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What is an ENFP?

ENFP 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, Perceiving. ENFP 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 spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ENFPs are sometimes referred to as Champion personalities because of their enthusiasm for helping others realize their dreams.

What are ENFPs like?

ENFPs are people-centered creators with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, ENFPs love to help other people explore their creative potential.

ENFPs are typically agile and expressive communicators, using their wit, humor, and mastery of language to create engaging stories. Imaginative and original, ENFPs often have a strong artistic side. They are drawn to art because of its ability to express inventive ideas and create a deeper understanding of human experience.

What are the core values of the ENFP?

ENFPs tend to be curious about others and preoccupied with discovering the deeper meaning in people and ideas. They want authentic experience and often seek emotional intensity. ENFPs are easily bored by details and repetition and seek out situations that offer an escape from the mundane. Novelty is attractive to ENFPs, who often have a wide range of interests and friends from many backgrounds.

ENFPs prize individuality and often consider the pursuit of happiness to be the highest priority in life, both for themselves and for others. They place great importance on personal freedom and self-expression, and want to be able to go wherever inspiration leads.

How can I recognize an ENFP?

ENFPs love to talk about people: not just the facts, but what motivates them, what inspires them, and what they envision achieving in life. They’ll often share their own aspirations freely, and want to hear others’ in return. The ENFP is unlikely to judge anyone’s dream, and will discuss the most imaginative and outlandish of fantasies with warm, enthusiastic intensity. They love to explore creative possibilities, and nothing deflates them faster than talking about dry facts or harsh reality.

ENFPs often seem unconventional, and may come off as scattered; they don’t tend to be in touch with their physical surroundings. They often overlook the details, as they are more likely to focus on connecting with other people or on exploring their own imagination and self-expression. They have little patience for the mundane and want to experience life with intensity and flair. ENFPs often have an artistic streak, and may be artistic in appearance. Many have developed a distinctive and quirky personal style.

Who are some famous ENFPs?

Famous ENFPs include Bill Clinton, Phil Donahue, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Will Rogers, Carol Burnett, Dr. Seuss, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore, Julie Andrews, Alicia Silverstone, Joan Baez, and Regis Philbin.

How common is the ENFP personality type?

ENFP is a moderately common personality type, and is the fifth most common among women. ENFPs make up:

  • 8% of the general population
  • 10% of women
  • 6% of men

What do ENFPs like to do?

Popular hobbies for the ENFP include writing, creating and appreciating art, playing musical instruments, listening to music, participating in community theater, and reading fiction.

What the experts say

"They may be inspiring teachers, scientists, artists, advertising or salespeople, or almost anything they want to be."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Their enthusiasm is boundless and is often contagious, making them the most vivacious of all the types, and also inspiring others to join their cause."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"ENFPs' ability to empower others is one of their most impressive contributions to the workplace."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ENFPs

Interesting facts about the ENFP:

  • On personality trait scales, scored as Enthusiastic, Outgoing, Spontaneous, Changeable, Impulsive, Energetic, and Understanding
  • Scored among highest of all types in available resources for coping with stress
  • ENFP women are less likely to suffer from heart disease >> Tweet this
  • ENFP men are less likely to suffer from chronic pain >> Tweet this
  • Rated by psychologists as among most likely of all types to have trouble in school
  • Overrepresented among academically talented elementary school students
  • Personal values include Home & family, Friendships, Creativity, Learning, and Community Service
  • Commonly found in careers in counseling, teaching, religion, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

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Guest (not verified) says...

I was undetermined in S-N and T-F. When I reviewed the 4 personality types that were presented, I could relate to all 4 to varying degrees, finding I most strongly related to the ENFP. Another survey gave me results in the ISFP and INFP personalities. I relate quite strongly to those as well; however the Champion ENFP is definitily most spot on.

isaaccrooks15 says...

I guess you know exactly what you are.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was also undetermined. However, I personally am an ENFP. Isn't it fun to be undetermined?

Guest (not verified) says...

YES

Guest (not verified) says...

you could be an ambivert, which could be messing up the personality test. as an ambivert myself, I tend to not focus on the first letter, but the last 3 letters and relate to those instead

Guest (not verified) says...

What if the only thing that I got for sure was E and the rest was all borderline?

