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    Default ISFP may not be a real personality type?

    Okay so after doing some long searching trying to figure people out why that person is the way they are and came to a conclusion that the ISFP is not really a personality. I think the whole Introvert type are people who were not taught how to speak up or pushed to talk to others, or were kids who were criticized at a young age. I can say that sensor type is an advantage though, as some people's senses are not very strong. The feeling thing is a down play in this ISFP, we easily take criticism too heart even if it wasn't meant to be mean. We live life according to how we feel making us selfish in our own way, we come off really nice to others because we really don't have the courage too call someone out publicly or face to face bc we get too scared we will start a fight we can not win. It takes a lot for us to actually say what's on our mind so its just easier not to say anything at all. I'm sure I have good skills but indeed uneducated which make's me act before I think going entirely off our emotions. We act like toddlers when we don't get our way bc no one ever taught us how to be content with the answer no. The ISFP is lazy, not all of them but more prone to laziness then any other type because of the whole "living in the moment" thing and what the ISFP feels is more comfortable.

    I think the ISFP developed this so called personality bc they had parents who cuddled them while tiny children (4 and younger) and then got no attention as they got older. Like a puppy who everyone loved then it grew up and wasn't cute anymore. That loss of attention can make an introvert who they are today. We still wanted to be loved but no body was there too love us back, that is why actions speak louder then words. It may have been easier for the parent or guardian too say I love you but didn't have the time to show it, as for others they had parents who never said anything encouraging period, so words are not only hard to speak but when we get hurt we say nothing and that hurt eventually turns into anger causing childish behavior. Behavior that only our closest friends and family see.

    We have a short attention span, so if we are not entertained we lose focus, that is why we see things like a shadow that comes and goes. We want to be productive people we really do, but if we lose focus on the purpose we back out. We can be considered quitters, when the going gets tough its just easier to stop because of that fi in us. Its not fun anymore and if we do succeed its bc we had a great support system pushing us every step of the way.

    I was reading a bunch of the ISFP personalities on the web trying to find my talent. Did you know that an ISFP maybe known as an artist or musician but doesn't mean all of them are considered to be artist and not all of them know how to actually play music or sing. We show or emotions through our work, but if you cant create art or music then they just have to go about us on what our body language says or what we are listening too at that moment. Since we are quiet people who don't talk about what we really want in life we easily can get pushed around. Shoot!!! I don't even think the ISFP knows what they want in life themselves half the time. If you look at a 2 or 3yr old they go off entirely how they feel and what they want at that very moment, very much what an ISFP is like.

    So if an ISFP is a personality who doesn't know art or music then what exactly is our talents? Yes, we are nice people but only bc we treat others how we want to be treated. We are careful as far as who we trust bc the smallest things hurt our feelings yet we're so gullible we believe so easily what others say. Twisted right?? I mean I see this personality in other types listed in the introvert category especially the INFP. So I'm just asking is this a real type of personality? Or is this just a selfish and somewhat lazy person who's too scared to speak out and uses very little of their brain too actually find their real personality? I fail too believe this is my personality type with very little talent and poor people skills who acts like a child half the time... I'm having a hard time excepting this as me I think if I had parents who pushed me too be better in life and cheering me on I would be a better personality type, not just some dumb girl who likes makeup, hair and clothes with no true talent for the better good of this world..
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    The ISFP has been questioned as a type for a long time. Even I started a thread on that somewhere here. The stuff you've read about ISFP being artists is just stereotyping (as you probably know). The MBTI suffers from a lot of it. But there at least will be (I assert) an ISFP interest in colorful things, romance, the culinary arts either by practice or admiration for others who are into it, fast vehicles, and fine artisanship or craftmanship. Like any Fi dominant type they are thin-skinned, but versus the INFP the ISFPs will shield themselves with a thick-skinned persona. However, it usually doesn't last very long. Unlike the INFP, the emotions of the ISFP are more fleeting. I wouldn't say they are superficial, they just don't last long as if there is a fear of commitment to any particular emotion no matter how strong it is. The emotions of the ISFJ, on the other hand, last much longer, are more committed to, and the ISFJ more easily lets go of the past than the ISFP because the Si dominant has more control over memory. The Fi dominant, on the other hand, becomes plagued with memories if they are bad ones.
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    Sounds like bipolar disorder if you ask me, changes as fast as the weather!!! I read all the personality types and in my personal opinion think I sound more like an INFP. I downloaded the app on my laptop of 38 questions and got ISFP with the Si being at 52% so was a very close call. So I downloaded another app on my iPhone of 76 questions this time and same thing, I waited it out took the test again and still ISFP. Took the test on the Myers-Briggs site same thing again. Took a test that was linked somewhere on here an got a INFJ which was way off!!! I don't think that test was accurate. Eventually I had to except the ISFP are my results, but I'm not happy with it. I just don't see how that is even considered a personality. I like pretty things that smell good
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    The typical ISFP description isn't a great representation of ISFPs, imo. I thought I was an INFP for a time because of the more idealistic, imaginative qualities that are associated with NF types and also because I normally test as one.

