• SEI (ISFp) Socionics Type Description by Stratiyevskaya

    ISFp (SEI) Profile by Stratiyevskaya




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    Ego Block: 1st Program Function - Si Introverted Sensing

    Beauty and harmony in all their manifestations, a bright life full of positive impressions, tendency towards enjoyment in its most sophisticated forms - these form base values of representatives of this type. People of this type are characterized not only by creation of that which is beautiful in various forms and representations, but also by a tendency towards preservation of the already existing artifacts.

    The ISFp loves and appreciates life. For people of this type, it is very important to have a taste for life. It is important to make life beautiful, light, and enjoyable; it's important to perceive "life as a celebration". Providing for someone's happiness and enjoyment for the SEI is just as enjoyable as being on the receiving end of it. For this same reason the SEI tries to not create any troubles for others. He enjoys his life and does not intend to complicate it for anyone else. The SEI typically won't permit himself to ruin somebody's mood, or to introduce into a party notes of mundanity. He is devoted to all that brings contentment and satisfaction.

    The ISFp is a realist (otherwise, how could he complement such an intuitive "dreamer" as ENTp, Don Quixote?). People of this type are typically oriented at the very basic and natural values of life: the well-bring and prosperity of their family, keeping a livable home, maintaining good relations with others.

    Good mood, balanced state of mind, sense of well-being within his soul, mind, and body - are all important for the SEI. The lack of any of these conditions seriously perturbs him. For example, if circumstances fold such that the SEI is unable to eat out on lunch breaks, and instead is forced to eat junk food on regular basis, this will dismay him: "It's easy to get gastritis like this ..."

    Well-being - and lack of thereof, happiness - and misfortune, health - and sickness, life - and death - these are the main topics of SEI's ruminations. The SEI likes to reflect and think about the conditions in which he would like to live, study, or travel. The SEI also likes to criticize poorly thought out or inconveniently organized conditions for work, education, and leisure.

    The ISFp is able to remember and recreate once experienced sensations, often to high level of detail. Sounds, colors, smells the ISFp remembers as one complete wholesome impression that can then evoke in ISFp's memory associations tied to some feeling, reminiscent of some event, some person, or some relationship.

    The ISFp can notice unpleasant sensations experienced by other people. For example, a person of this type may immediately take note if someone is too hot, too cold, not getting enough fresh air, of wearing shoes that are too tight. The ISFp notices when someone is experiencing painful sensations and usually can see what is causing them. The ISFp then tries to remove the cause of the problem. He or she does so in a delicate and tactful manner, since the ISFp considers sensations to be especially personal and intimate – therefore, the influence must be delicate and unobtrusive. (Representatives of this type work well in medical occupations.)

    The ISFp is able to empathize with another person not feeling well, since his or her own low mood or poor state is a cause for great concern. In such instances, the ISFp becomes completely absorbed by own condition and the sensations. Having to interact with other people during these periods only irritates him, especially if others are indifferent to his state and don't show sympathy or care. Insufficiently expressed compassion the ISFp interprets as a sign of heartless callousness and poor relation to himself. If, for example, he sees that his complaints only irritate people around him, he tries to limit his contact with them until better times.

    Formally expressed sympathies, as well as generally encouraging, conventional statements do not improve ISFp's condition by one bit. If the ISFp is feeling down or has fallen sick, he or she needs not encouragement, but comforting.

    The ISFp does not see himself fit for physical overloads, therefore, he does not like finding himself in conditions that require exceptional physical endurance from him, especially if this in his leisure time. He likes to relax in conditions of modest and unpretentious comfort in the company of pleasant and interesting people. Tourism that requires high physical exertion, with an element of risk or danger, as well as the absence of basic amenities, is comparatively of little interest to him.**
    [**Editor's note: This description is not entirely accurate. Some ISFps do engage in sports in school and take them up later in life, and some even become professional athletes, since sensing is still in the area of confidence for people of this type.]

