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Personality Type and Learning: ISFP

Personality Type and Learning: ISFP

By Donna Dunning

Practical Enhancer (ISFP)

“Always glad to help.”

Our personality type preferences link to how and what we prefer to learn.

In my booklet, Introduction to Type and Learning, I describe how each of your four preferences (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) link to your learning style. You can read a summary about how type preferences influence learning on my Connecting Personality Type to Your Learning post.

In the booklet I also discuss how your whole type, the combination of your preferences, links to your learning style. I do this using the eight dominant function groupings.

I use the name Enhancers for people who prefer ISFP (and INFP), since they both share a behind-the-scenes, supportive approach to living, working, and learning. In type language these types have a dominant function of Introverted Feeling (Fi). See the Enhancer page for more general information on this combination of preferences.

Enhancers tend to enjoy learning in a flexible, individualized environment. They seek friendly, supportive instructors and small group or one-to-one interactions.

Each of the eight approaches to learning is discussed in detail as you can see in these Introduction to Type and Learning sample pages shared by CPP Inc. (the publisher) on their website.

In this post, I have taken a short excerpt from the booklet to highlight how ISFPs prefer to learn. The tips mainly describe how ISFPs can use their Sensing process to support their natural Enhancer approach. If you are learning something new and have ISFP preferences, use the tips to maximize your learning. If you are teaching, leading, or coaching others, consider adapting your style to accommodate these learners.

Learning Tips for ISFPs

  • Learn practical information that is useful in the here and now
  • Find ways to be active and hands-on, such as when learning through field work
  • Have fun when learning
  • Choose resources that are practical and to the point
  • Apply what you are learning to your current situation
  • Take frequent breaks when reading highly theoretical materials
  • Take concise notes
  • Summarize information sequentially
  • When making notes record facts and concrete examples in bullet list form
  • Use color or other visual aids such as videos, diagrams, or charts

As well as personality type specific tips, there are essential learning strategies everyone can use to be a more effective learner. These are described in detail in my Introduction to Type and Learning booklet and are summarized in my post on the Top 10 Learning Strategies.

Being a life-long learner is a necessity in this complex, changing world. Understanding and adapting how you learn can be a powerful tool for your career and life success.


You can also purchase Introduction to Type and Learning from CPP Inc. in PDF format.

I hope you enjoy the photographs for this Personality Type and Learning blog series. They were taken from helicopter and boat during a trip to the Discovery Islands off the west coast of Canada.

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