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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence ISFJ careers.

Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth”


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for ISFJs?
  • Introducing the ISFJ subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • Why it’s difficult to generalize when it comes to ISFJs and their career choices.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four ISFJ subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – how do these more assertive ISFJS appear in the workplace?
    • Creative subtype – how stability and security fuel these ISFJs’ creativity.
    • Normalizing subtype – how these ISFJs show up beyond the stereotype of “the good citizen”.
    • Harmonizing subtype – how these ISFJs utilize their deep connection to family.
  • What matters for all ISFJs when navigating their career?

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  • Kaitrin Smith
    • Kaitrin Smith
    • May 12, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    So I am an ISFJ and loved listening to this segment. My husband is an ENTJ and I look forward to hearing and sharing with him what I learn about that episode. Or rather, I may just convince him to listen with me :) I resonated with three of the subtypes if thats possible, which I’m assuming it is. If it was broken down into percentages I feel as if I am 75% normalizing, 15% creativity, and 10% harmonizing.

    I am a stay at home mom who also homeschools our 2 school aged children, 2nd grader, 1st grader and our 4 year old who is here for the ride. I love having a schedule and obviously plan out our school year very thoughtfully. Although at times our most spontaneous days end up being the best days for some reason. But I usually have a methodical decision process, it’s not quick but I make sure every possible facet is thought of for whatever the reason is. It is definitely a challenging job staying home especially with homeschooling apart of that, and I admit that I someday hope to have a job that is fulfilling as well. It’s nice to know I don’t have to be here forever and that it just be a season for right now. I have my bachelors degree but I know for this season in life I am called to be home and with the kids. I just don’t have a real clue on what I would want to pursue if I go another job route. I do take pride in the home and taking care of it, especially if we are having guests stay over or just a visit. This is my domain and I take pride in doing a good job making it hospitable. I also call myself a “homebody.” I love being home and find recharging very easy when home.

    I love playing the piano which is where I believe the creativity comes into place! I learned with formal lessons as a kid but always kept up with by playing by ear. It’s one of my favorite things to do, learn to play songs just by listening. I do NOT consider myself an auditory learner but when it comes to music, it’s different. I love to paint as well. Love to copy and follow along with Bob Ross! I also have taken up crocheting and love making projects for loved ones. What’s funny with all of those, I am better at repeating or copying rather than coming up with something original. Coming up with a picture to paint in my mind or composing an original song are a little stressful—no guidelines or steps to complete and follow. Which is probably why I love baking over cooking as well. With my “three year old” being Ne, exploration, it explains why I’m not the best at exploring those new options, like coming up with something original. I’d rather have a list or directions on how to do something and do the best I can mimicking it.

    Anyways, thought I’d share a little window into my ISFJ life and my thoughts!

  • Trevor
    • Trevor
    • May 3, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    So, I’m not an ISFJ, but I’m an INTJ. I was considering becoming a Librarian at one time but didn’t. Learning to research more and helping others to research were the reasons I wanted to get into it. It will be interesting if Librarian comes up in one of the four subtypes of INTJ. So I decided to share some links of what I found looking into becoming a Librarian.

    The University of Washington lists careers and areas of interest for someone pursuing their Masters’s here

    And the University of Western in London, Ontario lists its course outline and courses on these webpages: and

    Just thought this might help you, Joel.

  • Christina
    • Christina
    • May 2, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    I have a Master’s in Library Science, specializing in data management and curation. There is so much that goes into running a library, whether academic or public. Cataloging, metadata, reference services, special collections, digital libraries, and on and on! Personally, I work on digitizing materials at the academic level. Just my two cents!

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • May 2, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you Rebecca for having my back and for sharing. Appreciate you.

  • Rebecca Mielke
    • Rebecca Mielke
    • May 1, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    So, I am not a librarian, but I hate seeing Joel struggle with this so much. Librarians are experts in research. Hope that helps!

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