    The ISFp likes to spend his leisure time out in nature, for he or she keenly feels its beauty. And any instances of beauty the ISFp tries to remember, as in general he tries to remember everything good, so that he'll "have something to recollect later". ("Life is not what has been lived, but what has been remembered.")

    The ISFp likes to receive guests. He/she is glad to have an opportunity to demonstrate good taste and culinary talents. The process of preparing to receive guests itself is of enjoyment to ISFp. The ISFp usually prepares an entire "sensory celebration" for his or her visitors: a welcoming atmosphere, nice music, soft lighting, beautiful silverware, savory food - everything is set up so that the enjoyment from the dinner or celebration is all-inclusive and most fulfilling.

    The ISFp thoroughly thinks over all of the details of upcoming dinner or social get-together: the list of guests, the design of the table, the combination of dishes, the choice of wine. If, for example, it is a New Year holiday, the ISFp will think over the arrangement of the rooms, carnival costumes, gifts, surprises ... The ISFp gets very upset even angry if someone interferes with the realization of his/her holiday plans: "Imagine this: I'm bringing up a cake with candles upstairs, and my mother-in-law turns on the lights! How does she not understand that by doing this she has ruined the mood ... And then she started giving out gifts! ... She does not understand that these gifts are not from her, but from Santa Claus - and have to be found under the fir tree. This way she has spoiled the holiday for the children!"

    The ISFp is usually confident and has a good taste in everything that concerns harmony of sensations. The ISFps make for unsurpassed culinary specialists, capable of determining the gustatory qualities of food and the degree of its readiness simply by the smell. The ISFp does not simply prepare the food: he creates it, puts his heart and soul into it, imagining what kind of pleasure the food will bring to others.

    The ISFp usually has a serious approach to the subject of nutrition, and is very discerning and fastidious in matters that concern food. The ISFp will not eat food that does not evoke trust in him, no matter how much he's asked to do it. People of this type tend to be rather conservative in matters of their taste.

    Under any conditions the ISFp knows how to create the feeling of warmth and coziness. Whatever modest means the ISFp has available, he will always devise a way to decorate his home. The SEI may use his own artwork or handiwork, his own drawings or pictures of his children for this. Any even temporary SEI's living quarters feel comfortable and settled.

    In design of the interior, the ISFp prefers an intricate-elegant style, frequently with decorative additions. The SEI uses space very efficiently, and knows how to make even the smallest area comforting.

    Order in the house of SEI (especially if in a dual relationship) is usually maintained in a very non-intrusive and burdenless form for the inhabitants: they scatter the things and the ISFp patiently collects them and sorts them in their places, until other members of the household start to habitually put things in their places. If the ISFp does not have sufficient strength to impose order on a regular basis on the entire house, then there nonetheless will always be some area where order will be strictly maintained and where everything will be organized and tastefully arranged.

    The objects in ISFp's household are always beautiful and convenient, always very beautiful dishware. Not only the holiday set, but also the one for everyday use. Beautiful dishes and beautiful bed linen - are "small weakness" of representatives of this type. Soft, convenient furniture, carpets, pillows, napkins - everything which gladdens the eye and predisposes to relaxation without fail is present in the house of SEI.

    The aesthetics of ISFp is designed to be perceived in small portions and in small forms. The beauty of each thing must be perceived individually - hence the presence of certain decorative over-saturation that is characteristic of ISFp's sense of aesthetics. (This is characteristic of the aesthetics of all irrational sensing-ethical types - ISFps and ESFps.)

    Some ISFps possess artistic talents, which they with pleasure put to realization. Thus, without being trained specifically for the profession of a barber or a hairdresser, the ISFp often does this work no worse, but at times even better than a professional. It difficult to compete with an ISFp who professionally takes up design (clothing, hair-dos, foot-wear, furniture, and so on).

    The SEI astutely feels the harmony of color, lines, forms, sounds, and odors. Representatives of this type make for excellent perfumers and tasters. The ISFp knows how to select complimentary combinations of smell and color, color and sound. They can, for example, invent a perfume that would correspond to a specific music, mood, color combination, a specific artistic direction, or style of clothing.

