[ISFJ] Why do people often see ISFJ's as an "inferior type"?

Why do people often see ISFJ's as an "inferior type"?

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This is a discussion on Why do people often see ISFJ's as an "inferior type"? within the ISFJ Forum - The Nurturers forums, part of the SJ's Temperament Forum- The Overseers category; The first thought that went trough my head when I found out I am an ISFJ was 'no, no, no.' ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Why do people often see ISFJ's as an "inferior type"?

    The first thought that went trough my head when I found out I am an ISFJ was 'no, no, no.' I think it's in the names. "The Nurturer", "The Protector", or even "The Defender". As if ISFJ's only exist to defend all those N types, as if we can't do anything on our own!

    Does anyone agree/disagree with me on this?
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    ENTJ - The Executives

    I don't think N types needs defending... Maybe the INFx.

    I would think that ISFJ are viewed as "inferior" only because of their over-reliance on what other people want/think and that amazing humbleness. ISFJs tend to quietly support/do work without bragging about it or trying to get ahead. Hence, they don't demand anything for their contributions, yet keep on giving. Many other types, especially the more self-centered ones walk over them, both intentionally and unintentionally, which leaves them near the bottom rung.

    Then again, that's just objective analysis. I honestly think ISFJ are one of the best types out there. You guys are amazing - never forget that.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by xForgottenOne View Post
    The first thought that went trough my head when I found out I am an ISFJ was 'no, no, no.' I think it's in the names. "The Nurturer", "The Protector", or even "The Defender". As if ISFJ's only exist to defend all those N types, as if we can't do anything on our own!

    Does anyone agree/disagree with me on this?
    Well, taking care of the those other types, as well as yourselves, is clearly a pretty important job. Going by natural selection, as the largest type (nearly 14% of all people) ISFJ qualifies as the most needed. (Together, ISFJ Nurturers + ESFJ Caregivers account for 26%.)

    Also, you have more votes than any other type!
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    ISFP - The Artists

    I fucking love ISFJ's so emotionally intelligent and caring, Also very interesting thoughts you guys have, my friend lets me inside of his head and what I find there is amazing.
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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    I think unless other types have had experiences with us, they are left to their own assumptions. Learning to embrace everyone as they are comes with time. Each individual in the world has a gift they can bring to the world, and if we were all the same type how realistically nonfunctional this world would be! ALL types are important. :)
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    I didn't want to be an ISFJ. Everyone seems to hate them, and the online profiles always stress how boring / predictable / non-creative we are and push us toward nursing or something. Nah. I'm a natural born writer.

    Being around SJ types has shown me that we're not all alike, nor uncreative, and that most of the stereotypes about us are wrong. Now, I feel rather at home in the type.
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    SJ types in general get an unnecessary amount of hate to the point where I think people just knee jerk type controlling authority figures as xSTJs and Focus on the Family types as xSFJs regardless of whether they actually are or not. I wouldn't dwell too much, I can promise you that regardless of what some of those people think, ISFJs are more than capable.
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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    The need to point out another type's "inferiority" seems like that old ego need to tear another down in order to make one's own self feel better. I think it says more about the critic than the type being criticized =D

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    ESFJ - The Caregivers


    Because the typists have a bad case of special snowflake syndrome and think "Oh I'm so misunderstood because I'm an N!" and try to make up for it by thinking they are intellectually superior and more creative, when they aren't at all.

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    Maybe because it's common or something. Therefor by comparing yourself to what's common, you obviously are comparing/contrasting yourself because you believe you are UN-common, so then in order to highlight how uncommon you are you must exalt how common and shitty ISFJs are (or whatever other type)

    I've honestly never seen ISFJ hate. What I hate about online profiles is how it makes ISFJ seem excessively pure and live only to serve others.

    Also on a superficial level thinking about sensors, you may just think about what surrounds you and that sensors just live on a superficial level like that and with intuitives you may think about like having a deeper understanding of the *+~third dimension~+* or something and its more valued to be *or to SEEM* more complex than to be seen as simple.
    Last edited by Gossip Ghoul; 05-19-2015 at 12:45 PM.
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