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What is an ENFJ?

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.

What are ENFJs like?

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.

What are the core values of the ENFJ?

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 can I recognize an 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.

Who are some 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.

How common 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

What do ENFJs like to do?

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

What the experts say

"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

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Guest (not verified) says...

Spot on, wow.

Guest (not verified) says...

no its not don't lie

Guest (not verified) says...

and how do you know that person is lieing

Guest (not verified) says...

never thought id be a teacher

RICKY RICARDO (not verified) says...

Well, hello ENFJ mates!! This New Era revolution really has the potential for changing the world into more positive, productive, and fruitful communities by collaborating together. Kind regards to all from Mexico City.

smished1 says...

I agree 110% this explains why I long to be a motivational speaker

Nicole Breanne (not verified) says...

SAME! I want to inspire and change the world... but how? What degree should I get?

gailccurrin says...

I have been fortunate to have been allowed to be myself in the jobs that I had. I was always the one everyone came to with problems and I was always the one who reached out to help them. I didn't have a degree. But I was a counselor and spiritual adviser in one of my jobs. If you stay true to your goal, you have many opportunities to help the world. Everyone you met is there for a reason and just tune in and learn all you can and teach all you can also.

Guest (not verified) says...

im the same way i want to change the world! People just call me crazy because im so passionate about humanity and im very open with my emotions

Francis Michael G. Diorico (not verified) says...

I know how you feel... it is said that, "If people do not laugh at your dreams, your dreams aren't BIG enough." I feel you man..

Allan-Dexter Racca (not verified) says...

Those individuals should be your fuel.  Prove them wrong.  Failure, rejection, and doubt are some motivational tactics of getting to where you want to be.  It's tough to hear but proving them wrong feels so much better.

Adelina (not verified) says...

You could also try studying Pedagogy and do a master in Corporate training. There you will get to motivate and inspire other people. Hope it helps. :)

Juliet Henderson (not verified) says...

Les Brown says don't worry about the how.  Worrying about the how will make you waste precious time.  Jump and grow your wings on the way down. Listen to him on YouTube and follow him on FB.  It will change your life. 

Andre Is Zaddy (not verified) says...

you too the words right out of my mouth.

guest (not verified) says...

all of them

Guest (not verified) says...

I can't help but say this...110% IS NOT A THING!

jjjames (not verified) says...

Yeah, you're right there!

Another INTP (not verified) says...

Well hello there, INTP!

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh my gosh! Yes! I've always imagined doing that <3
We're all in this together ENFJ buddy!

Josiema (not verified) says...

This pretty much describes me. I'm a mic between INFJ and ENFJ. I think I really am INFJ because even though I talk to people, I don't enjoy it and it doesn't energize me.

Mouse838 (not verified) says...

I agree with almost all of it!! Amazing! But one thing, I love computers and programming... and it says that ENFJ's rarely go into fields as such. Is this wrong, or do I just see computing as "furthering humanity."

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi, I just thought I'd say hello because I used to be in computing and am now an interior designer. Whilst in computing I worked my way up to be a senior manager which I suppose shows I'm driven to be a catalyst for human growth and to implement my vision. I loved computing because I worked for large companies and had a team of many people, who of course I could help develop their own careers (that's the teacher in me). There's loads of human interaction within computing because you have to understand the business needs in order to cut code and you're developing a product that will ultimately help improve people's lives. I'm fortunate that computing is heavily used within interior design so I have the best of both worlds. Wishing you loads of fun creating new code that will help me and the rest of the world live a smarter, faster and more creative life.

AaOne (not verified) says...

Hi you are not alone, I am an ENFJ even tried with different website's test, I loved computer programming and did it very well became an analyst and consultant.

Ollie L. Demps (not verified) says...

well, I really do not have much to say no more than doing this test i found out more about myself then i realized.
I guess I will wait and see what else to know.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is me in a nutshell.

Guest (not verified) says...

These test results just verified the career I am doing!

Guest (not verified) says...

What do you do for a career because this is also spot on for me.
Dustin

Guest (not verified) says...

Same here guys, I though about becoming a teacher, editor, writer, librarian or journalist and they are all here

Guest (not verified) says...