    What it comes down to is if you use Se-Ni or Ne-Si. I realized I use tert-Ni because I tend to 'intuit' when I am alone. I'm also one of the more stereotypical ISFPs that draws/paints, loves singing (when I'm by myself), and played an instrument as a child, so I guess I can't help you there. But I think my sister sounds sort of like you, although she's a more ambiverted ISFP, I think. We are both really different. She's not artistic at all, but is studying to become a counselor and is more level-headed than I am. (I am more in the clouds than she is.) I think other ISFPs could be good at jobs like nursing, counseling, anything that provides care to others. She never knew what to do with her life and never tried in school because she found it too mundane. However, in college currently she has straight A's, but only because she had found something that gives her a purpose. ISFPs need something to strive for, otherwise they may end up giving up. I am sort of this way too. If something isn't important to me, then I feel like lost soul without any direction. I need something that gives me a will to live to keep me going, otherwise I lose interest.

    You say you have very little talent, but talent takes practice. Maybe you can use your interests to improve and make a career out of it? Like a makeup artist, hair stylist, textiles designer, or a clothing retail store owner? Everyone has a talent for something, you just have to discover it and then find ways to make it become something you can use in everyday life.
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    I'm married to one. They do exist.

    Oh, and introversion is a thing, just as extraversion is. Not speaking up =/= introversion.
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    Thank you, yes me and your sister do sound a lot a like. I know as far as the test result goes that percentage goes a very long way. The percentage of the scores will better understand where that person fits in, they can score a 50 percentage of introvert and in the 40 percent of the extrovert, when peoples scores are that close of a call its harder to tell if they are introverted or extraverted face to face. I'm the same way I'm very out spoken and I talk a lot and can wear out an extreme introverted person even though I'm an introvert myself. I think inside my head more then I actually talk out loud but know one would ever know the difference. If I'm in line at a grocery store an a stranger came up behind me I would mind my own business rather then start a conversation, but if a stranger started talking to me while I was in line "OH BOY" they better watch out bc I might not stop talking..

    As well as my intuition side its as close as my senses. I'm literally in between the lines and I will observe people gathering info on a person so I can go and greet myself to them. I'm far from uncomfortable with talking with strangers and find this whole personality type stuff very interesting to me and has helped me better understand others so I can reach out to them.

    I've noticed though that there are quit a few personality types that are natural artist and musicians with kind hearts, that is why I am finding it hard to believe that this is a personality in itself. Many other types have the same talent as the ISFP and see the ISFP personality a picture of what we struggle with on a daily basis humanly. There really is no reason as why we should act out as a child towards the ones we love but if we don't want too except it, then we can make up a personality in this world to excuse it and help pat ourselves on the back and say "that just my personality" but in reality the person just needs too grow up. Which is hard for that person bc they may have been raised the wrong way and tore down as a child by the ones they love.
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    Me too. We should trade notes some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icefire View Post
    Sounds like bipolar disorder if you ask me, changes as fast as the weather!!! I read all the personality types and in my personal opinion think I sound more like an INFP. I downloaded the app on my laptop of 38 questions and got ISFP with the Si being at 52% so was a very close call. So I downloaded another app on my iPhone of 76 questions this time and same thing, I waited it out took the test again and still ISFP. Took the test on the Myers-Briggs site same thing again. Took a test that was linked somewhere on here an got a INFJ which was way off!!! I don't think that test was accurate. Eventually I had to except the ISFP are my results, but I'm not happy with it. I just don't see how that is even considered a personality. I like pretty things that smell good
    I personally like the HumanMetrics test.
    Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    I personally like the HumanMetrics test. Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology
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    I personally like the HumanMetrics test. Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology
    I just took this test, still an ISFP. Took a free test on 16personalitys.com an got an esfp, which I think I can be one at times. When I was a child I was an all time classic nerd who love to pretend I was an animal 😳. I watched animorphes and xfiles then I got in middle school an transformed into the cooler kids. Leaving all my nerd friends behind. I no longer even wanted to be seen with them bc they were so weird but I was nice. When in high school I was the center of attention but found it very hard to do speeches, I would get in front of the classroom and start laughing uncontrollably bc I was so nervous. Everyone was laughing at me but I couldn't stop laughing an the teacher got mad an said "go sit down" all mad and stuff.. I think I have 3 personalities basically bc my introvert won by 4% and my sensual won by 3%.

    I see my domanat side an ISFP next personality which seems to describe me more is an INFP and lastly bc of me being able to entertain a group of people would be a ESFP.

    I think almost all ISFP struggle finding themselves bc they are in different groups of personalities depending what they feel like that day or time of event..

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