ISFP as a young child

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    ISFP as a young child

    Hey ISFP's.

    I'm curious what childhood may have been like for you, specifically the earlier years (say under 9). Did you experience yourself as being very sensitive to discipline or criticisms? Were you painfully shy or did you find it easy to be around others? Did you have a marked love and interest towards animals, nature, going on adventures, music and art? Did you love reading? What was your favorite things to play or do? Were you very well behaved or kinda wild? Did you feel a strong belonging in your family unit or with friends, or more of an outsider vibe? Did you enjoy being in a school or was it absolute hell on your Fi?

    Feel free to respond to all, some or none if it's easier to chime in with whatever you'd like to share. It'd be interesting to see if there are any stronger trends to any of it.. though enneagram likely plays a big role here. I can find tons of info on many of the other types, not so much on ISFP though (surprise surprise hah). It'd be great to hear from you.
    Last edited by ultracrepidarian; 09-16-2019 at 09:45 PM.



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    @AnneM see ya lurking there, and think you mentioned your spouse being ISFP in another thread. If you have any second-hand info or stories you can share, please do!

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    I shall answer on behalf of my ISFP husband.

    Quote Originally Posted by ultracrepidarian View Post
    Did you experience yourself as being very sensitive to discipline or criticisms?
    His big problem was feeling that he lacked the ability to articulate his own defense, and that, even if he'd had the ability, he wouldn't've been listened to by those in authority.

    Were you painfully shy or did you find it easy to be around others?
    He wasn't shy. He says he was very open to human interaction, but the interaction he received never seemed very reliable to him, like something he could count on being there from day to day.

    Did you have a marked love and interest towards animals, nature, going on adventures...?
    He's told me that he spent most of his time wandering around outside alone in the wild areas surrounding their neighborhood. Making little hideouts. Finding snail shells and pretending they were spaceships. Using clay and sticks to make little huts. He was big into sound effects.

    Did you love reading?
    He had no readers around him. He didn't get into reading voraciously until middle school (fantasy and sci-fi). These days, he's funny about reading. He'll go years without reading a single book, but when he does pick one up (almost always something he's read before), he is on a different planet. There's no communicating with him whatsoever.

    Were you very well behaved or kinda wild?
    He started out well-behaved.....and it just steadily went downhill until he was a goddamn teenage hooligan.

    Did you feel a strong belonging in your family unit, or more of an outsider vibe?
    With his parents and sister, he definitely didn't feel a close bond (they've gotten closer since we've been together). He was extremely close to his grandparents, however, who took care of him a lot.

    Did you enjoy being in a school environment, around other kids? Or was there such a sensitivity that it made being around others difficult? Did you do well in school?
    He hated school. (He just corrected me and said, "I fucking hated school.") I've seen him punch a wall because he was thinking about something one of his elementary school teachers did or said! Honestly, if he were going to kill someone from his past, he'd probably start with one of them.

    He always longed for the adventurous groups of friends he saw on movies like "The Goonies." That was a major disappointment for him. He had a handful of close friendships, but mostly he was quite lonely. He was bullied some for his weight, and that deeply affected him.
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    @AnneM thank you lady! I can relate to quite a bit of it myself, especially the well-behaved to hooligan shift and just an intense need to be wandering around outside in nature, tangibly creating stuff while also heavily immersed in fantasy and story lines, using physical props to play it all out. Do you know his enneagram by chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultracrepidarian View Post
    @AnneM thank you lady! I can relate to quite a bit of it myself, especially the well-behaved to hooligan shift and just an intense need to be wandering around outside in nature, tangibly creating stuff while also heavily immersed in fantasy and story lines, using physical props to play it all out. Do you know his enneagram by chance?
    You're so welcome, lady! His enneagram is 9w8. You can ask me anything else about him you want to know. I think he likes it when I'm talking about him on PerC because it means I'm not.....doing other things.

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    I can relate to most of what Anne has mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReliK View Post
    Hey ISFP's.

    I'm curious what childhood may have been like for you, specifically the earlier years (say under 9). Did you experience yourself as being very sensitive to discipline or criticisms? Were you painfully shy or did you find it easy to be around others? Did you have a marked love and interest towards animals, nature, going on adventures, music and art? Did you love reading? What was your favorite things to play or do? Were you very well behaved or kinda wild? Did you feel a strong belonging in your family unit or with friends, or more of an outsider vibe? Did you enjoy being in a school or was it absolute hell on your Fi?

    Feel free to respond to all, some or none if it's easier to chime in with whatever you'd like to share. It'd be interesting to see if there are any stronger trends to any of it.. though enneagram likely plays a big role here. I can find tons of info on many of the other types, not so much on ISFP though (surprise surprise hah). It'd be great to hear from you.
    I was a well-behaved and fun child, start to finish. Everyone loved me.
    No, I wasn't shy one bit around my family. But sometimes we'd have guests over, and I'd become really awkward and uncomfortable around them, and really quiet.
    I had a marked love for arts and nature. I was a natural in musical instrument, pitch etc. And I loved outdoors events.
    I liked taking my toys apart to see their inner mechanisms, and I liked recording myself acting as a teacher, recording my thoughts etc. I loved play-pretend.
    I had my own world, I never worried about belonging. I developed that trait as a pre-teen, due to peer pressure. And lost that trait again when I was in the final days of high school.
    I liked the school-life. I had my favorite teachers whose classes I'd ace, and I was very methodical in my approach with school-work and was very enthusiastic about it.
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