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The ENFJ Personality Type

ENFJs are idealist organizers, driven to implement their vision of what is best for humanity. They often act as catalysts for human growth because of their ability to see potential in other people and their charisma in persuading others to their ideas. They are focused on values and vision, and are passionate about the possibilities for people.

ENFJs are typically energetic and driven, and often have a lot on their plates. They are tuned into the needs of others and acutely aware of human suffering; however, they also tend to be optimistic and forward-thinking, intuitively seeing opportunity for improvement. The ENFJ is ambitious, but their ambition is not self-serving: rather, they feel personally responsible for making the world a better place.

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What does ENFJ stand for?

ENFJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging. ENFJ indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). ENFJs are sometimes referred to as Teacher personalities because of their interest in helping others develop and grow.

ENFJ Values and Motivations

ENFJs are driven by a deep sense of altruism and empathy for other people. They have an intuitive sense of the emotions of others, and often act as an emotional barometer for the people around them. However, their compassion not reserved for the people close to them: they are often humanitarian in nature, and may feel genuine concern for the ills of the entire human race. They tend to personally experience the feelings of others, and feel compelled to act when they see people suffering.

ENFJs want close, supportive connections with others, and believe that cooperation is the best way to get things done. They like to be liked and are very sensitive to feedback, both positive and negative. They expect the best not just from themselves, but from others as well, and may find themselves disappointed when others are not as genuine in their intentions as the ENFJ. ENFJs work hard to maintain strong relationships, and strive to be valuable members of their families, groups, and communities.

How Others See the ENFJ

ENFJs are natural teachers, often found organizing people to take part in some educational activity. They tend to take charge of a situation, and guide a group towards those activities and experiences which will help them learn and grow. They intuitively see the potential in people, and with charisma and warmth, they encourage others to pursue greater development of their strengths. They are typically dynamic and productive, and are often visibly energized when leading others to discover new knowledge.

ENFJs are typically good communicators, talented at using words to connect with others. They are perceptive about people and enjoy talking about relationships. They often enjoy helping others solve personal problems and like to share their insights about people, their emotions, and their motivations. They are empathetic sometimes to the point of being overinvolved, and can become exhausted if they are surrounded by too much negative emotion.

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How rare is the ENFJ personality type?

ENFJ is one of the less common types in the population, especially for men. Among men, ENFJ is the second rarest type. ENFJs make up:

  • 3% of the general population
  • 3% of women
  • 2% of men

Famous ENFJs

Famous ENFJs include Oprah Winfrey, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Mead, Ralph Nader, Abraham Maslow, Dr. Phil McGraw, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

ENFJ Quotes

"ENFJs are likely to have a gift of expression, but they may use it in speaking to audiences rather than in writing."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and their enthusiasm inspires action in others and the desire to live up to their expectations."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"When an ENFJ is present, no matter what the product or mission, the people involved will be important and the human dynamic will be made a central part of the process."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ENFJs

Interesting facts about the ENFJ:

  • On personality trait scales, scored as Active, Pleasant, Sociable, Demanding, Impatient, Appreciative, and Compromising
  • Most likely of all types to cope with stress by exercising
  • Most likely of all types to believe in a higher spiritual power
  • Ranked by psychologists as among least likely to have trouble in school
  • Personal values include Friendships, Education & Learning, Creativity, and Community Service
  • Among types highest in job satisfaction, but also among most likely to report plans to leave their jobs
  • Commonly found in careers in religion, teaching, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

ENFJ Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for the ENFJ include organizing social events, reading, the arts, museums, storytelling, listening to music, writing, and gourmet cooking.

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YiaYia Elaine (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ and Taurean as well! The results of this test are unbelievably accurate! I am retired but spent 35 years as a teaching assistant. I am a true ENFJ and Taurus! It explains everything!😜😆

Lakita (not verified) says...

I am also am ENFJ and a Taurus ♉.  I agree that this information is incredibly accurate.  

Lujainasm says...

Me too I am libra 

Nonkululekofeni says...

Hey ENFJ's.

I am currently studying finacial accounting and I still find it interesting, Although, I have discovered that I would make a good commercial lawyer and now I have interest in it. I enjoy listening to other people's problem and try to help them find solution. hence, I start to have passion for being a commercial lawyer. It is interesting to find other people who are like me. I really feel it is the best description of me. Well it shows that we are the rare type as the % of us ENFJ is so small.

Nickyhoo (not verified) says...

