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Narratives of Type: Enhancers (ISFPs and INFPs)

Narratives of Type: Enhancers (ISFPs and INFPs)

By Donna Dunning

Stories are as old as mankind but it seems we never get tired of hearing them. I’m always interested in hearing or reading authentic stories about people, their personality preferences, their careers, their strengths, and their challenges. From talking with people, writing books and facilitating courses I’ve learned that stories can communicate ideas that are otherwise difficult to explain.

It’s relatively easy to find descriptions of the 16 personality types, but more difficult to find websites that share the voices of people with different preferences. In this series of posts, I offer a few quotes from people who share specific personality types.

People who have preferences for ISFP or INFP personality type share a common core process of Introverted Feeling, sometimes referred to as Fi; a reflective, personal, caring approach. I call them Enhancers and use the words Care and Connect to describe their characteristic approach.

Some quotes have been taken from interviews used in my book, What’s Your Type of Career?. Others are segments of stories shared by readers on my website. I keep editing to a minimum when I post the stories that people share to retain the authentic voice of the Enhancer, but I have shortened these quotes to include variety and brevity in this blog.

A person who prefers INFP – on the importance of values.

“I have generally left a job because it starts to conflict too much with one of my core values. I would literally rather collect trash and serve society, than to be forced to make decisions that are designed to turn a greater profit at the expense of the clients or patients or whomever I am supposed to be serving.”

An interior designer who prefers ISFP – her personal approach to customer service.

I like to pay attention to the colors and textures. I can blend pieces together in a very appealing way while still staying within the price range my client can afford.”

From a woman who prefers INFP – on work relationships

“As I think about it now, the #1 thing that has caused me to leave jobs in the past has been unpleasant working relationships or ones that soured as old companions moved on and new ones came in, changing the temperament of the office.”

A childcare worker with preferences for ISFP – on caring for children.

“I often need to find ways to solve conflicts that occur when children are playing with a limited number of toys. I enjoy coming up with spur of the moment ways to keep the kids happy. I have learned a few magic tricks, and will take an upset child aside and distract him or her. I enjoy being able to contribute to making the atmosphere more harmonious.”

Sharing our stories helps us to understand each other and ourselves. If you have preferences for ISFP or INFP please consider sharing your career story with my readers.

For the complete version of these success stories, look at the Enhancer Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

If you would like more information, this site also describes preferences of Enhancers at Work as well as a list of Occupations that Attract Enhancers.

You can also search your four-letter type code or one of the names (ex. Visionary, Enhancer) to find more information relevant to your preferences. See the Introduction to the 8 Ways of Working to familiarize yourself with the personality type names I use.

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