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In this episode, Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and desires of the ISFP personality type.

In this podcast on the ISFP personality type you’ll find:

  • ISFP – Authenticity/Sensation in the Genius system
  • Highest quality responses on the ISFP survey
  • Car Model – Cognitive Function stack which influences your personality more than anything else.
  • The driver process is Introverted Feeling (Fi), which we have nicknamed “Authenticity.”
  • Fi puts ISFPs in flow.
  • It is a decision making process, so it determines how ISFPs makes decisions.
  • “What feels right to me as a person?” “What resonates with me at the core of my being?”
  • Fi is all about internal feelings – being in touch with how experiences impact you on a subjective level.
  • Anyone who leads with Fi can see a wide spectrum of everything that makes up who they are, even the dark parts.
  • Fi can become very interested in this process of ethics and how we should be treating each other.
  • ISFPs in the survey reported they struggle with self expression. They struggle to express the stuff that is beyond language. The stuff that is pure feeling and can’t just be expressed.
  • The co-pilot is Extraverted Sensing (Se), which we have nicknamed “Sensation.”
  • Sensation is about Real time information. What is coming at you in the moment using all your senses. Kinesthetic. Within body. Grounded.
  • Fi married to Se creates amazing art – self expression in physically tangible ways.
  • “Do you feel on some level you are an artist?” Most ISFPs say yes.
  • The world loves art, but doesn’t love an artist. ISFPs experience something similar to Intuitives – the idealization of them is a lot more acceptable than the reality of them.
  • ISFPs are not here to do the efficient thing. They aren’t here to build systems everybody benefits from. They are here to create and replicate emotional experiences that we cannot access any other way than through art. And that is not efficient. So ISFPs can feel very marginalized because their art is not appreciated.
  • ISFPs 10-year-old process is Introverted Intuition (Ni), which we have nicknamed “Perspectives.”
  • If an ISFP has felt censure from the world because of their need to express themselves freely they will bypass their copilot and go to the 10 year old.
  • Fi-Ni loop. Dangerous terrain.
  • If you only spend time inside of yourself you can get to a level of idealization that cannot play out in the outside world.
  • So the outside world becomes hostile and the ISFP becomes a martyr.
  • This sense of victimization means every time they attempt to do something in the outside world they bring with them all this idealization. It has to be a certain way. It has to be perfect. The outside world has to match what they are imagining inside themselves. Which is unrealistic.
  • The struggle of wanting to have other people understand what you are feeling and never attaining that is the foundation of art. To struggle again and again to create that expression can create great art.
  • But if an ISFP is too crushed by the world they hide away from the world and create more insecurity.
  • The 3-year-old process is Extraverted Thinking (Te), which we have nicknamed “Effectiveness.”
  • Effectiveness is all about getting things done and making things happen in the outside world. We live in a culture that honors Te.
  • For ISFPs this is a blind spot. Which is a struggle in a world that honors Te.
  • Te systems remove the human component. A one size fits all approach.
  • But ISFPs find that offensive. They don’t’ like depersonalized systems. They want the individual honored.
  • Automated systems can frustrate ISFPs.
  • All of us have a tendency to skip the copilot and go to the 10 yr old. If an ISFP paints an idealized perspective of how the world should be and it doesn’t play out in the outside world they can start to retreat even more. They can become more inward focused and double down on the idealized projection of how the world should be.
  • It interrupts relationships with other people. Any time we project out an idealization of how we want the world to be that is not possible everything is going to fall short and we will always be dissatisfied.
  • The antidote is making sure the ISFP spends time in their copilot. It grounds them.
  • Idealism is not the problem. It’s how the idealism is constructed. Create idealism by checking in with reality and pursuing sensation. Then see how other people’s ideals are different.
  • Let the outside world inform your idealism in order to gain competence and self worth and bring value to the world.
  • ISFPs that are on target for a realistic ideal are unstoppable. They will do everything necessary to get to their end game. They make up for their Te blind spot by going after what they want with single minded determination.
  • ISFPs have the ability to help other people replicate emotions. It is their super power!
  • Most of us don’t have access to our emotions on that level. We can get lost in emotional overload. But art can help us process that emotion.
  • ISFPs need to ask themselves what art they bring to the world.