    The ISFp is able to create own fashion, as well as adapt to already existing directions in fashion. The ISFp will never wear what is inconvenient to wear, or that which disadvantageously emphasizes deficiencies in his or her appearance. This explains a certain talent of SEI to appear exceptionally attractive in any clothing. By nature some ISFps are inclined to fullness, but they manage this problem magnificently well due to their ability to dress tastefully, and to easily move around and feel themselves comfortable under any conditions. Besides, the ISFp cannot allow weight to cause any inconvenience. Therefore, the SEI begins dieting any time that he or she feels it is necessary.

    The ISFp is always confident in own attractiveness, and the people around them, especially representatives of opposite sex, also feel this. SEIs usually enjoy success, moreover, success that has been well deserved, and this greatly gladdens them. The ISFps never speculates on own beauty, since he/she considers it a normal and natural occurrence. The ISFp feels glad to bring pleasure to others by his or her own appearance. Moreover, the ISFp willingly helps by advice and by action anyone who is interested in making their appearance more attractive, by which the SEI renders an invaluable service to his or her dual, ILE "Don Quixote", who usually does not give sufficient attention to own exterior appearance. (As one student of type ISFp remembered of her ENTp professor: "Each time I saw him, I so much wanted to wash him clean!..")

    There is nothing more natural for the ISFp than to care for his or her loved ones and for the members of his or her family - this is one of primary and vital values of the SEI. The members of SEI's household are always fed, cared, and provided for. The ISFp can minimize his own needs, but he will always strive that family would not experience even the smallest of inconveniences.

    The ISFp considers the aesthetic education of children to be a matter of great importance. For example, even living on unemployment payouts he may purchase a piano for his children and pay for their music lessons.

    Ego Block: 2nd Creative Function - Fe Extraverted Feeling

    In terms of emotions, the ISFp often produces a two-way impression: outwardly - this is a lighthearted jovial merry person and an optimist, internally - a person who seems restrained and strained.

    In an unfamiliar social group, the ISFp tries not to attract special attention and observes more than he acts. Outwardly the ISFp always seems calm, balanced, and confident in himself. With the apparent openness, internally he always seems reserved and distrustful. Frequently makes an impression of a person who is "on his own mind". And indeed, the ISFp fears to make a slip of the tongue and mention anything in excess.

    At close distance, among familiar people, the ISFp communicates easily and freely; he or she knows how to create an informal and uninhibited situation. The SEI loves to entertain his or her friends by telling funny and amusing histories that spark their interest.

    The ISFp knows how to and loves to be the soul of a company. He can wonderfully well raise the mood by telling anecdotes and jokes. If some jokes are received as being inappropriate, the SEI can also quickly and tactfully change the topic and direct the attention elsewhere. It must be noted that the ISFp maintains good mood in his group only in cases when this doesn't contradict his own internal state.

    The ISFp is usually friendly, not prone to pick arguments and conflicts. He positively predisposes other people to himself, can make a personal contact with any person in his surroundings, and knows how to create feelings of warmth and cordiality. The SEI feels his conversation partners wonderfully well, knows how to emotionally tune to them, moreover, he does this completely sincerely. The wins the trust and confidence of people easily, and rarely misuses it (if only this is not required by the interests of its work).

    The ISFp encourages his conversation partners to frankness and sincerity. (This is one quality which makes it possible for representatives of this type to make great intelligence officers, agents, psychotherapists, and educators.)

    The ISFp is able to memorize and to reproduce the once experienced emotions, can empathize with a person and imagine what they must be going though, his feeling and his character. The SEI knows how to emotionally recreate and experience inside himself the emotional state of another person, as if passing the other person through himself or herself. (Due to this quality, ISFps can become very good actors, diplomats, and mediators.)

