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Definition of an ISFJ
ISFJ is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe introverted people who prefer to use their sensing, feeling, and judging preferences. These preferences are used to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.
Introverts tend to be quiet, serious, and contemplative people who like solitude and spending time with a small group of friends.
While they may not be the loudest people in the room, ISFJs are confident and level-headed, and they make loyal friends. If there is a problem to be solved, an ISFJ will offer a practical solution to the problem.
ISFJs are one of the more common Myers-Briggs personality types, making up roughly 13.8% of the US population, and women are more likely to have this personality type.
The ISFJ personality is also known by other names, the Defender, the Protector, and the Nurturer, because people who have this personality type have an empathic, caring, and compassionate nature.
Wherever there is a need in their local community or the world, an ISFJ is willing to help. Even in challenging environments that require them to step out of their comfort zone, an ISFJ will give their time and money to a cause they believe in.
ISFJs sensing preference
For ISFP famous people, sensing preferences help them in several ways. They help them:
- Memorize a script
- Bring different characters to life
- Remember song lyrics and work with musicians
- Make important career decisions
- Help them stay focused on the present
- Quickly find practical solutions to problems
- Stay grounded in reality
The feeling preference is particularly important to famous ISFJ people as this preference motivates everything they do. They not only look out for themselves but want what is best for a person or society as a whole, and they have an uncanny understanding of people and their specific needs.
ISFJ famous people use their judging preferences to help them make important career-related decisions and maintain order and stability in their sometimes-chaotic lifestyles. It also helps them to maintain a healthy balance between their public and private persona.
ISFJ’s introverted nature
Introverted people don’t always seek out high-profile positions or desire to be great people of influence, but they do well in leadership roles, as they are stable and reliable. ISFJ famous people are the perfect example of this. Their careers put them in positions of influence and power regardless of how they feel about themselves. However, they can be relied upon to take their responsibilities seriously and fulfill their obligations.
Although their high-profile careers attract the media spotlight, introverted famous ISFJs prefer to live a quiet life when they are not working. Regardless of the demands of their celebrity status, they prefer to spend time with friends and family and recharge their batteries for their next project.
ISFJ Famous People
Prince Charles is the firstborn son of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir apparent to the British throne.
Since 1952, Prince Charles has been the “Duke of Rothesay,” and the “Duke of Cornwall.”
He is the oldest-serving heir apparent in the history of Great Britain, and the longest-serving Prince of Wales, since 1958.
Prince Charles is an author of many books such as A Vision of Britain, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove, and the Elements of Organic Gardening.
Although Prince Charles has an introverted nature and is a quietly spoken man, he is people orientated, well attuned to others’ needs, and can relate well to a wide range of people.
Prince Charles takes his public service role seriously and he works tirelessly and enthusiastically to serve his country, and he is a dedicated family man.
He is reliable and trustworthy and will see things through to completion. Sensible and pragmatic, he prefers practical solutions to problems.
When he is not going about his public service duties, Prince Charles loves to spend time in the outdoors and he’s dedicated to cultivating a love of nature in the younger generation of royals too.
A keen conservationist, Prince Charles supports environmental initiatives such as a clean soil project to help combat climate change. He is also actively engaged in The Prince of Wales charities that endeavor to find practical solutions to socio-economic problems so that they can transform lives and build sustainable communities.
“I find myself born into this particular position. I’m determined to make the most of it and to do whatever I can to help. And I hope I leave things behind a little bit better than I found them.”
“It is vitally important that we can continue to say, with absolute conviction, that organic farming delivers the highest quality, best-tasting food, produced without artificial chemicals or genetic modification, and with respect for animal welfare and the environment, while helping to maintain the landscape and rural communities.”
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Princes Mary first came to prominence when she met the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in Sydney during the 2000 Summer Olympics and was married on May 14, 2001, in Copenhagen Cathedral.
Mary was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and attended the same university where her parents worked, the University of Tasmania. She obtained Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law, completed a graduate program in advertising, and worked for various Australian and international advertising agencies.
Princess Mary is a perfect example of the Defender, Protector, and Nurturer personality. She is warm, caring, sensitive, kind, and passionate about helping people. She uses her royal position to encourage and inspire others and she is especially dedicated to helping socially disadvantaged people.
Although Princess Mary is quiet, gentle, and has an ‘ethereal quality’ about her, people listen to what she has to say about global issues. She has a “strong sense of justice” and she works diligently on her projects.
