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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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

Quotes About ENFJs

"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

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Angel Anto (not verified) says...

Omg same. I'm cancerian and I have ENFJ. I think it's our thing

Eliya G (not verified) says...

Also a cancerian, very much in tune with the ENFJ personality type.

Steve Hooper (not verified) says...

Interesting and informative I'm comfortable being an ENFJ I did smile when I saw the pope had sat the test

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow this is amazing it's almost as if someone has evaluated me personally, and came up with this. It also explains why I've been wanting to be an animal's rights activist, and also why I love to train people at work even if it means developing them above me! Guys we are a unique breed, and maybe our positivity may inspire others to create change in the world, especially with these recent horrors.

Jennifer Kim (not verified) says...

teaching, preachy,public speaker, compassion for others, fundraising, studying MSW, learning to build solid friendships... I totally get it.

Abba Gadanya (not verified) says...

What a replica of humble self! It suprise me much, and at the same time helps me to identify my personality.

suejenn says...

Having done the test explains why I enjoy so much encouraging and getting others to learn and stretch in their thinking and grow as a result

Holymotherofgod (not verified) says...

Pretty amazingly accurate!

Monica Villanueva (not verified) says...

As what I'm seeing right now, some are facing the problem of choosing the perfect career as an ENFJ. Actually, for me, it doesn't actually matter what career we shall choose to take for as long as we feel that the career will have us involved in any activity that requires connection with people, self-expression, leadership and continous progressive change in people. These things might even just depend on how we approach the kind of life we have in the career we have chosen. As ambituous but not self-serving individuals, we could be anyone we want to be as long as we have the mindset that we are being valuable to others or are being involved in the improvement or positive change happening to them with the career that we have chosen. As what 16personalities.com says, ENFJs could be good at anything they're interested in. With this, we shouldn't be worried about what career we shall choose for as long as we are interested in something, our passion will guide us unto the way to the assurance that we have chosen the right path. I'm still at junior high school but I'm already so sure about taking Architectural Engineering. With this profession, I want to serve the community through producing innovations on building structures or buildings that would help in the development of the society. I also want to show people that nothing's impossible, to turn to reality their dreams of building what they thought would remain as a dream, and to teach them persistence. I love Architectural Engineering and I think it's perfect for the talents God gave me. I'm so happy that as young as I am, I have already discovered my talents which is a great factor in choosing the right career. Being an ENFJ has been always a blessing which is very important for me to always remember to remain confident. In my perception, we are made to believe not just in other people but also in ourselves. This is the reason why we should just go and believe we could be anyone we dream to be. With God, nothing's impossible.

guest (not verified) says...

Does anyone know any good jobs to do for a report?

Guest (not verified) says...

I do feel a connection to both ENFJ as well as INFJ. I do not think that I am a tried and true introvert OR extrovert, but somewhere in-between. Is that possible?

leesachi says...

Hello everyone! I am totally into those ENFJ's things, I am so excited to read the results and found to have this type for more than one test, so i believe that i am really it.
Even in this career part, i know i love all mentioned and found it all as what i have planned. However, i am now taking an undergraduate program in chemical engineering, which is one of the least careers for us. Any ideas, comments or support for me? LOL

BKelly (not verified) says...

Yep, this sounds like me. I have been an Associate Pastor for almost 18 years. I have a Master's in Family Counseling. I am back in school working on a Master's in Classical Voice and Opera. I am at midlife and thinking about a career change from pastor-teacher to musician and music teacher. I took the MBTI back in grad school several years ago. I took your free one just for kicks and it had me as Extraverted and Feeling but I was on the fence with Sensing/Intuition and Perceiving/Judging functions. I think at midlife you begin to explore the other side of personality traits. As an ENFJ I am back in school learning about music and learning to perform music professionaly which is more of a native SP activity. I have always been involved in music and drama at church as a hobby but I was given the opportunity to go back to school part time to study music so I did it and I am loving it. I don't think I would have done as well when I was younger. I remember when I took the MBTI years ago and learned to administer it in grad school that at midlife you begin to explore your third and fourth {weaker} functions - which for me is Sensing (third) and Thinking (fourth). Those are definitely needed to study music theory and composition and memorize scores for singing classical music and opera in foreign languages. Anyway, I love your website and I am still and ENFJ, but at midlife I am enjoying exploring the SP or Artisan temperament activities in school.

Guest (not verified) says...

I took the M-B evaluation and I was amazed by the accuracy of personality type. I'm a physician and enjoy teaching. Very enlightening.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a mix of ENTJ and ENFJ

Grant the Swede (not verified) says...

I had a feeling that I'd be a teacher!

ianbanks9311 says...

I was a teacher for most of my life, then an editor, and now am in the process of becoming an illustrator. Every one of the hobbies listed is one that I participate in.

ianbanks9311 says...

