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The ENFP at Work

At work, the ENFP is concerned with using their creativity to express themselves and benefit others. ENFPs want to explore the possibilities for themselves and other people, and approach their work with vision and inspiration. They enjoy taking on creative or people-centered problems that call for an imaginative, original solution.

ENFPs are often motivated by their beliefs in humanitarian causes and want work that is consistent with their values. They are particularly interested in helping other people develop as individuals. They tend to choose careers that allow them to pursue ideals of personal growth and artistic expression.

ENFPs dislike routine work and want a variety of tasks and challenges. They prefer to set their own schedule and chafe when saddled with excessive regulations or mundane details. They seek out fun, novel tasks that allow them to be imaginative and relate to other people in an unstructured, supportive way.

The ideal work environment for an ENFP is relaxed and friendly, with few restrictions on creativity. The ideal job for an ENFP allows them to follow their inspiration, satisfy their curiosity, and develop solutions that benefit people in innovative and original ways.

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Top Careers for the ENFP

ENFPs are happiest in their careers when they can deploy their vivacious, person-centered nature to express themselves and help others. ENFPs can be found in a wide variety of careers and industries, but the most satisfied ENFPs have found a way to bring creativity and originality into their daily work.

Top careers for the ENFP include:

ENFP Careers to Avoid

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ENFP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ENFP. Occupations that require the ENFP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ENFPs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ENFPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

The ENFP on a Team

ENFPs are enthusiastic, involved team members who are interested in exploring the possibilities for innovation. They enjoy relating to people and hearing their ideas—the more imaginative, the better. Although they are open-minded, they are fundamentally grounded in a sense of values, and look for the principles and motivations behind their teammates’ ideas. ENFPs have little interest in rules, and will encourage their teammates to think outside the box to create a solution that is uniquely theirs. They want to encourage other people to be creative and find their own voice.

ENFPs are most focused on relationships and on ideas, and may have friction with more task-oriented teammates. They relish the task of brainstorming possibilities and options for a project, and are sometimes reluctant to settle on a course of action and move on. They typically shy away from taking on responsibility for details, and can best contribute to a team with their considerable interpersonal skills. They are energetic in their commitment to the group’s mission, and are often good at motivating others and encouraging them to use their talents.

The ENFP as a Leader

In leadership positions, ENFPs convey enthusiasm and excitement for their ideas. Their leadership style tends to be democratic and flexible, with an eye toward developing human potential. They enjoy helping others grow as employees and as people, and grant plenty of freedom to their reports to develop innovative and unique solutions. ENFP leaders motivate with their passion for their ideas and beliefs, and they are often insightful in their assessments of people problems.

Because they are so focused on their ideals, ENFP leaders can sometimes neglect the practicalities of implementation. They are more focused on people than on process, and can lose sight of the ultimate goal as they explore relationships and human development. They may need to develop planning and organizational skills to ensure that their creative ideas become reality.

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Peter Beck (not verified) says...

I don't freaking know what job should be, it is all so confusing! I just don't understand some of the jobs for this personality type and it feels different than I expected. It is is all so odd to me, and I don't know why.

SBarros (not verified) says...

hahaha I know the feeling. I just finished Chemical Engineering but I knew from the beginning that I could not see myself doing that for the rest of my life, so I decided to take the most out of the course, to have some great skills as my advantage. I graduated last February, and I got rejected for an engineering position. Thankfully the same company looked at my cv and saw my potential and decided to put me in a data analyst field focus on the customer. AND I AM LOVING IT.

 

Right now, feels like I should have gone to marketing. But the lesson here is to focus on whatever you decide so you can explore your skills later.

Holly1110 (not verified) says...

Literally. Same. It kills me. Lol

Ruffrey (not verified) says...

ENFP here, went to school for psychology and social work. Which fits with the suggestions and other personality test and career test suggestions I had in high school.

