Hi, I am an ISFP man. I'll write something about myself. I discovered the Myers-Briggs personality theory about 1 year ago. I find it very useful in personal developement and finding out who you are. I know that the individual is always more than the type, but knowing my type gives me some clues on where to search for my passions in life. I've always been searching for "my thing".
I've spent many years at the university studying different things. Science, philosophy, languages. Or actually TRYING to study. I never liked it, though. Being an ISFP explains to me what I have long noticed: I lack intuition. I give one simple example. Many years ago I was sitting in my kitchen trying to read philosophy (Nietzsche). I couldn't understand it. I stopped and went outside. On the street, I felt the wind in my face, the air, the sounds. I suddenly felt at home The contrast was very big. When I read a book (I hardly do nowadays), it's like I'm much more interested in the smell, the texture, and color of the physical book, than the actual content. Many times I have bought books just because they have a nice cover, and never read them. I think this says something essential about ISFP:s (at least for me): It's like being trapped in physical reality.
When I first started to look for my type, I thought that I was an INFP. After all, as a person with academic ambitions it would be rather boring not to be an intuitive. But after reading more about the N/S distinction it became clear to me that I am a sensing person. But the dominant introverted feeling (Fi) of ISFP has helped me (and also seduced me) in my academic pursuits. The big problem is that the auxiliary extraverted sensing is a poor friend of Fi when it comes to intellectual activities. So, what I did at the university was actually sleeping in the library or having a coffe in the cafe, looking at girls and so on.
So I simply quit. Right now I'm experimenting with different things. Concrete things. I don't want anything abstract.
I read somewhere that when ISFP:s are under long time stress, they start to blame everyone. I think I experienced this some years ago. I knew I had to study, but I couldn't make myself like it. So I started to look down on everyone and everything. Pretty sad. But it's a way to get some excitement into your life. Now I feel better, I don't have that negative feelings against others anymore.
One thing more. Knowing personality theory is not only about knowing oneself. For me it has been of great help understanding that people actually are different, and that other people have abilities that I lack, and vice versa. We are all good at something. This is a way for me to substitute for my lack of intuition.
Ok, I think that's enough. Comments are appreciated. And, sorry for my English, it's not my native language.