ISFJ relationships (A complete guide)

This blog will investigate the nature of ISFJs in relationships. It will look at which personalities are most compatible with the ISFJ, outline the characteristics of an ISFJ, and define the ISFJ personality

ISFJs in romantic relationships

The following are the key areas of an ISFJ relationship:

  • The ISFJ as a lover
  • What ISFJs look for in relationships
  • Ideal dates
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Breaking up

The ISFJ as a lover

When it comes to romantic relationships, ISFJs make kind and caring partners. They bring to a relationship emotional and practical support whenever it’s needed. 

They will put in a great deal of effort and dedication to create a harmonious and beautiful relationship. The ISFJ is very loyal and because they hate change, they try by all means to make a relationship last.

They spend a lot of time and energy finding ways to keep their relationship satisfying and interesting for their partners. All they ask in return is commitment, love, and, perhaps most of all, appreciation.

What ISFJs look for in relationships

ISFJs look for relationships built on established familiarity. They take dating very seriously and will only enter into relationships that have a real chance of lasting a lifetime. 

The ISFJ gives and desires a committed romantic relationship. They want to have an exciting and passion-filled relationship as they are very emotional.  

A partner that will support the ISFJ and help them grow is very desirable as they search for stability and consistency in relationships.

Ideal dates

ISFJs prefer dates with a one-on-one orientation to group dates. They want to have deep and long conversations whilst on a date and cannot do that in a group or double date.

They will only like surprises if they are well thought out and planned enough not to inconvenience them. For example, a surprise date with no proper means of transportation to go home will probably annoy the ISFJ.

ISFJs are sensitive enough to understand and appreciate romantic gestures but they fail to express the same towards their partners.

Communication 

With regards to communication, ISFJs struggle with emotional expression and may use physical affection instead of uttering loving words.

The ISFJ is an empath and so they have little problems understanding the moods and words of their partner.

Conflict management

ISFJs tend to dislike and avoid conflict. They do not want to get involved in arguments or squabbles and would rather ignore problems than have uncomfortable conversations.

Their partner must therefore work hard to ensure that ISFJs feel heard and understood, especially when there’s a disagreement. 

ISFJs may also withhold information they feel will frustrate or disturb their partner. Unexpected situations are also likely to leave an emotional impact since they have a difficult time adapting. 

Their partner should be patient while making the effort to work through problems as a united front.

Breaking up

Hard as it may be, if ISFJs sense a lack of loyalty or commitment in a dating partner, they will break up with them.

They may also end a relationship that is too unpredictable and forces them into uncomfortable situations. They must part ways before real emotional damage is done.

When roles are reversed and the ISFJ gets dumped they struggle with moving on as they have very strong emotions. They may get traumatized and stay single for a long time to avoid getting hurt.

Personalities most compatible with the ISFJ

ISFJs and ESFJs

ESFJs are a perfect match for the ISFJ to date or marry as they are the extroverted version of themselves. ISFJs are drawn to the outgoing and welcoming aura of the ESFJ, while ESFJs are drawn to the soothing nature of the ISFJ. 

Both will value each other’s emotional needs and enjoy emotional transparency and open communication. They are both dutiful and loyal to each other. 

The ESFJ will help the ISFJ come out of their introverted shell to interact with people while the ISFJ will help the ESFJ understand the value of personal quiet time.

Problems may arise as both personalities are nit-picky and have specific tastes and standards that they each live by. 

If these tastes and values oppose each other, the relationship may just end because neither personality will change or compromise. 

They may also disagree on which household routine or schedule they will follow. 

ISFJs and INFPs

The ISFJ and INFP pairing make a very romantic and embracing relationship. These two personalities are both empathetic, warm, and caring. 

One is a Defender (ISFJ) and the other a Mediator (INFP), together they can do humanitarian works and help many people facing problems in living.

Additionally, the ISFJ can help the INFP to get more organized and deliberate about planning and executing their ideas. On the other hand, the INFP can help the ISFJ to trust their intuition and see the bigger picture. 

This couple is so perfectly matched that the chances of conflict are very low. This is because INFPs prioritize their values and their emotional integrity while ISFJs prioritize the values of those they love. 

Therefore, they will agree on most things. Problems may however arise if the ideals of the INFP do not align with the values of the ISFJ. 

This is because the ISFJ is judgemental and has problems accepting or tolerating beliefs that are outside their own. 

The INFP will also never change their ideals which they try to live by at all costs. This couple must ensure their values align before starting a 

relationship.

The ISFJ personality

ISFJ stands for Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. It is one of the 16 personality types on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

ISFJs usually come across as shy, quiet, and reserved. 

They however open up to their trusted close friends and friends. Their Feeling function makes them very sensitive and emotional, they are however capable of remaining calm during difficult situations.

The traits of an ISFJ

The following are characteristics of an ISFJ:

  • ISFJs are people-orientated
  • They direct their attention to the needs of others
  • They generally look for the best in people 
  • The ISFJs place high importance on harmony and cooperation
  • They are conflict avoidant
  • The ISFJ wants to meet the needs of others.
  • An ISFJ is duty focused 
  • They adhere to traditions
  • They enjoy routines
  • They desire clear instructions
  • The ISFJ will naturally focus on the present and not be interested in future possibilities
  • They are hesitant to accept or implement changes

Conclusion

This blog investigated the nature of ISFJs in relationships. It looked at which personalities are most compatible with the ISFJ, outlined the characteristics of an ISFJ, and defined the ISFJ personality.

The following are the key areas of an ISFJ relationship:

  • The ISFJ as a lover
  • What ISFJs look for in relationships
  • Ideal dates
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Breaking up

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Frequently Asked Questions: ISFJ relationships

What are ISFJ attracted to?

ISFJs are often attracted to people who are passionate, mysterious, confident, interesting, compassionate, and exciting. 

Can ISFJ marry ISFJ?

ISFJ can marry a fellow ISFJ if their values align or are the same. If not, they will not have a peaceful life as they go back and forth about which values are better.

What does ISFJ hate?

ISFJs hate it when:

  • People are inconsiderate.
  • People are messy
  • People lack diplomacy and manners
  • People disturb their routines
  • People are irresponsible and selfish

Who should ISFJ marry?

The ISFJ’s natural partner is the ESTP or the ESFP. ISFJ’s dominant function of Introverted Sensing is best matched with a partner whose dominant function is Extraverted Sensing.

Are ISFJs intelligent?

Yes, ISFJs are intelligent people who are capable of comprehending pragmatic methods and situations.

Are ISFJs Empaths?

Yes, ISFJs are some of the most empathetic, devoted, generous people you will ever meet. 

References

Clawson J, G, (2008), ‘Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228146740_Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator 

‘Comparison of Insights Discovery System to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator report’, retrieved from http://www.insights.com/

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.