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In The Grip – Our Hidden Personality by Naomi L. Quenk Introverted Sensing Types: ISTJ & ISFJ

Important Features of Dominant Introverted Sensing

Introverted Sensing types typically use their favorite perceiving function in their inner world, processing information and experiences and reflecting on them. As a result they tend to

• Trust the evidence of their senses and past and present experience

• Feel uncomfortable moving beyond sense experience until they have thoroughly understood it

• Distrust people who are careless about facts and sloppy about details

• Attend to facts and details in a careful and orderly manner

• Fulfil their responsibilities thoroughly and conscientiously

• Value traditions and time-honored institutions

• Appear well-grounded in reality and trustworthy

• Enjoy perfecting existing techniques to achieve efficiency and cost effectiveness

Triggers for the Inferior Function

Introverted Sensing types report the following type-specific factors that are likely to provoke a grip experience:

Issues of reality: Dealing with people whose approach denies facts and actualities (often identified as Extraverted Intuitive types) serves as a trigger for eruptions of harsh, negative, and extreme reactions to whatever is being proposed. Even slight deviations from present reality or minor suggestions for future change will provoke ISTJs and ISFJs to intractable anger and stubborn immovability. One ISFJ said, “If I’m watching the devastating effects of an on-going crisis, and someone says to me, ‘Don’t worry, everything is going to be fine,’ I become unglued. I steamroll over the person and mow them down!”

Anything unknown: The prospect of unknown and previously unexperienced activities and situations is a common trigger for a grip experience in Introverted Sensing types. The anxiety associated with the unfamiliar and unimaginable future acts directly on their most unconscious arena. Careful contingency plans and attention to details normally temper such an unconscious reaction. But when the new possibility comes up suddenly, an inferior function response is likely.

Overdoing their own type: Excessive focus on the usually satisfying activities of their type may also provoke the response in ISTJs and ISFJs. When this takes the form of doing other people’s assigned duties, working long and hard, and being unappreciated or taken for granted, the stage is set for an extreme and spontaneous eruption of inferior Extraverted Intuition. “I get to feeling used and abused,” said an ISFJ. “Then I explode and say awful things that I’m embarrassed about later.”

Forms of the Grip Experience

Just prior to falling into a grip experience, the dominant function of Introverted Sensing types may become exaggerated.

They focus doggedly on detail after detail and cite fact after fact, with no judging process available to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant data. As this one-sided approach becomes less and less effective, their characteristic task orientation and calm attention to responsibilities disappear.

ISTJs and ISFJs lose command over dominant Introverted Sensing, and inferior Extraverted Intuition takes over. As a reminder of what Extraverted Intuition looks like in its adapted, dominant form, Table 16 describes what

Extraverted Intuition looks like in Extraverted Intuitive types as well as in Introverted Sensing types, for whom it is the inferior function. Notice the difference between conscious (dominant) Extraverted Intuition and unconscious (inferior) Extraverted Intuition.

Loss of control over facts and details: In the grip of inferior Extraverted Intuition, the Introverted Sensing type’s relationship to details becomes problematical. As they begin to lose trust in their dominant Sensing and auxiliary Thinking or Feeling functions, ISTJs and ISFJs have difficulty attending to relevant factual information and arriving at rational conclusions. It is as if their internal system for classifying and organizing facts and details stops operating, exposing them to overwhelming confusion.

Impulsiveness: The flexibility and adaptability that work well for dominant Extraverted Intuitive types come out as thoughtlessness and impulsiveness in Introverted Sensing types who are in the grip of their inferior function. When there is a gradual slide into the inferior function, we may see Introverted Sensing types become uncharacteristically spontaneous, sometimes to the point of later judging themselves to have been irresponsible and reckless. One ISFJ reported giving in to the urge to leave work in the middle of the day and go to the movies. An ISTJ made a spur-of-the moment decision to buy a new computer without thoroughly researching the options ahead of time. He returned it later, assessing the purchase as rash and foolish.

Increasing lack of focus, confusion, anxiety, and even panic may be experienced by Introverted Sensing types, even though they outwardly appear calm and unperturbed.

Catastrophizing: Dominant Extraverted Intuitive types thrive on the exciting possibilities the future will bring. For Introverted Sensing types in the grip of inferior Extraverted Intuition, anticipation of the future is accompanied by fear and trembling. As the descent into the grip of the inferior function proceeds, they become ever more negative, unwilling to tolerate the unfamiliar, and more wildly imaginative about disastrous outcomes. One ISFJ described this as “awfulizing.” In its full-blown state, inferior Extraverted Intuition anticipates all the catastrophes that might happen in an unsafe, threatening world and focuses on dire possibilities in the future. ISTJs and ISFJs imagine that anything not previously experienced, any unfamiliar place, any new activity will provoke horrifying consequences. In the full grip of the inferior function, even familiar, previously safe areas may be reassessed as fraught with danger. This level of catastrophizing is the hallmark of inferior Extraverted Intuition.

Ways of Returning to Equilibrium

Many Introverted Sensing types report that they need to play out their worries to completion internally; to “hit bottom.” The natural pathway out of the inferior grip seems to be through auxiliary Extraverted Thinking or Feeling. ISTJs report using their Thinking to remind them of what is real, that they can take control, and that things will work out. ISFJs find it helpful when they (with great difficulty) talk to someone, reveal their irrational fears, and receive quiet reassurance. They need others to take them seriously; not to patronize or judge them as irrational. Being allowed to ventilate with an active listener who resists offering solutions is useful. Unobtrusive help with some of the overwhelming details contributing to the Introverted Sensing type’s fatigue and stress is also welcomed.

New Knowledge

As a result of important bouts with inferior Extraverted Intuition, ISTJs and ISFJs recognize and incorporate a broader and more flexible perspective into their lives. They are better able to stand back from the absorbing tasks and responsibilities of daily living and reconsider what is most important to them. Often the awareness involves a renewed appreciation of family and other intimate relationships.

A Grip Experience

The following episode was reported by an ISTJ. However; ISFJs report similar responses to the kind of situation described here.

Loving Concern or Secret Wish

Warren, an ISTJ, reported that once he became quite worried because his wife was unexplainably late returning from a shopping trip. He imagined she had been involved in a fatal accident and fantasized in great detail her funeral, his raising the kids by himself, hiring a housekeeper; and so on. Losing all contact with his usual reasonable thought process, he then experienced tremendous guilt, concluding that his quickness to fantasize his wife’s demise meant that he harbored a secret wish that she would die.

On other occasions, he might imagine that she had been kidnapped, or that she really wanted a divorce and was at that very moment consulting a divorce lawyer. Warren reported that when he “came back to his senses” and reflected on the situations that led up to his catastrophic fantasies, they were typically in the context of decreased time spent at home and over-involvement in work activities. The bout with his inferior function stimulated a renewed appreciation of his wife and the importance of their relationship and reminded him to broaden his perspective on life in general.


Table 17 summarizes the important triggers for the inferior function, forms of grip experiences, ways of returning to equilibrium, and typical new knowledge gained from the experience for Introverted Sensing types.

* This article is from the book “In the Grip - Our Hidden Personality” by Naomi L. Quenk