ISFP compatibility (5 personalities)

This blog discusses the most compatible personalities for a relationship with ISFPs. It will discuss some of the characteristic behaviors of the ISFP in a relationship. Additionally, it will define the ISFP personality and outline the characteristics of the ISFP. Lastly, it will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the ISFP.

Which personalities are most compatible with the ISFP?

The following personalities are compatible with the ISFP for a romantic relationship:

  • ISFP
  • ENFP
  • INFP
  • INFJ
  • ISTP

ISFP

ISFPs are often attracted to other ISFPs because of their similarities. These similarities ensure the relationship has little or no conflict.

An ISFP couple will share a lot of creativity, a strong sense of aesthetics, and a lot of originality. They will stay loyal and committed to each other, but they’ll still give each other the required amount of personal space necessary for an introvert.

However, there is one problem that ISFPs dating other ISFPs may encounter. They may both have issues sharing their emotions. 

ISFPs tend to bottle up their emotions which may result in bitterness and relationships developing towards each other.

Since there can be an overall lack of communication between two ISFPs, that will be a significant challenge. 

ISFPs don’t do well when conflicts arise, and they will do everything they can to escape confrontation. When issues like that occur, it can create unresolved problems for the relationship.

ENFP

The ENFP is a good match for the ISFP because their introversion-extroversion combination will complement each other well. 

ENFP gets someone who will listen to them and the ISFP opens up more with this lively partner. The introverted ISFP partner will be impressed with how the extroverted one can talk about different things with a variety of people. 

But the factor that draws them towards each other can rip them apart as well. The ENFP will look forward to attending social events with their partner, but the ISFP may want to stay at home. 

Both partners need to balance their activities so that both are happy. The ENFP could go out with his/her friends sometimes, while the ISFP catches his/her me time.

The ENFP is intuitive and so they are intelligent, creative, and always have a unique perspective on the most mundane things. 

The sensing ISFP partner will be concerned about practical day-to-day affairs. Although their differences will help balance things out; sometimes, their conservations could become uninteresting for either partner.

INFP

INFPs make great partners for ISFPs. They understand each other well and get along very well too. Being introverted helps them get along too.

Both are sensitive and easygoing individuals. They will always think of their partner first. They are both spontaneous and love surprising their partners.

The sensing ISFP partner will live in the moment and think about practical matters, whereas the intuitive INFP will always have a unique and twisted perspective to everything. 

This may make their relationship exciting and balance their lives or may lead to arguments.

INFJ

INFJs and ISFPs are both Introverted, Feeling personalities, meaning they tend to prefer to spend time alone and process situations emotionally. 

However, INFJs are generally more organized and focused on the bigger picture, while ISFPs tend to dislike routine and prefer to focus on specifics. 

INFJs will appreciate ISFPs’ attention to detail and address specific, concrete information around ISFPs. On the other hand, ISFPs should work to see the overall perspective around INFJs.

Since INFJs and ISFPs are both Feeling personalities, they will each focus on expressing how a situation affects them emotionally, while showing empathy to the other person. 

INFJs and ISFPs both dislike confrontation. To resolve conflicts, INFJs and ISFPs should share their perspectives openly and take space to reflect.

ISTP

ISTPs and ISFPs are both Introverted, Sensing, Perceiving personalities, meaning they are reserved, pragmatic, and adaptable. However, ISTPs tend to process situations logically, while ISFPs process more emotionally.

ISTP personalities should work to build connections with ISFPs by creating casual conversation and opening up emotionally, while ISFPs should communicate openly and logically with ISTPs.

ISTPs should try to be sensitive to ISFPs feelings by avoiding blatant criticism and encouraging them to share their perspective.

ISFPs should directly address their concerns honestly and consider the facts of a situation when facing tensions with ISTPs.

ISTPs are more likely to be trusting of ISFPs who make an effort to base decisions on fact, while ISFPs may find it easier to trust ISTPs who work to be encouraging and sensitive.

ISFPs behavior in relationships

The following are characteristic behaviors of ISFPs in a relationship:

  • ISFPs tend to be charming when they are in love, being spontaneous and going all out trying to impress their partner.
  • They may act somewhat reserved at times, but they still maintain their kind, friendly nature treating their partner with tender loving care. 
  • An ISFP will take some time to get to know their partner, learning their interests and dislikes.
  • The ISFP may become willing to get out of their comfort zone and try things they may not like to impress their partner. This may include going to social events or spending time in crowded places which they hate as they are introverts.
  • The ISFP is giddier and happier than usual when they are in love. They feel like they are floating as they are also in love with the idea of love itself. 
  • ISFPs tend not to be as direct as some other personality types, but they are great at making small, romantic gestures. 
  • ISFPs love being appreciated by their significant others and they intend to reciprocate this appreciation.

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.

The characteristics of an ISFP

The following are characteristic behaviors 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

The strengths of an ISFP

 These are the strengths of an ISFP:

  • Warm, friendly, and affirming by nature
  • Usually optimistic
  • Good listeners
  • Good at dealing with practical day-to-day concerns
  • Flexible and laid-back, usually willing to defer to their mates
  • Their love of aesthetic beauty and appreciation for function makes them likely to have attractive, functional homes
  • Take their commitments seriously, and seek lifelong relationships
  • Likely to value and respect other’s personal space
  • Likely to enjoy showing their affection through acts and deeds
  • Sensuous and earthy

The weaknesses of an ISFP

These are the weaknesses of an ISFP: 

  • Not good at long-range financial (or other) planning
  • Extreme dislike of conflict and criticism
  • Focused on enjoying the present moment, they may appear lazy or slow-moving at times
  • Need to have their own space, and dislike having it invaded
  • They may be slow to show their affection with words
  • Tendency to hold back their thoughts and feelings, unless drawn out
  • They may become overly cynical and practical at times which can be annoying

Conclusion

This blog discussed the most compatible personalities for a relationship with ISFPs. It discussed some of the characteristic behaviors of the ISFP in a relationship. Additionally, it defined the ISFP personality and outlined the characteristics of the ISFP. Lastly, it discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the ISFP.

The following personalities are compatible with the ISFP for a romantic relationship:

  • ISFP
  • ENFP
  • INFP
  • INFJ
  • ISTP

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Frequently Asked Questions: ISFP compatibility

Are ISFPs 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.

Do ISFP fall in love easily?

ISFPs are passionate people who experience emotions on a deep level. So, when they fall in love, they do it relatively fast and intensively.

How do ISFPs show affection?

ISFPs are eager to help and quickly perceive the needs of their partners and families. They often show affection with simple, practical gestures that make their loved ones feel comfortable and well taken care of. ISFPs like to maintain harmony and are very reluctant to engage in conflict.

How does an ISFP show love?

ISFP’s show their love by action which is usually performed by small and practical acts of care, or simply listening to what you have to say, and giving you practical and emotional advice.

Who should ISFPs marry?

ISFPs are most compatible with ENFPs, ISTPs, and INFJs. 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.

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.

References

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Rajagopalan & Guruswami, (2015), “Relationship between Personality Traits and the Psychological Biases of Retail Investors – An Empirical Study”, Vidyasagar University Journal of Commerce, Vol. 20. PDF

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.