My Personality – Guardian/Protector ISFJ

People are intriguing and even more interesting are their personalities.

I’ve always been somewhat interested and skeptical about answering random questions to determine a human being’s personality because that simplistic approach seemed to contain too many parameters and constraints to accurately portray the billions of people in the world who are so unique in a myriad of ways.

Then the other day curiosity got the better of me and I sat down and took Kiersey’s personality test.

I was mentally prepared to scoff at the results because not very many fellow humans even know my personality quirks. So I was greatly surprised and a little miffed that a cold and lifeless computer could “read” me so well.

Here is what I was told:

Protectors have an extraordinary sense of loyalty and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from the dirt and dangers of the world. Speculating and experimenting do not intrigue

Protectors, who prefer to make do with time-honored and time-tested products and procedures rather than change to new. At work Protectors are seldom happy in situations where the rules are constantly changing, or where long-established ways of doing things are not respected.

For their part, Protectors value tradition, both in the culture and in their family. Protectors believe deeply in the stability of social ranking conferred by birth, titles, offices, and credentials. And they cherish family history and enjoy caring for family property, from houses to heirlooms. Wanting to be of service to others, Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type.

They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Provider Guardians [ESFJs], and their shyness is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need. Their reserve ought really to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose.

The most diligent of all the types, Protectors are willing to work long, hard hours quietly doing all the thankless jobs that others manage to avoid. Protectors are quite happy working alone; in fact, in positions of authority they may try to do everything themselves rather than direct others to get the job done. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for them. When Protectors undertake a task, they will complete it if humanly possible.

They also know better than any other type the value of a dollar, and they abhor the squandering or misuse of money. To save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies-these are actions near and dear to the Protector’s heart.

For all these reasons, Protectors are frequently overworked, just as they are frequently misunderstood and undervalued. Their contributions, and also their economies, are often taken for granted, and they rarely get the gratitude they deserve.”

I did laugh a little at the results, but only because that was my attempt to hide my being caught off-guard by a machine. On the other hand, I will admit that I was somewhat pleased with my personality “description”.

By no means can I take all the credit for who I am today, because so many people and experience have molded me into who I am today.

If there were an “acknowledgments” page for who I am, the list would be lengthy and contain many good people.


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