Famously funny actress Tiffany Haddish has a bold and infectiously positive personality. She’s also incredibly resilient, overcoming tough childhood experiences and working on building her comedy career for nearly two decades before her breakout success in popular comedies such as Girls Trip and Night School. She’s also the author of the best-selling memoir, The Last Black Unicorn.
“That’s why I think my life turned out as good as it has. Because all the time, I’m just trying to have fun.” — Tiffany Haddish
Enneagram Type 7: “The Enthusiast”
Enneagram Sevens are optimistic, upbeat and have a childlike enthusiasm for all the things that life has to offer. Always on the go, Sevens seek to avoid boredom and mundane activities for fear of missing out on the good life. With her outgoing personality and glass-half-full outlook, Tiffany Haddish is a perfect example of this fun-loving type.
Type 7 Traits
- Pleasure-seeking. As a Seven, Tiffany is always looking for a good time — even if that means creating it herself. “No matter what the situation, I try to have fun,” she said. “I get pulled over by the police, I’m like, ‘Oh, this going to be the best arrest ever.’ And I end up making friends with these police officers.”
- Optimistic. Tiffany was able to rise above early tough experiences by focusing on the positive. As a Seven, she doesn’t let difficult moments keep her down. “People who focus on the negative all the time? You don’t bounce back from nothin’, because your focus is on the bad stuff,” she said. “There’s no resilience in negativity; it’s just more pain.”
- Bold and charismatic. Before she became a comedian, Tiffany performed at parties and bar mitzvahs. “I danced for, like, 11 years at bar mitzvahs and executive parties,” she said. “I’m a professional energy producer.”
- Wide range of interests. Sevens tend to have a large variety of hobbies and interests. Tiffany is no exception. In addition to her television and film career, she’s also written a memoir and is even the spokesperson for Groupon.
TypeFinder Personality: ESFP
E: Never one to shrink from the spotlight, Tiffany has a loud and bubbly personality, common among Extraverted personality types. As an Extravert, she gains energy from performing and being around people. “Being on stage is, like, my favorite. The immediate gratification. That’s my favorite,” she said.
S: Tiffany is down-to-earth and focuses primarily on the past and present — traits commonly associated with Sensing personality types. “Coming from where I came from, being a foster youth… like, living in all those different homes… I am glad I had those experiences because now when I perform, I can come from a place of reality: I know how different people live,” she said.
F: As a Feeling type, Tiffany is motivated by her internal emotions and values. In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the actress talked about nearly getting fired from a role because she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her beliefs.
“You have to say what you believe. When you have that bad feeling, honor that because that's the truth. Your emotions are your compass through life,” she said.
P: As a comedian, Tiffany often has to react quickly and respond to her environment in real-time. Luckily, she has a naturally flexible, go-with-the-flow personality and can easily adapt to new situations, common among Perceiver personality types.
Se: Extraverted Sensing is all about being in tune with and present in one’s immediate environment — this includes an ability to influence that environment, which is likely one reason many entertainers are ESFP personality types. Tiffany Haddish knows exactly how to express herself, whether she’s being interviewed on a late-night talk show or doing standup. “The body is a universal language. Because if you spoke French, and I speak English, but I move like this or do certain movements, I can still make you smile and laugh,” she said.
Fi: Due to her Introverted Feeling function, Tiffany is feelings-oriented and values-driven. She is quoted as saying, “I don’t mean to be so sensitive, but that’s just who I am. And I’m not afraid to admit it,” and “I’m not afraid of any kind of job, I’m not afraid to play any kind of role, as long as it doesn’t compromise my morals.”
Te: Direct, hardworking and no-nonsense when it comes to her career decisions, Tiffany exhibits many traits of someone with Extraverted Thinking. “When I go to auditions, I try to always make sure I go in prepared,” she said. “I always think to myself, ‘I’m here to provide them with a service. They need me, and if they decide to hire me for this service, I’m going to give them the best they’ve ever paid for and if they don’t, they’re dumb.’ That’s on them.”
Ni: In her book, The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany shares several pieces of wisdom she’s learned from her experiences. As someone with inferior Introverted Intuition, she often connects her personal experiences to a bigger picture to provide more in-depth understanding. “I believe I have a purpose in life,” she says. “I believe we all do. I believe you do, too. No matter how bad things go, no matter how dark your life is, there is a reason for it. You can find beauty in it, and you can get better. I know, because I’ve done it.”
Facts about ESFPs:
Makeup 9% of the general population
- Prefer hands-on learning
- On personality trait measures, score as Changeable, Energetic, Forceful, Initiating, and Resourceful
- More likely than other types to watch television for more than 3 hours a day
- Second highest of all types in marital satisfaction
- Other famous ESFP personality types include Dolly Parton and Serena Williams