    I love to read all of those things. Things that are truly well written are very appealing to me.
    Not only did I read Dante's Inferno, I also read Purgatorio and Paradisio. In other words, I read the entire Divine Comedy. Oddly enough, I found Paradisio a little flat after the first two. The ending was rather anti-climactic. But still, Dante wrote great epic poetry.
    I love poetry, and I read one poem every day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caligula View Post
    Hello ISFP's and observers of ISFP's. I am a great admirer of ISFP's, and I can usually relate easily to them, and I had a question.

    I hate to generalize about types, but I've noticed two of the ISFPs I know love nothing more than to read Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno, Homer's Odyssey, etc.

    This has always seemed out of character to their personalities, but it holds true for both. Now, this isn't to say they don't also love Red Vs. Blue, Anime, and Family Guy, but I was wondering if it was a common thing for ISFPs? I always (stupidly?) assumed it was more of an NT thing, but I would like to know your opinion/thoughts.
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    My ISFP friend has been caught reading Anna Karenina in the back corner of a bar. She gets annoyed with Family Guy.
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    The ISFP I know is more into zen sayings and Eastern proverbs of sort. She is always gaining some deeper meaning from them and sharing it. I think it helps her.
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    Love listening to and playing on piano classical music. Hate family guy, simpson type shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    The ISFP I know is more into zen sayings and Eastern proverbs of sort. She is always gaining some deeper meaning from them and sharing it. I think it helps her.
    I have the same need to share my percieved insights from spiritual sources. However, I just don't.


    I don't care for the Family Guy or Simpsons either but I enjoy the twisted non-PC humour of South Park.

    I'm not attracted to the finer things in life but nor will I poo-poo it.

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