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ENFP in a Nutshell

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 Makes the ENFP Tick

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.

Recognizing the 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.

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.

ENFP in the Population

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

Popular Hobbies for the ENFP

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 ENFP

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...

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?

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...

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

Tonja says...

Too funny... This is so me!  

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.

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.

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.  

CRBSeattle (not verified) says...

I'm feeling a bit blown away right now.... I've known that I am ENFP for years and loved reading about strengths and weaknesses and career paths, etc. But this right here is the first time I've ever read that we are "introverted extroverts"....  and those words should've been so obvious to me because I live like this constantly! For instance, I love to have brief interactions in crowded coffee shops and then sit alone doing genealogy research and writing narratives in historical context --- literally spending quality time with DEAD people in the quintessential epicenter of social togetherness! I love putting social events on my calendar and inviting friends but just dread partaking in it the week of the event! I look forward to people coming home/over but hate hearing the key in the door or someone ringing the bell cuz it stops my..... gulp, quiet personal reflection!! LOL Introverted extrovert, indeed!! :)

Guest (not verified) says...

You are Divergent.

hrb7399 says...

I was recently told I was a ESFP the performer, to which I identified with more when I was younger but just wasnt really how I see myself now. I have gone through some very signifigant areas of growth in the last 5 years and can say I have changed alot. It is difficult at times to accept all the changes as I used to never know when to stop having fun and was so self involved it was virtually impossible to make lasting emotional connections or commitments but I was quiet content this way. Life events caused me to take a deep look at myself at face value and I found I didnt know myself well and now I didnt like what I saw. I like myself today but seem to have completely lost my sense of fun and free spirit. The prior personality test did note I was only 1% more S than N, so I guess this result of ENFP which I identify with more isnt so different really. I read that later in life given the right circumstances you will begin to develop and find comfort in using the less dominant or least preferred aspects of your personality which seems to be very true. I will say it is very enlightening I cant wait to learn my childs type so maybe we can begin to communicate and understand one another much better!!!

Champion - Inspirer (not verified) says...

You got it spot on! I've. Found that when I was younger my temperament screamed ESFP but life has a funny old way with making you address your weaker points to the point where you actually use them more once you've mastered them rather than your old temperament state! Which lead be to becoming a ENFP over the years... for me it kicked in around secondary school or middle to high school for you states guys, just found that I was growing more deeper than my peers as the years went on... (That's life) ;)

MBTI Certified Coach (not verified) says...

Keep in mind that type is your primary preference ... for those of you who have changed over the years, I recommend looking into the 'hierarchy of functions.' Over the years, though we extrovert our Intuitiveness (take tests easily, perceived as seeing connections in the world around us easily), and introvert our Feeling (value-based or gut-based decision-making); in your 20's or 30's the ENFP develops the Thinker balance (using logic to explain or validate your gut), and then in your 50's, the child function of Sensing - and be better at just being present in the 'NOW' and appreciating data and facts for what they are, using evidence and observing actuals through the senses.

For those of you who were primarily Sensing, you're probably developing your personality over time (which is healthy!) and not 'becoming' and ENFP, but developing your balance in your Intuitiveness.

Guest (not verified) says...

This. Sometimes I think I'm just developing my Ni,which is natural for an adult ESFP, but Ni is such a complicated function that I can't always tell the difference between Ni and Ne, which I guess is not an uncommon problem in MBTI. However, most of my intuitive insights seem to happen spontaneously after years of being confused, and sometimes happen even in dreams. This intuition almost always has to do with understanding myself, rather than understanding the world (Ne) or speculating about situations (Ne). That's how I can tell I'm not ENFP, as I have tested before, but am actually an ESFP developing the Ni function.

itzkuyadiyel says...

I agree with this. I am basically a natural ENFP, however, being an ambivert myself (which is leaning more on the extroversion part) I don't have problems getting identified and even acting as an INFP most especially in front of my closest friends. I also noticed that as we grow old and mature, plunging more into the affairs of different types of people in the world, as ever curious as we always are, I find that there are times that having that Introverted Feeling (Fi) attribute may not always work. In that case, we develop our sense of Thinking and rationales it out with our Feeling attitude so that we can create the best response and communication with others while retaining our sense of curiosity, challenge and competence. Finally, even though we are one of the most idealist individuals (next to Visionaries or ENTP in my own understanding) out there, we will arrive at times that we are just bound to get contented with the simple pleasures and calmness of the present the way Sensing people are; I find it also helps us in finding ways on how we can think about a better future. In that way, I'm highly noticing that I'm really just developing my Sensing (S) attributes, in which I really have confusion with sometimes as I take indulgence in the feeling of just getting in touch with anyone closest to my heart, without actually thinking about the future when I'm with them.

