A few weeks ago, we had an all-company training where we discussed personality types and how to create bliss in the workplace. We had to take a multiple choice quiz in order to determine our personality type based on four categories:
- Introvert or Extrovert
- Sensing (fact loving) or Intuition (conceptual thinking)
- Thinking or Feeling (in respect to decision making)
- Judging (orderly, structured lifestyle) or Perceiving (spontaneous, flexible lifestyle)
As most of you may guess, my results were ISFJ. Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging - or in better terms - I am an introverted fact-lover who considers other people's feelings when making decisions, while living a structured lifestyle. :)
After reading the entire description of what an ISFJ is like, I was stunned to find that they were DEAD ON! I am an ISFJ to the T! So, I will pick out a few points from the report and you can tell me whether or not you agree that I fit the description...
- Live in a world that is concrete and kind. They are truly warm and kind-hearted, and want to believe the best of people.
- Are very sensitive to other people's feelings. People value the ISFJ for their consideration and awareness, and their ability to bring out the best in others by their firm desire to believe the best.
- Remember a particular facial expression or conversation in precise detail years after the event occured, if the situation made an impression on the ISFJ.
- Have a very clear idea of the way things should be, which they strive to attain.
- Value security and kindness, and respect traditions and laws. They tend to believe that existing systems are there because they work.
- Learn best by doing, rather than by reading about something in a book, or applying theory. They value practical application.
- Will faithfully and tirelessly carry through any task to completion. The ISFJ is extremely dependable.
- Have an extremely well-developed sense of space, function, and aesthetic appeal. For that reason, they're likely to have beautifully furnished, functional homes.
- Have a sensitivity to other's feelings and desires, which makes them very likely to be great gift-givers.
- Are extremely aware of their own internal feelings, as well as other people's feelings. They do not usually express their own feelings, keeping things inside. If they are negative feelings, they may build up inside the ISFJ until they turn into firm judgments against individuals which are difficult to unseed, once set.
- Feel a strong sense of responsibility and duty. They take their responsibilities very seriously, and can be counted on to follow through. For this reason, people naturally tend to rely on them.
- Intensely dislike conflict, and they tend to place other people's needs over their own. The ISFJ needs to learn to identify, value, and express their own needs, if they wish to avoid becoming over-worked and taken for granted.
- Need positive feedback from others. In the absence of positive feedback, or in the face of criticism, the ISFJ gets discouraged, and may even become depressed.
- Are warm, generous, and dependable. They have many special gifts to offer, in their sensitivity to others, and their strong ability to keep things running smoothly. They need to remember to not be overly critical of themselves, and to give themselves some of the warmth and love which they freely dispense to others.