ISFP-T (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss ISFP-T Personality. We will do that by giving a brief description of them including their strengths and weaknesses. We will move on to describe their cognitive functions, their workplace, suitable careers for them, and how they behave in interpersonal relationships. 

ISFP-T 

ISFP-T personality from the 16 personality types of MBTI is a very reserved personality and that keeps to themselves. They do not open up about their vulnerabilities and feelings to strangers they do not trust. They may even withhold their opinions and feelings from their romantic partners. Their preference is to avoid conflicts. In addition to that, these people have strong values but do not try to persuade or mould other people according to their way of life and point of view. They are quite caring especially for their family and close friends. 

ISFP-T personalities are action-oriented and use their behavior to express their concern for others. In a way, they avoid emotional expressions and replace them with observable actions. The T function in an ISFP-T Personality refers to Turbulent adventurer. This makes them cautious people who think before acting. They are explorers but within their comfort zone. They also experience self-doubt and feelings of incompetence especially when they are under stress. They stay on high alert for things that can go wrong. 

ISFP-T: The Artist (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving, Turbulent)

The ISFP-T personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who are quiet, reserved, loyal, easy-going, and seek harmony. They do not like abstract concepts & conflicts. They are also called adventurers who need personal space strongly.

“And into the forest, I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”— John Muir

 5-10% of people have an ISFP personality type in the world.

Four Cognitive Functions of ISFP

Four cognitive functions that guide how ISFP personality type processes information includes:

Introverted Feeling

ISFPs are more emotional than logical.  Their decision making and information processing are based upon how they feel about them.  They make judgments about different ideas by comparing them with their own value system.  They are not the logical or excessively objective type of personality.

Extroverted Sensing

ISFPs are in harmony with their surroundings.  They can process sensory information accurately and are aware of even small changes in their environment.  This explains their eye and love for fine arts and aesthetics.  ISFPs are present-oriented, detail-oriented, and focus on new information more than the past. They also have a good memory as they are able to recall sensory information associated with the five senses when remembering something.

Introverted Intuition

ISFPs often have gut feelings about different situations.  They are not fans of abstract information. Yet, at times they can have sudden insights about themselves and others. 

  Extroverted Thinking

This is the weakest part of ISFP’s personality. They are not the most efficient organizers.  However,  this function helps them in doing things efficiently while taking details into account.

T Function in ISFP

 The T function in an ISFP-T Personality refers to Turbulent adventurer. These people are cautious and quiet. They are attracted to unique, new, and interesting things. They need time to recharge after interacting with the world. However, they are quite inquisitive and explore their surroundings. Yet, they keep close to their comfort zones. They occasionally undergo self-doubt and are unsure of their contributions to the world. 

They question the value of their ideas and output. Even if they do achieve success, it is hard for them to accept it. They usually feel incompetent when they are under stress. People might find them negative and pessimistic. They dread situations in which they feel under-confident. Their feelings of fear may make them aware of actual or potential problems. It is important for them to find solutions to the difficulties they face. They also feel uneasy about their responsibilities. This contributes to their cautious and meticulous behavior. Turbulent adventurer’s often feel like they don’t have control of their feelings. They are indecisive and frequently go through fluctuation of emotions. ISFP-T does not pay heed to the opinions of others. They try their best to work as a team with others. Sometimes, the approval of others matters to them, and they pay attention to their needs.

Strengths and Weaknesses of ISFP-T

 Like every other personality, ISFP-T has its own strengths and weaknesses. An ISFP-T personality is in tune with their environment. They are aware of whatever is going on around them. They are practical people and enjoy learning things that are hands-on. They are quite committed and loyal to institutions and friends. They uphold their values and beliefs quite strongly.

At the same time, ISFP-T personality is quite reserved and quiet. They are people of a few words who like their personal space. They get tired of interacting and socializing with huge groups and crowds. They do not like arguments and conflicts. So, they avoid them. Similarly, they do not like abstract or theoretical information. They are more in favor of concrete information that has practical value.

