Episode #67: Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome of the ISFP

Get ready to dive into the captivating world of ISFPs – those super-creative, free-spirited individuals who dance to the beat of their own drum. These enchanting personalities seem to effortlessly waltz in and out of societal norms, choosing instead to carve out their own unique path. They’re champions of their values and ideals, defenders of peace, and experts in evasion when conflicts loom. Add to that their deep-rooted loyalty and open-mindedness, and their embodiment of the ‘live and let live’ principle, and you’ve got some truly admirable individuals. 

Now, let’s turn a page and talk about the elephant in the room – Imposter Syndrome. Our creative, peace-loving ISFPs sometimes wrestle with this uninvited guest, especially given their unique style of communication. When words fail, they express through art, music, or movement, which can make them seem distant or unapproachable. This misunderstanding can make them feel like an outsider, triggering feelings of inadequacy, and causing them to question their own worth. The question is – what triggers these feelings and how can ISFPs navigate these hurdles? 

Well, stay tuned! This new episode delves into the depths of ISFPs’ Imposter Syndrome, exploring how their self-doubt, sensitivity to criticism, and subjective artistic pursuits fuel this feeling of being an imposter. How does their inner decision-making process contribute to the syndrome? Why do they often dismiss their own strengths and achievements? And, most importantly, how does it affect their personal and professional growth, stress levels, self-confidence, and relationships? Get ready to unravel all these mysteries and more in our deep dive into the heart of an ISFP! 

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  • [01:41] Episode Introduction


  • [04:44] Why Does the ISFP Experience Imposter Syndrome?


  • [10:36] Impact of Imposter Syndrome on ISFPs


  • [24:58] Episode Gem


  • [27:29] Episode Wrap Up 



  • ISFPs are known for their sensitivity and introspection. They frequently face moments of self-doubt and minimize their achievements because they seek perfection, especially in their self and creative expression. The subjective nature of their artistic pursuits can magnify these feelings of inadequacy. 

  • One factor contributing to ISFPs’ Imposter Syndrome is their struggle with verbal communication, preferring other forms of expression like art, music, or movement. This leads to self-judgment and feelings of not being friendly or good enough, especially when others perceive them as distant or unapproachable. Their demeanor may be misunderstood, leaving them feeling like something is wrong with them.


  • ISFPs may become hesitant to take on new challenges or explore unfamiliar territories, as they worry about the possibility of failure or being exposed as incompetent. This fear-based mindset can hinder their progress and prevent them from tapping into their true capabilities and exploring their full potential.


  • Join us throughout our series on how the Imposter Syndrome shows up in the 16 MBTI types (or 8 Striving Styles). If you are not sure what your Striving Styles is, make sure to visit www.whoareyoumeanttobe.com to complete the assessment! Remember, if you need help dealing with dysfunctions at work or in your personal life, reach out to us. 


"Deciding to compensate for poor performance instead of managing it is an act of self- disempowerment."
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episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 3 - "Self-disempowerment starts from within. Leaders need to recognize when they are keeping their self-esteem low."

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