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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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Adrian Kyle H (not verified) says...

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

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

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!

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

Daydreamer (not verified) says...

Yes, we do need them!

-infp

UwUArt (not verified) says...

Omg I realize that this is totally true, and I'm an ENFJ and my best friend is an INFJ and she sounds JUST like you! With the wild imagination and all.

 

WHY WEIRDY (not verified) says...

Im ENFJ and what they say about me is ALL TRUE 

WHY WEIRDY (not verified) says...

FACTS!!! THIS IS SOOO TRUE

Gary Gatlin (not verified) says...

WOW!!!  This scary accurate!!!!  If you had listed also library in the hobbies...everything listed is so me...thanks 

Dietitian Roberta says...

Subject: Body Shaming

I'm a registered dietitian working in the weight-loss field. I use type as a way to help people lose weight in a way that is comfortable for their type.  Asking, say, Perceivers to keep a food diary could possibly set them up for failure.  But considering who they are can help them address the issue more sensitively.

Right now I'm concerned about all the body shaming that is occurring, especially on social media.  I'm trying to figure out where type fits into that.

Our population is the heaviest it's ever been. There is now 67% of the population who is either overweight or obese. There is a lot of body shaming happening today.

Do you think it's just because of the anonymity of social media, allowing people to say whatever they please, that we're seeing more body shaming? Do you believe there are certain personality types that would tend to do the body shaming?

What personality type do you think would react to body shaming by eating more to pacify the hurt felt?

Thanks for your input.

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

Hi Roberta!

I am a health coach, working one on one with people to change their diets and lifestyles. I too see a lot of body shaming, but I think it is a multi level issue. I think body shaming has been prevalent in our society long before the internet. (Think pin up girls of ww2). I think that social media gives people who feel terrible about themselves an outlet to try to deflect that negativity into others without physical confrontation. I also see, in every single one of my clients, that they body shame themselves. It is heartbreaking and usually requires some intense internal work for my clients to make even a small shift away from this thought pattern. Again, I feel that this has been ingrained in people throughout the ages in our society. I believe every personality type has the potential to be a victim to this, either as someone who feels the need to bully others or as someone who feels they have to self loathe. I work to fix this every day. I hope this answer helps!

Flora - high school senior (not verified) says...

Hello Roberta, as a teenager that is very active on social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, I do believe a large part of body shaming is from the anonymity but i also know that has very little to do with why they body shame. I think body/beauty standards are ridiculous now and everyone who does not fit the mold is seen as "big" or out of fashion. Even people that are perfectly fine and healthy will see a reason to change themselves. Also, it is known that most insecure people perpetuate their own self loathing thoughts to others and social media is the perfect platform to do so. Modern day life is a breeding ground for this toxic behavior.

feni (not verified) says...

fellow enfj, i have 2 brothers that are infps who are morbidly obese, and a esfp mother who goes to overreaters anoymous classes, also morbid obese. i went into a depression and myself gained +100lbs. ive been making better health choices and not taking medications for depression ive now lost 80 lbs and ive been trying to get them healthy as well. Now i want to be a dietitian too lol. my dad "anytype" of shamed my mother, and she pacifies her unhappiness with eating, she wont acknowledge it as that and prefers the label and the connection. Eating and indulgence became a coping mech, i have no clue what my fathers personality is, but he is old school "call it as i see it" but just calling people fat to motivate is hard on infps. Im a millenial, and video games had alot of us in the house for longer periods of time and there was definitely the urge to hide from shamers as shaming was SOOOOOO common in those days, so id say, any type with a  Se - external Sensing as a third or forth function, or any type that jumps to those traits in bad times  will be the types to shame. The internet causes alot of people to participate unfortunately and some will do it just to connect to others especially with anonymity, so yea any type can do it if they are introduced to it. i havent opened up in a long time lol

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