Weston (not verified) says...

me too

 

Tyi (not verified) says...

ENFPs are noted to be among the most introverted extroverts. We are definitely Ambiverts. Also INFJs are among the most extroverted introverts

Serenity says...

Now that really makes sense!! I'm an ENFP-T (I totally relate with being an ambivert)

Guest (not verified) says...

wait what

dez (not verified) says...

This totally makes sense. As an ENFP, I know i'm imtroverted but has a slight extroverted spirit that kinda resonates more when i'm doing what I enjoy

CPA (not verified) says...

yes

Perola (not verified) says...

OMG ME TOO!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I knew from the get go I was an ENFP although the E always kinda confused me. People always told me I was outgoing and I liked to be around people but I never felt I really was "extroverted". Turns out that ENFP's are actually really introverted extroverts!I read somewhere we're more introverted than most extroverts. Would make sense to me, I liek being around people ( if I can pull myself out of my house to be with other people) but it DRAINS me for weeks.

Lin F W (not verified) says...

I totally agree with being an introvert extrovert.

Guest (not verified) says...

which one?

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes! That's so me. My husband thinks it's the strangest damn thing that I'll be like "let's do this and that and see these people this day" and then when it's time to actually do it I'm looking for every reason I can find to bail on my own idea and stay home. I like people, I'm great around people and connect easily with others. but I also get very easily exhausted by too much interaction, almost like I'm overstimulated. And once I'm ready to be done being social, I'm done RIGHT NOW. Time to go, no more people today,
Please.

Guest (not verified) says...

You are speaking from the bottom of my some times misunderstood heart! Thank you! My friends found it really weird that I am always up for whatever, super spontaneous and mostly in a good mood, but when it come to actually going out that day.. I will be sort of reluctant and after I do go social (which is fun, until I've had enough). Every other week, after a lot of "social obligations" and just want to recharge and be alone, not even boyfriend allowed.

Lori Thompson (not verified) says...

So totally me! Party? Yes, I'll come. I can't wait....

(day of party)I've already been around enough people today, and I just need down time. I think I'll just stay home....

newtide says...

I can so relate to this!

Brett Widmann (not verified) says...

This is definitely me, too! I get so drained after a few nights out that I need some time to recover. I use my social time for inspiration and to learn more about other people and their experiences. I work from home and for myself, so when I need to recharge, getting lost in my work at home truly helps. It's a good balance for someone like me and I am glad there are others out there who feel and experience introverted extraversion as I do. :D :D

Catelin07 says...

That's so true but I wouldn't say I was exhausted I would say I had my fill of people for the day. Also they had a point about coming off as a open book but when it comes to my actual personal feelings I prefer to keep it to myself.

 

Sarah W (not verified) says...

What do you do for work? I recently graduated college and working for myself and from home would be a dream come true but seems impossible. 

Brett Widmann (not verified) says...

I am a web developer and specialize in Wordpress and frontend development.

It was a challenge at first, but after working with the right people, I'm doing quite well. It took about 3-6 months for things to take off for me, and a little bit of personal branding and directional change on my LinkedIn Profile.

There's still a lot I could do to further myself, but I'm already content with the amount of work I have.

Brooke M (not verified) says...

I am a real estate agent. It gives me a nice balance of being around people and getting my alone time.  I used to be completely extroverted and didn't have many waking minutes without people around me. My roommate and I would even fall asleep talking to each other in college...in high school it would be a friend on the phone until I was literally about to pass out...before that it was one of my parent's would stay in my room with me till I passed out because otherwise I'd fall asleep on the couch just so I could be in the same room with someone. Now...I am THRILLED to have ME time. It just took getting married and having children to want some time by myself!!! I love doing real estate because I do about 50% of my work at home, at the office or somewhere on my own. Whether it is doing comparative market analysis, looking for properties for clients, preparing clients files for showings and listings, writing contracts, following up with various people for each of the transactions I'm working on, etc. About 30% of my time is actually with clients showing homes or doing listing appointments. The other 20% is spent on meetings, training, workshops, continuing education, etc. I have had to learn time management and some discipline for getting tasks done on time, but it has come more and more naturally.  I am personally loving it and I'm more fulfilled in this career than anything I've done in the past. 

Leila (not verified) says...

