INFJ vs ISFP (Top 5 differences)

This blog will discuss the major differences between the INFJ and ISFP will define both personalities and outline their characteristics.

The major differences between the INFJ and ISFP

The following are the key areas of difference between the ISFP and INFJ:

  • Relaxed vs. uptight
  • Thinking about the future
  • Dealing with change
  • Attention to details
  • Realist vs. idealist

Relaxed vs. uptight

ISFPs tend to have a relaxed and laid-back approach to everything. They take each day as it comes with very few concerns about most things.

They like to be resting position leisurely enjoying the simple things in life. 

In contrast, the INFJ can be very uptight and constantly anxious about what will happen next. They cannot relax or be at rest until they have finished their chores and tasks. 

They are always on the move doing something and dislike being sedentary.

Thinking about the future

INFJs approach their life by planning and visualizing a better future. They are always thinking ahead and meticulously organizing their resources for the next thing they need to do.

The ISFP on the other hand lives in the present. They prefer to focus on their current reality and do not look so much to the future. They enjoy every moment as it happens and rarely think about what is to come.

Dealing with change

INFJs don’t like to deal with sudden changes as these ruin their plans and schedules. The change will bring anxiety. 

They plan to avoid unforeseen circumstances that could surprise them. Changes are not welcome as they ruin everything.

The ISFP does not mind change. They never make any plans so change does not disturb them.

Attention to details

INFJs get drained and overwhelmed with too many details while ISFPs want to perceive all the fine details.

ISFPs are detailed-orientated people. As they can see imperfections clearly, they spend a lot of time polishing their work or art to the standard they desire.

INFJs, on the other hand, are big pibig-picturee. They tend to miss out on details unless we rocus on them.

Realist vs. Idealist

For the idealistic INFJ, things can always be better. They live their lives according to personal ideals and values that they embody at all costs.

One of their biggest problems is that they can never feel content and satisfied with what they have.

ISFPs are more realistic. They focus on what they can do now and do things that they find important. 

If ISFPs are called to do things that are not important to them, they lack the motivation to act. 

But if an organization or a group shares the same values as them, they will readily contribute and support it.

The ISFP and INFJ personalities

The INFJ personality:

The INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging) is one of the 16 personality types on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

INFJs are known for being compassionate and their integrity. An INFJ reflects on their intuitions and may be seen as deep and at times complex. 

Because of their Intuition function, they are often driven to act based on their visions and hunches. They may not share these intuitive feelings with others because they want to avoid scrutiny.

The ISFP personality:

ISFP stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. This is one of the 16 personalities on the Myers-Briggs indicator (MBTI).

The ISFP is also known as the ‘adventurer’ and they live up to that name with an open mind always looking for new places and things to explore.

The ISFP is a calm, gentle, peace-loving personality. They are sensitive and usually act on their emotions. 

They are introverts and so they enjoy being alone and they are quite artistic and spontaneous.

Characteristics of the INFJ and ISFP

We can gain a better understanding of the INFJ and ISFP by studying their characteristics. The following are the characteristics of both personalities:

The characteristics of the INFJ

  • They are very loyal to their values and beliefs
  • They are very devoted to their loved ones.
  • Desire strongly for their lives to align with their values.
  • INFJs are naturally curious
  • They have a knack for seeing possibilities
  • Are good at supporting others in their projects
  • Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential
  • They are adaptable and flexible
  • They are usually accommodating as long as their values are not threatened
  • They search for the underlying meaning of information
  • They have a habit of expressing themselves through metaphors
  • They are constantly working on improving themselves
  • They always the quality and standard of their lives 
  • The INFJ is a good balance of organization and flexibility

The Characteristics of the ISFP

  • They are tolerant.
  • They are accommodating 
  • They are nonjudgmental
  • They are loyal
  • They have a habit of underestimating themselves
  • They do not like to be the center of attention
  • They are impulsive and spontaneous
  •  They never plan or organize their activities
  • They are sensitive and responsive to emotions
  • They are super helpful
  • They are introverts
  • They are gentle


This blog will discuss the major differences between the INFJ and ISFP will define both personalities and outline their characteristics.

The following are the key areas of difference between the ISFP and INFJ:

  • Relaxed vs. uptight
  • Thinking about the future
  • Dealing with change
  • Attention to details
  • Realist vs. idealist

Thank you for reading this blog. Please comment your thoughts in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions: INFJ vs. ISFP

Who Should an INFJ marry?

The INFJ’s natural partner is the ENTP or the ENFP. INFJ’s dominant function of Introverted Intuition is best matched with a personality type that is dominated by Extraverted Intuition.

Are ISFP jealous?

Yes, ISFPs are more likely to get jealous in romantic relationships and may internalize these emotions, or express them through artistic and creative outlets.

Does ISFP cheat?

Yes, ISFPs are likely to cheat in relationships because they like to live in the moment but they value their freedom and independence a lot. This combination of traits can make them slightly more likely to stray.

Which personality type is the most jealous?

The most jealous personality types are ESFP, INFP, ENFP, ENFJ, ESTP, and ESFJ. As a general rule, the more generally incompetent and self-absorbed the type, the more likely they are to become jealous over petty issues.

Do INFJs fall in love easily?

Yes, INFJs fall in love easily, but this does not happen quickly. They often take time before really opening up to someone, and so falling in love can be a slow process for the INFJ. 

Who should ISFP marry?

ISFPs are most compatible with ESFPs, ISTPs, and ISFJs. They connect quickly with these three personality types because all of them share a sensing factor. That helps these personality types get along well with each other. On the other hand, ISFPs can also be very attracted to INFPs, ESFJs, ESTPs, and ENFPs.


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