ISFAs are often cheerful and lighthearted, warm and sensitive, but your deeply held values are sometimes hidden from others. Your focus is on your personal values, or the search for them, and you take the task of clarifying what is most important to you very seriously. For others to see you only as carefree and lively is to overlook your depth and complexity.
Because an ISFA is highly empathetic, you gather an abundance of information about others, then seek to understand what the data means and how you can use it to help them. You are often exceptionally accurate in your assessments of others. You generally have an optimistic, here-and-now personality that is strongly oriented toward practicality. Your spontaneity and sense of humour contribute to your reputation as a person who knows how to play.
You are often happiest when you can live life today unencumbered by boring or demanding routines. Activity and action make you most happy. ISFAs love the real world: nature, tangibles, gadgets, tools, and things you can work on with your hands. People with your personality type like doing anything that expresses who you are in a direct, physical way.
ISFAs also have a characteristic attitude about communication: it should be clear, understandable, direct, and precise.You are a hands-on problem-solver, but in a warm, sympathetic, and people-oriented way. You are very sensitive to other people’s feelings and needs and have a deep desire to please. You praise the accomplishments of others, lend a sympathetic ear to their problems, and try to avoid being the bearer of bad news or criticism. Yet you can be courageous and bold when tackling a complex problem or complicated task that requires an immediate, practical, or manual solution.
ISFAs tend to be mentally active at all times, but you have a unique ability to balance reflection and action. You immediately grasp what is necessary in a situation and then take action without getting lost in evaluating all the other possible options. Because you are calm in a crisis and able to easily and quietly sort through tangled information with flair, it appears that you find a solution without much effort. But that is simply one of your many talents.
Boundless Diversity (A/Z): An Introduction to the Golden Personality Type Profiler
Karen A. Deitz, Ph.D. and John P. Golden, Ed.D.