phyl's Personality Max Report

ISFP, Artist, Creator, Introverted, Visual, Naturalist

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Your Results Snapshot

You have a unique set of traits that make you who you are. The study of personality identifies and organizes your characteristics and behaviors in such a way as to help you better understand yourself. Your Personality Max report is intended to equip you to lead a more effective and fulfilling life.

Your Personality Type is ISFP (Artist)

Introverted (I) + Sensing (S) + Feeling (F) + Perceiving (P)
Strength of phyl's Preferences

Your Temperament is SP (Creator)

Sensing (S) + Perceiving (P)
Temperaments in Population

Your Top Intelligences are Visual and Naturalist

phyl's Multiple Intelligences
phyl's Multiple Intelligences

"Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower." — Charles M. Schwab

Your Personality Type

Your Personality Type in the Population
Personality Types in Population Legend

Your personality type is ISFP. This is based on your four Preferences: Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P).

Many of today's theories of psychological typology are based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, who wrote Psychological Types in 1921. He was the founder of analytical psychology, which studies the motivations underlying human behavior.

Your personality type is a detailed classification of the innate characteristics that make you who you are. Each of the four temperaments can be divided into four types, making a total of 16 distinct personality types. As with Temperament, your type is determined by the strength of your preferences.

No personality type is better than another. Each person has a unique set of equally valuable characteristics. Understanding your type can be useful in many ways, including relationships and school or career.

ISFP - The "Artist"

ISFP Population

ISFPs live in the present and yearn for freedom. They are artistic, aesthetically inclined and sensitive. They are happiest when they are being creative and expressing themselves. They are loyal, warm and private. ISFPs are cooperative and adaptable. They seek the balance between closeness and independence.

"The only routine with me is no routine at all." — Jacqueline Kennedy

ISFPs direct their energy inward. They often keep to themselves and are hard to get to know. They are deliberate and independent. They do not like being the center of attention. As Sensors, Artists process information through their five senses. They appreciate beauty and desire to create it. They live in the moment and are practical.

ISFPs by Gender Pie Chart

Artists are Feelers that make decisions with their heart. They are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. They are gentle. Artists are adaptable and relaxed. They dislike routine and like to keep their options open. Artists usually have a carefree attitude.

ISFPs are warm and affectionate once they feel comfortable in a relationship. They are offended by people who are domineering and insensitive to other people's feelings. They dislike talking about their relationships and prefer to show they care by being helpful. They do not like feeling manipulated. They value trust and are loyal.

Artists want to make a contribution through their skills and abilities. They enjoy helping others. They are agreeable and easy to get along with. Artists are skilled at using tools and with problem solving. They are artistic and thrive when they are given the freedom to create. Artists like variety in their work. They yearn for compliments on their performance.

Artists are concrete learners. They learn by asking questions and through hands-on experience. With all their senses engaged, they become totally absorbed in the learning process. They learn best in environments that provide variety and artistic outlets.

ISFPs are harmonious, kind and sensitive to the feelings of others. They yearn for freedom to create and express themselves. Their greatest gift is their desire to help and contribute to the well-being of others.

Characteristic of an ISFP

  • Harmonious
  • Creative
  • Adaptable
  • Warm
  • Loyal
  • Gentle
  • Independent
  • Sensitive
  • Friendly
  • Sensation-loving
  • Deliberate
  • Aesthetically inclined
  • Relaxed
  • Private
  • Cooperative
  • Carefree
  • Helpful

Typical Strengths

  • Laid back and adaptable
  • Good at listening
  • Warm and friendly
  • Takes commitments seriously
  • Creative and artistic

Possible Weaknesses

  • May appear unmotivated
  • Hard to get to know
  • Dislikes long-term planning
  • Tends to withdraw
  • ISFPs make up 6% of all 16 personality types. Of the SP types, ISFPs are the least common (along with ISTPs). ISFPs are the third most common type among Introverts.
  • 1 in every 20 males is an ISFP (5% of all males). 1 in every 14 females is an ISFP (7% of all females). Male ISFPs are one of the least common type-gender combinations.
  • There are more female ISFPs than there are male ISFPs. Just over 40% of ISFPs are male. One reason there are more female ISFPs is that females tend to be Feelers (F) while males are more often Thinkers (T).

