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ISFP - Guardian

Ego Block

With Fi, Se in their ego block, ISFPs' primary focus in life is on stable inner criteria for personal relationships, therefore ethical principles through which they evaluate their own and others' behavior and ideas, backed by input from what they perceive as the real world and how people really are rather than idealism, imagination or not-demonstrated potential in people.

1. Fi: Introverted Ethics

The ISFP sees reality primarily through static personal ethics and stable interpersonal bonds between individuals, including himself, where the status of such interpersonal bonds is determined by his personal ethics. The ISFP is very confident in evaluating the ethical or moral qualities, and their consistency, of other people as well of himself. This makes ISFPs seem "judgmental" or "self-righteous" to people less so inclined. If an ISFP has difficulty in deciding the status of a personal relationship, he will take action to try to reach a conclusion, but if that continues to elude him, he will regard the relationship as not worth it. His own sense of constancy in personal ethics and in his relationships with others is a very strong factor in his sense of self-worth.

This is manifested as a very high regard for personal loyalty and integrity, both on the part of the ISFP and of others towards each other and towards the ISFP. The idea that he failed on that is extremely upsetting to an ISFP, and such a suggestion, made by others, is seen as the ultimate insult if the ISFP himself does not agree. The same goes for accusations of unethical or unprincipled behavior that the ISFP regards as unjustified.

ISFPs are very often more confident of the status of a personal relationship - and of what it should be in their view - than other persons; therefore ISFPs often take it upon themselves to establish, maintain, preserve, or change the status of such relationships.

2. Se: Extraverted Sensing

ISFPs take direct action to accomplish their goals and desires in the face of external obstacles, and also the interests of their close friends, family, or associates. This may involve prodding others to take necessary action, deliberately applying pressure in specific situations, or abruptly taking on an organizational role. ISFPs do not generally seek out confrontation, but neither are they afraid of it. They are inclined to be resolute in taking action and value this quality in themselves and others; however, this also leads to occasional impulsiveness, leading to actions that the ISFP later regrets and wishing he hadn't taken, with considerable self-criticism.

ISFPs take their responsibilities seriously and tend to perform them diligently and with care. They expect the same of others and make that clear. They can be very demanding co-workers and bosses, but not more than they are of themselves.

ISFPs tend to evaluate people's ethical behavior "as it is" and not "as it could be" or "as it could be interpreted according to the context or another person's point of view". That means that they can be perceived as unrelentingly harsh, even unforgiving or vindictive, when correcting, punishing or even avenging what they see as unethical behavior, especially betrayal of trust. "Evil must be punished" or even "destroyed" is one of the ISFP's mottos.

ISFPs place great value in long-term achievement and accumulation of wealth, but only as long as those do not conflict with their Fi priorities.

ISFPs have a strong sense of what is and is not physically attractive, and will often judge themselves against a very difficult criteria.

Super-Ego Block

With Ne, Ti in the super-ego, ISFPs essentially see little point in discussing speculative ideas, however logically consistent, if they have no obvious connection to reality and do not take into consideration how they affect individuals.

3. Ti: Introverted Logic

The ISFP is able to talk about things from a dispassionate academic or theoretical point of view for brief periods of time, but seems overly bookish when doing so and tends to grow tense. When feeling obliged to justify logically a personal decision taken for reasons determined by Fi, the ISFP attempts to do so but grows quickly annoyed especially if the inconsistency in the logical argument is pointed out. He then either explains the ethical motivation or avoids the issue altogether.

ISFPs see the value of logical consistency in systems for areas or tasks they see as useful, but do not see the point of lingering on that if the pursuit of such consistency deviates too long or deeply from practical reality or from concerns relating to individuals and their relationships, and they are not really interested in discussions by others who choose to do so.

4. Ne: Extraverted Intuition

The ISFP is highly skeptical about ideas and opportunities that may appear not to lead anywhere specifically, and seeks concrete assurance that actual material benefits will be achieved. The ISFP prefers the kind of ideation that seems to lead somewhere (offer solutions) rather than the sort that is most likely to bring upheaval and unwanted changes. So they don't want to hear about all the possible problems in a situation, they'd rather hear only the very likely problems if there are any, and the benefits.

The ISFP dislikes evaluations of people's potential to engage in activities or develop skills in which they haven't had experience yet; above all he is uncomfortable with such discussions by other people regarding himself. This makes the ISFP concerned about the impression he makes on other people in those areas. He is inclined to be either over-skeptical of his own potential or going to the other extreme and overestimate his possibilities in specific areas on occasion.

ISFPs are often amused by, and attracted to, demonstrations of the intense use of Ne by others if at least tangentially connected to ideas that might have some practical use (Te); but they are repelled by it if used in such a way as to excessively contextualize Fi ethics to the point of irrelevancy.

Super-Id Block

With Te, Ni in their super-id, ISFPs greatly value accurate and useful information, coupled with a sense of opportunity for when to act on it or not. They eagerly accumulate information and use it productively, but are often insecure as to their accuracy and efficiency, and as to the timing for their best application, usually anxious about putting it off for later and so inclined to take precipitated action. Input from others on those areas is most appreciated.

