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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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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

Guest (not verified) says...

Amazing description. Very close especially the part about exercising to stress release and high likelihood for believing that there is a higher power.
I enjoyed learning that my yearning to connect with others at a higher , intellectual level is " expected"
I'm a cancerian by horoscope ,

Guest (not verified) says...

Excellent descriptions, v close
A bit disappointed that ideal job did not include my current job. I was hoping to be a healer in personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

This was very interesting and helpful information. It covered all the areas of my life and reminded me of when I sometimes read my horoscope. By the way, I happen to be an aquarius. The information was so accurate, I felt like I was reading about myself.

Guest (not verified) says...

100% me. Amazed.

Anonymous (not verified) says...

Wow, this me, thats who I am!

REL the ENFJ (not verified) says...

Wow, this really surprised me. In paticular, I was surprised to learn how few of us there are in this world. Presently, I am a lawyer (cyberlaw, corporate, technology) and candidly, I crave more human interaction and a career that played more to my natural strengths. That said, I now understand why my office is the one most of my colleagues come to when they need to talk, solve problems etc. Excellent food for thought.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ lawyer too and always felt a bit like a fish out of water. Am now running a new program at a law school and am happier than I would ever have thought possible. You might want to try some teaching if you haven't already.

Guest (not verified) says...

Ha Ha - every single job I've ever had - I've been promoted to lead at it because of my enthusiasm/management ability despite not asking to be promoted- they were all people related- now I'm in education administration - a department chair, motivating my colleagues to forge ahead and such. How funny - and I work out like an insane animal to burn off my stress- I say I'm like a hamster who needs to run in its wheel or I get tense. I can go on and on and on - this is way more accurate than my horoscope.

clarraga01 says...

This is me!!! Extremely enlightening! Thank you so very much!!! Awesome!!

z (not verified) says...

It's me, it's me, it's me ....... is all I thought as I read through the profile of ENFJ. Feel unhappy and trapped in my current role but have no idea what I should be doing. One of those that look at the ideal list and think ..... yes I'd like to do that, oh and that, and that etc etc! If only I'd known this years ago!

Guest (not verified) says...

Me to a tee! :-) :-) Strict, idealizing kids, hate conflict, create the ideal picture then pursuade and drive others towards it.. I'm in learning & development & coaching.
I'm sensitive to positive & negative feedback...etc etc

B. (not verified) says...

I love myself!! :)

kyliejade (not verified) says...

wow! its funny to read all about my personality type, I had no clue I was like this, though looking back now makes me laugh, extremely spot on!

Leo (not verified) says...

Wooooah. That's pretty cool.

urgmbeach says...

I cannot believe how accurate this test is. I am my results. I did this for a school project and wouldn't you know under top careers for ENFJs I see Chiropractor which is what I am going to school for. I couldn't be happier with the results.

Guest (not verified) says...

Perfect!

Shubho (not verified) says...

Wow. This is truly impressive. I've never ever had such a clear and accurate self-assessment in my life.

I am a software engineer. So, I'm not in a profession that they recommend. But then again, I think I have some INFJ leanings too.

I am so happy to get to know myself and would love to connect with other ENFJs.

zainab_x says...

I have some INFJ leanings too - in fact, I'm more of an INFJ by a couple of percentage points. I personally see myself as an introvert, but the overall description for ENFJs really matches me too. I'm always told that I'm very good at teaching. Lol. However, I don't think that the possible career choices or hobbies for ENFJs suit me at all. I am a healthcare professional, and although I enjoy creating artwork, reading non-fiction etc. from time to time, it's not really a hobby of mine.

Guest (not verified) says...

I wanted to be a politician since I was 8. This is so strange.

Grant the Swede (not verified) says...

Trump? Is that you?

Guest (not verified) says...

That was so accurate it was alarmingly reassuring. I need to work on dealing with conflict.

Guest (not verified) says...

Its nice to know that everything you knew about yourself is completely validated by your profile. Wish I had taken this test before I headed off to college..... Ultimately- the best thing is knowing yourself completely.

Tom (not verified) says...

I've been in midlife transition following the loss of a job in politics that was very painful. After a long time searching for the right fit in career, this post gave me the most validation for a career in teaching political action to socially conscious individuals, mentoring them, and teaching people about the issues of the cause. Thank you, Truity!

