What Makes Us Give—An ISFJ Perspective
I asked a person with preferences for ISFJ (my partner, Kevin) what reasons he has for contributing to a cause.
Recently, he asked me to join him in helping run an afternoon of bingo at a nearby retirement home. I asked him what the experience meant to him.
“I’ve always felt that I needed to be doing something that was just the giving of my time,” he said. “I like working with elderly people because a lot of our elderly just get left alone and no one comes to visit and engage with them anymore. I don’t want to think that way. I want to engage. One day, I am going to be in a position where I’m going to need others’ help and I want people to be there, whether it is family or volunteers making sure I’m okay, even if they don’t know me.”
I asked if this has always been a part of who he is.
“I’ve felt a desire to serve from my early teens to now,” he replied. “Volunteering to serve the community, to be of service in a community…to humankind with everyday things is important to me. When I was a teen I wanted to be a missionary so I could help people who were not as fortunate as us. That way of thinking has manifested in different ways as I have gotten older, but the root of it has stayed the same. I just want to help.”