In this episode Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and desires of the ISFP personality type. #ISFP #ISFPpersonality

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  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • April 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Nothing you’re saying sounds unlike an ISFP. I’d recommend focusing on the cognitive functions for an ISFP and how they show up for you, not on generic type descriptions and behaviors.


  • Mia
    • Mia
    • April 11, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Yeah, that’s the problem. I can relate to most of the things about being an ISFP, like the Authenticity function and the Fi-Ni loop but I’m not athletic AT ALL. I used to dance and perform up to age 13 and after that I got too self conscious and lazy.

    I’m not that good at sports but I like to give it a try once in a while. I just don’t excel at it. To be honest, I don’t have much artistic talents, except photography.

    Photography is like a NEED for me. I just love taking pictures but I don’t follow traditional styles. I like to bring my own twist to it, you know. I looooove taking candid pics of my close friends or family. I think that candid pics capture the essence of the moment or something. It’s silly haha. My family really likes and compliments my photos after they come out.

    But I’m not athletic. When I think about it I’m kind of weak at sports. Although I love to dance I’m not thaaat good at it. I just enjoy doing it.

    Also, I have read around the internet that ISFPs are hip and trendy and are well manicured. I’m not like that at all!. I think I have a bit of aesthetic sensitivity as I love selecting clothes for other people. I know what my close ones’ tastes are and I get them dresses for their birthdays and they usually love it.

    Even though I enjoy looking at pretty clothes in stores, I never buy them as I’m not confident enough to wear them. I always wear dark shades of jeans and T-shirts. I don’t like wearing dresses, they’re itchy!. I just want to be comfortable.

    My best friend who’s also an ISFP doodles really well and is cool and up to date about the latest things and has a lot of friends. She takes good pictures and her instagram account looks really good.

    I, on the other hand likes to be invisibile. I don’t post much on Ig and I like looking at memes all day and staying in bed and I also don’t like wearing makeup because it doesn’t feel like me. It’s like I lose my sense of individuality.

    So am I still an ISFP or does that make me an ENTIRELY different type? Also, I have felt pretty misunderstood all my childhood (still do as a teenager). I thought I was an intuitive at first and self typed myself to be INFP and adopted its behaviors and started being aloof and lost touch with reality. Then my grades started slipping so I adopted some quirks of INTPs and got decent grades but I avoided my emotions and I blew up at last!. Then I came back to INFP and then i saw ISFP and related more to it and I took the PH test and got ISFP. Kind of happy where I am now.

    So do you think I’m an ISFP after reading my life story ??✌

  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • April 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    There’s a tendency to avoid systems that appear to oversimplify people’s individuality, but to speak to their point everyone is different and how things strike them is unique to the person. If everything about being an ISFP fits like a glove there’s no reason not to rest into it as your best-fit type.


  • Mia
    • Mia
    • April 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I saw the other video (the short “riff” one) about ISFPs and you guys said that the isfp sees people as unique snowflakes and they hate to be ‘boxed in’. I don’t think I quite resonate with that. I mean, sure people are different and unique but when I first took your test and I got ISFP, I was excited. It didn’t feel like ‘boxing in’.

    Although I don’t like to be stereotyped, I like the mbti typology and I love observing people and typing them in my mind for fun for eg, mom is an ESFP and dad’s an XSTX etc. So I’m worried If I’m NOT an Isfp. It didn’t feel like boxing in, it felt like another medium to express myself and improve myself. So does that NOT make me an isfp or what?

  • Helen
    • Helen
    • January 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I am now back at INFJ having joined an ISFP fb group and not resonating with the people there.

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