The ISFP and the INFP personality types share the same dominant function — introverted feeling (Fi).
They also share the same inferior function — extraverted thinking (Te).
There is a lot of similarities between the two types, but there are also differences.
ISFP vs. INFP: How they are similar
Just like the ISFJ and the INFJ, the ISFP and the INFP share three of the four type preferences — intuition, feeling and perceiving.
It means they have a lot of similarities; that’s why it’s not surprising that some people may get confused as to whether they are ISFPs or INFPs.
Just look at all these commonalities between the two:
They are both very accepting of others and don’t feel the need to tell others what to do.
They both value harmony and can be very flexible in their words and actions if that’s what needs to be done for the sake of peace.
They both think that worrying too much about their appearance or home organization isn’t necessary and may appear messy and disorganized.
They are both very loyal people who put their values and principles first.
In their relationships, they are both likely to put their partners first and may stay in bad relationships for a long time just to avoid confrontation.
Both are generally gentle people who appreciate others for who they are, without attempting to change them or force them to be like them.
They are both very sensitive. So sensitive that some other types may find it very difficult to deal with them because their feelings get hurt very easily.
When unhappy, both tend to withdraw instead of speaking out and solving the problem.
They are both introverts and prefer to spend time with just a few close friends.
Both prefer a leisurely pace of life, without pressure and stress.
As life partners, they are both very romantic people who tend to become entirely consumed by their relationships — sometimes to the point of ruining themselves.
Both are very thoughtful and value other people’s time and effort.
They are both very adaptable and appreciate change; they like it when things get a little mixed up in their lives.
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Both are humble and low-key. They don’t like to push themselves forward, don’t brag and somewhat dislike ambitious and competitive types, such as the ENTJ personality type.
Both are caring and empathetic people who are genuinely concerned for others.
ISFP vs. INFP: How they are different
Despite all the similarities, there are some important differences as well.
The ISFP is a more down-to-earth type of person while the INFP is more complex and original than the ISFP.
The ISFP lives in the here and now while the INFP focuses on the future.
The ISFP knows how to enjoy the moment while the INFP often becomes distressed by their complex thoughts.
The INFP finds it challenging to feel happy and content because of their tendency to overanalyze things while the ISFP derives pleasure from simple daily activities and, perhaps, art.
The ISFP is more spontaneous and fun-loving than the INFP who often can’t relax because of their thoughts.
The ISFP is more easygoing than the INFP who sometimes avoids getting close to others out of fear of rejection.
The INFP can see the big picture and connection between seemingly unrelated things and events while the ISFP is consumed by what is immediately in front of him or her.
The INFP is more idealistic than the ISFP while the ISFP is a more realistic type.
Unlike the INFP, the ISFP doesn’t obsess about things he or she can’t control.
The INFP constantly searches for hidden meanings everywhere while the ISFP is concerned only about his or her next adventure.
The ISFP is more physically active than the INFP and enjoys sports, nature, and playing with animals.
The INFP is more intellectual than the ISFP and is more into reading and writing.
The INFP speaks in an abstract, often vague way while the ISFP’s speech is very concrete and detailed.
The INFP is moodier than the ISFP.
If you would like to read more about these two types, check out these links:
- The INFP Personality Portrait
- The ISFP Personality Portrait
- 36 Ways to Make Your INFP Happy
- ENFJ and INFP Personality Compatibility
- 16 Personalities Main
- If you are still unsure as to whether you are an INFP or an ISFP, try this scientifically validated test.