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Isabel Myers-Briggs Typology – ESFJ

September 15th, 2009

Your Type is

Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging
Strength of the preferences %
56 25 12 1

I took the Isabel Myers-Briggs Typology test, today, because, as it usually does, it showed up in one of my groups.  I take it every time cause I always think I know what the answer was the last time but I’m not quite sure.  Here’s the thing.  I’ve always been an ISFJ.  So something’s changed.

What is an ESFJ? According to Keirsey.com, an ESFJ is a guardian provider.  I snickered at that.  It sounds like something out of Dungeons and Dragons.  But this is what it says:

Providers take it upon themselves to insure the health and welfare of those in their care, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions such as schools, churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Providers are very likely more than ten percent of the population, and this is fortunate for the rest of us, because friendly social service is a key to their nature. Wherever they go, Providers happily give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success.

Highly cooperative themselves, Providers are skilled in maintaining teamwork among their helpers, and are also tireless in their attention to the details of furnishing goods and services. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of dances, banquets, class reunions, charity fund-raisers, and the like. They are without peer as masters of ceremonies, able to speak publicly with ease and confidence. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, knowing everyone by name, and seemingly aware of what everyone’s been doing. Providers love to entertain, and are always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to make sure that all are involved and provided for.

Friendly, outgoing, neighborly – in a word, Providers are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to Providers, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries. In addition, Providers show a delightful fascination with news of their friends and neighbors. If we wish to know what’s been going on in the local community, school, or church, they’re happy to fill us in on all the details.

Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate themselves, they need to be loved in return. In fact, Providers can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given ample appreciation both for themselves personally and for the tireless service they give to others.

William Howard Taft, Barbara Walters, J C Penney, Ray Kroc, Louis B. Mayer, Sam Walton, Dolley Madison, and Dave Thomas are examples of Provider Guardians.

A full description of the Provider and the Guardian is in People Patterns or Please Understand Me II.

Other ESFJs are Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt.

It’s funny.  I’ve always been the one who doesn’t ask for anything until everyone else has what they want or need.  And sometimes, not even then.

I don’t really have anything more than that right now.

Have you taken the test? It would be neat to know what kind of people are reading us.  Take the test here and then leave a comment telling us what kind of person you are.

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  1. cinnamon
    September 15th, 2009 at 16:00 | #1

    Your Type is
    Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
    Strength of the preferences %
    56 25 62 1

  2. September 16th, 2009 at 11:19 | #2

    ISFJ a protector. Mother Theresa and Jimmy Carter are in my group. Interestingly enough, my “type” is supposed to be good w/disabled people, empathy and helpfulness…and my eldest son is high functioning Autistic and cannot live alone.
    oh, and I’m a vanilla lesbian in a long term relationship…and although my “type” is supposed to clink to traditional roles and routines (which is true) there is no mention of finding my inner kink …hmmmm….(g).
    Thanks for this…t’was interesting!

  3. September 16th, 2009 at 12:07 | #3

    @Nilla Oh so you didn’t get the memo? All lesbians are kinky. Or so sayeth some show we watched the other day. BDSM == Homosexuality == BDSM. Heh. Jerks.

    I’ve worked with disabled people my whole life. Mostly the elderly. But I volunteered at a horse ranch when I was a teen and they had an outreach program for kids with Autism and Downs Syndrome and such on the weekends.

    We had a lot of fun teaching the kids how to ride. Once they got over the intimidation of the animals’ size, they would try to lay on them and pet them and just… so trusting and gentle. Compared to some of our more fortunate children, it was really refreshing.

    Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  4. September 16th, 2009 at 18:35 | #4


    It’s interesting, I’ve taken the test twice now in just a couple of days. I came up ISFJ both times, but the ercents were a little different. I wonder what questions I answered different, and why. Their write up on my type (protector) seems to match who I see myself as pretty well. It’s an interestng test.


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