Rarely do I write online publicly. Its surely good to see - like almost all of you ENFJs did - oneself being described as what one would like to be perceived as. However, I've known nearly 100% of this for myself since my late teenage days. Nowhere does it say that ENFJs might know themselves well enough to think that the test was another confirmation of what they already knew about themselves. Indeed, I took the test just to see what it brackets me as - and it does come pretty close. Although I think there are bits of me that the test hasn't caught up with. Of course they say its not exhaustive in predicting one's type, but I think the bits about me that were missed could be important personality traits, e.g. being narcissist - as I am being now; look at me how smart I am, and the test doesn't get me.

Anyway, being part of the 2% male ENFJ, I don't particularly feel a rare type, though being attracted more to people not of my type might put me in that bracket.

The one thing that did make me smile, simply because I never expected that to feature as one of the hobbies of a particular type, was gourmet cooking. My mum never understands why and how I can invite almost strangers in for a four course meal that I could take almost a full day to prepare. Physical exercise, cooking and music are my stress relievers. And if I spend anymore time here, I'll be stressed, so gday to you all

Guest (not verified) says...

I was a teacher for most of my life, then an editor, and now am in the process of becoming an illustrator. Every one of the hobbies listed is one that I participate in.

AC (not verified) says...

A friend of mine coaxed me into taking the personality test after I continuously kept expressing my dilemma about my career to her. And I as I read through the personality traits and everyone's thoughts about the ENFJ personality, I feel each aspect of me being unfolded here in words. However, my dilemma about my career is still stands at the same place as before. Some basic advice to move closer to my dream career would be appreciated. My major concerns which keep me away from choosing a career path are my feelings about me not being good at anything in particular, boredom setting in too early once I take up a task and lack of self drive/motivation.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was looking at this website for a school assignment, and it describes me exactly!!!!

ajakoy says...

Rarely do I write online publicly. Its surely good to see - like almost all of you ENFJs did - oneself being described as what one would like to be perceived as. However, I've known nearly 100% of this for myself since my late teenage days. Nowhere does it say that ENFJs might know themselves well enough to think that the test was another confirmation of what they already knew about themselves. Indeed, I took the test just to see what it brackets me as - and it does come pretty close. Although I think there are bits of me that the test hasn't caught up with. Of course they say its not exhaustive in predicting one's type, but I think the bits about me that were missed could be important personality traits, e.g. being narcissist - as I am being now; look at me how smart I am, and the test doesn't get me.

Anyway, being part of the 2% male ENFJ, I don't particularly feel a rare type, though being attracted more to people not of my type might put me in that bracket.

The one thing that did make me smile, simply because I never expected that to feature as one of the hobbies of a particular type, was gourmet cooking. My mum never understands why and how I can invite almost strangers in for a four course meal that I could take almost a full day to prepare. Physical exercise, cooking and music are my stress relievers. And if I spend anymore time here, I'll be stressed, so gday to you all.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi guys, I am so sorry to bother, but just like some other people here, this totally applies to me :) However, I am still in High School, and am not sure how to apply this to choose my career. My one problem is I don´t actually want to be a teacher, or a counsellor. I enjoy doing those things in my personal life, but not as my profession. I am more interested in a leadership position, where I am allowed to exercise all the values ENFJs tend to have. Any suggestions?

val bell (not verified) says...

Their is so many other things you could do that still allows you to be a leader. Become a manager of a business. The first thing you need to figure out is do you want to interact with people physically or verbally. once you figure that out the doors will start opening. You are still in high school you still have time to figure out what you want to be. Listen to your intuition, it will guide you in the right place. I once was told, "doing what you want is freedom, and doing what you love is happiness". Research more on it, take time to understand who you are as a person. Then decide.

Guest (not verified) says...

Motivational speaker, in regards to something you're passionate, interested, or knowledgeable about. Look into Careers in Innovation.

Guest (not verified) says...

I've been making my living as a Chemical Engineer in the Mining / Oil and Gas industry for over a decade now.
My advice is do whatever you can to charge as much as possible per hour, all this personality stuff is interesting but compensation should be your main motivation in seeking employment.

Truity says...

Lots of ENFJs are in leadership positions! You can imagine yourself as a manager or an executive, and then think of the company or industry that you would want to work for. You will want to be in an environment that is consistent with your values, where you feel like you're making the world a better place. Would you want to be the director of a charity, for instance? Or administrator of a hospital? Or maybe a college dean? Or maybe you'd like to start your own socially responsible business! There are a ton of options for ENFJs. Just figure out what changes you want to see in the world, and then go from there.

ladean3052 (not verified) says...

I knew that was who I'am.

Guest (not verified) says...

Everything is so accurate I love it!!

fun (not verified) says...

Absolutly right!

Guest (not verified) says...

im a field engineer and this is what i got as a personality type, I'm pretty sure thats one of the jobs this says that my type isn't usually found in, but i do have to say, i love my job.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is spot on to who I am. I've never seen a test that with the answers I am more alike too. The whole first column of jobs, I have thought of. It's odd to see that I am exactly like all of these.

Johnf436 (not verified) says...

