LOVE IS: Finding a mate with whom they can create a home and found a family.
FALLS IN LOVE: Intensely. The ISFJ will often make their relationship with their partner the first priority in their life.
FALLS OUT OF LOVE: May have difficulty leaving a bad relationship and moving on with their life afterwards.
INTIMACY: A way of strengthening and deeping the relationship bond. The ISFJ will deeply value their partner's responding affirmations.
COMMITMENT: Seeks a lifelong, commited relationship. By nature ISFJs are caring, selfless partners and traditional, family-minded individuals.
MOST SATISFIED WITH: A considerate and thoughtful partner who recognises their dedication and ability to nurture others.
The ISFJ is generous, accommodating and loyal. ISFJs are dedicated to the task of taking care of their loved ones, and take their family responsibilities seriously. ISFJs often adhere to traditional gender roles, and happily take on the customary household duties. ISFJs can tend to put their partner's needs ahead of their own, and run the risk of being taken advantage of because of their desire to please others. They prize harmony and will often withdraw rather than engage in conflict.
ISFJs appreciate a considerate and thoughtful partner who recognises their dedication and ability to nurture others.
Honours commitments and takes relationship roles very seriously
Warm, friendly and affirming by nature
A good listener who wants to please others
Reliable household and money manager with excellent organisational skills
Will make relationship a priority.
Often don't pay enough attention to their own needs
May want to avoid criticism and conflict at all costs, causing resentments to build up inside
May have difficulty branching out into new territory or adjusting to new situations or circumstances.
Because he is so loyal, George's biggest problem has been hanging on to relationships long after they are dead. He has felt that he has done all of the sacrificing and most of the work, and this has angered him. He's been assertive at work, but in love he has tended to let his partners take advantage of him. Now he's clearly stating his expectations and hopes. His relationship with his current girlfriend is based on mutual giving and respect. She really appreciates his being hardworking, kind, and faithful.
Guys often didn't even notice her in high school because she was so shy. In college, she had one long-lasting romance. However, her boyfriend turned out to be abusive.
Since he would always apologize and she is very trusting and loyal, she stuck by him. The abuse escalated, so she finally left.
Now she is dating a man who treats her like a queen. She'd like to marry him, but she's afraid he might change afterward..
Male and female ISFJ relationship portraits from Please Understand Me: Temperament, Character, Intelligence by Dr David Keirsey
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References: Murray State University, Profound Knowledge Products, My Personality, Personality Desk, Personality Page and David Markley. Also various works by: Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen, Florence Littauer, Alexander Avila and Naomi and Alan Quenk.