    In case a serious quarrel or dispute starts, the ISFp tries to discharge situation, distract the people who are arguing or calm them down. (This trait is oriented at the problematic ethical aspects of his dual, ENTp "Don Quixote", who frequently gets stuck in arguments, which turn into quarrels.) Of course, the ISFp himself can get pulled into the quarrel with the conflicting side, but nevertheless the state of hostility is ultimately unpleasant for him or her. For this very reason, the SEI prefers to act as the connecting link between the opposing parties ("the master of shuttle diplomacy"). The SEI is always is glad to have an opportunity to reconcile, to persuade, and to convince someone. The SEI is adept at arranging or settling his/her matters by unofficial means.

    Working in a position of supervisor or manager, the ISFp tries to maintain good relations with all of his or her employees. He considers it important to pay attention to the personal and psychological climate of the working group.

    The ISFp tries to criticize others less - he/she does not like to conflict and to acquire enemies. Therefore, even if it is necessary to criticize someone, the SEI tries to do this in a soft form**. If the SEI sees that this antagonizes or traumatizes someone too much, he will step back, try to not aggravate relations, and turn everything into a joke. (This quality is absolutely necessary in personal contact with this dual, ILE "Don Quixote", who, as has already been mentioned, receives any criticism in his address extremely sensitively and acutely.)**
    [**Editor's note: Often if ISFps want to criticize someone, they will do so through Fe rather than with logic, which are weak aspects for people of this type: they will make personal comments about their character, their relationships, or their actions, playfully teasing them, coming up with nicknames, creating funny caricatures of them, sometimes crossing the line and irreverently ridiculing and a person, as if inspiring them to change for the better, but they will step down if anyone gets too angry with them. Needless to say, not everybody reacts well to this Fe form of teasing, but these emotional contrasts are invigorating to their duals.]

    The ISFp knows how to be the director of moods: if he considers it necessary to support someone, to justify how they feel, to calm them down or comfort them, he/she will do this magnificently well.

    If the ISFp considers it necessary to draw attention to his or her own problems, he/she will do accomplish this "creatively": the ISFp will create the situation of the completely intolerable stress and won't "let go" until the problem start getting resolved, at least partially, or until he himself calms down. The ISFps don't feel ashamed to openly talk about their problems, moreover, in this the SEI does not always limit himself to a close circle of friends, due to which people of this type can sometimes produce the impression of complaining too much. (This ethical "tactic" is oriented at the ethics of emotions, Fe, of SEI's dual, ILE, who sometimes needs to be distracted from his fantastical projects and put before concrete facts and problems.)

    Super-Id Block: 6th Activating Function - Ti Introverted Thinking

    The ISFp with pleasure takes up work that to him seems logically sound and logically specific, for which he/she has sufficient theoretical preparation and understanding.

    The credibility of sources of information is very important for the ISFp. For example, if some logical discrepancy is found in a source the ISFp used as a reference, the ISFp won't calm down until he finds some explanation for this, or until he figures out how important and fundamental this illogicality is, how it will influence the general course and essence of his work.

    If the ISFp has some doubts about the accuracy and authenticity of the information, he will prepare the theoretical material for himself, independently, and spend both time and money on this. For example, one student of this type purchased an electronic translator for herself which she used to translate all of the necessary information that was published in a foreign language instead of using already translated versions which she found to be inaccurate.

    The ISFp scrupulously gathers all the material and information which he considers to be important to himself, thoroughly analyzes it, thinks it over. The ISFp is exceptionally observant of details and minor facts. "I immediately suspected something is wrong when my husband sat down to read the newspaper and immediately threw it aside. This has never happened before! That he would put down the newspaper and didn't read it cover to cover."

    Exceptional power of observation and the ability to deeply analyze obtained information make it possible for ISFps to show themselves magnificently well in many professional fields. (For example, they may succeed in such professions as intelligence officer, inspector, doctor, actor, movie director, and so on.)

    The ISFp is greatly interested in the most promising scientific methods. He tries to be up to date with the latest developments, renovates his computer with the newest programs and updates.

    The ISFp can be convinced only by credible, reliable facts and by logically sequential and coherent arguments. It is also interesting for the SEI to unearth and observe some logical regularities or laws in some difficult to explain phenomena.

