Today I’m excited to talk about the fascinating ISFP personality type. ISFPs are known for their creativity, sincerity, and love of aesthetic beauty. They are often called The Artists or The Composers because of how determined they are to create things that will affect the senses. ISFPs are often quiet and reserved, with excellent listening skills and a strong sense of empathy and compassion. Famous ISFPs include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bob Dylan, and Ryan Gosling.
5 Ways to Annoy an ISFP
While the ISFP is usually patient and thoughtful, they can get annoyed and frustrated like anyone else can. What annoys them the most? I checked around on forums and in Facebook groups and consulted my personality manuals to get an idea. These five behaviors came up more than any others:
ISFPs are strongly influenced by their dominant function, Introverted Feeling. Introverted Feelers usually have a strong sense of compassion for the underdogs and the downtrodden, and they can’t stand it when anyone thinks they are somehow better than others or more entitled to respect.
ISFPs are usually open-minded and willing to give a listening ear to the perspectives of others. When this same courtesy isn’t returned to them, or when they are around people who aren’t open to other people’s viewpoints it aggravates them.
ISFPs tend to be private about their lives unless someone is really close to them. They dislike it when others try to stick their noses into their business. If you want to stay on an ISFPs good side steer clear of clingy behavior, nagging, badgering, or otherwise invading their privacy or personal space.
Attention Seeking Behavior
ISFPs are strong believers in being genuine and authentic. Any kind of manipulation or phony behavior used to manipulate or gain attention will irritate them. Attention-seeking behaviors they mentioned frequently included posting vague, dramatic Facebook status updates, people who exaggerate to gain esteem or cause shock, or people who use passive aggression to make others feel bad for them.
ISFPs and INFPs are known for their incredible listening skills. UCLA Neuroscientist, Dario Nardi, said of ISFPs and INFPS “They often enter a special listening mode. They are consummate listeners. They thoroughly engage all brain regions that process voice, words, and sounds; moreover, they may easily enter a unique whole-brain state when listening to other people, whoever those people might be.” Because ISFPs are such good listeners, many people use them as a sounding board for their frustrations and concerns. When other people don’t extend the same courtesy to them it can make them feel frustrated and taken advantage of.
What Do You Think?
Do you agree with these pet peeves or do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments!
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