You embody the foundations of society, for you are the temperament given to serving and preserving our most important social institutions. Guardians (SJ’s) have natural talents in managing goods and services–from supervision to maintenance and supply–and you use all these skills to keep things running smoothly in your families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, and businesses.

As a Guardian you can have a lot of fun with your friends, but you are quite serious about your duties and responsibilities. You take pride in being dependable and trustworthy. As a Guardian you believe in law and order, and you tend to believe that things that give you a real sense of right and wrong, are being lost. Perhaps this is why, as a Guardian, you honor friends, customs, and traditions so strongly.

Undoubtedly, Guardians are the most practical and down-to-earth people. You like doing the right thing and cooperating with others. Generally you do not feel comfortable with winging it or forging new paths. You just like working steadily and in the long run, loyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right. As a Guardian you are meticulous about schedules and have a sharp eye for proper procedures. You are cautious about change, even though it may be for the best, and you avoid just jumping into things without thinking something through.

Guardians make up as much as 40 to 45 percent of the population, and a good thing, because they usually end up doing all the indispensable but thankless jobs everyone else takes for granted.

Overview of the Provider (ESFJ)
As a Provider, you can be very cooperative and enjoy serving the needs of people, especially those of your close ones. You approach tasks in an organized and thoughtful matter and are excellent with follow through and detail work. You enjoy working on projects that improve situations for people and enjoy working on committees and organizing celebrations. You are the keepers of tradition like special holidays, and go to great lengths to make sure people are cared and provided for.

How You Communicate
As a Provider, you will communicate with others by gaining consensus, listening to other’s requests and concerns, and providing organized and detailed approaches to a problem or situation. You follow a free-association in your talk, and you bounce from subject to subject, and you love talking about past experiences. Being a Provider means that you can be creative when you can talk about various subjects and tap into your past experiences for solutions. If, as a Provider, you immediately begin talking about information or ask for information, you may just need to speak your thoughts in order to process the information.

Guardian Providers and Career Considerations
In any environment, including your work place, you are usually focused on making people happy and facilitating harmonious relationships. You often lend “aid and comfort” by drawing on a combination of tradition, past experience, and the direction of established authority. In your ideal job, people would give of themselves and work toward the good of the group.

Providers thrive in a warm, personal environment where they can demonstrate their caring for others.
Providers excel at work that requires maintaining personal relationships, such as sales and personal service.
Their need for contact with others makes it hard for Providers to accomplish solitary work.
Love and Relationships for the Guardian Provider
Being part of a loving couple is likely one of the greatest blessings you can imagine. Your talent as a host and planner can ensure that you and your partner will enjoy a fun, involved social life. During relationships, you often need more affection and attention than many people do. You can also become uncomfortable when you’re left alone too often. As a result, when looking for a partner, you may seek a true companion above all else.

The Guardian Provider’s Learning Style

Providers like learning things that can be applied.
Providers like learning cooperatively in a group.
Providers like connecting things to the past.
Providers learn by practicing.
Providers want to be taught how to organize and prioritize according to what’s important.