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What Might be a Challenge for an ISFP?

What Might be a Challenge for an ISFP?

By Donna Dunning

People with preferences for ISFP tend to use a calm, practical approach. They enjoy helping others and providing products and services that are useful in the here-and-now.

Being observant and focused on others, ISFPs are often quick to offer assistance and help out.

What about the needs of the ISFP?

Sometimes, this approach can lead to situations where ISFPs are so engaged helping others that they don’t take the time to meet their own needs.

It can be a dilemma. Helping others is rewarding and can become a habit. However, giving lots of time and energy to others can sometimes lead to overload.

During one team building session I facilitated, an administrative assistant with ISFP preferences described how people on the team (mainly with ESTJ and ENTJ preferences) relied on her to get work done quickly. At times she became stressed from the multiple demands on her time. She wanted to meet everyone’s needs yet knew she couldn’t do it all right away.

She had not spoken up before because she was eager and willing to taking on the work and didn’t want to inconvenience or complain to the team members. Rather, she just worked longer hours to get it all done. However, this was taking a toll on her energy and commitment to the job.

How to meet everyone’s needs

The team was surprised to hear her perspective, having assumed she would have mentioned she was overloaded.

Now she feels more comfortable letting team members know when, due to multiple demands, she will not be able to complete their work right away. Team members are also more respectful of the demands on her time and give her more lead-time for completing projects.

Are there any other people with ISFP or INFP preferences who find this happens to them? How have you learned to manage the demands on your time?

Do you interact with an ISFP or an INFP? Are you careful to respect their tendency to want to help? How do you ensure their needs are being considered?

Interested in learning more about how ISFPs act and interact? Here are a few posts you might like.

Enhancers (ISFP and INFP) Personality Type Preferences and Stress

Developing Your Type: ISFP

Narratives of Type: Enhancers (ISFPs and INFPs)

Is there an ISFP in your Life?

Introduction to Type and Communication describes in detail how personality preferences influence communications.

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