I'm the same! I absolutely love organising and planning events and meet ups and work myself up to the day but when the day comes I just want it to pass already. I mean, it's not that I don't have fun, I always have fun. I'd be bursting with energy, on a high, but what I look forward to most is for the day to end and return to the sanctuary of my own home. We're just all a little paradox, aren't we?

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

I can agree. My friends like to call me a "situational extrovert", meaning I do enjoy smaller social gatherings and parties, but only when I know a good handfull of the people there, and even then I find myself needing some significant alone time afterwards! I always thought I was weird and unrelatable for it until now! :)

Tonja says...

Too funny... This is so me!  

Mrs. Riley (not verified) says...

You've described me to a 'T'.

Ini (not verified) says...

😂😂😂

I can relate with this.

Leigh King (not verified) says...

I have also been a little confused on this same issue of being extroverted, in the sense that I tend to "appear" to be an open book. But, when it's "My" deepest feelings and thoughts being scrutinized by others, I am instantly, very Introverted. I Love being with other people but I value my long periods of being alone and not having to feel obligated to entertain, or even talk to people for lengthy periods of time. After being with other people, I feel like I need to recharge, by being in ... My Zone.

Arielle (not verified) says...

Yes!! That's exactly the way we ENFP's operate throughout our personal lives. We love interacting with others but later we begin to feel like we just need a break. We are self-reliant and very independent. It is hard for us to allow someone else to make decisions for us or boss us around that's why we all have an entrepreneurial spirit. Our deepest aspirations are those that involve creativity and self expression. We like exploring others but we hate being responsible for others. We just have that "thing" a special spark of charisma and awesome interpersonal skills. People love us but it is hard for us to open up at first unless we feel we are around people who share the same interests or have similar characteristics. Our friends tend to be very supportive and understanding. We need that encouragement from friends to know that we are doing the right things. If anyone is
against us, we see it as competition. And yes...we will win! Always come to slay and never last at opportunity.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an ENFP I have found that while I know many people, and most people that know me comment on how I seem to know everyone, there are few people I would describe as being a close friend. I would actually like to have more close friends but this has not been the case throughout my entire life and I am 59 years old. I also plan to do things with people and then when the event approaches and I am not in the mood, I find myself trying to get out of the commitment if it isn't going to put other people in a bind if I don't participate. A few months ago I paid $55 for a concert that I was going to attend with 4 other people. I found out that they were going to get to the venue 3 hours early and this was NOT general admission seating! Someone else in the group who lives in a different town had my ticket so if I was going I had to meet the group 3 hours before the concert. Since I had already paid and there were others going, I opted to stay home, lose the $ I had paid for the ticket so I would not have to sit for 3 hours waiting.

Guest (not verified) says...

I did the same thing for a new movie coming out, although I am INFP. I found out late that friends were getting to the theatre like six hours early and I couldn't handle waiting that long in a line, it sounded like torture. One of them had my ticket and would not save me a seat so I just didn't go!

Tammy (not verified) says...

I agree with EVERY single word in your comment. I couldnt have said it better myself, thats rare.

Emily Grace (not verified) says...

This may have a bit more to do with thefp part of the enfp personality type, I tested on the border of both of those and have found that I can get better at shutting off the sponge like tendancies of the f, and getting quicker at reading people and making quick decisions to set boundaries that I could see being more of a j trait... If I could say anything to fellow fpers it would be trust your instincts more and maybe make a list before you go out of things you perceive in social settings that brings your mood down. Then when you feel that feeling direct your body and thereby your energy receiver away from it, keep your energy sacred for the work you need and want to do, and you'll be able to enjoy being an extrovert more. At least we are abstract thinking people so we're not totally screwed!

introvertedextrovert (not verified) says...

OMG this makes soooo much sense as to why I keep deactivating my FB accounts or at some point deleting them. At first I was confused if I was ashamed of myself or trying to hide something -- but hearing you say " in the sense that I tend to "appear" to be an open book. But, when it's "My" deepest feelings and thoughts being scrutinized by others, I am instantly, very Introverted." --- it makes sooo much sense! I was hating on myself for not being able to just chill with Facebook since it seems like such an easy thing to deal with. Why was I putting so much energy into it?? Why did I feel like my privacy was invaded even by the fact that sometimes I don't even post anything on it, but the mere fact that people can see who my friends are stresses me out?? 