Princess Mary is involved in many humanitarian projects. She has helped to solve the immigrant issues in Denmark and is a patron of the Danish Refugee Council. In June 2010, she assumed the role of the patron of the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
She has established The Mary Foundation which focuses on bullying, domestic violence, and loneliness, and has spoken at the Human Rights Conference in Copenhagen.
For famous people, living in the media spotlight and being under intense “social media scrutiny” is a challenge, but Princess Mary is an intensely private person, dedicated to maintaining a normal life for her family as much as possible in the spotlight.
“Often it is the case that it takes ‘just a little’ to help and support people, so they can help themselves. I have met adults and children, men and women, whose living conditions are difficult for us to imagine, but every time I come away inspired by their strength and will to improve their lives and provide a better life for their children. ”
“Sometimes you have to keep things very close to your own chest in your life, or this life.”
Kate Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge, and she is married to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. As Prince William is in the line of succession to the British throne, Catherine is a likely future queen consort.
Kate Middleton is a warm, caring, kind, and thoughtful person who takes her royal duties seriously. She has a quiet demeanor and “polished reserve”, and she is dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence which are demonstrated through her impeccable dress sense.
While she appears to be relaxed and comfortable in the public eye, Kate is a natural introvert and a shy, reserved person who does not seek out the spotlight. However, she works hard to overcome her shyness so that she can serve the public and fulfill her royal duties.
Kate Middleton is primarily motivated by her feeling preference which is evidenced through the charities and organizations, and social initiatives she supports such as mental health and childhood development. She also delivered meals to Norfolk residents when they were isolated during the pandemic.
When she is not attending to her social engagements, Kate spends time with family and friends and prefers solitary hobbies like reading, spending time in the outdoors, photography, gardening, pottery, and sailing.
“My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.”
“…I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.”
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor around the world.
From the young age of 12 years old, Mother Teresa had a desire to serve others.
Upon her arrival in India, Mother Teresa worked as a teacher, but the widespread poverty in Calcutta led her to start the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need.
In 1952, she opened her first home for the dying.
The Missionaries of Charity have branches throughout the world where they work with the homeless, children, and people affected by AIDS.
In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace. She didn’t attend the ceremonial banquet but asked that the $192,000 prize money be given to the poor.
In 2016, Mother Teresa was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 2016 as Saint Teresa.
Mother Teresa’s life and work are the epitome of the Defender, Protector, and Nurturer personality.
Caring, sympathetic, and considerate, Mother Teresa has selflessly dedicated her life to helping the poor. She shone a light into the darkness of poverty and brought dignity to those who were suffering.
In describing Mother Teresa, Pope Francis declared, “In all aspects of her life, [she] was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.”
Although she was small in stature, humble and unassuming, Mother Teresa was a resolute woman who stuck to her beliefs regardless of whether they were popular or not.
While she was outspoken on socio-cultural and political issues, Mother Teresa was a quiet and private person who rarely gave interviews but preferred to use her time in making a difference in peoples’ lives.
“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”
“For me each [person] is an individual,” she has said. “I can give my whole heart to that person for that moment in an exchange of love. It is not social work. We must love each other. It involves emotional involvement, making people feel they are wanted.”
Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist. Her refusal to give up her seat to a white man sparked the Montgomery bus boycott from 1955 to 1956, which was a social protest against racial segregation.
After the 13-month non-violent mass protest, the US Supreme Court ruled that the white/black segregation on public buses is unconstitutional.
In 1987 Rosa Parks co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development to provide career training for young people and offered teenagers the opportunity to learn about the history of the civil rights movement.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996) and the Congressional Gold Medal (1999).
Rosa Parks was honored by The United States Congress as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
In 2002, a television movie about Rosa Parks received many awards.
Rosa Parks is the perfect example of the Defender ISFJ personality. Quiet, unassuming, and shy, Rosa is remembered more for her actions than her words.
When she was asked why she refused to give up her seat, Rosa Parks said “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Rosa Park took a risk and stood up for her beliefs and values regardless of the personal cost. Because of her actions, Parks was imprisoned, lost her job, and was faced with fear, intimidation, and racism, but her perseverance brought about significant social change for black Americans.
“To this day I believe we are here on planet earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes the fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Naomi Watts is a British actress. She made her film debut in the Australian drama For Love Alone and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad, Brides of Christ, and Home and Away.
After moving to the United States, Watts appeared in David Lynch’s psychological thriller Mulholland Drive in 2001, which kickstarted her international acting career.
Naomi Watts has appeared in many films: The Ring, 21 Grams, King Kong, The International, and The Divergent Series.
