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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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  • Ilona
    • Ilona
    • February 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    To Natalie, I don’t think they mean that isfps are always literally artists… Don’t you feel that it can be an art to make people feel better? To nurse them? Sometimes art can be expressed also in clothing, in design (like your house decoration), aesthetics, makeup, etc.

    It’s sad no one replied to this, but then again, most MBTI related sites are intuitive focused. Understandable, it’s probably their biggest market share but there’s some sensing types that want to find out more (especially those that are more intuitively developed).

  • Natalie
    • Natalie
    • January 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I have taken the Myers Briggs many times, and although I am very close to being one or the other on many categories, I always end up with the same results- ISFP. I am not at all an artist. I don’t play music, sing, I’m not interested in art or theater. I am a nurse and love my job but I am not an artist! I related to everything in this podcast except for the strength.. Being an artist. I felt like the podcast hit many negative traits or struggles ISFP’s have, except for this one strength that I don’t posesses! Does this mean I am probably not an ISFP? Regardless I enjoyed this podcast just as much as I have enjoyed the others! So interesting!

  • Randy Caba
    • Randy Caba
    • December 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    A neighbor suspected of being an ISFP immediately and enthusiastically answered that she considers herself an artist. Nailed it, Antonia :-)

  • Viggo Nielsen
    • Viggo Nielsen
    • December 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Gotta admit you hit pretty spot on – the part about impersonal fast food orders actually made me laugh because it’s so true lol :D

  • Julian Lee
    • Julian Lee
    • December 11, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Only thing I could think of listening to this podcast; Michael Jackson..

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