Defender (ISFJ)
Personality Type

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Defender (ISFJ)
Personality Type


Personal strength and preference that Defender (ISFJ) most of the time uses is: Introverted Sensing with Feeling

Defender (ISFJ) Personality Type General Characteristics

Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Work devotedly to meet their obligations. Lend stability to any project or group. Thorough, painstaking, accurate. Their interest are usually not technical. Can be patient with necessary details. Loyal, considerate, perceptive, concerned with how other people feel.

Defender (ISFJ) Celebrities

  • David Petraeus - General in the U.S. Army
  • George Marshall - U.S. general and Secretary of State
  • Robert E. Lee - General in the American Civil War
  • George A. Custer - U.S. Cavalry Commander
  • Jimmy Carter - U.S. President (D)
  • George H.W. Bush - U.S. President (R)
  • Mitt Romney - U.S. Governor and presidential candidate (R)
  • Rand Paul - U.S. Senator (R)
  • Marcus Aurelius - Roman philosopher and Emperor
  • Roger Scruton - Philosopher
  • Rosa Parks - Civil rights activist
  • Mother Teresa - Catholic nun and charity worker
  • Christopher Walken - Actor
  • Anthony Hopkins - Actor
  • Naomi Watts - Actress
  • Halle Berry - Actress
  • Dr. Dre - Rapper, producer
  • Katie Holmes - Actress
  • Prince Charles - U.K. royal
  • Tiger Woods - Golf champion

Defender (ISFJ) Distribution in the Population

  • 14% of the general population
  • 8% of men
  • 19% of women

Defender (ISFJ) Most Popular Hobbies and Activities

Cooking, gardening, painting, crafts, picnics, nature walks, and watching movies. They are also often found supporting their loved ones in their interests and activities.

Defender (ISFJ) Career Advice

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a seasoned professional trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career which you will find rewarding.

Defender (ISFJ) usually has the following strengths that she/he can effortlessly profit throughout her/his own career path:

  • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered
  • Highly observant and aware of people`s feelings and reactions
  • Excellent memory for details that are important to them
  • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of space and function
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Will work long and hard to see that jobs get done
  • Stable, practical, down-to-earth
  • Dislike working with theory and abstract thought
  • Dislike doing things that don`t make sense to them
  • Value security, tradition, and peaceful living
  • Service-oriented: focused on what people need and want
  • Kind and considerate
  • Likely to put others needs above their own
  • Learn best with hands-on training
  • Enjoy creating structure and order
  • Take their responsibilities seriously
  • Extremely uncomfortable with conflict and confrontation

ISFJs have two basic traits that help define their best career direction: 1) they are extremely interested and in-tune with how other people are feeling, and 2) they enjoy creating structure and order, and are extremely good at it. Ideally, the ISFJ will choose a career in which they can use their exceptional people-observation skills to determine what people want or need, and then use their excellent organizational abilities to create a structured plan or environment for achieving what people want. Their excellent sense of space and function combined with their awareness of aesthetic quality also gives them quite special abilities in the more practical artistic endeavors, such as interior decorating and clothes design.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an ISFJ.

Recommended Career Paths for ISFJs are:

  • Dentist
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Optometrist
  • Family Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Nutritionist
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Religious Educator
  • Funeral Director
  • Paralegal
  • Court Reporter
  • Probation Officer
  • Credit Counselor
  • Farmer or Rancher
  • Electrician
  • Jeweler
  • Interior Designer
  • Biologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Librarian
  • Curator
  • Historian
  • Genealogist
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Office Manager
  • Customer Service Rep
  • Hotel Manager
  • Tech Support Specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Assistant

Remember: If you know who you really are, you will have pleasure and wisdom to decide whatever works best for you.

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Personality Types

Personality Type Indicators


Duty Fulfiller - ISTJ
Virtuoso - ISTP
Entrepreneur - ESTP
Executive - ESTJ
Defender - ISFJ
Artist - ISFP
Entertainer - ESFP
Caregiver - ESFJ
Advocate - INFJ
Idealist - INFP
Inspirer - ENFP
Giver - ENFJ
Architect - INTJ
Thinker - INTP
Visionary - ENTP
Commander - ENTJ

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