ISFP Relationships: Alluring the Artist

isfp relationshipsThe Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assesses a variety of personality traits to determine sixteen different personality types that individuals fall into. The ISFP personality type refers to individuals who are highly focused on Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), and Perception (P). In the sections below, we will discuss the personality of ISFP types, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of engaging in a relationship with one.

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ISFP Personality

People who fall into the ISFP category are often characterized by extreme levels of creativity and motivation. Despite their introverted roots, they tend to be very spontaneous and constantly in search of change that will benefit their lives. You can find the ISFP on the road, exploring and embracing new destinations and environments, constantly on the lookout for new things to discover. ISFP types tend to have an air of freedom that encompasses them so completely that those around these types report feeling it inspire them to capture their inner freedom as well. They can be described as “free souls” and their actions live up to the definition.

The downside to this distinctive sense of freedom that surrounds ISFP types is that it is often followed by a strong resistance of any form of social or personal control. ISFPs do not respond well to rules, regulations, and authority figures. Because of this, poor academic standing is associated with this personality type on occasion. However, when allowed to individualize their studies through classroom or personal means, ISFPs can not only succeed, but also overachieve, in the classroom. While these types have the ability to charm nearly everyone they encounter, they have a tendency to desire time to retreat at the end of the day and do not feel the constant pull of a life in the spotlight.

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Pros of Dating an ISFP Type

Engaging in a relationship with an ISFP type can have a great deal of perks due to a variety of different personality traits that work to the relationship’s advantage, including:

  • Observance and Sensitivity. The “F” in ISFP refers to the feeling characteristic present in this personality type that allows individuals to recognize and acknowledge distress in those around them and react accordingly.
  • Open-mindedness and Charm. ISFPs do not find difficulty in getting along with others, due to their tendency to shy away from judgment upon meeting new people. Also, they are often thought of as understanding and adaptable.
  • Artistic. Since this personality type is labeled “the artist”, it is fitting that the individuals who fall into this category possess a rather large amount of creativity, which they often work into every aspect of their lives.
  • Imaginative. The artistic nature of the ISFP often allows this type to function as trendsetters and individuals who are often finding innovative and unique ways to inspire those around them with their creative ideas and solutions.
  • Curiosity. Curiosity is imperative to the lives of ISFP types since they are often on the road, exploring and discovering all that they can. They find a certain fascination in unraveling the world around them and understanding the internal mechanisms of all of the taken for granted natural processes.
  • Passion and Enthusiasm. The level of fervor exhibited by ISFP personality types is unmatched and often envied by many other types due to its strong correlation with factors like “motivation” and “success”. However, despite the high level of interest in the world, this passion and enthusiasm tends to remain a secret kept between the minds of ISFPs and their work.

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Cons of Dating an ISFP Type

While having an ISFP significant other can be a lot of fun, it’s also important to be aware of the drawbacks of entering into a relationship with an individual in this category. The characteristics possessed by ISFPs that may make them bad partners include:

  • Possible Low Self-Esteem. ISFPs may exhibit signs of low self-esteem, particularly when they are young, due to insecurity about factors such as poor academic performance. However, a great deal of ISFPs do not possess this trait, due to persistence and deliberate effort in finding ways to greatly improve their academic standing.
  • Difficulties in the Academic Environment. The ISFP does not do well when dealing with highly scientific and technical topics since, for this type, the left brain, which functions to represent and comprehend logic, tends to fall behind the dominant right brain, which controls creativity.
  • Easily Stressed. ISFPs often experience a great deal of distress due to their tendency to operate in emotion-based ways. However, this large amount of emotional reactivity also enables the ISFP to access his or her creativity much more efficiently than their more logic-based peers.
  • Competitive. ISFPs enjoy being the best of the best and recognize that, in order to do so, they must engage in competition with others and, most importantly, beat out competitors. This may cause the ISFP to treat their significant other as a prize that has been won, rather than a person, or look at them as if they were out to claim the ISFP’s fame.
  • Unpredictable. ISFPs live in the present and often give little to no thought to their future, which often leads them to behave in ways that are pleasing at the moment, but not as much in the long run.
  • Fiercely Independent. Independence is highly characteristic of this type since the ISFP resists authority and control with everything they have. This may cause problems when it comes to making long-term commitments that depend on both parties.

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