So what do you guys do? because i'm still in high school and i'm thinking about going into business but at the same time, i've always kinda wanted to be a teacher...i'm not sure D: help!

Annie (not verified) says...

Of course I don't know you! But here are my thoughts: If you can find a business/company that you are able to authentically support and feel that it provides an adequate, flourishing, creative work environment you could be very happy doing that... but if you feel an extremely strong pull toward teaching, you should not ignore that feeling. Maybe talk to friends who have gone done either path / go on forums online if you can to explore what people who have had some diverse experiences have to say about the respective spheres, teaching or maybe advertising/marketing/start-up's - and this could range from internships to years of experience. I think it could help to understand more to help create a clearer vision for yourself
^_^

Guest (not verified) says...

thanks so much! you helped a lot :)

Guest (not verified) says...

I don't see a date on this thread so I am not sure where you are in your life. The easiest way to look at this is that the name "the teacher" does not indicate someone must be in the education industry. If you decide to go into business, you may want to look for roles that allow you to lead and develop a group of people towards a come goal. You can be "the teacher" in every part of your life, as you probably already notice. Occupation is irrelevant as long as you bring your complete self and have the ability to do so into your work setting. I assume that's why Truity will outline some sample careers for the personality type. Those roles will allow you to cover most areas of your personality.
I really enjoyed this personality test and think that it helps you to best apply your talents wherever you are, and helps to give direction if you are not yet sure where you'd like to go.
Best of luck,
from a fellow ENFJ

Dalis Dobrota (not verified) says...

It may not be directly a schoolteacher, but enfjs work with people in leadership positions where it is in training, Breaks, lead, educate.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is pretty close to my story. I didn't know what I wanted to do until I was a Junior in high school. I was stuck between two professions: owning a daycare or becoming a teacher. I went to college set on getting a degree in teaching and changed my mind at the last second during orientation. So I started college aiming for a business degree to own my own daycare in the future. The first semester I was SO unhappy and decided I wanted to change my major immediately to Early Childhood Education. Now I'm in my senior year and about to start teaching 2nd grade and I don't have any second guesses. Annie is right, follow your gut feeling! No regrets... :D

Guest (not verified) says...

I just took this test on a whim because my son did it for a class at school. It described me to a T. High school student, you can major in business, but I bet you find yourself in a teaching role someday. It is in your core.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a social worker !

sherelle (not verified) says...

Im studying business in university :D

KKROB (not verified) says...

Look into becoming a trainer. There are trainers in all different career paths. This allows you to teach adults and also tap into motivational speaking.

Guest (not verified) says...

Omg I have the same thing as you, I have thought about going into the teaching career, but I really want to take on a business career.

kiara (not verified) says...

I'd love to be a teacher because that is something that i wanted to do as a child.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is a bit weird. The description fits my personality; however, I don't want to be a teacher, writer, etc. I'm more interested in medical or scientific fields.

Guest (not verified) says...

Same here! Things like engineering and math really excite me!

David G. (not verified) says...

Hello, friends! I feel the same way! I'm an ENFJ who is a Mathematics major and a pre-medical student. I want to save the world from homelessness and poverty. :D

5121082 says...

same

jd says...

ENFJ's are often scientists, don't worry! The N is often interpreted as creatives, artistic etc. but it is also about big ideas, conceptual abstract thinking, curiosity, all things that make for great scientists and mathematicians!

Leanne (not verified) says...

I took the test on Humanmetric's site, and two of the career choices suggested for an ENFJ were Science (technical), Computer Science, and Software Engineering. The other suggestions were Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Management, Fashion Merchandising, and Politics.

Guest (not verified) says...

That's exactly me. I wanted to impact the world and help others by doing medical research but the medical professions that are listed don't really fit that. 

mike_1 says...

So that's who I am! I suspected as much.

Guest (not verified) says...

Besides for the career selection, this was right on.... even though I'm a computer engineer, I now manage the international research for an engineering company and my primary job is to guild, grow, and set direction for the teams. So that actually fits in a scary way.

I consider myself to be the research cheerleader :-) I simply hire people smarter then me and groom them to do great things.

Guest (not verified) says...

"I simply hire people smarter than me and groom them to do great things".... Me to a T!

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