Hello ENFJs! I am an Aries although I am also a Christian so I don't believe Aries defines me any more. I stopped devoting my life to Jesus, for years and now I am back with Him and so grateful for my changed life! I am on track and my priorities are in line with my goals. I took this test for a SHAPE class I am doing through my church. "P" stands for "personality" ;) It is fun to see comments as we are pretty rare apparently. Rock on ENFJs!!

Adrian Kyle H (not verified) says...

Any ENFJ-A Aquarius'? I haven't seen any rip.

Alicia Dougherty (not verified) says...

I'm both, it's pretty rare I think considering our sign gets a lot of flack for being emotionally cold and distant

Sofia S (not verified) says...

ayyy don't worry, im aquarius too!!

Linnie (not verified) says...

I'm an Aquarius Rising in Tropical Astrology!! :D

Talia V. H. (not verified) says...

Awesome! Not sure what I want to be.

Bob_man (not verified) says...

Depending how I feel whn I do the quiz I ever get ENFJ or ENTP, ENFJ sound more like me but I hate all the career options and putting people before the mission stuff, But I'm not as competitive like ENTJ the only think I got competitive with was boxing but that was because I wasn't playing some sport with an arbitrary goal, It felt like a battle of wills and the rush you would get when you press someone , or the fear you would have to swollow when someone got you on the backfoot was amazing.  can you be in the middle of those two since they only differ on the thinking vs feeling scale

 

PiscesMermaid1087 (not verified) says...

Am I the only ENFJ-A Pisces to have walked the earth? LOL

Hannah D1993 (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ Pisces too 😊

Vincent Leseberg (not verified) says...

Nope, I am an ENFJ-A pisces 😉😏🙃 Any chance you live in NY? We should go hiking or something...

Nam (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ-A, taurus and this is exactly how I am 

Ashley Reyes (not verified) says...

Am I the only ENFJ that is a Capricorn? 

Brittnie (not verified) says...

No! I'm also a Capricorn!

Lauren (not verified) says...

I'm also a jan Capricorn. 

Alicia Fergusom (not verified) says...

No I'm a January Capricorn!

Jenny Houston (not verified) says...

No, you are not alone. I am one, too! 

Giuliano Sacconi (not verified) says...

You're not alone :) I'm ENFJ - A and Capricorn

melis (not verified) says...

Hello, I'm actually a gemini & not a taurus nor virgo so this feels odd, however, all this is exact to the way I am as an individual. I love reading more about myself & developing as a person so the fact that we are all similar is definitely interesting. I'm currently in high school & I have already started to research what I want to do in the near future which psychology, nurse practitioner, or anything with forensics.

Phillip Lee (not verified) says...

Im an ENFJ and a virgo. My girlfriend is an INFP and a virgo. We have many things in common And get along great. The introvert in her and extrovert in me doesn't seem to be conflicting but the judging on my part and perceiving on her part does cause a stir at times. We are both relatively rare and are very suitable. Were practically tbe same person 😂

By any chance, are there any other couples with this dynamic? ENFJ and INFP? Both virgos?? Heh

Ana S (not verified) says...

WOW! That is so funny there are so many ENFJ Tauruses commenting here. I am one too! Just got of our abusive relationship with a narcissist, realized I'm an empath and protagonist.

I too work in finance as financial advisor in a branch, originally studied to be a designer/architect. Now trying to complete my business admin degree. It is never too late to upgrade. :-) Good luck everyone! Nice to see there are patterns to our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Caroline32 (not verified) says...

This info is so me. :) I am an ENFJ and work as a registered dietitan in a project coordinator role. I love feeling like I am changing or helping others. I dated a ESTP. No wonder that did not work out!!

 

JB Kiss (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ in the Finance and Accounting world, which seems odd.  However, I usually serve as a trainer, problem solver and morale builder within my work groups. 

One thing I do struggle with is self-promotion.  I get paid far less than I should for the level of responsibility and knowledge that I have.  Is that an issue for other ENFJ's?

(P.S. - not Taurus, but Virgo)

Anima (not verified) says...

Virgo here too. Yep- its all true. 

Anna Serrano says...

Reading your comment I felt like you were taking the words directly out of my head.  I too adn in the Finance/Accounting world and I migrate towards any project that puts me in the trainer, problem solver role.

m.fardin (not verified) says...

i am enfj but i like engineering and programming ;) now i don't know what to do

mochi (not verified) says...

same. i'm an ee student and love my major. i guess it depends on the person

enganon (not verified) says...