    Luckily for the ISFp they have such a dual as the ENTp who is capable of calculating and thinking up that which still does not exist nature, the most daring fantasy, the most daring concept. Based on calculations and the logical computations of the ENTp the most daring dream seems to be close and easily obtainable in reality, and the ISFp (with his entire sober realism) with pleasure participates in the most fantastical projects of the ENTp, with readiness offering his help and support in the realization of his dual's most daring undertakings.

    Super-Id Block: 5th Dual-Seeking Function - Ne Extroverted Intuition

    In everything that concerns searching for possibilities, the ISFp acts with little confidence. The SEI is as if always searching for support and help from the side, constantly looking for some mentor, adviser, or teacher, who will give him some advice on whether he's acting correctly.

    The ISFp is inclined to understate his own possibilities - they frequently seem to him to be insufficient for resolving his vital problems. For example, he may frequently regret that he doesn't have influential connections, that almost no one helps him, that he has no one that he could confer with, no one to turn to, not on to lean on.

    The ISFp tries to be farsighted and prudent, but since to independently account for all of the possibilities and potential of a situation is very difficult for him, he frequently makes mistakes, which sometimes turn into serious problems. For example, the ISFp cannot always assess the overall, general nature of a situation, which sometimes leads to his cordiality and friendliness getting taken advantage of and his trust being let down. Knowing this, the ISFp tries to be more careful and more farsighted, but nevertheless he frequently makes it possible to bring himself to frankness, about which subsequently he may greatly regret. Therefore, the ISFp always listens with interest to recommendations about what benefits he can extract for himself from this or some another situation, how it's better to act in this or another case, and what could be the potential consequences or results of his actions. On his own, the ISFp struggles with answering such questions. He has little confidence in his own estimates and forecasts and often doubts them, even if he may voice them in a confident tone.

    Situation radically changes when ISFp acquires such a partner as his dual the ENTp. With all his seeming detachment from the realities of life, the ENTp knows how to sensibly evaluate the possibilities and potential of a situation, as well as the capabilities of his partner. ENTp's analysis of any situation is meant exactly for giving the actions of his partner the necessary sensible direction.

    The most complete information on the aspect of "intuition of possibilities" the ENTp provides precisely to his dual, the ISFp. With the partners of types, pleasant and productive contact and conversations on this theme, as a rule, do not happen or happen with subpar results.

    Around an ENTp, the ISFp feels himself reliably protected and safeguarded, capable of surviving and withstanding the most difficult life conditions: "When my husband and I moved here, we were completely alone, no one helped us. Here we had no family, no relatives or friends. We achieved everything by our own efforts ... "

    As has been already mentioned, the ISFp prefers to look at life realistically; therefore it is very important to him to be confident of realization of his possibilities and potential. The ISFp considers that the earlier a person can find his calling, the easier it will be to realize oneself.

    Dualized ISFp works creatively in more interesting ways. It is exactly in the partnership with his dual, ENTp, that the ISFp finally gets an opportunity to limitlessly develop his fantasy and to acts as a bright innovator in a chosen field of application. To confidently determine new directions in art and movies, to become creator of new styles and genres.

    On development of talents of his children, the ISFp does not spare efforts nor money. The ISFp is always inclined to see in his or her child a winning lottery ticket, which may sometimes win. Frequently, through the abilities of own children the ISFp attempts to realize his or her own unrealized talents and possibilities.

    The development of his own talents for the ISFp has great significance. For this very reason the SEI is greatly interested in opinions of his own professional potential, of the opportunities and possibilities that are available to him, and evaluations of his own capabilities and potential. The ISFp dislikes is when his or her abilities are being criticizes.

    People who can find and open up his own talents evoke much interest from the ISFp. The ISFp loves to listen to about bright future prospects and interesting events that he may still expect further in life. He may, for example, at an old age try to fulfill a long-time dream and master some profession, which earlier for some reasons he considered to be out of reach.


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