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This is a discussion on The ISFJ Introduction Thread within the ISFJ Forum - The Nurturers forums, part of the SJ's Temperament Forum- The Overseers category; 1. What's your age/age range? 30 2. Where are you located? (City, State, Country, Region) Pacific Northwest, USA 3. What's ...

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    ISFJ

    1. What's your age/age range?
    30

    2. Where are you located? (City, State, Country, Region)
    Pacific Northwest, USA

    3. What's your current occupation/job/career?
    Medical Administration

    4. What's your current social situation (married/relationship/single, or can name family/friends/pets too).
    Single, live alone, no pets. So far, it looks like there are a lot of us on this forum in that same situation, haha!

    5. What's something you're interested in or like to do?
    I'm a fiction writer. It helped me move from my angry teens to my angry early twenties to my letting go, relaxing and healthier mid-twenties and still helps me now.

    6. What's something that you really like about yourself, especially as an ISFJ?
    My ability to empathize with others and see most topics from various points of view.

    7. What's something that you find tough about being an ISFJ?
    That I dwell on things, though this is good and bad. Good when I dwell on happy moments and the compliments I receive, but bad when I dwell on arguments.

    8. What's something quirky/interesting/unique about you?
    I collect nutcracker figures and I have a rule that I can't buy them for myself. I have nearly 100 now :D
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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Quote Originally Posted by Abbigailius View Post
    Although it can be exhausting, I like that I'm introspective and always striving towards personal growth. I like that I genuinely desire to be helpful, and I like that I like bringing people together.
    Personal growth is so huge for ISFJs. It's like you said, it can be exhausting. I don't know if it's more exhausting for ISFJs compared to other types or not, but I do know it's tough. It's really rewarding, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Abbigalius
    Learning how to be my own advocate/guide instead of automatically deferring to others is difficult! Learning how to trust myself, believe my needs are as valid as anyone else's, value the unique things I bring to my relationships, work, the world, etc....
    Yeah, I think that's a common ISFJ tough point. I know I have a hard time with it. But I've gotten much better at it since learning about the MBTI.



    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon5 View Post
    My ability to empathize with others and see most topics from various points of view.
    I think that's a sign of strong Fe.


    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon5
    That I dwell on things, though this is good and bad. Good when I dwell on happy moments and the compliments I receive, but bad when I dwell on arguments.
    Yep, I do the same thing. Very common in ISFJs. The worst is when I dwell on something so minor and stupid that I know the other person has forgotten about.

    But the upside is I can remember awesome moments with people very clearly. I get a lot of peace and joy from replaying those moments in my head. I feel like I can always revisit them. It's very relaxing and gives me a sense of contentment to take some time and re-visit those positive moments in my mind...it's almost like re-living them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon5
    I collect nutcracker figures and I have a rule that I can't buy them for myself. I have nearly 100 now :D
    It's interesting how things like this haven't come up much on our forum. I've read in MBTI books how ISTJs and ISFJs are the types out of all of them that are most likely to collect things.


    I've kind of gotten out of the habit of collecting things these past few years. I do have a habit of holding onto things for very long. But part of it is just not having as much physical space. Now I focus more on collecting memories/pictures from my traveling.

    But there's something very satisfying about slowly adding onto a collection of things. Piece by piece you get to see it grow and become something greater, and there are memories associated with all of them. It's definitely an Si thing.

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    1. What's your age/age range?
    I'm 19 yrs. old

    2. Where are you located? (City, State, Country, Region)
    From Asian country : The Philippines

    3. What's your current occupation/job/career?
    Currently, still an engineering student (computer)

    4. What's your current social situation (married/relationship/single, or can name family/friends/pets too).
    Single yo.

    5. What's something you're interested in or like to do?
    Interested with dealing with computers, and self-defence and physical training. Also, I'm interested with self-growth and often I introspect my morals, making sure that I am still doing what is right and continue to be kind and empathetic.

    6. What's something that you really like about yourself, especially as an ISFJ?
    I eh, don't really like bringing myself up, but eh, here it is:
    I am capable of being analytical, not too scientifically analytical but just enough. And oftentimes rush to the scene if there's anyone needing help. I genuinely like helping as much I could. Also, I think this is a strength (despite popular culture describing it as a weakness or being naive): is to be able to tolerate being "pushed around" by other people. Of course, I have limits but even if I have some knowledge on how to fight, I never got into a fight yet since I turn down aggression often.

    7. What's something that you find tough about being an ISFJ?
    Well as being an ISFJ, I find being critized tough. Also, the one I said: "being able to tolerate being "pushed around", is also kinda tough, but I kept thinking of the consequences of aggression is always adverse so I stay "passive" whenever things/situations like this arise.