5. Te: Extraverted Logic

The ISFP is attracted to people seen as knowledgeable, as well as truthful and willing to share that knowledge, in matters seen as interesting and useful to the ISFP towards achieving productivity and efficiency. Reliable information rather than the finished analysis is what attracts the ISFP: facts and explanations, not answers limited to the conclusions, which they tend to see as mere opinions. For the same reason, the ISFP avoids people who are inclined to give out unreliable, or simply untruthful, information.

The ISFP tends to be unsure the productivity of his actions and unconsciously relies on others to give him impressions and advice about the best, most productive ways of doing things. He has difficulties measuring how much work he has done, whether it is sufficient, and how much it is actually worth. The individual admires people who are aware of the productivity of their actions and are always trying to do something rational and worthwhile.

ISFPs are very keen to accumulate information on matters they find useful or just interesting, but they also need the company of persons with whom they can exchange evaluations as to the accuracy and usefulness of that information.

6. Ni: Introverted Intuition

ISFPs appreciate periodically having an outside evaluation of how a situation is likely to develop in order to keep from worrying excessively. Without an outside reassurance that a task can be accomplished in time without hurry, or that there is no need to deal with an ongoing development and that for the moment it's best to wait and see, ISFPs tend to get anxious about running out of time, and inclined to try to deal with such issues immediately and sometimes impulsively.

ISFPs are resolute and decisive in dealing with situations they see developing or already in front of them, but at the same time they are keen to avoid being too impulsive and taking actions they will regret later. They admire people who always seem to know when it is best to act or to bid your time for a more opportune moment, and aim at emulating such people, often succeeding; but at the same time the ISFPs are worried that they are thinking too much of the consequences instead of acting, so sometimes acting impulsively.

ISFPs place great value in thinking about the consequences of actions and whether they are opportune or not, but such considerations are often overruled by their inclination to take action before it's too late.

Id Block

With Fe, Si in their Id, ISFPs are confident in their ability to promote a pleasant, cozy emotional and sensorial atmosphere in themselves and others, and in their evaluation of such matters; but they regard them as a source of amusement and not as a priority. Accordingly, they tend to be put off by people who make such matters the top goals in their lives.

7. Fe: Extraverted Ethics

The ISFP is perfectly able to integrate in a group emotional situation, such as of people having fun and trading jokes, and sustain that mood in himself for a long period of time. The ISFP is also usually adept at promoting such an atmosphere himself. However, he sees no point in doing so if his own inner emotional state does not prompt him towards that, especially if he does not have positive private feelings towards the other people involved.

The ISFP is aware of the need to keep a "polite façade" in certain social and professional situations, even in the presence of people he personally dislikes, or during periods of negative inner emotions, but he refuses to actively attempt to integrate in, or promote, a positive external emotional atmosphere in such occasions: to the ISFP, that would mean crossing the line from politeness into hypocrisy. The ISFP's disinclination for doing so increases along with his feelings of closeness with the individuals present.

Accordingly, the ISFP is very confident in spotting when another person is "spoiling" a group emotional atmosphere without noticing it, and will discreetly warn that person if the ISFP judges it to be advisable in that situation. However, the ISFP does not regard such social missteps as a character flaw in the person, and may even be reassured by this kind of awkwardness.

The ISFP's ability to merge into a pleasant social atmosphere if he sees no strong reasons for not doing so, and yet actively go against it if he considers it called for, may be perceived as intentional "bitchiness" by those more sensitive to Fe than Fi.

8. Si: Introverted Sensing

The ISFP is confident of his ability to recognize and evaluate the physical condition and well-being of himself and others; also aesthetic sensations, and the internal effects of sensory stimulants, such as good food and relaxing situations. He can provide a convincing evaluation of these when prompted, however, the ISFP regards soothing, relaxing things and discussions of them as sources of amusement rather than a priority in life. He does not treat them very seriously, or allow himself to engage in them very often, despite his overall confidence in these areas. When he does choose to focus attention on his physical condition and well-being, he is more likely to prefer an Se approach and impose a strict, demanding dietary or exercise regimen upon himself or others.

Accordingly, the ISFP will be ready to provide advice on such matters to others, if asked or if he considers it really necessary, but he will not consider it a very important skill or priority in other persons and, in fact, will be put off by persons who make such considerations the central focus of their lives.

ISFPs are usually inclined to devote a significant part of their free time and available income to matters related to Si such as fine food, relaxing atmospheres in pleasant locations, and outdoor activities, also with the aim of promoting Fi bonds; but only as long as such activities do not jeopardize the ISFPs' main goals in life, in which case they will be dropped.

Common social roles

  1. The moralist who is quick to judge people for good and bad behavior, finds fault easily, and punishes just as easily.
  2. The devoted worker who quietly and unfailingly fulfills his or her duty and expects the same from others.
  3. The sentimental yet tenacious achiever who has a very strong motivation to achieve a specific prestigious career goal, yet has a great deal of interpersonal sensitivity and often insecurity.

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