ISFP-T personality can be described as introverted people who are private and silent most of the time. They especially keep quiet when they are among strangers and prefer to spend their time with people they are close to. This includes only immediate family and a few close friends. 

ISFP-T career

With regard to their job, people with an ISFP-T personality are drawn to animals and nature. They like professions that are in touch with outdoor and wildlife experiences. They are present-oriented people. They also like jobs that are practical in nature and focus on real-world problems. Occupations that are independent and offer them freedom of choice are appealing to such people. Popular carriers for ISFP-T personality include naturalist, veterinarian, forest ranger, artist, chef, psychologist, social worker, etc.

At their workplace, ISFP-T dislike highly controlled environments. These people are spontaneous and friendly. They want to work at a place where they can be their natural self. They dislike being micromanaged and being in subordinate positions. They can adapt to different situations and use innovative methods at their workplace. They are risk-takers and employ new ways of doing things. It is important that they establish a clear set of goals to succeed at their work.

ISFP-T interpersonal relationships

People with an ISFP-T personality are friendly and easily get along with others. They have social skills to interact with others in an easy manner. However, they invest their time and energy in getting to know the person first before being comfortable around them. These people make good friends who are encouraging and supportive of others. 

They know how to enjoy and make situations light. However, at the same time, they are serious when the situation requires it. It is important that their friends realize when ISFP-T personality needs personal space and give them the opportunity to withdraw from others without being offended.

As parents, ISFP-T personalities are perfectionists and place high expectations from themselves. They have high standards and underestimate their potential and skills. They are quite harsh when evaluating themself and criticize their work quite easily. It is important that the parents of such people are encouraging and supportive. They need to teach them to be kind to themselves and appreciate their strengths.

In intimate relationships, ISFP-T personalities are quite considerate and attentive to the needs of their partner. It is hard for them to open up about their feelings and needs. So, it is important that they make an effort to understand their partners and hear their needs before making any decision.

FAQs: ISFP-T

Who should an ISFP marry?

ISFP should marry ESFJ or ENFJ. This is because their dominant introverted feeling can be matched well by the dominant extroverted feeling of such partners. However, they can enjoy good relationships with other personality types as well.

Are ISFP boring?

No. ISFPs are constantly seeking excitement in life and without it, they can get bored.

What does ISFP-T stand for?

ISFP-T stands for Introverted, sensing, feeling, perceiving, and turbulent personalities. They are one of the 16 types of personalities from the Myer Brigg Type Indicator or MBTI.

What does an ISFP find attractive?

An ISFP is attracted to people who are passionate about life and having exciting experiences. They want to be around people with whom they can share their hobbies and have adventures. They value a deep connection in which they can be open and vulnerable about themself to someone. They like individuals who are willing to take a risk and are open to having new experiences with them.

What makes ISFP happy?

People with an ISFP personality are happy in situations and among people who share their idealistic approach to life. They also value people who give them time and space to make decisions on their own and respect their choices in life. They dislike being controlled and managed. Especially by authority figures. They want to be free thinkers and action-takers. 

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed ISFP-T. We found that ISFP-T personality from the 16 personality types of MBTI is a very reserved personality and that keeps to themselves. They do not open up about their vulnerabilities and feelings to strangers they do not trust. They may even withhold their opinions and feelings from their romantic partners. Their preference is to avoid conflicts. In addition to that, these people have strong values but do not try to persuade or mould other people according to their way of life and point of view. They are quite caring especially for their family and close friends. 

ISFP-T personalities are action-oriented and use their behavior to express their concern for others. In a way, they avoid emotional expressions and replace them with observable actions. The T function in an ISFP-T Personality refers to Turbulent adventurer. This makes them cautious people who think before acting. They are explorers but within their comfort zone. They also experience self-doubt and feelings of incompetence especially when they are under stress. They stay on high alert for things that can go wrong. 

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Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/isfp-introverted-sensing-feeling-perceiving-2795991

https://www.16personalities.com/articles/assertive-adventurer-isfp-a-vs-turbulent-adventurer-isfp-t

https://www.16personalities.com/isfps-at-work

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.