Anyone have insights or a databank?
It’s not a pairing I’ve observed often, other than in my immediate family (mom and brother). I think INFP tends to enjoy, in a vague but genuine way, the ISFP’s performative flair and the vibing opportunities it offers. Keepin it light. They can easily share a social space because they have such different ideas of what’s funny, what matters, whether there’s a scorecard, etc.
INFP offers the ISFP radiant warmth and patience. Which I guess is what they offer everybody, lol. But it’s something ISFP really wants and may have trouble getting anywhere else.
ISFP’s shit-eating traitorous mode engages a kind of bemused wonderment, from what I’ve observed, but I’ve only seen this where the INFP has some authority (professor-student, director-actor, mom-child), and in a more equal situation I imagine the here-I-am-fucker Se would not at all be to the INFP’s taste. Certainly INFP has no weapons to cut any ice with. I presume INFP would be happier reporting to an ISFP than vice-versa, maybe because of Si grating?
(I know, by way of comparison, that ISTP typically gives INTP a quiet stare and thinks, “Yeah you tell everyone about your schema, I’ll just sit here in the corner and build the thing.”)
So, maybe there’s a tendency to be allies when things are bad or when the ISFP has a particular need, but probably not very close under most other conditions.
Does anyone know what socionics has to say?