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ISFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ISFJ personality type

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Like all MBTI types, an ISFJ has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. ISFJs are known for being empathetic, hard-working, and valuing tradition. On the other hand, they can be averse to change, sensitive, and sometimes repress their own feelings in the name of pleasing others.

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Learning how to balance out weaknesses with their strengths will help ISFJs to flourish.

ISFJ Strengths

Natural strengths of an ISFJ


ISFJs care deeply for other people. They strive to be supportive, always jumping in to help others stay afloat or succeed. This, paired with their loyal nature, makes ISFJs excellent friends and companions.



ISFJs are almost always willing to take on additional responsibilities, eager to see the work done right. Their detail-oriented nature adds to this. They love work and see it as a way to take care of those they love. This puts them in their element.



ISFJs show endless amounts of patience. Combined with their natural empathy and altruism, ISFJs make excellent caretakers, teachers, and medical professionals. They care more about providing people with what they need than just getting the job done. They will go above and beyond if it means helping someone.



ISFJs have the drive it takes to apply their natural strengths. The payoff of their hard work is the ISFJ's reward, and they are happy to see how their abilities help others. They can be particular about the way things are done, but they put completing the task above all else.

ISFJ weaknesses

Natural areas where ISFJs could develop themselves


While sometimes seen as a strength, ISFJs take humbleness to an extreme! It is not unusual for ISFJs to downplay their own success, resulting in no recognition for their accomplishments. ISFJs need positive reinforcement and their humble nature can make it difficult to feel satisfied in their career without an external voice to point out all of their accomplishments.


Sensitive to Criticism

Empathetic ISFJs sometimes struggle to separate their own feelings from a situation. This can lead to them being very sensitive, taking criticism (even constructive!) too personally. ISFJs struggle even more with criticism when it is in a public place. They do not like to air their dirty laundry for others to see. ISFJs take pride in being very put together.



ISFJs value tradition, and this may make them reluctant to accept changes in their lives. ISFJs often find decision-making and changing plans stressful. They struggle with spontaneity and prefer to have short term and long term plans for most areas of their lives.



As eager as they are to help others, ISFJs sometimes struggle to say ‘no.’ They may end up overloading themselves with too much work. They also struggle to put their own needs first, which may result in letting people take advantage of them.

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Strengths and weaknesses of the ISFJ type are not fixed. With conscious action the strengths can be improved upon and the weaknesses can be lessened. For an ISFJ this could mean not taking constructive criticism to heart or finding a profession which values patience.


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.