    8. What's something quirky/interesting/unique about you?
    Well, though I am typed ISFJ, I am not really the warm, always smiling type. In fact, I am quite reserved, unexpressive and sometimes intimidating. But, if someone asks for help, I would gladly offer help. I inquired a more typical ISFJ here in PerC about that and her opinion was that I am really an ISFJ though with ISTJ tendencies. Yeah, but well know I really know that I am dominantly ISFJ since I consider relationships slightly above work. Also, though I may be hesitant at times, I often assert socially if the situation called for assertiveness.


    Also, I want to ask how to distinguish other ISFJs in real life? The MBTI says ISFJs are very common but I don't know how to identify one. I always wanted to relate to people with a similar way of thinking. Oh well, at least this forum exists hehe. I could relate with the ISFJs here :). Btw, this intro thread is a good idea. Hopefully would encourage other ISFJs to share insights and relate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post

    The very end of this video mentions something kind of like that for ISFJs.

    Yeah, lol. I'm guilty of this hehe. At the part of the video which says of seeing the humor of some actions others fail to see. There was a time I was with my classmates, I was serious that time then I suddenly chuckled when I saw something (I kinda forgot what that was though). I noticed I was the only one amused so I quickly returned to being serious. It was awkward.
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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Quote Originally Posted by Steadfast04 View Post

    I am capable of being analytical, not too scientifically analytical but just enough. And oftentimes rush to the scene if there's anyone needing help. I genuinely like helping as much I could. Also, I think this is a strength (despite popular culture describing it as a weakness or being naive): is to be able to tolerate being "pushed around" by other people. Of course, I have limits but even if I have some knowledge on how to fight, I never got into a fight yet since I turn down aggression often.


    Well as being an ISFJ, I find being critized tough. Also, the one I said: "being able to tolerate being "pushed around", is also kinda tough, but I kept thinking of the consequences of aggression is always adverse so I stay "passive" whenever things/situations like this arise.


    Well, though I am typed ISFJ, I am not really the warm, always smiling type. In fact, I am quite reserved, unexpressive and sometimes intimidating. But, if someone asks for help, I would gladly offer help. I inquired a more typical ISFJ here in PerC about that and her opinion was that I am really an ISFJ though with ISTJ tendencies. Yeah, but well know I really know that I am dominantly ISFJ since I consider relationships slightly above work. Also, though I may be hesitant at times, I often assert socially if the situation called for assertiveness.
    I've noticed that with ISFJ males, this appears to be the case more often than with ISFJ females. Even though I think I am a very soft, gentle person...I can be very analytical too. My own mom thought I was an ISTJ when I first told her about the MBTI because she knows I'm a very logical, rational person.

    I think a lot of cultures bring out the "harder" side in males. With Fi types, they tend to fight this. I think our Si/Fe combination leads us to adapt a little more to our environments.


    I know for me, growing up I always felt torn between my softer natural tendencies and outside pressures to be tough and masculine. My brother and my friends were always very masculine, so I felt like I had to adapt to fit in.


    One example that I find interesting is that when I was around 6 years old, I still liked the Care Bears. I wanted to keep liking them, but I felt embarrassed because kids like my brother and my friends thought they were girly and wussy and stuff like that. I told myself it was baby stuff and I needed to grow out of it. But if I was a girl, I bet I would have felt like I could continue liking them.

    As an adult, I've grown to embrace the softer side of me. I really like the balance that I have. I feel like I get along very well with both women and men. I can be tougher when I need to and softer when I need too.

    (And I still like the Care Bears, though not in the same way I did as a kid


    Quote Originally Posted by Steadfast04
    Also, I want to ask how to distinguish other ISFJs in real life? The MBTI says ISFJs are very common but I don't know how to identify one. I always wanted to relate to people with a similar way of thinking. Oh well, at least this forum exists hehe. I could relate with the ISFJs here :). Btw, this intro thread is a good idea. Hopefully would encourage other ISFJs to share insights and relate.

    I think it's pretty tough. I don't know any ISJFs IRL either. A few of my friends I knew a while ago tested ISFJ, but I was surprised...they're quite different than me. Much "colder" and more anti-social...I would have guessed INTJ or INTP or something like that.

    But that's also why I love our forum so much. Gives me a great outlet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steadfast04 View Post
    to be able to tolerate being "pushed around" by other people. Of course, I have limits but even if I have some knowledge on how to fight, I never got into a fight yet since I turn down aggression often.
    Ugh! I had many of those experiences too. My dad even pushed me to start taking self-defense, but it never changed my outward attitude. I wish I had realized it before that it was not about confidence, but a natural disinclination for displaying strong feelings - even violent ones. I didn't feel this way at the time, but I'm also relieved that nothing really ended up happening.
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    I know for me, growing up I always felt torn between my softer natural tendencies and outside pressures to be tough and masculine. My brother and my friends were always very masculine, so I felt like I had to adapt to fit in.

