ISFJ Personality

Learn About Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

ISFJ Personality
An ISFJ personality is well suited for a career as a home health aide. Zero Creatives / Cultura / Getty Images

Have you taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? Career counselors and other career development professionals often use this personality inventory to help individuals find a suitable career. After you take the MBTI, you receive a four-digit code that represents your personality type. If your report  showed that you have the ISFJ personality, this article will explain what that means and how you can use that information to help you find a career that is a good fit for you.

Before we continue, let's take a look at the theory behind the MBTI so you can better understand what all of this means. The MBTI is based on psychiatrist Carl Jung's personality theory which stated that every individual's personality type is made up of how we like to energize, perceive information, make decisions and live our lives. Since your report shows that you are an ISFJ personality you favor Introversion [I], Sensing [S], Feeling [F] and Judging [J]. Here's an explanation of what that means.

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

  • I: If your preference is introversion, it means you are energized by your own thoughts and ideas. You don't need to interact with other people to get motivated.
  • S: As someone who prefers sensing, you use your five senses to process any information you receive. You are not one to see beyond what is currently right in front of you, for example, things you can see, touch, hear, smell and taste. You see the details rather than the patterns that emerge from them.
  • F: Your feelings and values guide your decisions. You are sensitive to the needs of others and are reluctant to give criticism.
  • J: Your preference for a judging lifestyle means you like structure. You are well-organized and deadlines don't ruffle your feathers. You have no difficulty planning in advance to meet them.

    It is important to remember these are only your preferences. For each of your preferences, there is an opposite one and while you may prefer to do something a certain way, you can do things differently when a situation requires it. For example, you favor introversion over extroversion. This doesn't mean you can't perform well if you have to be part of a team. You simply prefer to work alone. In addition, all your preferences interact with one another. Finally, your preferences may change as you go through life.

    Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

    And now your burning question: now that you know your personality type and what it means, how can you use it? Let's first look at the middle two letters, S and F. They are the most helpful when it comes to choosing a career.

    As an "S" you are detail-oriented. Look for occupations that involve solving concrete problems. A career in which you can help people would take advantage of your preference for feeling. You should consider the following careers among others that are also suitable for your personality type: pharmacist, archivist, home health aide and paralegal.

    When evaluating a work environment, for example if you are deciding whether or not to accept a job offer, consider your preferences for introversion and judging.

    Look for jobs in which you can work independently. Find an environment to work in that is structured and that takes advantage of your ability to adhere to deadlines.

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