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Keirsey Description: “The Composer (Artist)”
Honest Description: “The Watchful Observer”
Prototypical Examples: The Dude from the film “The Big Lebowski,” Andy Warhol (often mistyped as INFP), Enya, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Prince, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, Princess Diana (often mistyped as INFP), Leni Riefenstahl, Amélie from the film “Amélie,” Bubbles from “The Powerpuff Girls,” Flounder from the Disney film “The Little Mermaid”
- Make great lyricists
- Make for lovely furniture for any social gathering
- Make great friends
- The most easygoing type there is
- Artistic without being annoying
- Are not assholes
- The most idealistic Sensor
- Versatile hobbyists
- Are timid to share or live out their passions in life and may lead to them being unfulfilled
- Makes other types jealous that they are not like the ISFP
- Prone to Dependent Personality Disorder
- Might be seen as lazy or unambitious; not likely to climb the social/power hieararchy
- Can be fleeting in their many hobbies or passions, making them seem undedicated to others
Reasoning: ISFP’s are pretty awesome, let me just say that off the bat. They tend to be nice, friendly (esp. in comparison to most Introverts), creative, and have a quirky sense of humor. Although they aren’t the type to come off as idealistic, they appreciate and even admire the abstract, and enjoy literary comparisons and metaphors, much like their iNtuitive counterparts. More than any other type, ISFP’s are relaxed, calm, and non-aggressive. ISFP’s prefer to live in a “live and let live” environment. Unlike most Sensors, they tend to enjoy the obscure and counterculture, and often develop very fine and particular tastes in art, whether it be film, literature, or the visual and performing arts. Although naturally hands-on learners, well-developed ISFP’s tend to process their gained knowledge into bigger picture ideas. ISFP’s are dominantly Introverted Feelers, and have a special rose-tinted lens through which they view everything. Despite being conversationalists, ISFP’s can be very difficult to get to know well, and are often very secretive or timid about sharing the deeper side of themselves with others. ISFP’s enjoy analyzing people and how they function in a very passive way, and may be prone to doing subtle social experiments in groups of friends in order to invoke certain reactions, but even they are usually not conscious of this effort. They are very keen concerning what gets on people’s nerves, mostly because they are so tactful at consciously observing other people and their reactions to each other. Because of this, ISFP’s are masters when it comes to not being a total douchebag or an asshole. ISFP’s, like their INFP counterparts, find beauty in disorganized chaos. What you see as a dilapidated warehouse the ISFP might see as a magical or majestic place to read a book or explore in. For this reason, ISFP’s tend to draw artistic inspiration and even emotional arousal from maintaining a messy lifestyle or living quarters. ISFP’s love getting lost in their memories, subsequently disorienting their sequences, and are prone to losing track of time or chronological concepts altogether. To the ISFP, this is an indicative sign that their lives are going extremely well. ISFP’s love visiting exotic places and experiencing exotic sensations. ISFP’s are surprisingly capable of tremendous acts of evil, in fact more so than any other type, but are incapable of bringing these realities to fruition; this facet of ISFP’s is very difficult to explain in words because it is a total Fi dominant thing, but any ISFP reading this and maybe some INFP’s will know exactly what I am talking about here. Aside from that though, ISFP’s are like the most innocent thing ever. It’s as if they were created to counter all the guilt in the world. David Bowie is a pretty good example of an ISFP. He’s enigmatic, sexy, really nice, and his music and lyrics flow through this inner fantasy world that he keeps locked up from everyone, and hence very little people understand what he’s even talking about (see: “Life on Mars?”). That’s the other cool thing about ISFP’s; that they speak their own language! (This is a little misleading, as all types speak their own internal “language of understanding,” but ISFP’s in a more literal sense). In fact, you can see this lyrical esotericism in many ISFP musicians, Bob Dylan being another good example. If you aren’t another ISFP, you’re probably not going to understand it, or much of what they say, so don’t even try to. Just learn to appreciate the rhythm of their voices and musings, because there’s a lot of rare wisdom in their words. When it comes down to it, ISFP’s are naturally designed observers. ISFP’s live their life always engaged in observation, like their entire existence is a movie and they are the audience behind their eye sockets. Other types might find this to be a horrible existence, never being directly involved in life, but to the ISFP, the best experiences are the ones most people don’t even notice until they take a step back from all the action.
ISFP’s are similar to their Thinking counterpart, the ISTP, in the sense that both are very conscious and observational concerning their surroundings. ISFP’s relish in the simple things in life, more than any other type. They are likely to take up a hobby that requires tactility and strong phenomenological sensations, like gardening, painting, photography, or cooking. ISTP’s also enjoy getting their hands dirty, but in a more…risk-taking sense. Whereas the ISFP enjoys spending time in relaxed environments, the ISTP seeks the thrill and excitement of the rush of action. The ISTP is a daredevil, blowing off their steam through racecar driving, extreme athletics, the martial arts, intensive mediation (whatever that means), bungee jumping, sky diving, etc. While both of these somewhat reclusive types live their lives with the world going by without much care, the ISTP is more action-oriented, while the ISFP is more tranquil.
Compared to ISFJ’s, their Judging counterpart, the two types are similar in the sense that both take immense pleasure in fond memories. Both types are inclined to seek peace and tranquility, without having to force themselves into difficult situations that require intense action-oriented pursuits. Both types are likely to enjoy gardening as well, that is, more likely than any other type. ISFJ’s are usually not as artistic or creative as their Perceptional counterpart is, but still enjoy a good book or film like the ISFP. ISFJ’s are, like ISFP’s, very tactful with people’s emotions. ISFJ’s, however, are more likely to actively take it upon themselves to make people feel even better than they are when the ISFJ finds them. ISFP’s, even though they like to make people feel better (which they often do), it is likely an indirect effort on part of the ISFP, who just happens to be adaptive with people and enjoys doing whatever the crowd is up to.