    I'm always curious to see how people's siblings affect the expressions of their type. I had two I-F- brothers, and I can't imagine the ways I would be different if they had been more T, or more E.

    And thanks for mentioning your view of it as an balancing outlet. I initially thought of it as an outlet for a bit of extraverting. It does seem to bypass a lot of the usual armor.
    Last edited by BookofBranches; 05-13-2016 at 01:30 PM.

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    Unknown

    Here goes:

    1. What's your age/age range?
    20 years old.

    2. Where are you located? (City, State, Country, Region)
    The Netherlands

    3. What's your current occupation/job/career?
    Student, studying film & animation.

    4. What's your current social situation (married/relationship/single, or can name family/friends/pets too).
    Single, living at home.

    5. What's something you're interested in or like to do?
    I like playing video games, drawing, watching series/movies/anime and just having fun in general.

    6. What's something that you really like about yourself, especially as an ISFJ?
    Being able to help people one way or another and being to understand people. It makes me happy I'm able to impact people in a positive way!

    7. What's something that you find tough about being an ISFJ?
    Second guessing and doubting myself. Not sure if that's an ISFJ thing, but I've heard other ISFJs tend to have this issue as well.

    Other thing is caring and letting things slide with people I care about to the point where it occasionally hurts myself.

    Also, when something important to me goes wrong, I tend to freak out a bit. I'm usually good at hiding it, but from the inside, I go upside down. I can't help but worry it as it occupies my mind a lot.

    8. What's something quirky/interesting/unique about you?
    I'm not really sure, to be honest. I think I'd have to ask other people, cause I find it hard to see something unique about myself. I'll get back to this question later.

    Thanks for making this topic/thread, it's really nice to see a topic/thread that's really about us as individuals. Looking at all the different answers really shows how different we can be despite sharing the same type!
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post
    One example that I find interesting is that when I was around 6 years old, I still liked the Care Bears. I wanted to keep liking them, but I felt embarrassed because kids like my brother and my friends thought they were girly and wussy and stuff like that. I told myself it was baby stuff and I needed to grow out of it.
    Yeah, heh. I maybe masculine even when I was younger, I always liked watching Care bears too. Also, even liked watching Power Puff Girls, Totally Spies and Kim Possible. All of these shows were either considered girly or focused on female protagonists, but I somehow liked the shows probably because of the action (well except on Care bears though 'cause the only action, if I remember well, was the rainbow blasting beams of love from their belly tattoos hehe, however I liked the insights of kindness and teamwork from that show). And I know that what you mean, that feeling of embarrassment 'cause of others' opinion (esp. from "machismos") that they were wussy and girly and if I watched those, I'm weak and girly. But I didn't listen to them though and kept watching. Besides Power puff girls can get a bit violent (like punching so hard that mojo jojo's cap thingy cracked---- revealing his brain). Overtime though I stopped watching those shows 'cause I grew out of them (that, or because I was disconnected of cable). I couldn't watch Barbie though. Man, that show was too girly, my eyes bled.

    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post
    I think it's pretty tough. I don't know any ISJFs IRL either. A few of my friends I knew a while ago tested ISFJ, but I was surprised...they're quite different than me. Much "colder" and more anti-social...I would have guessed INTJ or INTP or something like that.

    But that's also why I love our forum so much. Gives me a great outlet.
    Hmm.. it seems that other ISFJs are quite hard to find in real life? And it seems strange your friends were typed ISFJ. It would be plausible even if they were "colder" probably like me, but "anti-social"? No, that is obviously not the ISFJ way. But no matter, may not be able to personally meet an ISFJ yet, at least I got you guys hehe.

    Also, hopefully we'll see someone who'll post here saying that he's married or in relationship hehe. I noticed mostly ISFJ males are single.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi.exe View Post
    Second guessing and doubting myself. Not sure if that's an ISFJ thing, but I've heard other ISFJs tend to have this issue as well.
    Yeah, I do that too. Hesitate and doubt myself. The only reason I pursue something risky is only self-assurance. In fact, my personal opinion as an ISFJ, is that one of ISFJs true joys aside from seeing first-hand the fruits of their labor, is to know that they themselves are supported and re-assured by other people. Personally, if someone supports me and encourages me in what I endeavor with, I would be overjoyed and I'll feel invulnerable. Too bad, I never experienced that yet, though one can always hope :).

    Quote Originally Posted by Chi.exe View Post
    Thanks for making this topic/thread, it's really nice to see a topic/thread that's really about us as individuals. Looking at all the different answers really shows how different we can be despite sharing the same type!
    Yep, my opinion is that despite a similar way of thinking, we have different preferences, likes/dislikes probably due to environment and how one was brought up. This is why, each individual is unique despite same MBTI type.
    Last edited by Steadfast04; 05-13-2016 at 09:33 PM. Reason: Grammar error
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