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Communicating With ISFJs

Communicating With ISFJs

By Paul Dunning

Over the years we have accumulated a large amount of data here on our web site about each of the sixteen types.

This series of articles summarizes responses by communication workshop participants previously posted in To Communicate With Me and Communication Highlights. In each personality type summary we highlight themes and then rank those themes by organizing them from most to least common responses.

The bulleted points are statements on each of the 4 themes identified from ISFJ responses.

A person who prefers ISFJ wants you to:

Allow time to think

• Give me time to “gather my thoughts” before responding to your question

• Slow down and let me contribute

• Tell me when you need input (deadlines, etc.)

Show some respect

• Don’t talk “over me” when I am talking

• Be polite and please don’t shout (at me or others)

• Listen to what I have to say – don’t cut me off

Be specific

• Be clear about what you need/want from me

• Give me details but not be vague or too much “pie in the sky” talk

Consider how people feel

• Give me facts with the implications for human resources

• If critiquing – tell me what I have also done well

What Does This Tell Us?

A person with ISFJ preferences wants communication to be unhurried, polite, specific, and considerate of the people involved.

You can find more information on type interactions in Introduction to Type and Communication.

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