ISF – Introverted Sensing Feeling

ISF is a temperament that emerges when — whether by nature or modulation — the Introverted, Sensing and Feeling attitudes of personality are exalted, and the Extroverted, Intuitive and Thinking attitudes are depreciated. ISF is not a type, but an overarching attitude that typically emerges from the following types:

Native State FiSe-Fi, SiFe-Si
I S F
E N T
Modulated FiNe-Si, SiTe-Fi, FeSi-Si, SeFi-Fi, TiSe-Fe, NiFe-Se

List of Traits

  • Reserved
  • Reflective
  • Contemplative
  • Dislikes crowds or busy places in general
  • Prefers solitary tasks
  • Seeks self-expression
  • In the present
  • Prefers clear facts and discussions
  • Ethical
  • Passionate
  • Poetic
  • Agreeable & Caring
  • Affected
  • Idealistic tendencies
  • Attuned to the somatic
  • Appreciates sensory detail & nuances
  • Dislikes poetic & metaphorical speech
  • Somewhat sensationalist
  • Decorative & Artistic
  • Guided by the heart

Overview

The ISF temperament is reflective, highly sensitive, aesthetically oriented and affected by life in a very private way. The ISF is continually aware of the outer world but will be constantly withdrawing their energies from it and entering a personal domain of meaningful sights, sounds and feeling-tones prompted by the outside. The world will leave a powerful impression over them, often containing ethical implications which weigh over them and guide them into activisms, charity work or art and self-expression.

Living Life in Subtle Hues

For the ISF, the world is not seen just as it is but by how it affects their own ethical judgment. Everything will be registered as more than its immediate appearance. A flower vase may be evaluated for its color, shape and contours, but will also carry an impression with it; symbolizing an old lady’s ties to Mediterranean culture – perhaps a reminder of her family back in Europe. It was likely given to her by her relatives as a keepsake and she keeps it by her table to not lose sight of their love for her. They will constantly be reading these tones into the environment, and experience life as a collage of past events and present day circumstances woven beneath this reality. Given this keen appreciation of tones, the ISF thrives in careers such as interior decorator where reading the vibe of a situation is paramount. They may also be painters or scultors, aiming to capture a sensed emotional expressivity in their work. If they are instead a teacher or counselor, their personal taste soon enters the room as well. Wherever the ISF goes, they leave behind an imprint of their unique style or energy; aiming to represent an inner landscape and structure their craft around it.

Art & the Little Pleasures

But the ISF won’t necessarily be a homebody or shut-in. The ISF needs to have an outlet for sensational experiences. They will have an often understated desire for subtle pleasures and each may have a personal vice they indulge in on occasion. They will enjoy the occasional wine tasting, a night out downtown, an exciting concert or shopping trip. The ISF may pay special attention to their appearance and the appearance of their environment. Because of how everything in a situation carries feeling-tones, the ISF aims for the most resonant experiences by decorating themselves and their environment towards that aim. This can also be a creative and dynamic act, where the ISF takes to dance, choreography or acting. More than a few ISF also take to music, with many of our most famous singer-songwriters coming from this temperament. And a few daring ISF’s decide to venture into more strenuous activities like swimming or sports. However, others may be entirely content with more relaxed activities like the culinary arts, fashion or simply tending to a personal garden on the outskirts of town.

Ethical Values

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