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Takiyah (not verified) says...

wow it knows stuff bout me that I didn't know

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow! This was unbelievable and so valuable. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I recently left corporate America because I was so disillusioned as a leader with the way people were valued and treated. I have since started a consulting business that is taking time to make money. I needed this so much to reconfirm for myself that the way I approach the world and others holds value. Now I know why I feel like I'm in my own world with only 2% of the male population being represented by my personality type. This has rejuvenated me this morning and reminded me why I sent off my idea for healthcare reform to the federal government last evening. I surely have my shortcomings, but I'm grateful that there are/were some historical figures who've changed the world with the same mindset. I can't thank you enough for the infusion of pure gratitude I feel toward you this day. Blessings to you and yours. Hopefully today I can pass on your kindness to many others, and hope they feel valued.

jmil0063 says...

Wow So accurate!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

We just took a personality profile test at work and I was searching for what the answers meant...this was amazing that I actually fit this profile exactly. Glad to see there are so many here that would understand me as we are such a small percentage of the population. LOL

Guest (not verified) says...

Are any of you ENFJ's an Aquarius, I found a lot of ENFJ's happened to be Aquarius as well. Just a weird thing I noticed.

Guest (not verified) says...

My star sign AND my moon sign are aquarius, and I am also an ENFJ.

Oana (not verified) says...

I am an Aquarius too..interesting

Tess (not verified) says...

As if reading the profile wasn't enough, to read all of the comments, it's like, "Wow, there really are others!" I've read that we are only 3% of the population, men are even less. Everything was spot on, even the careers. I have an associates degree in business admin. and am going for a position as a medical office admin./secretary. I can't lie, it sounds boring as hell, but the whole "starving artist" situation doesn't put food on the table, lol. If I could I would be a teacher, but the idea of going to school for two more years is so deflating. I would almost say I'm lazy, but then I go to the gym everyday, I am active in my church, I volunteer for programs at my kids' school, and I am currently top in my class. It's like I'm a brilliant underachiever, LOL!
Just so others can compare, I am a planner to the point of blowing things out of proportion by looking ahead 5 or even 10 years. My home is organized and everything has a place. I don't waste time with rearranging furniture, where it's put is where it stays (because you know I already planned it out long before it was put there), I paint, I am semi addicted to a karaoke website, lol, I have a neglected blog no one reads, I've taught dance workshops, and I have been known to go on novel binges (where I read a book a day for several days and only break for food and hygienic purposes). I often contemplate life, in every situation I'm trying to condense things into a bigger picture, and I have interest in consciousness and quantum theory and how it lends credence to the idea of "soul". Relationships: one or two close friends, lots of acquaintances, love meeting new people. My husband and I rarely fight, but when we do it's huge. My kids are my pride and joy. I am a momma bear to the extreme. I don't like people telling my kids what to do when I am right there (unless it's an emergency). I have high expectations of my family and want them to succeed. My definition of success is not monetary. I am sensitive and often take things personally, though I don't always show it. I can dwell on things that people have said for days, both good and bad. Finally, I don't like to leave things unfinished. Whatever I do, I do it to the best of my ability. Pet peeve, when people say they are going to do something, but don't do it.

carlhawkins4 says...

Wow... This test and your testimony Tess just cemented it for me. I'm an ENFJ and proud of it!! LOL. So much, basically everything, of what you wrote about yourself fits me to a T.. Thanks for the post.. Also the fact that as a man there are only about 2% of us out there reaffirms why I have felt like I see things so differently than most men and even people for my whole life. I kind of thought something must be wrong with me. Now I see that it's just the opposite, we are actually rare and that makes us extremely special :-) I feel more empowered now!! Blessings to all my ENFJ brothers and sisters, and the other 15 more predominant personalities too... LOL

Guest (not verified) says...

People not following through is absolutely a pet peeve of mine too;-)

Sacha (not verified) says...

What personality do you think your husband is?!

Jorge007dr (not verified) says...

This is EXACTLY Who I am. Every field describes me SO WELL!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Ha,ha I discovered that I am SUCH a ENFJ personality but also I'm an Auditor!! One of the least popular professions apparently! However, what I like about being an Auditor is all the Investigations, assessing how the Audit can bring about useful improvements, thinking about how to add value, how to educate, how to create good collaborative relationships, being an ongoing Support for the departments and Teams that I have audited, etc. I find that a huge part of my auditing role in spent on communicaiton, negotiating, using your skills at displaying compassion, understanding, aim to find common ground, etc. I guess I have turn my Auditor role into something much more of a ENFJ Profession after all!! So funny!

Courtney.Greenleaf says...

Hello! I am truly interested in becoming an Auditor or Analyst in large part because of the reasons you have posted concerning your love for your job. I have so many questions: I hope this isn't too forward of me, but, may I contact you via e-mail concerning your experience and knowledge of working as an Auditor? My e-mail is Courtney.Greenleaf@yahoo.com. I hope I hear from you soon! =]

Meridian (not verified) says...

THis is so me. I cannot believe how accurate this is. I took the test and I am so shocked at how accurate this is of myself. Awesome.

Angela (not verified) says...

This is totally me... so accurate!

Guest (not verified) says...

This was scary accurate o.O

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