Working as a therapist and social worker bored me to tears after the first few years. I switched to software development and it has been over 10 years. I never looked back. Engineering can require a high level of collaboration and creativity. This is great for many ENFPs, myself included. I have met several other successful engineer-type ENFPs and it seems the difference is we have been forced to learn good discipline and focus on the team's goals and values. Executing to a very specific plan is hard for the ENFP but executing to big goals and teamwork is highly valued in software. 

Samuelbarros says...

I can definitely relate to this.

 

Maps (not verified) says...

You sound like an ENTJ rather than an ENFP . A career in engineering requires a certain level of attention to detail as well as mundane routines which ENFP could never tolerate our attention span will not allow this . an ENFP pays no attention to deadlines unfortunately. I would say you were screen wrong 

Jeff Hanson (not verified) says...

I opted out of Pyschologist/Counselor and created a Coaching business for Addiction/Mental health because of the problem you describe.  It's torture to listen to the same thing over and over without an end in sight.  

I've priced my service high as only certain personality types are interested in exploring and coming up with new ideas to solve an issue in the beginning phase...then implementing them at the time I feel that person is ready.  This does not work for most.  I've found people want to be "fixed" or to "fix" someone else.

Before, this I did a good amount of computer coding and found it highly rewarding and healthy for me.  It's a puzzle that requires a healthy imagination mixed with focus, but for me I did need to see my work translate into an output I can be proud of.  Software development is one of those.  I've done the design side as well.  I don't think it's "forced discipline" as much as seeing the value in personal structure and having that reinforced in a positive way through a team environment. 

When I explain myself, "I don't need to be the lead singer, but damn right I'm gonna be the lead guitarist who may throw in some background vocals on some nights!  Tho, I'll also be the one to ask for the bass to be pushed up the mix so he feels part of the band ha."

Destiny (not verified) says...

I am currently in college hoping to major in social work do you suggest against it? 

AnnaThenonRobot (not verified) says...

Hey! Do you guy's think that ENFP's would be good lawyers? 

Anonnn (not verified) says...

My boss ( a lawyer ) is an ENFP and he's so good at his job!!

Jump (not verified) says...

I am an ENFP and I worked as a lawyer for 11 years and loved it. I worked doing municipal law- clients are local public agencies. Plenty of variety, lots of contact with interesting and good people, ability to work toward a meaningful common goal, and intellectual puzzles to solve. Very good work. 

Jeff Hanson (not verified) says...

No!!  When younger, we believe we'd be great lawyers because of our ability to read people in a court situation.  We are also incredible at weaving stories and creating highly convincing narratives, while being enanging to an audience.  

But, that's very, very little of what lawyers do.  I took one law class in Grad School and found that A. not many make it as court lawyers.  B.  You don't get creative with the law nor get to present intuition in court.  It's highly tedious, fact based work for the most part.   C.  It may be difficult for an ENFP to handle a situation in which they represent a person whom they know or suspect to be guilty.  

To put it simply, ENFP's need to be careful in professions closely associated with law.  Imagine winning a case, only for it to be appealled.  Or finding youself on a countersuit for breach of confidentiality or something...and all you're thinking is "I was just trying to help!"

Guest (not verified) says...

Sure but you'd get bored with the paperwork and repetition. 

Racefordays (not verified) says...

In my opinion, a lawyer isn't the best choice for this type, but a law clerk or someone that is involved without being the actual in-court lawyer would be good.  I don't see myself in court, arguing but rather searching for obscure cases to make a point or helping put together a response.   

INTJaybert (not verified) says...

No. Did you not read this? They hate mundane, details, conflict, and heavy handed rules. Law is almost literally everything they hate. Might be fun for them to play one on TV though.

big smart guy (not verified) says...

Don't be so mean.  For all you know they are twice as smart as you.  for example my IQ is 193, so you techinacally don't have room to talk.  They were asking a simple queston, why you have to be so rude.

ExtravertWhoHatesPeople (not verified) says...

