"ISFJ" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ISFJ - Protector Supporter
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is protecting and caretaking,
making sure their charges are safe
- Talents lie in making sure
everything is taken care of so others
can succeed and accomplish their goals.
- Desiring to serve individual needs,
often work long hours.
- Quietly friendly,
- Thrive on serving
quietly without fanfare.
- Devoted to doing
whatever is necessary to ensure shelter and
safety, warning about pitfalls and dangers
and supporting along the way.
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Protector Supporters, life is a process of noticing
what’s needed and what’s valuable. They pay attention
to what is important to each person and then put it all
together to satisfy everyone. They know the ins and
outs, what’s customary and what’s expected. Their
familiarity with the way systems work makes providing
order and structure natural for them to do. In this way,
they provide support and help people. They give a
tremendous amount of attention to detail and do a lot of
preparing, organizing, and scheduling.
They like to feel a sense of accomplishment and
that they’ve done a good job. They feel an obligation
to get the work done. Their talent for careful and
supportive organization is often taken for granted
because it makes things run so smoothly that it is
noticed only when it’s not there. They often don’t get
the quiet recognition they need, but they continue to
do the work anyway.
They enjoy traditions and the sense of belonging
and security traditions provide. They like the comfort
and predictability of knowing they can count on certain
events or get-togethers. Without that sense of belonging
and security, they become quite anxious and worried.
They also like to set things up ahead of time, to prepare
and not rush into situations. That way they can work to
protect the future.
Their thought processes tend to be sequential
and relational. They have a keen sense of order
and sequence. They have a way of listening and
remembering all the little details and impressions about
people. Then they compare new information to all of the
memories they’ve stored away and relate it to the people
they know and what they need.
People see them as being nice and agreeable. It is
easy for them to be taken advantage of since they have
such an unselfish willingness to volunteer, to help out in
any way they can. They really care about the people in
their lives and they like to be needed.
They are very respectful and dislike conflict.
Sometimes they try to use the rules and organizational
structure to get people to live together nicely and get
along, and that can generate conflict.
For Protector Supporters, relationships are about being
supportive and caring. Conscientious, committed,
and dedicated, they seem to be always willing to help.
Warmhearted and sympathetic, they are always there
and willing to help, to give people slack and time to
figure things out. Being liked is important, and while
they want to know what to do to improve, taking
criticism is hard because they feel they’ve let the
person down. They need acknowledgment from people
they care about. They may have a hard time sticking
up for themselves and need to learn to be assertive.
They want to know what their role is. You can count
on them when you need them. They establish a very
personal connection and like to get to know people
well. They are not usually open and talkative until
they get to know someone.
In their close relationships, they are helpmates.
Frequently taking the supporting role, they can become
dependent and deferential. They like relationships set
and secure, taking the time to get to know a lot about the
other person. Gestures of kindness and thoughtfulness
are important to them. As involved as they like to be,
they need alone time, especially at the end of the day to
review what has happened.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ISFJ,"
A Personality Type Description.
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