Your Cognitive Functions

You engage the world through four cognitive functions. Each function is directed outward toward people and surroundings (Extraverted) or inward toward your thoughts (Introverted). Your primary function is Introverted Feeling and secondary is Extraverted Sensing.

Introverted Feeling (Primary Function)

You use this function most often. When Feeling (F), you make decisions based on feelings, so the Introverted Feeling function allows you to know what you value. It is the ability to see through others and know what they are really like as if you had internal radar. When you identify a person with similar values, there is a desire to connect.

Extraverted Sensing (Secondary Function)

Your use of this function is somewhat high. Through Sensing (S), you process data with your five senses. The Extraverted Sensing function allows you to process life through your experiences. It is being aware of what is seen, smelled, touched, heard and tasted. It is being energized by experience and living "in the moment."

Introverted Intuition (Tertiary Function)

You use this function but to a lesser degree. With Intuition (N), you process data through impressions, possibilities and meanings. Introverted Intuition enables you to have a sense about the future. It is the ability to grasp a pattern or plan. Information that is commonly hard to understand and dissect is more easily processed through Introverted Intuition.

Extraverted Thinking (Least Function)

You use this function least of the four. While Thinking (T), you make decisions based on logic. The Extraverted Thinking function enables you to organize and categorize items such as thoughts and arguments. It is the ability to see the logical consequences of actions. It follows sequence and organization.

Famous People of Your Type

Here is a sampling of famous people and fictional characters that are likely to be ISFPs like you.

  • Millard Fillmore
    American President
  • Ulysses S. Grant
    American President
  • Dan Quayle
    American Vice President
  • Marie Antoinette
    Queen of France
  • Fred Astaire
    Actor, Dancer
  • Paul Gauguin
    Artist
  • Auguste Rodin
    French Sculptor
  • Barbara Streisand
    Singer
  • Steven Spielberg
    Filmmaker
  • Doris Day
    Actress, Singer
  • Michael Jackson
    Singer-songwriter, Dancer
  • Kevin Costner
    Actor
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    First Lady (Wife of JFK)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Composer
  • Brooke Shields
    Actress
  • John Travolta
    Actor
  • Warren G. Harding
    American President
  • Ashton Kutcher
    Actor
  • Liberace
    Entertainer
  • Susan Hunsecker
    Sweet Smell of Success
  • Hobbes
    Calvin and Hobbes
  • Rachel
    Friends
  • Flounder
    The Little Mermaid
  • Manny Ribera
    Scarface
  • Gina Montana
    Scarface
  • Schroeder
    Peanuts (Charlie Brown)

Career Matches for Your Type

ISFPs may find satisfaction with the following careers which tend to match well with their Artist personality. This list is not exhaustive and these are not guaranteed to be perfect matches for you but this may be a helpful starting point if you are planning to pursue a new career.

  • Artist
  • Carpenter
  • Teacher
  • Chef
  • Child Care
  • Pediatrician
  • Church Worker
  • Clerical Supervisor
  • Composer
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Designer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Veterinarian
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Park Ranger
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Musician
  • Naturalist
  • Nurse
  • Mechanic
  • Writer
  • Personal Service Worker
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Medical Staff
  • Dental Staff
  • Homemaker

Your Temperament

Your Temperament in the Population Your temperament is SP since you lean toward the Sensing (S) and Perceiving (P) preferences. We identify your temperament by the strength of your Preferences. Many psychologists, philosophers and other thinkers have for centuries proposed that there are four temperaments that can describe a person.

Temperament is a more broad classification than Personality Type. Each of the four temperaments is like an umbrella over four related personality types (for a total of 16 personality types).