I work at a law firm, its my first job out of university and I hate it here. I thought I'd take a corporate job to test the waters and wow it is so painful. Unless you truly truly desire to become a lawyer do not do it, especially if its outta peer pressure. I am going back to visual anthropology and research as soon as my contract is over and thinking about going to film school! 

-_- (not verified) says...

actually, although enfps aren't ones for regulations and high stress any type could be a lawyer. their ability to think on their feet and passion with helping others would make them successful in that department. it is true that law is a rough path for them but i'm not going to be the guy to shut someone down and choose their career for them because of their personality. *cough cough* 

Judaspriest says...

Would an ENFP male like me make a good police officer? I mean I have tons of experience as a security officer and I do have dreams of and aspirations to join the law enforcement line at one point. I simply do not believe law enforcement is just not suitable for us though... I mean. But you got one thing right. We hate mundane, structure and etc. 

Tommy64321 (not verified) says...

I hope I can give you some good insight, I'm an male ENFP like yourself, and I'm currently a police officer.   I don't think this profession is a good for our personalities. I'm currently looking to get out of this profession after realizing it's not a good fit for me. If it's you're dream go for it! It's worth trying it out for yourself and seeing how you like it, however, from my experience here are some things to keep in mind about police work.

• very strict- Policing is very paramilitary and rules, policy, and regulation are huge parts of policing. Creativity is a big part of our personality and in this profession creativity isn't necessarily encouraged.

• paperwork- everything you do in police work has a paper trail. There's a saying that 15 minutes of fun equals hours of paperwork, and this statement is very true. Sure you may get in a car chase and arrest a bad guy, but you'll have three hours of mundane, repetitive paperwork to fill out after.

• high stress- this is a very stressful job and your actions will be criticized and critiques by your supervisors, co-workers, media, and everyone else. You can be put in the spotlight very easily in this job

• boredom- although tv shows and movies may portray a different image, police work is incredibly boring. 90% of the time you will be bored out of your mind, but there is the 10% of excitement.

I hope this information will help you with your career decision. Please don't let the above information discourage you from chasing your dreams and doing what you want to do in life. These are just some things I wish I knew before getting into this profession. Good luck!  

Ruffrey (not verified) says...

Have you thought about being a detective?

Michael Chi (not verified) says...

Why would you ever want to do that 

BradyBoy (not verified) says...

Currently 16, I have no idea what I want to do. I have researched and researched and have no idea. About a year ago, I was taking college level Psychology and took this test. At that time, I had gotten ISTJ. I took the test again today and got ENFP-T. This makes me question what I want to do. If I was able to change that much within a year, will my passion for the profession I decide on change just as fast? It really is a bad situation and I have no idea how to explore what I want to do.

Adrian 123 (not verified) says...

