“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
– Mother Teresa, an ISFJ
ISFJs are known for their compassion, integrity, and practical kindness. ISFJs are simultaneously down-to-earth and empathetic. They thrive on helping their loved ones in useful, resourceful ways, and doing what they can to improve their communities. They aren’t showy or attention-seeking, but prefer to do their kind deeds in the background without a lot of fanfare. They rely on their masterful Introverted Sensing (Si) to collect and recall numerous personal details about the people around them. They have rich memories and can easily remember what people’s desires and needs are. They are usually skilled at remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. They combine this accurate, detailed memory with Extraverted Feeling (Fe), their second-favorite function. Extraverted Feeling gives ISFJs the ability to sense other people’s emotions and moods and to be empathetic and compassionate to them. ISFJs are usually good at maintaining harmony in their outer worlds, and making other people feel at ease. They are often polite and generous; willing to go to great lengths to improve the lives of their friends and family. The ISFJ believes in helping his or her community, living selflessly, and working hard to provide joy and practical help to others.
You’ll find a wide variety of ISFJs in numerous career fields and humanitarian roles; Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Kate Middleton, and George H.W. Bush are all ISFJs!