Tiffany Doucet, BA
Faculty of Behavioral Sciences,
Theories of Personality
Dr. Jamie Dyce, Professor
23rd July, 2012
The Myers-Briggs personality type indicator, originally created by Carl Jung, is a widely used test designed is to measure introversion and extroversion along with sub classifications (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). This brief essay will provide a concise summarization of one of the several types of personalities the Myers-Briggs test yields, ISFJ. The primary focus will be on describing each of the ISFJ personality type traits and how they apply to the life of the essay's author . This essay will present these traits by exploring personal accounts of the author while relating experiences and attributes to the described traits of the ISFJ personality types.
The Myers-Briggs Type indicator reveals where an individual falls within the subcategories of Jung’s neo-analytic aspects of personality traits, derived from his theories on extroversion and introversion (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). The extrovert and introvert attitudes, as explained by Jung, are how people become “energized”, and how their personality is expressed. An extroverted individual will become energized from outside stimulus and being with people. The introvert is the polar opposite and will require time to withdraw into themselves in order to feel the same renewal (Dyce, 2012). The sub-categories of traits are sensing-intuiting, thinking-feeling, and a trait later added to Jung’s original test, judging-perceiving. Each of these categories describes a different scale or spectrum on which people will fall. The thinking-feeling scale would be an indicator of whether an individual leans more towards being logical and objective rather than personal and subjective. Sensing-intuiting lends itself towards whether a person is more imaginative or realistic. The new scale, the judging-perceiving scale, attempts to predict whether someone is predisposed to be more structured and judgemental in their evaluations and perceptions, or being more flexible and perceptive at the other end of the spectrum (Friedman & Schustack, 2012).
ISFJ Personality Type
An ISFJ personality is one of the 16 personality types that are described in the Myers-Briggs indicator. The ISFJ acronym stands for introverted, sensing, feeling, judging and is introverted-sensing with extroversion-feeling. A more endearing term for this personality type is “the nurturer”. The nurturer is first and foremost an individual who tends to focus on internal matters and feels things rather than allowing themselves to think about things more logically. Typically these individuals can be explained by non-experts as those who tend to think with their heart first and head second. Although most feelings are dealt with internally, when ISFJ individuals are forced to deal with things on the outside or with other people, it is done so more with the senses rather than logic (“ISFJ Portrait,” 2012).
Due to their sensing nature, ISFJ personality types tend to see the world through a utopian lens. They want to believe the best of people, and are more likely to believe that people are born innately good with a few bad traits, rather than bad with a few good traits. They shy away from conflict, place high value on harmony, and are genuinely sensitive to people’s feelings. The distinctive trait of sensitivity instills strong personal values. Due to these personal values or morals, these individuals tend to focus on people and situations that mean a great deal to them and remember those things as most significant. A person’s reaction to a situation, what occurred, and what was said, could be remembered in great detail if they triggered a strong emotion. This occurs even in situations...