Bro, I feel your struggle, and the reply of you being an ENFP with aspiration to another type totally make sense. I had the same struggle, as I  was deciding which career to choose, I was very convinced I wanted medicine, thank God after some misfortuned events I realized I was gonna be depressed for all those people suffering, so I turned to the other side, I said to myself "I want to see happy people" so I decided to go for Architecture, since I always enjoyed drawing and building little house models blowed my mind from primary school proyects. So I went there, and I'm not gonna lie to you, some of the Engeneer-like stuff were hard but in the end It was very fulfilling to make it to the end and learn some things. My point is... most majors are wide and have many possibilities for you to develop different skills and take different roads. Don't worry bro. Do this exercise: set apart one day of the weekend, write down what things you enjoy doing even as a hobbie, what kind of people you like to be around, in what way helping others fulfills your heart and which things brake it. Now, some years ago with a team I worked with, they asked us to have this one on one time with ourselves, lock yourself in your room, take a deep breath and imagine... what would your funeral be like? ( I know, a little intense and scary, but keep up it has a good end) Who's there? What are they saying about you? Pick 3 people in your life; maybe your flute wife, or some other relative, a friend and some co-worker or someone else... what would you like theme to remember you like? What are they saying? What would you like theme to say? 
try this exercise and maybe it will give you some clarity. I hope you have an amazing journey! Life is awesome and you can do great things with this brilliant personality you have! Find yourself a purpose and I'm sure you'll find a way to make it worth it. 
If you are a believer, try out praying, as a former -almost atheist- I can tell you that when I hit bottom years ago, I made a very simple prayer, because I felt lost and unfulfilled even though I had a good job in the government and some good material things, but I felt a lack somehow. One night after hanging out with some drinking friends I kneeled down in despair and prayed, feeling exhausted and confused, empty somehow; I was a little terrified that none of the good things in my life made me feel ... well.. anything. So I prayed this "God, if this is gonna be my life, I don't want it, I'm sorry, I don't want this" I know it sounds very dramatic and all but well, we ENFP's get to be a little dramatic right? Haha, so afterwards I kept going tried some changes, and started to think what would I like to do with my life, I had this thought "If I just had one more year on this earth, what would I like to do with my life?" Anyways the rest is a crazy story of how some friends just reappeared in my life after rehab, and invited me to some Alcoholics meetings, and after that another to a church, where I found my ultimate purpose which is to receive the Love of God. I know it may sound religious, but I've never feel this free, knowing we all have a great purpose and besides whichever weird doctrine, I've learned God is Love and freedom, and that we are loved no matter what we've done or faced. And what Dad (as I call Him) expect from us is not a bunch of religious rituals, but to love Him and love all people, and that's it. Cool huh? 
Mig you red this far, thank you for letting me share a bit of my crazy story with you! And know that some other troubled ENFP somewhere in the world is facing the same struggle, and somehow it all works out in the end! So don't loose heart bro, search deep down and you'll find a way, and rest in this thought "no matter which road you choose now, as long as you feel it might be fun, it will lead you to different possibilities and to an awesome purpose" and if it's not really working, you ac always go back a little and pick another, don't worry! Let's enjoy the road! Have fun and be blessed boy!

Rixk (not verified) says...

BradyBoy, the MBTI is much more complicated than typically explained. If you are ENFP, testing ISTJ makes sense. ISTJ is the aspiration of subconscious of the ENFP. The ISTJ has the qualities the ENFPs wants and sometimes we think we have. And vice versa. You can read more here: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/reflectioncube.com/2019/07/12/the-sixteen-types-egos-shadows-subconscious-aspirational-and-superego-dimensions/amp/

Jesse.P. (not verified) says...

Currently in my 30s and still no idea what I want to do when I grow up.  Best advice, plan to go to a local community college and take some classes in a few things you're interested in, and knock out your requirements.  You'll narrow down what you might like and go from there.  Also remember you're never too young or old to make changes.  Don't get discouraged if what you thought you wanted ends up not being what you thought it would be, just work on finding what you want to try next.

jjj.azzy3 (not verified) says...

Hii,

    Hopefully I can give you a piece of mind or a headache from reading, fingers cross for the first one LMAO...

    I know it's hard to wrap your thoughts around but YOU ARE ONLY 16! I get it, in this increasingly competitive world where existential thoughts are an every day thing, it is hard to simply understand what you should do within your day. 

     I have just turned 18, only two years older than you and let me tell you I WAS NOTHING LIKE I WAS WHEN I WAS 16. I also didn't formulate even the smallest of plan for my future until 17 and even then it didn't go that way at all. I set my whole heart of social work and I didn’t make it in. I was devastated but at the same time it lead me to my current major. I am currently in Psychology!! Trust me it is actually very great. The point is everything happens for a reason. So hun, if you are stressing out a lot I would honestly recommend doing Psych for your first year in uni. Not to add stress but you should know that Uni is hard because of its demands which they don't really tell you in high school! Honestly what I feel EVERYONE SHOULD DO FROM THE START is start in something they are interested in EVEN VAGUELY and take the year to discover themselves and manage around the intensity and newness of university.