Aron (not verified) says...

Wow. Impressive.

Relieved&Reinforced (not verified) says...

Brought tears to my eyes. I work in training, developing projects in chronic conflict settings. I have staff who I mentor, I'm told I'm strict, I get disappointed when people don't have the same intentions, but people also value my sincerity and sensitivity. I'm creative in my projects but I do have a clear vision of how things could be. It's really really refreshing to see so many aspects of me laid out like that. It's validating. I want to be validated, it's true. I've often felt that I'm lesser because of that need. I'm so tired of being told that to be a good leader I have to care less what people think. It's possibly what makes me a good leader, in my own way. That is what this has meant to me. It's ok to be me in my own way.

Missywolfpack says...

Me for sure! Must be why I lasted not long in the military!

Guest (not verified) says...

Sounds like me, teamwork is what I need for my career I want as a firefighter.

Guest (not verified) says...

To some extent it is me.

Gina (not verified) says...

Yes, I felt this described me almost in detail.

Mary (not verified) says...

Remarkably accurate. Hate discord. Someone burns their hand, I say "ouch". Get along very well with 5 year olds because I am one. Coud never be a dental assistant ( hurt myself with a water pick). Very sensitive around mates. If they say the slightest inflammatory thing I get sad and that confuses them because most people retalliate.
Enjoy motivational speaking and yes, do physical training for stress. Can work a room and a kitchen.
Do get discouraged around egocentic non team player types and control freaks.

elizadoolittle (not verified) says...

100% ENFJ :o) I am totally energised by time with friends, whereas my non-ENFJ friends can become quite drained in company. Have you seen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DJblHzEdLw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXPZZsUTNVE I think maybe his character is ENFJ as I drive my friends crazy with my enthusiasm, joy, positivity and zest for life :o) Reassuring to find out others share my enthusiasm.

Sacha (not verified) says...

This clip is 100% accurate! People think we are being fake because we appreciate them so much...Even the little things no one else notices.

Guest (not verified) says...

Was somebody reading my mind??LOL It is so accurate I couldn't believe it!!! Not ONE thing off......AMAZING AMAZING!!!! Thank you.

enjftoo (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ to the core... except the conflict part. I'm extremely talented at conflict in work settings and getting people to see "eye to eye". However, in personal life, I avoid conflict like the plague. Anyone else identify?

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes!

guest (not verified) says...

I completely agree!

Carrie (not verified) says...

I was on a roll in finding what's best for myself, and it's a good thing that i took this personality test, to know that I am an ENFJ, because by reading the description, it's helping me making the biggest choices I have to face right now, and it's all about my current course. :) THIS IS SO ME! Thank You so much!

Ginny (not verified) says...

That's me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can't help feeling that this must be some psychic trick--so much of this speaks to exactly what I'm doing and the challenges that I'm facing. It not only solidifies what I've always believed my motives to be (make the world a better place; help those around me achieve their personal best), but also neutralizes the negative energies/comments of those around me who feel I do what I do for personal gain and attention. What a gift--thank you.

Guest (not verified) says...

Uncanny, I have always worked with people helping them learn, adapt and improve their life. I see potential in everyone and love doing things differently. must get my friends to do these tests its a real conversation piece.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so me!

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey,

I am an INFP and am dating an ENFJ. I have been having trouble dealing with my girlfriend when she gets sad. I like to express sadness by crying and having one person sit with me and not try to cheer me up, just quietly listen to me talk and then I get over it. When ever my girl is sad, I try to do the same thing for her, but it clearly doesn't work at all...she just gets annoyed and sad. What is the best way? should I be peppy and goofy, or run around with her outside, or snuggle her, or get together with a group of people? Any suggestions from ENFJs out there?

Guest (not verified) says...

As an ENFJ myself, I can verify that I would prefer physical reassurance in her position. A comforting arm around the shoulder, a few consoling words. Don't overdo it, but being silent isn't quite the position to take either. Of course, every type of personality has flexibility to it. Everyone is individual. For instance, I'd much rather be analyzing a structure blueprint than be a social worker, though that isn't a usual tendency for an ENFJ. In short, just show you are listening and offer a few kind, soft-spoken words.

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