When you know what your personality type is, whether or not it's ISFP—
advocate, mediator, protagonist, campaigner, architect, logician, commander, debater, intuitive, defender, executive, consul, virtuoso, adventurer, entrepreneur, entertainer—you can begin a journey of self-discovery to understand why you do the things you do, and think the way you think. Here, we talk about the ISFP Myers-Briggs type.
You can take a free Myers-Briggs personality test online to start. Only when you have a deep understanding of your personality traits, will you be able to enhance your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
We’ll dive into these ideas throughout the article and give you resources to work with one of our trained therapists, if necessary, to help you live your life to the fullest.
In this advice series, we’re exploring each of the 16 personality types identified by two remarkable women, Katherine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers.
In the 1940’s, Katherine and Isabel developed the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), a personality self-test relying heavily on Carl Jung’s theory of different personality types.
Myers-Briggs concluded that every person:
The different combinations of these 4 opposites make up the 16 personality types.
The 16 Personality Types
Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP).
Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP).
Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ).
Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP).
In this article, we’re going to be exploring the adventurer (ISFP) personality type.
ISFP Personality Traits: The Adventurer Personality Type
ISFPs are the abbreviation for introversion, sensing, feeling, and perception.
Introversion: ISFPs are quiet and reserved. They prefer to have a few close friends rather than many acquaintances. Social gatherings of any kind drain their energy.
Sensing: ISFPs focus on details and immediate realities, paying less attention to the big picture and future possibilities. ISFPs are concrete rather than abstract thinkers. You could say that adventurers live in the moment and aren’t interested in planning for the future.
Feeling: ISFPs take personal preferences and social considerations into account when they make decisions, rather than cold hard facts and logic.
Perception: ISFPs are slow decision makers. They delay making a decision, preferring to be spontaneous and flexible.
ISFPs are peaceful and laid-back; they’re tolerant of others and nonjudgmental of cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that are different from theirs. They have strong values, believing in helping others and being of service, although they often don’t care to debate or even share their values with others.
They’re unhurried, calm, and live in the here and now. Their artistic ability, combined with an adventurous spirit, lead them to experiment with all facets of the human condition. They’re loyal and devoted to the people in their lives, and will display a great deal of care and consideration to those that they love.
The reserved personality trait may mean that they’re quiet, but they’re also invariably pleasant and always ready to go with the flow. They need praise and positive affirmation, but their occasional unwillingness to share their thoughts and feelings with their families and close friends can sometimes lead to relationship difficulties.
ISFPs Are Artistic
ISFP personality types are creative in everything they do. Whether they’re painters, songwriters or sales managers presenting five-year sales projections in a graph, their work will be visually pleasing and eye-catching. ISFP’s have an active imagination and a natural talent to create beautiful objects.
One of the ISFP’s personality traits is to easily relate to other people’s emotions and be empathetic to them. Their sensitivity to the feelings of others leads them to try to create goodwill and harmony when conflicts arise.
Other people find them charming; they’re warm, relaxed, nonjudgmental, and have a live-and-let-live attitude that makes them pleasant and likable. They have a special bond with animals and children, and are in tune with the universe.
Another ISFP personality trait is to be curious about the world around them. When they’re presented with an idea, their first instinct is to explore—to go on an adventure to test whether the idea holds water or not. If the idea interests or excites them, they’ll be totally absorbed in it, to the exclusion of everything else.
These personality types need the space and freedom to do things their own way and in their own time. They enjoy a leisurely pace to appreciate the world around them fully. They’re original and unconventional; schedules, rules, and processes will bore them and even make them unhappy. They will do mundane tasks if they have to, but it’s an understatement to say that they don’t like them.
They will probably not feel happy or fulfilled in a corporate environment where they’re expected to meet deadlines and follow procedures.
These personality traits often make for creative career paths as artists, musicians, and designers, but their sensitive natures and desire to help others also make them excellent teachers and counselors.
ISFP’s are by nature artists and caregivers; they will do well in any career path, workplace, or environment where they can use these talents, as long as they’re given the space and freedom to do things their way.
They are warmhearted and gentle; they’re devoted, loyal, and committed lifelong partners. They’re easygoing and go along with their partners, making them pleasant and comfortable to live with.
This personality type is reserved, so they often hide their thoughts and feelings from their partners. Unless their partner knows them well, this tendency to keep things private can cause problems in a relationship.
These personality types who haven’t learned to express their feelings and thoughts to their partners may feel uncared for, or that they’re being taken for granted. This sometimes makes them bitter and inclined to abandon the relationship.
Affinity for children and animals is a strong ISFP personality trait, and ISFP’s enjoy being parents. They’re as laid-back with their children as they are with others, and don’t set unrealistic expectations for them, nor are they likely to be demanding. The ISFP personality type will gently guide their children to behave well, treat them as individuals, and encourage them to find their role in the family and in life in general.
The ISFP personality type never loses the child inside, and they have fun with their children. ISFPs have gentle and kind hearts, all the more so when it comes to their children. Unless an ISFP’s partner is willing to take on the role of disciplinarian, the children may have behavioral problems.
ISFPs are warm and friendly. Although they’re quiet and generally keep their thoughts and feelings private, they’re also pleasant and charming company.
ISFPs are upbeat. Optimism is a strong ISFP personality trait.
ISFPs are good listeners. ISFP personality types want the people around them to be happy, and they will carefully listen to their family and friends’ needs and try to satisfy them.