    Back to your age, you will change so much every few months ALONE in your teenage years. You can't predict what you'll do for the rest of your life because that is the BIGGEST BS that this worlds society spews at you. The best advice would be follow your heart, even for a year and firgure yourself out. How are you supposed to find happiness, comfort, excitement, heart fulfilling opportunities if you don't even know who you are inside and out. The journey starts with you. Trust me you'll probably find yourself introspecting HARD within the next two years. Sorry my thought process was all over the place for this one but I just truly want you to know is that you'll change so much in your teenage years AND YOUR "GLOW UP" SHOULDNT happen in this time either. You should just find comfort in ever expanding and growing into a beautiful human being with many interests and loves. Don't try to grow up so fast! You'll miss this time...the future can wait for you but first you need to wait for yourself, figure out what makes you tick and what you truly love even if you have to go through the process of practicing and trying it out, and the future will find you!! 

    Please don't stress, take a breathe, and be a teenager. Make mistakes, take a major you have no clue in, drop out, change it up, and then change it up again!!! Have faith in yourself, GET TO KNOW YOURSELF and the universe will provide ALWAYS. I really wish you the best of luck on your amazing journey dear! 

    Again I am less than 2 years older than you..I was where you were but I am saying this as if I could back and say it to myself or any other, get to know and love yourself! Without it you’ll continue to miss out on your life because you won’t be one with yourself. Once it is found, the weight of the world falls off and the clarity is unlike anything. You’ll know it when you feel it in the future. Good luck love and take one single step at a time, BE KIND TO YOURSELF 💛👑✨

(Also if you have any more questions, here’s my Instagram: @jjj.azzy)

Anzu (not verified) says...

hi, nice to meet you :)

You are literally the same Age as me, but you've got way more experience in life  ;).

I know you replied to the other comment, but can I ask you some questions? I feel like I really don't know what path to take for my career or my major for uni later on, my dream job keeps on changing every day. I really love studying other cultures and new languages, but I have no idea what to do.... I know this question sounds really dumb, but still thanks for reading, if you did see this comment

Austin92 (not verified) says...

Find something that makes you happy bro and stick to it if you can as you grow your interests will change and remember your future is never set in stone much like your interests will change so will your view of the future and your goals. So yeah find something you like and stick to it brother. 

aidan (not verified) says...

really i wanna design houses for my dream job but i was gonna settle for retail

NOT ANY MORE!!!HAHA!!!

Angie M (not verified) says...

I think that you shouldn't base your career from some test on the internet. Sure, these tests are pretty accurate, but it isn't a telescope for the future. Don't let this test define you; or don't let anyone defne you at all. Yes, we are humans and subject to change, so the change in your MBTI is normal. At this age, you develop the most, you change the most. I'm 16 too. I have absolutely no idea what I want to do aswell, and I worry too, but let me tell you; your career is not something you find in a crevice or underneath a rock. It finds you. You won't even know it, but someday it'll be looking you straight in the eyes. My advice is just to be your normal self. Don't label yourself in some stereotype or act a certain way. Be as natural as possible, be your true self.  When you base your whole identity on labels, expectations, stereotypes, some trivial test on the internet, you will be unhappy. When you mature you develop your own morals and strengthen your beliefs. Your passion may change, but its not a problem!

J.S. (not verified) says...

It's okay to explore and change your mind.  Which suggested careers sound appealing to you?  What factors are most important to you?  Helping others, good salary, being creative, working alone or with others?  Talk with your high school counselor, your parents and friends to see other perspectives of your strengths.  It's natural to be uncertain when you are 16 and you will get to know yourself better as you grow.  All the best with your decisions!

Ana P. (not verified) says...

