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ISFP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ISFP personality type

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Understanding that ISFPs excel with abstract ideas and struggle with details will shine a light on your blind spots and allow you to flex your strengths to their full potential. As an ISFP, you can use the strengths you carry to fill the gaps of your weaknesses.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.

ISFP Strengths

Natural strengths of an ISFP

Kind-hearted and Empathetic

Stepping into another's shoes comes naturally to ISFPs. They have a strong appreciation for each person's individual experiences and feel that it's important to nurture each person's growth along their unique path in life.


Adaptable and Open-minded

ISFPs value peace and harmony. They are often willing consider and accept other points of view.


Carefree Attitude

ISFPs savour the present moment and don't worry much about the future. They are known for creating a comfortable atmosphere where old friends and new acquaintances alike feel free to relax and be themselves.


Creative Problem Solvers

They have an innate ability to sense how things work, what goes together and what doesn't. They are hands-on learners who feel things through, figuring out how to do something by doing it.

ISFP weaknesses

Natural areas where ISFPs could develop themselves

Sensitive to Criticism

No one knows better than an ISFP how words can wound. They prefer to drop gentle and unobtrusive hints which can easily be missed or confused by types who are less oriented to non-verbal communication. They avoid criticizing others and have a tendency to take feedback more personally than it may have been intended.


Undervalue themselves

Quiet, gracious, and at times self-effacing, ISFPs can be overlooked and overpowered by others, especially in competitive environments. Their sense of privacy and focus on others often leads to their gifts being overlooked.


Difficult Understanding and Enforcing Rules and Limits

Experience-oriented ISFPs don't often see in black and white. If they can identify numerous different ways to reach a goal, they are likely to choose a path that is interesting and aesthetically pleasing over the one specified in the rulebook. Others may see them as impulsive or easily distracted.



ISFPs make decisions based on how they feel. They know that feelings are unpredictable and always changing. This is why it can be difficult to commit to one course of action or plan.

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Luckily, strengths can be accentuated and weaknesses nullified with proper attention to oneself. ISFPs would do well to value themselves more and to stick to decisions when indecisiveness and flip-flopping between plans causes more stress than not.


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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.