ISFPs are creative and artistic. They want the objects around them to be functional and beautiful, and their homes are likely to be both.
ISFPs are committed partners and friends, and an ISFP personality trait is to seek lifelong relationships with family and friends.
ISFPs are relaxed, flexible, and ready to go along with others.
ISFPs are sensuous and earthy.
ISFPs are not good at long-term financial planning. ISFP personality types may not have a financial plan for their retirement, and in extreme cases, they may end up destitute. They may also not provide appropriately for their children’s education.
ISFPs avoid conflict, and this may lead to the breakdown of close relationships. Rather than confront a problem, the ISFP personality type will keep it private, and their family and friends may not be aware that a problem even exists.
ISFPs may appear to be lazy. The ISFP personality trait tends to take things easy and enjoy and savor the moment, making them slow-moving at times, which can be frustrating to others.
ISFPs have difficulty expressing their affection with words. While ISFP personality types often shower those they love with gifts and special treats, they struggle to find words to show their affection.
ISFPs may become bitter and cynical if they feel that others are taking them for granted. Unwilling to express how they’re feeling, the ISFP personality type will abandon a good relationship that only needs an honest discussion to set it to right.
Understanding ISFPs Through BetterHelp
Research shows that online therapy is an effective way of helping understand personality types, including specific traits like introversion or creativity. In one study, researchers found that internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people deal with issues with procrastination. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help ISFPs to reframe unhelpful or negative thoughts underlying certain aspects of their personality, such as procrastination or difficulty in communicating their feelings. Online therapy plans consist of sessions, worksheets, webinars, and other helpful resources that can produce positive results when working through an array of personality concerns.
As discussed above, online therapy can help people to explore their personalities—ISFP, as well as other types—to learn more about how they live, interact, and work. Online therapy is often a cheaper option than traditional, in-person counseling. With BetterHelp, you will also have the opportunity to message your therapist outside of online sessions instead of waiting for an office visit. Just reach out to your counselor, and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Thousands of people have already learned more about themselves and their personalities through the licensed counselors at BetterHelp. Read below for reviews of qualified mental health professionals, from those who have sought help with understanding their personality.
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ISFPs are creative and artistic. Given the freedom and space to march to their own drumbeat, they create beauty in the world. ISFP personality types are adventurous; they’re curious and will explore new ideas with passion and excitement. ISFP personality traits include being fun-loving, laid-back, warmhearted, and kind.
ISFP personality types avoid conflict to the detriment of their relationships; rather than discuss their feelings with their loved ones to resolve problems, they tend to walk away.
To be clear, personality types aren’t personality disorders. You don’t necessarily need help from a mental and emotional health expert to lead a happy and successful life as or with the adventurer personality trait. However, if you want advice and deep insights into personality beyond what you can get from an internet quiz, talking to a professional can be helpful. Take the first step today.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
ISFP stands for Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving. People with this personality type are said to have “adventurer” personalities. They prefer smaller groups of people and their personal experience, understanding, and view of the world is more important to them than statistics and numbers.
How rare are ISFPs?
This is a difficult question to answer. Not everyone takes the Myers-Briggs test, and not everyone who takes it takes it through the same channels. As a result, there’s no sort of global registry matching the population to their personality profiles.
However, estimates are that people with the adventurer personality type are around 6% to 8% of the population.
Who is an ISFP compatible with?
This depends on your views of compatibility. Does compatibility mean that you and your partner see things in the same way, or that you complement each other by embracing different viewpoints, strengths and weaknesses?
If you are an ISFP who wants a person with a similar outlook, look for people with personality types that also value feeling and perception.
If you think that successful romantic relationships are created when people have opposite personality traits but are able to work together to balance their strengths and weaknesses, look for people who value thinking and intuition—people who can ground you with their practicality and focus.
That first letter is rather immutable, however. You will probably be better off with someone who is also an introvert.
What makes ISFP happy?
Those with adventurer personalities like people and situations that allow them to practice their passionate idealism. They need the space and time to make their own decisions about things, and to feel respected in the decisions that they make.
Is an ISFP smart?
Your personality type and your level of intelligence aren’t necessarily a 1:1 relationship. While ISFPs may think that there is more to solving a problem than rationality, impartiality, and intellectualism, that doesn’t mean that they necessarily lack those qualities.
Is an ISFP attractive?
The Myers-Briggs test was designed to test personality types, not determine physical characteristics.
If intuitive, sensitive, feeling, perceptive people are your type, so to speak, then I suppose that you could say that people with the adventurer personality type are attractive.
Who should an ISFP marry?
While different personality traits can be more or less similar, there aren’t any that are exclusively compatible or non-compatible.
An ISFP can get along with intuitive (N) and feeling (F) personality types easily but they may also find valuable feedback from thinking (T) personality types.
They may have the hardest time seeing eye-to-eye with judging (J) personality types.
What do ISFPs find attractive?
Again, assuming that we’re talking about “attraction” in a non-physical sense, they are attracted to people who value sensation and emotion.
Note that this doesn’t mean that they can only be attracted to others. A person with the INTP personality type might not use these values in their own decision making but can still respect that an ISFP person does.
What is the smartest personality type?
Questions like this are the result of a common issue in how we understand the meaning and impact of personality traits. A theme as we explore this type and personality types in general is that personality and intelligence aren’t the same thing.
Some personality types are more likely to use impartiality and intellectual excellence than feeling in making decisions. That doesn’t make them smarter, it just means that they approach situations and problems in a different way.