April 11, 2014 by philipbullitthughes
ISFPs by nature are soft spoken. Yet for the small size of their voices, they make up for it with hearts of enormous proportion. In fact, the ISFP has been crowned the kindest type of all, willing to place their own feelings aside time and time again to keep the peace, often getting bulldozed by more abrasive personalities. Few embody the quiet kindheartedness like Fluttershy, the Pegasus from the land of Equestria in the series, My Little Pony.
For most ISFPs, even though they are quite likeable and even social, meeting new people can be stress inducing. And when Fluttershy makes her entrance into the series, she is no exception. She hides behind her mane, introducing herself in nothing more than a whisper so soft that Twilight Sparkle can barely hear her. However, her timidity evaporates upon seeing Spike, the baby dragon, whom she enthusiastically engages in conversation.
It’s important to remember that for the ISFP, they tend to have a specialized interest based on their sensing preference—sports, painting, farm-work, acting, culinary, singing, and the like. And for Fluttershy, she adores spending time with animals. In fact, she is the Caretaker of the animals near the Everfree Forest, which is why she finds it so easy to talk with Spike rather than Twilight Sparkle. If the ISFPs interest can be identified, it doesn’t matter how shy they might feel, they will light up with interest and chat passionately for hours. However, probing long enough to get the ISFP to open up about their interest can be a challenge, as they typically dislike drawing attention to themselves and are usually more concerned with pleasing their audience, thus holding back for fear the person might not be interested in their hobby.
Unfortunately for the ISFP, a fairly constant annoyance in their lives comes from being told to “Speak up!” Such is the case with Fluttershy, whose more edgy friend, Rainbow Dash, is constantly aggravated her over her timidity. Of course, Fluttershy is soft spoken and coy, but this does not mean she is spineless. It is Fluttershy, when all others fail see the truth behind the manticore’s rage, calmly and bravely approaches him to remove the thorn from his paw. It is Fluttershy who, when her friends are threatened by a huge, gigantic, terrible, enormous, teeth-gnashing, sharp scale-having, horn-wearing, smoke-snoring, could-eat-a-pony-in-one-bite, totally-all-grown-up dragon, stands up to him and saves the day.
A fairly standard problem for ISFPs tends is that they always feel like their running late, and Fluttershy is no exception. It takes her friend, Angel the Bunny, to remind her that she is tardy for Princess Celestia’s Brunch at Sugar Cube corner. But despite her foibles, Fluttershy is a true friend, making sacrifices time and again to please others—salon diving, playing cheerleader, fashion model, and what have you, most of which she loathes doing. But to her, making her friends happy is its own reward, and so she puts on a good show, never letting on that she is miserable until it gets to be too much to handle.
If you have an ISFP in your life, remember to give them time to warm up. Try to figure out what their areas of interest are and join them in their activities while also giving them freedom to pursue their solitary pleasures. Appreciate them for their kindness, their artistic aptitude, and their selfless servant’s hearts. Life is not always easy for the ISFP, as they tend it very seriously. Encourage them to use their gifts to make their lives and those around them a rewarding experience.