Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Latest Batch of Google Searches

“isfj hard to find”: Um . . . no. We’re supposedly the most common type in the American population. We practically grow on trees (which is why we’re not considered one of the “cool” types). If you’re having a hard time finding an ISFJ, it’s either because we don’t like to call attention to ourselves or we’re mistyping ourselves as INFJs or INFPs to avoid ridicule.

“is isfj phlegmatic”: I don’t think there is a direct correlation between type and temperament, but of the ISFJs I know, they all have some Phlegmatic in them, though perhaps not dominantly. (I’m a Mel-Phleg, for instance.)

“great expectations estella intj”: Probably not. More like ISTJ. The Great Expectations post needs to be overhauled.

“isfj in criminal justice”: Once again, people, this blog is not here to give career advice. If you as an ISFJ want to go into criminal justice, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. It’s a worthy field.

“entj isfj love”: Uh . . . can’t help you there. I don’t think I know any ENTJs, and if I did, whatever we would feel for each other probably wouldn’t be love.

“infj my brother is an isfj blogspot”: You and your brother probably have enough in common to get along fairly well, since you share your auxiliary and tertiary functions. My brother happens to be INTJ, and we share no functions at all, which can make understanding each other more of a challenge.

“jane an isfj”: There are many Janes out there, and odds are at least one of them is an ISFJ. But I can’t help you if you aren’t more specific than that.

“jane eyre the hunter games”: ???

“isfj characters from percy Jackson”: Having only read the first book in that series and that not recently, I can’t help you on this one. There probably is though.

“tobymac estp”: I don’t type celebrities, sorry.

“self-centered isfj”: Why do people keep searching this one, and how did this idea get started? We’re no more self-centered than any other type. At their best, ISFJs can be quite self-sacrificial.

“how isfj develop ti”: My Ti isn’t as developed as I would like, but the Logic class I took in college was very enlightening. It helped that I liked and shared a basic worldview with the professor. Since my Si and Fe didn’t feel threatened in the class, the Ti was free to learn. Puzzles that require logic also are a way that some ISFJs use as a means to relax (remember, the tertiary function is the “relief” function) and exercise a function they might not use as much.

“mbti bbc sherlock intj molly infp”: Sherlock is not an INTJ. He has no drive to structure, organize, and plan, and he is not motivated by vision for the future. He’s more likely either of the dominant Introverted Thinking types, ISTP or INTP—it’s hard to tell. You could make an argument for either. As for Molly, I see her as more of an ISFJ, but I haven’t seen the latest season and don’t know where they’ve taken her character.

“isfj greek”: There are ISFJs in Greece. There are ISFJs who speak Greek. This blog has nothing to do with either one of those facts.

“isfj antisocial”: As an Introvert (and a former homeschooler), I’ve had this label tacked on me for years. It falls under the “You keep using the word. I do not think it means what you think it means” category. Let’s look at the Oxford English Dictionary. First definition: “contrary to the laws and customs of society, in a way that causes annoyance and disapproval in others.” By extension, “sociopathic,” which means related to “a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior.” Second definition: “not sociable or wanting the company of others.” With their auxiliary Extroverted Feeling, ISFJs are very conscious of social norms and try not to intentionally offend people. I doubt they’re likely to exhibit sociopathic behavior. And while as Introverts, ISFJs are not extremely outgoing and need time alone to recharge, they are not like that one hundred percent of the time. We like people in general (as long as they behave themselves and are considerate of others) and spending time with family and friends. So, in any sense of the word, antisocial is not a fitting description of an ISFJ. And Introverts would appreciate it if society stopped slapping that label on them without considering what it really means.

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