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When you think of the kindest and caring personality type, the ISFJ tends to top the list. Also known as the “Defenders”, they are loyal and fair people, greeting everyone they meet with warmth and kindness.
And comprising 9-14% of the population, you may have encountered many ISFJs in your life already – or are even one yourself!
Here are signs that you’re an ISFJ type.
1) You are detail-oriented, sometimes even a perfectionist
Are you someone who quickly notices things that others miss?
The ISFJ can spot discrepancies and seemingly minor details with relative ease. They have a knack for making sure that every part of a plan is in order – sometimes to the point that even the tiniest of details control them. If it borders that, the ISFJ’s perfectionism can overload and overwork them. And oftentimes, they tend to struggle with it silently due to their introverted tendencies, not wanting to burden others.
2) You have a personal attachment to the things you do
Are you a person who puts your heart and emotion to the activities that matter for you?
The ISFJ tends to sprinkle a little bit of their personality and flair in everything they do. This could range from creations like giving presents, cooking, or cleaning. They do this willingly out of genuine kindness, which is great for flourishing healthy relationships but can also be hurtful if the other party doesn’t reciprocate or appreciate the act. But for the most part, that doesn’t stop them from doing it again the next time.
3) You find it hard to say no to people
Do you find it hard to turn down other people’s requests? Even when it asks for a bit too much?
ISFJs are not only service-driven and dedicated people, but they also hate disappointing others. Oftentimes, an ISFJ can take too much on their plate at once, which can overwhelm them and cause burnout. ISFJs are better off if they identify this and start saying no to things that will lead them to exhaustion.
4) You abide by routine and structures
Are you a journal or organizer enthusiast?
As an SJ, the ISFJ can get stressed in unpredictable or chaotic environments. They perform much better at keeping things neatly filed and organized and vastly prefer it over just winging things. They perform best when you are given proper guidance and instructions on what to do and how to do it. In a home environment, their days are most likely blocked and scheduled routinely.
5) You have an unmatched memory
Do you have a knack for remembering vivid scenes from months or years in the past?
If there’s a type who would remember a person’s birthday, a long-lost friend’s parent’s name, or the name of your grade school’s principal, it’s probably the ISFJ. These types are blessed with a good memory – and it’s one of the strong suits of this personality type. This makes them excellent friends with people who have “physical gifts” as their main love language – since an ISFJ would never forget your birthday. And even if they have unparalleled memory as their superpower, the ISFJ still remains grounded, humble, and modest.
6) You don’t like attention at all
Are you someone who would rather stay on the sidelines?
Above all things, the ISFJ is a genuine introvert. The ISFJ is committed to only a select few. If they spread their energy too thin, they can wear out easily. The ISFJ, no matter how much they believe and care for people, need to regain energy after social situations, usually destressing by staying at their bed and reading a good cozy book.
Do you relate to any of the signs above? Do you have any more signs that you share with an ISFJ? Let us know in the comments section below!
That’s all for now, Psych2Goers!
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