ISFP – ESFP Relationship

ISFP - ESFP Relationship

Joys and Struggles

This section ISFP - ESFP relationship is about how these two personality types come together in a relationship. Specifically, we will be looking at the joys of this relationship as well as the struggles this relationship may have.

The ISFP - ESFP relationship has 1 preference similarity and 3 preference differences. Regardless of the number of similarities and differences, each personality combination will have its unique set of challenges. We will look at each of the 4 preferences individually:

Extroversion-Introversion

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  • Are attracted by each other’s difference in energy levels. Extroverts appreciate the calm and steady demeanor of the Introvert, while Introverts enjoy the hearty and bubbly Extrovert.
  • Extrovert enjoys that there is an active listening ear in the Introvert, always ready to listen to his thoughts and rants.
  • Introvert enjoys that the Extrovert takes social leadership in most occasions, connecting them to new friends and people that they otherwise would be too shy to approach.
  • Extroverts, however, may find that the Introvert is too quiet and communicates too little with nothing to share. They may feel Introverts are boring, or just disinterested in talking to them.
  • Introverts may find that Extroverts are too loud and talk too much without listening to them. An Introvert may feel neglected and unheard by Extroverts because they will only share if asked – and Extroverts usually don’t ask.
  • On the weekends, Extroverts enjoy heading out for social activities or other high stimulation activities to relax while Introverts prefer staying home or at the most have some quiet activity with close friends. This difference in preference will sometimes lead to dissatisfaction.

Sensing-Sensing

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  • Will likely enjoy similar topics in conversation, mainly about past and present happenings related to, people they’ve met, places they’ve been, experiences they seen.
  • Both like language simple, straightforward and literal; will likely ‘click’ with each other.
  • Because both tend to live in the present, household duties are less likely to be neglected. However the more passive ones may still not perform them.
  • Although both enjoy Sensory details, the couple may disagree on specifics in the household: i.e. what colour should the wall be, where should the vase be placed.
  • In times of crises, both partners tend to over-worry or think up worst case scenarios, which is unproductive and sometimes cause destructive conflict between the couple.
  • In such cases, they may lack the future looking vision that will help them through the crisis.

Feeling-Feeling

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  • Both parties are attracted to each other’s warmth, sensitivity and kindness to each other’s needs.
  • Both will likely enjoy their expressiveness and natural affection with each other.
  • Both Feeling types tend to recognize and consider their partner’s needs and try to meet them. Hence there is usually high level of harmony in the relationship.
  • Because both value some level of harmony, they may store up unhappy feelings inside and not share openly.
  • They may avoid necessary conflict and disagreements; this is unhealthy in the long run for the quality of the relationship.
  • Because both may decisions with their personal values, they may sometimes overlook logical consequences of certain actions.

Perceiving-Perceiving

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  • Both parties enjoy being spontaneous to changing circumstances and keeping their options open without seeing the need to come to a decision.
  • Both tend to be okay with going with the flow; for the most part, daily decisions like eating locations or recreational activities are decided on a whim. Little conflict over these issues.
  • Both parties are comfortable with disorganization in the household; the household will probably be messy, and both are perfectly fine with it.
  • Both parties tend to be less consistent in performing routine household tasks like cleaning the house, doing the laundry and paying the bills.
  • However, since these activities are a necessary evil, the partner that tries to do these tasks consistently may feel frustrated and maybe resentful.
  • Also, because both parties want to keep their options open, they are likely to procrastinate making important decisions, sometimes even pushing it away until they make none.

 

Here’s how ISFPs and ESFPs can relate to each other better:

Reaching out to the ISFP as an ESFP
  • Slow down and listen to your partner – Your partner’s introverted personality causes him/her not to be easily heard, especially if you’re busy having fun. Slow down and give your partner full attention when he or she speaks. 
  • Give him/her a hug or a pat on the back – Engaging his/her physical senses is the best way to convey a message that you would like to send. Be expressive and show your partner with actions that express your feelings or intentions. 
  • Encourage your partner to have alone time – Once in a while, make room for your partner to process his/her thoughts and feelings alone. This is especially important if your partner has recently gone through a stressful season, or if a conflict has just taken place. 
  • Pay attention when he/she is talking – Watch your tendency to be easily distracted in conversations. Don’t talk over your partner, and never interrupt when he/she shares his/her thoughts and feelings.  
  • Don’t pressure your partner into socialising – Your partner is most comfortable with a small group of very close partners and can get intimidated by big groups of acquaintances. Don’t pressurise your partner into attending social functions.
Reaching out to the ESFP as an ISFP
  • Speak up intentionally – Make it a point to speak up about your thoughts and feelings. Your partner may misunderstand your silence for judgement. 
  • Have fun together – The best way to connect with your partner is to have fun, social activities together. 
  • Be sensitive – Although your partner loves to have fun and sometimes be the butt of jokes but be tactful because you may unintentionally offend your partner at times. Apologize where necessary. 
  • Appreciate your partner’s values – Your partner, like you, has values he/she holds on to dearly. Learn about these values and show that you appreciate them too. 
  • Be open to changes – Your partner is likely to make changes to plans spontaneously; don’t be surprised and be patient with him/her.

This is a summary of the joys and pains of the ISFP – ESFP relationship.

However, personality dynamics are more complex than this. It does not just extend to the difference or similarity in individual preferences but goes deeper than that.