A More Honest Look into MBTI Descriptions: The ISFP

This article is copied from thephilosophicalboy because it is awesome and must be shared 🙂
I’ve been super fixated on the MBTI theory lately, and as an ISFP, this description suits me well. So I hope it could be of use for you too. If you’re keen on these stuff, feel free to visit my tumblr here, which is dedicated to everything ISFP 😉


Keirsey Description: “The Composer (Artist)”
Honest Description: “The Watchful Observer”

– Make great lyricists
– Make for lovely furniture for any social gathering
– Make great friends
– The most easygoing type there is
– Artistic without being annoying
– Are not assholes
– The most idealistic Sensor
– Versatile hobbyists

– Are timid to share or live out their passions in life and may lead to them
being unfulfilled
– Makes other types jealous that they are not like the ISFP
– Prone to Dependent Personality Disorder
– Might be seen as lazy or unambitious; not likely to climb the social/power
– Can be fleeting in their many hobbies or passions, making them seem
undedicated to others
ISFP’s are pretty awesome, let me just say that off the bat. They
tend to be nice, friendly (esp. in comparison to most Introverts), creative, and
have a quirky sense of humor. Although they aren’t the type to come off as
idealistic, they appreciate and even admire the abstract, and enjoy literary
comparisons and metaphors, much like their iNtuitive counterparts. More than any
other type, ISFP’s are relaxed, calm, and non-aggressive. ISFP’s prefer to live
in a “live and let live” environment. Unlike most Sensors, they tend to enjoy
the obscure and counterculture, and often develop very fine and particular
tastes in art, whether it be film, literature, or the visual and performing
arts. Although naturally hands-on learners, well-developed ISFP’s tend to
process their gained knowledge into bigger picture ideas. ISFP’s are dominantly
Introverted Feelers, and have a special rose-tinted lens through which they view

Despite being conversationalists, ISFP’s can be very difficult to
get to know well, and are often very secretive or timid about sharing the deeper
side of themselves with others. ISFP’s enjoy analyzing people and how they
function in a very passive way, and may be prone to doing subtle social
experiments in groups of friends in order to invoke certain reactions, but even
they are usually not conscious of this effort. They are very keen concerning
what gets on people’s nerves, mostly because they are so tactful at consciously
observing other people and their reactions to each other. Because of this,
ISFP’s are masters when it comes to not being a total douchebag or an asshole.

ISFP’s, like their INFP counterparts, find beauty in disorganized chaos. What
you see as a dilapidated warehouse the ISFP might see as a magical or majestic
place to read a book or explore in. For this reason, ISFP’s tend to draw
artistic inspiration and even emotional arousal from maintaining a messy
lifestyle or living quarters. ISFP’s love getting lost in their memories,
subsequently disorienting their sequences, and are prone to losing track of time
or chronological concepts altogether. To the ISFP, this is an indicative sign
that their lives are going extremely well.

ISFP’s love visiting exotic places and experiencing exotic sensations. ISFP’s are surprisingly capable of tremendous acts of evil, in fact more so than any other type, but are incapable of bringing these realities to fruition; this facet of ISFP’s is very difficult to explain in words because it is a total Fi dominant thing, but any ISFP
reading this and maybe some INFP’s will know exactly what I am talking about
here. Aside from that though, ISFP’s are like the most innocent thing ever. It’s
as if they were created to counter all the guilt in the world. David Bowie is a
pretty good example of an ISFP. He’s enigmatic, sexy, really nice, and his music
and lyrics flow through this inner fantasy world that he keeps locked up from
everyone, and hence very little people understand what he’s even talking about
(see: “Life on Mars?”). That’s the other cool thing about ISFP’s; that they
speak their own language! (This is a little misleading, as all types speak their
own internal “language of understanding,” but ISFP’s in a more literal sense).
In fact, you can see this lyrical esotericism in many ISFP musicians, Bob Dylan
being another good example. If you aren’t another ISFP, you’re probably not
going to understand it, or much of what they say, so don’t even try to. Just
learn to appreciate the rhythm of their voices and musings, because there’s a
lot of rare wisdom in their words.

When it comes down to it, ISFP’s are naturally designed observers. ISFP’s live their life always engaged in observation, like their entire existence is a movie and they are the audience behind their eye sockets. Other types might find this to be a horrible existence, never being directly involved in life, but to the ISFP, the best experiences are the ones most people don’t even notice until they take a step back from all the action.


ISFP’s are similar to their Thinking counterpart, the ISTP, in the sense that
both are very conscious and observational concerning their surroundings. ISFP’s
relish in the simple things in life, more than any other type. They are likely
to take up a hobby that requires tactility and strong phenomenological
sensations, like gardening, painting, photography, or cooking. ISTP’s also enjoy
getting their hands dirty, but in a more…risk-taking sense. Whereas the ISFP
enjoys spending time in relaxed environments, the ISTP seeks the thrill and
excitement of the rush of action. The ISTP is a daredevil, blowing off their
steam through racecar driving, extreme athletics, the martial arts, intensive
mediation (whatever that means), bungee jumping, sky diving, etc. While both of
these somewhat reclusive types live their lives with the world going by without
much care, the ISTP is more action-oriented, while the ISFP is more tranquil.


Compared to ISFJ’s, their Judging counterpart, the two types are similar in the
sense that both take immense pleasure in fond memories. Both types are inclined
to seek peace and tranquility, without having to force themselves into difficult
situations that require intense action-oriented pursuits. Both types are likely
to enjoy gardening as well, that is, more likely than any other type. ISFJ’s are
usually not as artistic or creative as their Perceptional counterpart is, but
still enjoy a good book or film like the ISFP. ISFJ’s are, like ISFP’s, very
tactful with people’s emotions. ISFJ’s, however, are more likely to actively
take it upon themselves to make people feel even better than they are when the
ISFJ finds them. ISFP’s, even though they like to make people feel better (which
they often do), it is likely an indirect effort on part of the ISFP, who just
happens to be adaptive with people and enjoys doing whatever the crowd is up to.

Prototypical Examples of ISFP:
The Dude from the film “The Big Lebowski,” Andy Warhol
(often mistyped as INFP), Enya, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Prince,
Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, Princess Diana (often mistyped as INFP),
Leni Riefenstahl, Amélie from the film “Amélie,” Bubbles from “The Powerpuff
Girls,” Flounder from the Disney film “The Little Mermaid”


2 thoughts on “A More Honest Look into MBTI Descriptions: The ISFP

  1. Hi there,
    this post is amazing!
    After years of doubting my type (for all the wrong reasons, but I don’t wanna bore you out with them) I finally understood I am ISFP! And this description, especially the “observer” thing, is… perfect!
    Thanks for sharing!


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