ok so I constantly have taken the personality test and always seem to come out with ENFP. But my friends seem to think I am an ENFJ. I know there is a possibility of being mistyped. I do find a lot in common in with ENFJ. But every time I read the description of an ENFP I feel like it fits me to a T. How can I be sure?

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CJ (not verified) says...

It seems no one disagrees that you are intuitive. If your intuition leads you towards ENFP, you probably are. Trust that amazing intuition.

claymoulder says...

I think the best way to go about deciding between these two types is by identifying your dominant and auxillary functions. Do you tend to want to connect with others, accommodate them, be polite, and feel energized when you self-disclose, or otherwise create a sense of good-feeling among yourself and another person? And couple this with internal imagination of meanings and symbolic understandings of universal intuitive truths, regardless of outside images? Or do you tend to first and foremost comprehend the hidden meanings in objects, connect the meanings of an object to other interpretations you or others have made, and become energized when you recognize patterns in the outside world or fluidly identify the possibilities of objects that are not yet realized? And couple this with an internal, individualistic value system based off of feeling tones and your gut reactions, regardless of what the dominant value system may be? If you relate more to the first description, you may be an ENFJ, if you relate more to the second description, you may be an ENFP. It is best for you to read Jung's work, Myer's work, and possibly the work of Beebe's and others and delineate which functions are most like your internal cognitive functioning, and decide for yourself!

mauvepirqate says...

In my experience, people with "FP" frequently are unfairly "judged" by others to be "judgmental" because we care so much about ideals. Someone with less concern for morality, consideration for others, and similar "senseless garbage" is much more likely to allow the missteps of others to roll off their back... and, thus, isn't likely to be considered judgmental. To an "FP" however, certain behaviors are unacceptable, because of how some ways life and behavior hurt people and perpetuate problems. Onlookers fail to recognize that our concern is less of a judgment and more of a commitment an ideal... an ideal which is frequently discounted by masses of people who simply don't care.

attnaugustinefine says...

Thank you for that insight! I have been misjudged this way and it always surprised me.

Mary.Perfitt.nelson says...

optins says...

Taking a test repeatedly has a diminishing return. Once you understand the instrument, you can start to "throw" the results any way you want.
The other problem is that your type is not a set of closed boundaries. For instance, we all have to adopt behaviors at work and in life that may be contrary to our nature.

Case in point- I am an ENTP (possibly ENFP) and I hate routine paperwork. HATE IT. This is natural. But my time reporting at work is always on time and up-to-date. Why? Because in a world of SJ managers, that's all they care about. The necessity of the reports for salaried employees is never actually examined; the big picture never enters into the equation. Those are the rules, and in an SJ world that is all that matters, no matter how idiotic they appear to NTs and NFs. So, by recognizing it is not my strong suit, I focus on getting them done first, pat myself on the back, and move on to the other parts of my job I actually like. But most importantly, it keeps the SJs off my back.

ENFJs and ENFPs are really close anyway, as are ENFPs and ENTPs. The main difference will be in your organization and decision making skills. Always on time? Is your work always organized? Do you like to make decisions fast rather than waiting until the last minute? Then you are probably an ENFJ.

The most important part is that YOU are comfortable with the description- not what friends think. I am an MBTI Certified trainer by the way, and i see this all the time. It's not a big deal.

Now if you told us you could not decide between an ENFP and an ISFJ- well, that would be a different story!

Guest (not verified) says...

The ENFJ and ENFP's are very similar. When I took the test I came out an ENFJ, but it said that it is so close to an ENFP that I may also find some of the information applicable. I think I am more of an ENFP, for sure.

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