Hey I'm 16 too. Personally i do know what i want to do, and have plans and backup plans for those plans. But I also know that not everything goes according to the way we want it to, or think it will. As much as we wish it could. But that's the beauty about living, you don't know everything . And that might feel a bit uncomforting, but it's not that bad. What's worse, knowing everything in the world and eventually dying of boredome or keep on learning and live sponateously fun(or a mix of both too if you want)?. If you're in highschool, join some clubs to be honest, do things that interest you and pursuit things around those areas. There's art, food, culture, technology, books. A lot of things. Also, if you're still unsure about your personality type, i would suggest to do some research on the "cognitive functions". Each personality type has 4 functions, and there are 8 in total. They also have them in different orders. The ENFP's functions are, "NE (Extroverted iNtuition), FI (Introverted Feeling), TE (Extroverted Thinking), and SI (Introverted Sensing)". So yeah. There you go. And if you're still feeling unsure about your life journey, just make sure not to stress so much. Remember you're 16, we're still figuring ourselves out. "Figuring one' self is a journey. Life is what happens in between." - From a show on Netflix "Warrior Nun" (you should watch it :D)

Neggie (not verified) says...

I had the exact same issue when I was your age. Your still growing as a person and it's difficult to pin down exactly what you want later in life. But look at your hobbies, what are you known for in your group of friends? Are you the one who provides the snacks (I was that person and now I'm studying for check-kok). Or are you the one who plans the nights out (party planner maybe?) Just choose something you enjoy doing. Also I recommend talking with your guidance counselor or idk what's it called at school who helps you make a plan for the career you decide you want.

Kel Nicole (not verified) says...

 Wow! You fellow ENFPs are the answers to my prayers. Everyone in my life are either INFJ, like my mom and boyfriend or INTJ like my sister and best friend. They love me for who I am but I'm perplexing to them. They don't see what I see. Reading all these comments made me realize how many "me's" are out here feeling and thinking the way I do. I feel like I'm not alone. 

I am not going to take up too much of you guys time telling you my story because we all have the same common, we don't know what we want to do because we enjoy so many different things. But no matter what, we want our life to matter. We want to help other people. We can see how everything is connected to everything else. And we are not willing to sacrifice our authenticity or violate our core values. I would have to say go easy on yourself and give yourself time. Consider going to college just to gain knowledge and experience but maybe not necessarily a degree. That way you will learn more about yourself. So that when an opportunity does come around you'll have what you need to make the decision that is best for you. And that is something no one will ever be able to take away from you. So gain knowledge and opportunity will come. I hope everything works out for you. All of you for that matter. The world needs us more now than ever. People need us to be our authentic selves to show them the way. I love myself and I love you ENFP's too

Donna J Biggs (not verified) says...

Ditto, Kel! Beautifully stated as only one of us could. We are TRULY the light and joy and compassion so very needed at this time.

We all must keep Faith, hang Strong. Be the Change... Lordy, lol,been are ALL ABOUT Change.

You inspired me.

Lindsey98 (not verified) says...

Have you considered that maybe you were in a mood or mental state that is different than the other time you took the test, or that maybe your hormones are just changing? Being in an emotional high or emotional low could contribute to your test results being skewed. I point that out because an ISTJ and an ENFP are complete opposites in every way, and it seems unlikely that every aspect of your entire personality would change that much. My advice to you is not to panic about it too much, and to take some time to read over descriptions of each MBTI type, and think deeply about who you are and what types you seem to relate to most, and go from there. Maybe take the test again on a day that you really feel like your truest self. In regards to your profession, at 16, you don't have to have it all figured out, I promise! You are light years ahead of the game even thinking so seriously about it right now. Get to know yourself first, and the right profession for you will reveal itself through time, possibly even during or after college, if you decide to go that route. It is totally normal to feel the way you do right now, so don't stress too much about it!

Shalon Vazquez (not verified) says...

Not sure if you will read this, but after reading your comment I had to reply...

I am 43-  I am graduating with my Master's degree (MUCH later than most, I know LOL), and I had to take this test for my class in Human Resources. :)   I was JUST like you at 16 & yes, your preferences and personality will change over the years; however, there are similarities at the core of who you are and that will not really change too much.

