SJ Temperament – The “Protector”

Sensing (S) + Judging (J)

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Protectors (SJs) are observant, stable and motivated by a need to maintain security. They are realistic, routinized administrators requiring tasks be completed correctly and that people behave appropriately. SJs make thorough examinations to ensure everything is done according to plan. They make sure no more and no less credit is given than due. When a need arises, they are quick to provide a solution, provided that the need is justified. SJs are not driven by impulse, but rather by concrete fact.

By virtue of their reliable, diligent, industrious, persevering nature, they make excellent leaders. Protectors are dependable, altruistic and honest. They are driven by a strict work ethic and place a high premium on helping others and serving the community. Protectors are gifted leaders because of their natural ability to organize, plan and strategize. They thrive in situations where they know what is expected of them since they appreciate rules and structure.

They are protective of the people they love, dutiful and very loyal. They value tradition and morality. Protectors often excel in school and perform with high standards. They do not appreciate when others break rules or challenge their authority. They dislike change and unpredictable situations.

SJ Temperament Population / Gender

“I thought I heard someone laughing just now. If anyone present wishes to make me the subject of his wit, I am very much at his service — with my sword — whenever he has leisure.” — Reepicheep

SJ Personality Types

The four SJ “Protector” personality types are listed below.

ESTJ – The “Overseer”
Overseers are responsible and hard working. Tradition and loyalty are deeply valued by them. As quintessential leaders, they provide structure and high standards to followers. When making decisions, they rely on logic and facts. ESTJs are efficient and thrive on routine and stability.
ESFJ – The “Supporter”
Supporters are friendly and nurturing. They seek to preserve tradition and observe rules. They are deeply caring and want to be liked. Their caretaking nature is one of their hallmarks. They are supportive and generous. ESFJs have a desire to please and help others.
ISTJ – The “Examiner”
Examiners have a keen sense of right and wrong. They are responsible, dependable and loyal. As gifted administrators, they value thoroughness, integrity and honesty. They are practical and believe that work comes before play. ISTJs always have a plan and are prepared.
ISFJ – The “Defender”
ISFJ Defenders are kind, loyal and considerate. They desire to serve and protect others sacrificially. They serve behind the scenes without seeking recognition. ISFJs like routine and have excellent follow-through skills. They possess rich inner lives, are private and quietly friendly.

Famous Protectors

  • Warren Buffet
    Investor, Businessman
  • Harry Truman
    American President
  • Queen Elizabeth II
    Queen of England
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    American President
  • John D. Rockefeller
    Industrialist
  • Sam Walton
    Founder of Walmart
  • Rev. Billy Graham
    Evangelist, Writer
  • Alfred Tennyson
    Poet
  • George W. Bush
    American President
  • William McKinley
    American President
  • Don Knotts
    Comedian
  • Sally Field
    Actress
  • Jack Benny
    Comedian, Actor
  • Terry Bradshaw
    Football Player
  • Mary Tyler Moore
    actress, comedian
  • George Washington
    American President
  • Herbert Hoover
    American President
  • Evander Holyfield
    Boxer
  • Barbara Bush
    American First Lady
  • Robert E. Lee
    U.S. Army Officer
  • Jimmy Stewart
    Actor
  • Cliff Clavin
    Cheers
  • Rachel Lynde
    Anne of Green Gables
  • Joe Friday
    Dragnet
  • Princess Leia
    Star Wars
  • Dr. Watson
    Sherlock Holmes
  • Lucy van Pelt
    Peanuts Comic
  • Donald Duck
    Disney Character

Protector Career Matches

SJs are commonly skilled at and often find satisfaction with the following careers.

  • Police
  • Military
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Administrator
  • Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Judge
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • SJs (Protectors) make up about 41% of the general population.
  • There are slightly more female SJs than there are male (37.5% of males, 43.5% of females).
  • More SJs have been American Presidents than any other temperament.