I am enfj (borderline entj) and I have been working as an engineer for many years. I love it less and less as I grow older because it makes me feel isolated from people and I have not yet had a direct impact on peoples lives.

Mohammad sadegh (not verified) says...

  Wow, I am an ENFJ

Meagainstthegulag says...

Took me until 53 to find out there was nothing wrong with me. Taurus fwiw.  I see that in the comments. Is that a trend?

Pria L. (not verified) says...

I remember listing the fields I am interested in (as I'm an incoming senior high student here in the Philippines). I always thought it was so bizarre because the courses I'm interested in were so different with each other. But when I found out that I was an ENFJ, I found an answer. I am still undecided but I knew I wanted to help others, make a positive change. I just couldn't convince my mother enough. I am the breadwinner of our family and also the first born. I understand she wants me to have a stable job in the future. But anyways, I am happy to know about other people with the same type as me!

Danielle Salomon (not verified) says...

My sister's an ENFJ. It really helps me understand her better. (I'm an ENFP or an INFP, not sure what's what)

Bri the Health Coach (not verified) says...

I love reading this. It was incredibly spot on. So cool!

Helen perry (not verified) says...

Hello fellow ENFJ's… Taurus’… Indecisive people… ! :D

I’m currently working in customer service but am thinking of re-training to be an Art Therapist, Art Teacher or Interior Designer. I have experience in working with interior designers (selling/designing bespoke rugs for them) but am worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of overseeing a whole project.

I doubt my people skills with all these roles as I am borderline introvert depending on my mood/confidence level, and feel I sometimes lack authority, but I would love a job that combines creativity with helping people.  

I am 25 without a degree and it increasing looks like I should go study for one…

Any pointers?

Loula (not verified) says...

I'll tell you what someone told me when I was about your age - just do it. 

 

That's it. Just do it. 

Nicole D (not verified) says...

ENJF and Taurus here, too! I've been in Human Resources my whole career and it suits my personality and birth sign perfectly. Something to consider. People skills, organziational skills and there are many types of jobs in HR to feed your creativity.

Good luck!

Andy says...

I used to be indecisive, now I am not so sure...;-)

Yep, ENFJ Taurus here!

You already know what to do! Get that Degree. I have found making lists and putting my dream onto paper turns it into a goal I can execute on. Set a schedule, plan, execute on it before something shiny comes along. A career change to Therapist is something I am considering (I have been an engineer/manager for 27 years). I am also working a program of recovery (was an active addict for many years) and I can say for sure my personality has changed.

Barbi (not verified) says...

OMG...another ENFJ/Taurus here.  So funny you said that.  I've actually just started a masters in clincal psychology after have two (count 'em, two!) other, vastly different careers.  Hmmm...there does seem to be a pattern here, huh?  =)

Mary Ann (not verified) says...

Sounds very familiar!

Tessa (not verified) says...

Hell Helen, I am also a ENFJ and taurean and I am about to embark on my Art Psychotherapist training after many years of a break from studying for my first degree.  I recommend you look into progressing to a degree and although I have yet to begin my course, I am currently educating myself on the concepts of Art Therapy and I find it very interesting and suits my personality perfectly. Maybe it would be an idea to find out about courses available to you and if the career opportunities are what would suit your ambition.

Faith (not verified) says...

This is me!!! Omg! It's scary how everything is correct!

Dominik (not verified) says...

Ya .for me exactly the same .All is true about me .When i find out i am enfj i relise why i am how i am .

Thea says...

Wow...I thought that there are a lot of people that are ENFJ because I think many people I know fits this description but it's really sad to see only 3% of the general peopulation is ENFJ

Tula (not verified) says...

I really feel it is the best description of me. I am sad that % of us ENFJ is so small. 

I am currently a trainee nurse. Working mostly at AED until I qualify as nursing assistant. I am glad my tough career choice is a right one 😍 Especially at moment. 

My cheers to all ENFJ s 😍  You are amazing x 

Anima (not verified) says...

💗

Edward Evans (not verified) says...

Cheers to you too! It appears that ENFJs are so rare, I know only a friend who is also an ENFJ like me and we are pretty close to each other. It's hard to find another ENFJ now.

NR_BW (not verified) says...

I'm an INFP and my best friend is an ENFJ and I love her SOOOO much! she is so understanding and doesn't hold me back from my crazy imagination. so to all you out there if you meet an INFP be they're friend, they NEED you!

~an 16 year old INFP

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