ISFP Personality Type

The Creator in Myers Briggs

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What is the ISFP personality type (The Creator)?
People with an ISFP personality type tend to be creative, unconventional, and empathetic in their behavior. They have a strong grasp of their senses and often have very vivid memories. They enjoy small groups of people and have a passion for helping others.

ISFP Personality Traits

ISFP types need plenty of personal space. Though they enjoy building connections with people, they need alone time to think and recharge.

They are very observant, especially focusing on the details more than the overall view. They live in the present and tend to base decisions on what they can see right now.

Creators also prioritize emotion when making decisions. They prefer to follow what feels right.

They don’t like schedules, but instead prefer to keep their options open. They are adaptable, spontaneous, and like to challenge the need for strict rules.


In summary, ISFP personality types tend to...

  • Enjoy taking time to be alone and recharge.
  • Focus closely on the specifics of a situation.
  • Challenge the need for tradition and rules.
  • Avoid schedules to allow room for last-minute opportunities.
  • Prioritize emotion over facts and data.

ISFP Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems. 

Strengths that are typically associated with the ISFP personality type include...

  • Desire to improve the lives of others
  • Easy-going and adaptable attitude
  • Loyalty to personal beliefs and values
  • Deeply-rooted curiosity about the world
  • Sensitivity to the needs of those around them

ISFP Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the ISFP personality type include...

  • Difficulty understanding and following rules
  • Struggling to balance emotions in stressful situations
  • Distaste for conceptual or abstract information
  • Prioritizing their own need for autonomy
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How ISFP personality types like to work

Communicating with an ISFP personality type

Try to connect with them emotionally while respecting their deep need for personal space and independence.

Meeting with an ISFP personality type

Meetings should be sparse and should focus on specific, concrete information.

Emailing an ISFP personality type

Include small-talk and communicate clearly in emails.

Giving feedback to an ISFP personality type

Be gentle when giving feedback; include compliments to reassure ISFPs.

Resolving conflict with an ISFP personality type

Listen to and encourage ISFP types to share their feelings; help them feel heard and understood in times of conflict.

ISFP Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

ISFP personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Personal and private space to relax
  • Unexpected and exciting experiences
  • Learning about how things work
  • Creating something new and beautiful
  • Connecting with close friends and family

ISFP Stress

ISFP personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Strict rules, regulations, and processes
  • Complex and hypothetical ideas
  • Repetitive schedules and routines
  • Criticism from those they value
  • Large groups of unfamiliar people

ISFP Careers

ISFPs tend to thrive in environments that allow them to work from home on a flexible schedule. They enjoy pursuing their passions to help others and learn more about the world around them.

ISFP personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are given space to work on their own.
  • Their boss is direct and assertive.
  • Their peers support and encourage them.
  • Their direct reports appreciate their guidance.

ISFP personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to work in loud, crowded spaces.
  • Their boss makes no effort to get to know them.
  • Their peers are focused on efficiency over personal connection.
  • Their direct reports dislike them.
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ISFP types have a passion for helping others. They are natural born creatives and enjoy careers that allow them to have flexible schedules.  

Common jobs for people with ISFP personality types

  • Artist
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Freelance Consultant
  • Chef
  • Writer
  • Designer
  • Professor

ISFP Relationships (Professional)

ISFPs are skilled in adapting to new or unfamiliar circumstances. They can help others see the bright side of a dark or difficult situation.

ISFP personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Make an effort to build a relationship outside of work
  • Maintain a positive, open-minded outlook
  • Refrain from sharing uninvited criticism

ISFP personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Become overly emotional in a situation that requires objective thinking
  • Struggle to follow rules and procedures that are set in place
  • Withdraw from others when they’re stressed but input is required

ISFP Relationships (Romantic)

ISFPs can be unique, understanding partners who work toward building an emotionally vulnerable, deep relationship.

In a romantic relationship, Creator personality types bring strengths like...

  • Opening up emotionally with their partner
  • Considering how personal decisions will affect their partner
  • Listening to and remaining empathetic toward their partner’s perspective

In romantic relationships, Creator personality types may have trouble...

  • Working through emotional issues with a balanced mindset
  • Quickly getting to the true, root-cause of a problem
  • Detaching their emotions from difficult conversations

Myers-Briggs is a personality framework that can help you understand other people and why they behave in certain ways.
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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to Myers-Briggs Type ISFP. 

DISC Type IS, Si, or S

Enneagram Type 2 or 9

You can find your DISC, Enneagram, and Myers-Briggs types by taking Crystal's free personality test.

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