But compared to anyone else, I personally noticed that I will never be a Judging (J) type as I molded myself to relieve stress by having that "play before work" attitude, getting hyped in the idea of breaking deadlines and such. To oversimplify it, I'm a borderline between ENFP and INFP, can act ENTP in the most challenging of situations and an ESFP whenever I feel possible.

Wow, it's really glad to hear thoughts about people who are the same as me. This is really an enlightening experience.

Lanalit says...

As changeable, impulsive and novelty-loving as I am, I didn't really expect my type to change. But lo and behold, here I am- an ENFP borne from my INFP ashes...

emsliegemma says...

This is such a heartfelt statement. Can resonate with having being the same when younger except circumstances in life put a damper on my lively spirit that once was. Good to know there's someone else who has noticed these changes. Thought I was being overly critical of it but less so now. G

Guest (not verified) says...

Same here. When I originally took the test, I was told that I was INTP, and at the time, it described me spot-on. Now, I realize that I've changed, and so I retook the test, and now I'm being told that I'm ENFP. I personally identify as an ambivert, but the rest is completely me. It's so interesting how we can change...

Guest (not verified) says...

I find I identify strongly with ENFJ and ENFP. I have taken three versions of the Meyers-Briggs tests and each one rates me differently or almost indeterminate on E and I, N and S and J and P. I am, evidently, a Feeler over a Thinker no matter what.

While I prefer being organized about time because it's valuable to me, I don't care if people cancel on me. I welcome unexpected free time alone and also unexpected activities - sudden dinner party or night out. I have fallen into several leadership roles over the last ten years so I guess I'm a natural leader but I actually hate telling other people what to do and often feel bothered by others. I prefer working alone honestly. I don't judge others for their choices but I can if asked, and often do, easily tell people what I think of their choice(s). I have a strong set of values and ideas of my needs and life and the future but get this, I LOVE when something new presents itself and turns everything upside down.

phanderson says...

Your assessment of yourself fits me alot - I'm trying to decide if I am a Healer or a Champion, and I fall into both categories. It's nice to see others have the same issues. I think that so many of us are borderline Introverts or Extroverts, that it is difficult. However, your comments helped me a lot, so thank you for posting!

Odd-INTJ (not verified) says...

Yeah, My brother is a Healer!(so illogical it drives me insane)but I believe these test aren't exactly spot on as apparently i'm a Field Marshall and the description doesnt sound like me at all. But my friend who is a Counselor helped out and showed that i'm actually a natural INTJ/adopted ENTP. He can tell what you are just from a conversation and how you present yourself as he thought i was an ENTP at first. But i'm happy i'm a INTJ as it solves that question in the back of my head. I stayed up late again so this is all from my post. have a good one Champion/Healer!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, I can relate. I almost always come out ENFP in these (once was ENFJ), but the thing is, my P/J s *extremely* borderline, S/N is really close, and E/I is pretty close too. Only F is solidly firm.

Guest (not verified) says...

You just described ENFP.

Andypandy (not verified) says...

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ennys (not verified) says...

It's funny, I have a difference of 1 (one) percent between I and E, and thus no real preference for introvert of extrovert. And It's true that when I was a bit younger I identified very strongly with INFP, while now that I'm a bit more experienced in life and have developed a bit confidence I become more and more extroverted. I can now ID quite strongly with ENFP, save for when I'm tired - then I just want to lie on the bank with a book, cookies and some hot herbal brew. And no people please.
I work as a teacher in a middle school, and it is true that I love to help the kids develop, to become individuals, to solve problems, to build their character and become their unique selves. I think this is very important and a great part of my job. Unfortunatelt the job also involves unruly teenagers draining your energy with their noise and their want of your attention... must be the introvert part that doesn't like this ;)

Mary (not verified) says...

Oh. My goodness. Ennys, you just described me perfectly in every way! I love people, but sometimes I need to take a step back and be by myself. Bring on the tea and books!

phanderson says...

Me too Ennys & Mary! I love helping people, but after a while my energy runs out and I just need quiet, a book and a treat - maybe I'm not so weird after all! Thanks for posting, it is encouraging to see others out there also!

Leyla (not verified) says...

Exactly the same here :) Definitely ENFP on my energetic days and definitely INFP on engerydrained days. Those two types go very hand in hand... my husband is a clear INFP and we're very similar. But as I said, sometimes I'm just very E ;)

smroudabush18 says...

lol. make sure its sweet tea.and thats how i am ;)

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