Also, it makes sense why I feel the need to deactivate and trim my list down to 100 friends -- it's because i get super drained just by being out there even if I don't comment on anything! So much empathy sensors are on full blast just being on FB and it drains me to just be on it. 

Somebody else please offer some insights into this!! Thank you.

Javier (not verified) says...

Been there, done that.

Happy sad guy (not verified) says...

Ha! I delete my FB account at least twice a month.  Also I throw parties every time I'm home....till I get overwhelmed; then around 11, I " slip off to the restroom"  now, my friends just laugh and tell me good night, stay at the house and party till the late hours.

SpunkyBuns says...

I'm reluctant to make new friends, don't trust easily, and careful about who I let into my inner circle. With good reason though. I cannot care halfway, commit halfway, or maintain firm boundaries/protections against being taken advantage of. I only have room for relationships that add more to my quality of life than they take from it. Once someone matters to me, they matter like family, and I share my whole self. 

I imagine this approach might seem stuck up or something in more superficial, self-absorbed types, but for us it is actually the wisest way to ensure that we AND others are treated the way we need and deserve to be, without getting tangled up in the inevitable problems, crises, struggles, and other deep personal matters of people we are not meaningfully connected with.

Being so careful about who is and isn't allowed into our safe, trusted, inner circle is really the only point where we CAN protect ourselves. Once they're in and we care, we're loyal to a fault - them before us even.

Given all that... yeah, ANYBODY gaining more access to our personal information or private life than we allowed feels like a HUGE violation. It also puts us in the terrible situation of feeling compelled to pull waaaay back and self-protect, but reluctant to give up what we tbought was a safe way to meet some of our need for connection. If only respect was truly valued and honored...

Hope that gives some validation. 

Luke Henkel says...

This was one of my biggest struggles through college and even a bit after I graduated!  I just couldn't handle it, for all the reasons you mentioned and then some.  Even the existence of my Facebook was a stressor, especially when I was feeling "drained" like so many of you have mentioned, and in need of alone time.  If I felt overwhelmed and wanted to disappear into my own world/zone, I would start thinking about deleting my FB account almost instantly!  Funny... I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

Mr Side Attraction (not verified) says...

I wish i could like this comment.. and like the first two replies as well. I am just like it says, Enthusiastic more than Extroverted. I actually tell people that I'm an introvert who is Outgoing, they get all puzzled like i just built castles in the air. Oh well. Who knows? ....an ENFP knows.

Anderson (not verified) says...

oh, I like that. Enthusiastic is the right interpretation of our E.

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh my god this is so me :D

Guest (not verified) says...

It is said in most studies, that the ENFP is the one extrovert that is actually an introvert. They NEED to be with/around people, but they also normally like to be left alone, or alone time, just as long as someone is coming home to them, they are happy.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is me. I do like my alone time, initially I didn't believe that I am an Extrovert. But when I read the description about the ENFP, and her nuances, I was convienced that the ENFP is me, almost spot on!

Guest (not verified) says...

Same! that is exactly how I am

NotUrMum (not verified) says...

ENFPs are known to be very independent extroverts, often needing time to themselves to reflect. They are also known to be individualistic. Both factors make it confusing for ENFPs to identify between intro/extrovert.

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

This is so relatable! I feel like all of you are describling me and my most confusing parts that, frankly, I don't understand! :D

Kat says...

I'm kind of similar to how you all describe your extroversion... although I wouldn't say I get exhausted... more that I prefer deep relationships to brief social ones. I am absolutely an open book and incredibly easy to get along with, sometimes to the point of annoying those who are less social. However, if given the choice, I prefer to just be with either my hubby or kids, or close family/friends... and often I love being alone. But if you get me out, I am the absolute life of the party. People always gravitate to me and I love helping people who need it or leading a team. But I'd much rather read a book or spend the afternoon being lazy and cuddling a beloved pet. 

However, I will always be the first person to stand up when I see something wrong or someone who needs help... like a frazzled mom who's young kids are getting restless and she can't seem to get them to sit still (I in fact did this on Valentine's day at a restaurant with my hubby). Or I will stop to help someone stuck by the side of the road. Or a kid being picked on.  

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