SP - The "Creator"

Creators (SPs) are naturally artistic, brave and adaptable. They appreciate the beauty in nature, fashion and decoration. Their adventurous nature makes them excitable, energetic and spontaneous. Driven by their curiosity and playfulness, Creators are willing to try almost anything. They are likable and popular as they love to tell a good story or joke.

Creators are flexible in different situations and with different types of people. They love being the center of attention. They learn best through their senses, in interesting environments and when the information is practical. Their love for people and interest in business makes them gifted negotiators. Creators usually do not enjoy elaborate discussions or analysis.

SP Population by Gender
"I don't understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting." — Jacqueline Kennedy

Famous Creators

  • Lucille Ball
    Actress (I Love Lucy)
  • Jack Nicholson
    Actor
  • Madonna
    Singer, Actress
  • Simon Peter
    Disciple of Jesus
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Novelist
  • Eddie Murphy
    Actor, Comedian
  • Mozart
    Composer
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Actress
  • Donald Trump
    American President
  • Elvis Presley
    Singer, Actor
  • Bill Clinton
    American President
  • Michael Jordan
    Basketball Player
  • Pablo Picasso
    Painter, Sculptor
  • Kyle Petty
    NASCAR Driver
  • Marie Antoinette
    Queen of France
  • Ronald Reagan
    American President
  • Marilyn Monroe
    Actress, Singer
  • Chuck Yeager
    U.S. Air Force Pilot
  • James Dean
    Actor
  • Bruce Lee
    Martial Artist, Actor
  • Jacqueline Kennedy
    American First Lady
  • Vincent Vega
    Pulp Fiction
  • Maggie Fitzgerald
    Million Dollar Baby
  • Homer Simpson
    The Simpsons
  • Louie DePalma
    Taxi
  • Sonny Corleone
    The Godfather
  • James Bond
    James Bond Films
  • Tim Taylor
    Home Improvement

Creator Career Matches

SP's are commonly skilled at and often find satisfaction with the following careers.

  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Police
  • Detective
  • Pilot
  • Sales Agent
  • Farmer
  • Athlete
  • Photographer
  • Musician
  • Artist
  • Comedian
  • Actor
  • SPs (Creators) make up about one-third of the general population.
  • There are slightly more male SPs than there are female.
  • Many of the world's most talented artists, entertainers and athletes have been SPs.

Your Preferences

Your preferences are Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). These determine your Personality Type and Temperament.

There are four pairs of opposite preferences. Everyone has a greater tendency toward one preference than the other in each pair. For example, in the Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F) dichotomy, you personally have a stronger tendency toward Feeling (F). Each preference has a single letter (such as "F") that identifies it.

Extraversion vs. Introversion in You

Extravert/Introvert Population Pie Chart Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I) are opposite preferences. Your natural tendency toward one is stronger than the other. Extraversion and Introversion describe how a person directs their energy either outwardly toward people and activities or inwardly toward thoughts and ideas. Of the two, your dominant preference is Introversion. Although everybody exhibits characteristics of each preference to some degree, you can be referred to as an Introvert.

  • You are 37% more Introverted than the average
  • You are part of the minority of people who are primarily Introverted
  • Males on average are slightly more Introverted than females

Your Extraversion (E)

Strength of phyl's Extraversion (E) Extraversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the world outside the self. Extraverts are energized by social gatherings, parties and group activities. Extraverts are usually enthusiastic, gregarious and animated. Their communication style is verbal and assertive. Extraverts often need to talk. They enjoy the limelight.

  • Sociable
  • Energized by interaction
  • Assertive
  • Gregarious
  • Talkative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Expressive
  • Volunteers personal info
  • Many friends
  • Easy to approach
  • Enjoys groups

Your Introversion (I)

Strength of phyl's Introversion (I) Introversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the inside world. Introverts are energized by spending time alone or with a small group. They find large group gatherings draining because they seek depth instead of breadth of relationships. Introverts process information internally. They are often great listeners.

