MBTI Series: Book Recommendations for the ISFJ Type

Posted on June 05 2018

Welcome to BooksActually's series of promotions, centering about the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. Each week, we will upload reviews for 2 recommended reading titles targeting a specific personality type.

This week, our focus is on the ISFJ type (Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging). ISFJs can take comfort from the fact that they share Beyonce’s personality type! They are collections of seemingly contrasted personality traits. While introverted, they prioritise social relationships. While emotionally-driven, they are focused and analytical thinkers. Central to their personality is their desire to do good in the lives of others – their nurturing trait makes them excellent friends and confidantes.

This week, we are recommending two titles that explore the role of nurturers.


Book I: Mother of all Questions 

Grace Chia’s third poetry collection draws on her experiences as a woman and mother. Of the book, she claims: “I want to look at what it means to be human, but bearing in mind also that I am a woman - a daughter, mother and lover, the complex bag of identities I possess.”. What would you suffer for your children? What does it mean to be kind? What does it mean to be honest? Her poems are compact and powerful confessional pieces, revealing a rare insight into the modern woman’s multifaceted existence.


Book II: How to Train Your Cactus

The nurturing instinct, the impulse to grow and water, is within us all – what better way to give it expression than rearing a couple of succulents? This book is a comprehensive guide designed to springboard any beginner into the role of a successful cactus-trainer. Within are detailed chapters on soil conditions, watering habits, pests and other important notes on keeping your plant healthy. Also included is a comprehensive reference guide detailing fifty common species of succulents – the personality of each species, as well as notes on their recommended training and styling methods, are included.


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