Magazines such as People and Maxim have included her on their lists of the world’s most beautiful women.
She is a special representative for UNAIDS and raises awareness for HIV/AIDS and is an ambassador for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.
Naomi Watts received her first Academy Award nomination for her role as a recovering drug addict in 21 Grams.
As an ISFJ, Naomi Watts is sincere, honest, and down-to-earth. She is highly creative and prefers practical solutions to career-related problems. Despite the significant media attention, Watts is an introvert and is reticent to talk about her personal life.
Naomi Watts is well known for working in independent productions that have dark or tragic themes, so her sensing and feeling preferences help her to authentically portray the many complex characters that endure loss or suffering.
Her humble, unassuming nature means she can sometimes be taken for granted and many times she has missed out on roles and her hard work has not been given the praise it deserved. However, even when she has put her “blood, sweat, and tears into something, and when it doesn’t have the resonance or the reception that you hoped for…,” she stays determined to make her career work.
“Of course, I want to look the best I can, but I am playing characters that should match my age, and the women and the material that I am interested in are usually going through something. I have to be able to live in my face and tell the story of the character I’ve taken on.”
“On set is where I feel comfortable. The red-carpet stuff, talking about the film, explaining your own life, it doesn’t come naturally. It’s all necessary stuff I suppose but it’s not my strength.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors, Shallow Hal, Emma, Iron Man, and Avengers: Endgame.
Paltrow is the daughter of television producer Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner.
With acting in her blood, Gwyneth knew from a young age that she wanted to act, and she appeared in her first part at age five, a stage walk-on role.
Her first film role was as Peter Pan’s friend Wendy in Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991).
Gwyneth Paltrow won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Shakespeare in Love, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for the same film, as well as other film accolades.
In 2008, she started Goop, which is a digital media and e-commerce company that offers advice on such topics as style, shopping, and food, and she is part of the #metoo movement.
As an ISFJ, Gwyneth Paltrow is hardworking and diligent, and she is committed to her craft. Although she has been called by the media as being pretentious and remote in her early 20’s, in person, she is engaging, open, quick-witted, and charming.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s husband Brad Falchuk describes the difference between her public and private persona, “There’s a public Gwyneth Paltrow, and there are all these ideas about who that is…And the reality is, the real Gwyneth Paltrow is so much more amazing, so much more than that.”
In his interview with Paltrow, Josh Duboff described her as a humble, non-judgmental person who has a desire for growth and has an “openness and excitement about the world.” (Harper’s Bazaar, Celebrity, 2020).
Gwyneth Paltrow is a private person who tries to stay out of the media spotlight. She is very much a nurturer and protector for those closest to her and is dedicated to “being a wife…and making a home.” (Deerwester, USA Today, People, 2018)
“There is nothing worse for the growth of a human being than not having obstacles and disappointments, and things go wrong. All of my greatest achievements have come out of failure.”
“I’ve always been the person who introduces wellness ideas into the culture, and I can see by pattern recognition that people eventually come around… You can love or hate it, but Goop is building something that’s changing the world, and it’s irrefutable that the world is coming along with us.”
Elijah Wood is an American actor, producer, and DJ, and is most famous for portraying the Hobbit Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
He has appeared in other films such as The Good Son, The Ice Storm, Sin City, provided the voice for the character Mumble in Happy Feet,
Elijah Wood has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Esteemed US film critic Robert Ebert wrote about the actor: “Elijah has emerged the most talented actor in his age group in Hollywood history.”
Elijah is an introvert. He is reluctant to talk about his private life and tends to shun the spotlight. Liev Schreiber, who directed Wood in Everything Is Illuminated, described the actor as having a “sincere goodness as a human being…good-naturedly and polite.” (Archbold, Boon, Looper, The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Elijah Wood Anymore, 2020)
His Defender/Protector characteristics were displayed at a very young age. In a rare interview with ES magazine, Elijah said “he was the family peacemaker and moderator. He was the one who understood everyone’s perspective, for better or for worse.”
Elijah has spoken out about child abuse in the American film industry despite the effect it might have had on his career. He is also involved in many philanthropic pursuits and was honored for helping the LA-based not-for-profit organization The Art of Elysium. Wood responded by saying that being part of this “tirelessly dedicated family and the lives of the children they’ve transformed” has enriched his life.
His humanitarian efforts almost got him into trouble when was caught up in a Chilian earthquake as he was rescuing pets.
“I have always kept a pretty healthy separation between my work in my film and my life outside of it.”