  • Energized by time alone
  • Private
  • Keeps to self
  • Quiet
  • Deliberate
  • Internally aware
  • Fewer friends
  • Prefers smaller groups
  • Peaceful
  • Independent
  • Thinks before speaking
  • Enjoys solitude

Sensing vs. Intuition in You

Sensor/Intuitive Population Pie Chart You use Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) to receive and process new information either by using your five senses or in more abstract ways. Both preferences in this pair are used by everybody to some degree. With that said, you can be classified as Sensor since your dominant preference is Sensing.

  • Your strength of Sensing is near the average
  • You are part of the majority of people who are primarily Sensing
  • Females on average are slightly more Sensing than males

Your Sensing (S)

Strength of phyl's Sensing (S) Sensors focus on the present. They are "here and now" people. They are factual and process information through the five senses. They see things as they are because they are concrete and literal thinkers. They trust what is certain. Sensors value realism and common sense. They like ideas with practical applications.

  • Concrete
  • Realistic
  • Lives in the present
  • Aware of surroundings
  • Notices details
  • Practical
  • Goes by senses
  • Factual
  • Trusts certainty
  • Values common sense

Your Intuition (N)

Strength of phyl's Intuition (N) Intuitive people live in the future. They are immersed in the world of possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. Intuitive people value inspiration and imagination. They gather knowledge by reading between the lines. Their abstract nature attracts them toward deep ideas, concepts and metaphors. They can see the "big picture" and are analytical.

  • Future-focused
  • Sees possibilities
  • Inventive
  • Imaginative
  • Deep
  • Abstract
  • Idealistic
  • Complex
  • Theoretical
  • Philosophical

Thinking vs. Feeling in You

Thinker/Feeler Population Pie Chart The Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) preference pair refers to how you make decisions, either by objective logic or subjective feeling. Your dominant preference is Feeling so you can be classified as a Feeler. Each of the two preferences are employed by everybody at different times and to different degrees.

  • You are 31% more Feeling than the average
  • Feelers like you make up about half of the population
  • The majority of females are Feelers while the majority of males are Thinkers

Your Thinking (T)

Strength of phyl's Thinking (T) Thinking people are objective. They make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart (but are not without emotion). Thinking people judge situations and others based on logic. They value truth over tact and can easily identify flaws. They are critical thinkers and oriented toward problem solving.

  • Logical
  • Objective
  • Decides with head
  • Seeks truth
  • Rational
  • Impersonal
  • Critical thinking
  • Thick-skinned
  • Firm with people
  • Driven by thought

Your Feeling (F)

Strength of phyl's Feeling (F) Feeling people are subjective. They make decisions based on principles and values. They are ruled by their heart instead of their head. Feeling people judge situations and others based on feelings and extenuating circumstances. They seek to please others and want to be appreciated. They value harmony and empathy.

  • Decides with heart
  • Dislikes conflict
  • Passionate
  • Driven by emotion
  • Gentle
  • Easily hurt
  • Empathetic
  • Caring
  • Warm
  • Subjective

Judging vs. Perceiving in You

Judger/Perceiver Population Pie Chart Judging (J) and Perceiving (P) are how you interact with the world outside yourself, either in a structured or flexible manner. All people use both of these preferences to different degrees but one is more dominant. Since your dominant preference is Perceiving, you can be referred to as a Perceiver.

  • You are 48% more Perceiving than the average
  • You are part of the slight minority of people who are primarily Perceiving
  • Males on average are slightly more Perceiving than females

Your Judging (J)

Strength of phyl's Judging (J) Judging people think sequentially. They value order and organization. Their lives are scheduled and structured. Judging people seek closure and enjoy completing tasks. They take deadlines seriously. They work then they play. The Judging preference does not mean judgmental. Judging refers to how a person deals with day-to-day activities.

  • Decisive
  • Controlled
  • Completes projects
  • Organized
  • Structured
  • Scheduled
  • Quick at tasks
  • Responsible
  • Seeks closure
  • Makes plans

Your Perceiving (P)