My humble and VERY honest suggestion (what I WISH someone would have told me)-  act as a volunteer, shadow in different businesses, roles, etc., study what different careers do, meet with a career coach at your college (heck, go meet with several!), and get on LinkedIn and network with professionals that you can talk to about what they do (related to careers you would like to have).  You are young enough that all of that will help you narrow down what you actually want to pursue as an "adult".  

Trust me- while it has been enjoyable to work in all the industries that I have, and I have learned A LOT, you do not want to just randomly land into different jobs without a focus/purpose.  The competition in the market is fierce, and globalization is making the workforce more complex... you need to know "you", your passions, and then start early enough to become a subject matter expert (later in your career) in order to develop & succeed.

If you read this-  feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, I can help you with a multitude of resources that I have discovered along the way.  Best of luck!!

Biz Biz (not verified) says...

Hey,

I am a confused ENFP also albeit almost 22, not 16. How can I go about reaching you on LinkedIn? :)

 

Best,

B

MessyWessy (not verified) says...

Don't stress so much; it's not a horrible situation. You are discovering yourself. You have time to figure out what you want to do. Your passion could change. If you decide on going to college, then you can figure it out there. Decide what classes interest you, talk to other people, and definitely consider what type of life you want. I'm 18, and I don't have everything figured out. Originally, I wanted to be a fertility doctor or therapist, but I'm considering other options because I don't want to spend so much of my life in school, at work, and tired. I'm too passionate about having a family and enjoying life's adventures to take on such a time-consuming job. I may do something similar and less demanding, or I might go into business because I love people. I'm just doing prereqs right now, and I'm on track. Honestly, just think about what you want and form connections with people and learn about their similar interests. 

Just another person (not verified) says...

Hey! This is a typical ENFP trait. Don't worry you're still so young. Go with your interests now - the things you study won't hold you back! If your interests change in the future, so what? You're more than capable of achieving your dreams, don't you worry. 

bx3r1 says...

Being somewhat naive and uneducated,  I'm amazed that I needed to answer (obviously well crafted) questions to acknowledge who I am. Didn't I know? I must have if the results are determined by my input. I guess it's good to articulate my traits as long as I don't let that definition define or limit my freedom to be who I am. I would be interested any thoughts on what the real value of this objective view of my subjective life is. :)

john says...

it's hard define exctaly who we are ,we always evolveing ,but consider it some bit of usefull information on pattrens we may have,when you know a pattren you can then get over it,in the intense life we all live it's impossible to track all pattrens as we have tasks and dutys to do,everyone has glitchs and flaws but when you aware of them can get over them and go on evolveing,i wouldn't suggest you limit yourself but just take usefull information that ring true to you and use it,ultimately speaking from my cause i am not just a pure infp and enfp i am mixed (atleast that what the test say),but we always can change if we really wish it's not set in stone that the essence of meaning of spiritual evolution always grow always make something better of yourself.

r2d2pt2 (not verified) says...

brilliant questions. love the sarcasm. nice answer as well.

KSMARTIN (not verified) says...

Hi there! Today, I help students get into college and I find that this tool really helps students put words to what they "might" know down deep. Some people are born with a gift of strong self-awareness, others, like myself, had a longer road than most in harnessing my natural abilities. Does a young person always know they are analytical? Do they understand why they love to question and debate (everything). Does a person who doesn't think of themselves as "artistic" consider themselves creative? Do they know that they have the ability to "think out of the box" or are excellent problem solvers? I certainly didn't before my first job in a bank (that thankfully tested me!) In college I began to study computer science, then moved quickly to accounting because I liked math (and my mother was an accountant). After a year I thought it unexcitinng and frankly, despite straight A's, I didn't think I was great at it. You see, I have a hard time seeing details. I changed to marketing thinking it would be a better fit to my extraversion and people skills. Passionate for literature, art and music, I studied comparitive literature as an elective and ended up double majoring (which by the way requires analytical skills to understand economic/cultural/social influences on art). I ended up being a financial/market analysist and vdirector of strategic planning for a major multinational. Being an ENTP, I'm a big picture person to the extreme who has a significant skills in seeing trends, relationships, and behaviors.  I've also been a successful entrepreneur (ideas!). Also, if you read the details of your personality,  it may help you understand why you don't get along with certain people or maybe understand the best way to learn (not everyone is great in a classroom). Self-reflection and self-awareness provides a better understanding of your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and driving factors. Socrates said "The unexamined life is not worth living". Well, maybe a life not lived as well or as fully. 

embracelife (not verified) says...