“There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”
“In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.”
Aretha Franklin was an American singer. The Queen of Soul, Aretha is regarded as an icon of soul music and her work continues to inspire others today.
She has sold over 75 million records which makes her one of the world’s best-selling musical artists.
Aretha used her vocal talents from a young age in her father’s church, New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Musical talent also ran in her family. Her mother was a gospel singer-pianist, and Aretha’s father was a singer.
Aretha released her first album The Gospel Sound of Aretha Franklin in 1956 when she was just 14 years old.
At 18-years of age, she signed up with Columbia Records and recorded the classic hit Today I Sing the Blues, a track that showed her musical versatility to sing blues and jazz.
In 1967, when she was signed with Atlantic Records, she released the iconic track Respect which not only became an anthem for the black civil rights movement but in particular black women.
In 1968 she became the second black woman to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
She became the first person to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was placed ninth in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
She has received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1994, a National Medal of Arts in 1999, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005
The biographical musical drama film Respect follows Aretha Franklin’s arduous rise to international musical stardom and drew attention to her traumatic life: her struggle to deal with her mother’s death when Aretha was 10, Aretha’s sexual assault, abusive marriage, and battle with alcohol.
Although Aretha Franklin was a dynamic singer whose powerful emotion-filled voice and incredible range commanded attention on stage, she was an introvert and an extremely private person who was reluctant to give interviews.
Despite the pressure of fame, Aretha Franklin remained true to her family values and raised a family with the help of her grandmother and sister. She valued her privacy so much that she kept her battle with pancreatic cancer a secret for almost a decade and bravely kept performing throughout her treatment.
Aretha was described as a kind, caring, thoughtful, gracious, and down-to-earth person who always made others feel comfortable. As a Defender, she was a devoted civil rights activist and an outspoken voice on black women’s rights.
As a singer, especially jazz and blues singer, the senses are extremely important for picking up cues from other musicians and engaging with the audience. Aretha’s sensing and feeling preferences helped her to live in the moment, work seamlessly with musicians, and make every performance unique.
“I think it would be a far greater world if people were kinder and more respectful to each other.”
“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”
Beyoncé Knowles is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress.
Her rise to fame started when she joined the girl group Destiny’s Child when she was a teenager.
In 2003, she launched her solo career which resulted in her becoming one of the most successful celebrities.
Her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), featured the song Crazy in Love which had a rap verse and ad-libs from her future husband Jay-Z, and Beyoncé contributed to the lyrics as well as other songs on the album.
Crazy in Love was a number-one hit in the United States and the United Kingdom and reached the top ten charts in various other countries worldwide, as well as winning many awards.
Beyoncé has released six studio albums, five live albums, three compilation albums, five EPs, 80 singles, and one soundtrack album, The Lion King. She has also sung in charity singles.
One of the bestselling artists of all time, Beyoncé has sold 270 million records.
Beyoncé has a large online fan base which is called the Beyhive which gives access to news, special experiences, and exclusive merchandise.
Although she is a powerhouse performer on stage and has been called a “cultural demigod” due to her public persona, away from the media spotlight, Beyoncé is naturally shy and reserved and is devoted to her family and friends. She prefers to focus on her art and is reluctant to talk about her private life.
As Beyoncé is motivated by her heart, she can be manipulated by others. In a recent interview with Elle, Beyoncé said, “The more I mature, the more I understand my value. I realized I had to take control of my work and my legacy because I wanted to be able to speak directly to my fans in an honest way. I wanted my words and my art to come directly from me. There were things in my career that I did because I didn’t understand that I could say no. We all have more power than we realize.”
Beyoncé uses her influence, time, and money to raise awareness of social issues. She promotes a positive body image and fights racial discrimination. She sings at charity concerts and has her charity called the BeyGOOD Foundation, which raises money for people displaced by natural disasters and organizes food drives for people in need.
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
“I’m a people pleaser. I hold a lot of things in. I’m always making sure everybody is okay. I usually don’t rage; I usually don’t curse.”
As high-profile Defenders, Protectors, and Nurturers, ISFJ famous people use their time, talent, and finances to help make the world a better place.
ISFJ famous people certainly do not “wear their hearts on their sleeve”, but their people-orientated heart is seen in their humanitarian efforts. Regardless of challenges, famous ISFJ people are prepared to make sacrifices for the charities and social initiatives they support.
However, you don’t need to be famous to make a difference in your community. All it takes is compassion for people and a willingness to take an active role in helping people live their best life. And as Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
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