Shield of Henry II of France, France, ca. 1555.

The battle scene at the center is thought to depict the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century. In the strapwork borders are the intertwined letters: H for Henry II (reigned 1547–59); C for Catherine de Médicis, his queen; and possibly also D for Diane de Poitiers, his mistress. Interspersed with the initials are crescents, the king’s personal badge and a reference to the moon goddess Diana and her namesake Diane de Poitiers.

ISFP Traits - “The Artists”


Positive Traits:

  • Highly creative
  • True appreciators of aesthetic beauty and nature
  • Warm and friendly
  • Usually optimistic
  • Encouraging, supportive
  • Good at handling practical, day-to-day tasks
  • Flexible, go-with-the-flow
  • Good eye for beauty, space, function – likely to have lovely homes
  • Take commitments seriously
  • Seek lifelong relationships
  • Typically respectful of others’ personal space
  • Show affection through their actions
  • Focus on enjoying the here and now
  • Keenly in tune with their senses – look, smell, sound, feel
  • Likely to be gifted in the artistic sense in one form or another
  • Have strong personal values and continually strive to meet them
  • Will likely rebel against anything that conflicts with what they feel is right
  • Quiet and reserved
  • Gentle, kind, sensitive, and sympathetic to others
  • Service-oriented and interested in others’ wellbeing and happiness
  • Will put a lot of energy into tasks they believe in
  • Are often animal lovers
  • Original, unique
  • Independent and need their personal space
  • Often appear to be carefree on the outside, but they actually take life quite seriously
  • Searchers for underlying meaning
  • Tend to be action-oriented
  • Hands-on learners
  • Uncomfortable basing decisions solely on logic – they always take into account their strong personal beliefs when making decisions
  • Tend to be highly perceptive
  • Usually very good at reading people
  • Have a rare depth of caring for those close to them
  • Have no desire to lead/control nor to be lead/controlled
  • Need and enjoy alone time
  • Tend to be perfectionists
  • Generally quite selfless

Negative Traits:

  • Tend to hold back feelings and thoughts
  • May not be good with long-term planning
  • Intensely dislike criticism and conflict
  • May come off as lazy/slow-moving to others
  • May be uncomfortable verbally expressing affection
  • Can be hard to get to know well
  • Tend to be too hard on themselves and not give themselves enough credit
  • Because they tend to take life so seriously, it may not be easy for them

Elisabeth Moss photographed by Matthew Welch

“But why do I notice everything? She thought. Why must I think? She did not want to think. She wanted to force her mind to become a blank and lie back, and accept quietly, tolerantly, whatever came.”

Virginia Woolf, The Years  (via middecember)