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ISFP

Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

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You just found out you're an ISFP and you may be wondering what to make of this news. Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Is it even information you can use? No, no and absolutely yes. It is neither a good or bad thing. ISFP is your personality type, according to a theory formulated by a psychiatrist named Carl Jung. According to this theory, your personality type is simply a matter of the way in which you prefer to do certain things, namely energize, perceive information, make decisions and live your life. You have little control over it, but, if you know what your type is, you can use that information to help you make career-related decisions. For example, you can choose a career and work environment that is suitable for someone with your type.

Many years ago Jung identified 16 personality types, each made up of four preferences. These preferences came from the four pairs of opposite preferences Jung believed every individual has. The pairs of preferences are:

  • Introversion [I] and Extroversion [E]: How you energize
  • Sensing [S] and Intuition [N]: How you perceive information
  • Thinking [T] and Feeling [F]: How you makes decision
  • Judging [J] and Perceiving [P]: How you live your life
Every individual favors one preference from each pair, according to Jung's theory, and the letter representing it is assigned to one's personality type code. A career counselor or other professional can administer a self assessment instrument like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help you learn what your personality type is. The MBTI is based on Jung's theory. That may have been how you learned your type is ISFP, which stands for Introversion [I], Sensing [S], Feeling [F] and Perceiving [P].

I, S, F and P: What Each Letter of Your Personality Type Code Means

  • I: While the word "introversion" may conjure up images of someone who keeps to himself or herself, as an individual who favors introversion, you simply prefer to energize from within. You don't need other people or outside forces to motivate you.
  • S: When you receive information, you use only your five senses to decode it. You are attentive to what you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. You live in the present and don't really care about what the future holds in store.
  • F: You make decisions based on what is in your heart. Relationships are important to you and you tend to understand people. You are adamant about the things in which you strongly believe.
  • P: As someone who has a preference for perceiving, you are flexible and spontaneous. You adapt to change easily but rather not have to deal with deadlines.
Here are some things to consider as you think about your preferences: While you may prefer to do things a certain way, you can adapt and use the opposite preference when required to. Your preferences may change over time, as you go through your life. Finally, each preference in your type is affected by the other three.

Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

When you are in the process of choosing an occupation, your personality type can be very helpful, particularly the middle two letters, S and T. As someone who lives in the present and is practical, an occupation that requires you to solve concrete problems can be gratifying for you. Let's not forget your preference for feeling, though. You need to believe in your work and it must be in line with your personal values. Here are some occupations for you to explore: cosmetologist, veterinarian, occupational therapist assistant and interior designer.

When you are deciding whether to accept a job offer, you should consider the work environment. Use the outermost letters in your type to help you determine what work environments are right for you. As someone who prefers introversion, you should look for employers who encourage independent decision-making. You will be most comfortable in a flexible environment that de-emphasizes strict deadlines.

Sources:
The Myers-Briggs Foundation Web Site.
Baron, Renee. What Type Am I?. NY: Penguin Books
Page, Earle C. Looking at Type: A Description of the Preferences Reported by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Center for Applications of Psychological Type

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