I'm a sophomore in college but left halfway through fall semester and took spring semester off because I didn't really know what I was doing there. You are supposed to declare a major sophomore year after taking classes in a variety of fields freshman year. I know I need to be doing something creative, but I also grew up poor and am very afraid of not making any money in the arts so that ruled out Acting, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Architecture, Art History, Music, and Fine Arts, all things I was interested in. I was thinking of doing Computer Science because it has the creative problem solving I like and I'm good at it, but tech is known to be a sexist field. I also have problems with authority, so I had a hard time going to office hours or asking for help in CompSci classes so I did pretty badly. I also didn't want to put the effort into it if I knew that it wasn't my long term goal which I now realize was stupid. My other idea was going into Filmmaking but my problem there is that I'm afraid to give it a shot because I want to do it so much. Okay I know that sounds dumb but if I put everything into it and I end up being bad at it, I don't know if I'll be able to recover from that. It feels like everything in my life has lead me to Filmmaking as a career but successful female directors are rare and I don't want whatever I do to just seem like a bad high school movie project. More than anything I'm afraid that any film I make will be cringy which I guess is the hallmark of any first film, but with my crazy anxiety and perfectionism, anything less that an award winning first film will feel like too big of a failure to come back from which is obviously impossible. A few months ago I also thought Game Design/Programming was what I was Meant to do, but I took a few classes and hated them. I guess I am setting impossible standards for myself then not even trying to reach them because I can see how impossible it would be to reach them. For example, I also pondered taking the LSAT and becoming a lawyer, but as someone who did zero studying for the SAT and ACT, I know that I wouldn't study and would therefore not get a perfect score, and what would even be the point of going to law school if I wasn't going to the best law school, so instead I gave up that dream to avoid that inevitable failure. I see myself in the absract as someone destined for greatness but in the very real present as someone who can't accomplish the simplest of tasks so my delusions of grandeur immediately fall apart. So of course the perfect people to help are the people in the ENFP Careers comments, not a therapist or anything. 

Tk (not verified) says...

Your just like me everything your going through i am to. However i encourage us to take the leap and many more until the ground finds us .👍

eRiK with a k (not verified) says...

Hello!

I recognize myself in your description of being a "jack of all trades" or having "many dreams"; you feel that you could do so good in so many fields, but at the same time I /you(?) don't know if I have the patience/ endurance to stick with that "dream".

I am currently studying to a PE teacher for years 6-12 combined with "after- school teacher" (don't know what it's called in english), and I feel that this is going to be a good base to stand on and start from. I am currently 23 yrs old and I have time to study to "more important" things later, eg. something for the climate or city planning later, at least that is what I tell myself. I want to do something that makes a difference and I know I will do that as a teacher as well, but one part of me (or my ego?) wants to "save the world" by helping the climate or our survival on this planet. Also if i "get stuck" working as a teacher, I  know I will probably thrive on the workplace anyway, but a small part of me knows I'm always going to be a restless soul unless I find "my true passion" so yeah I hope I will find that but for now I play it safe and go for the teacher job.

I have worked as a "home nurse", or whatever it's called in english. I can highly recommend doing that, or some volouteer work because helping people makes you feel good but still, you got to ponder if it's what you want, or if it just makes you feel good and is an extra job when you study to "something you want". 

In one way I am concerned that I don't know what to do in life, but in another way I am very confident that EVERYTHING in life is good experience and we will wind up were we are supposed to be as long as we keep asking ourselves what we want to do and keep doing what we like and feel good doing and also taking care of our bodies, mental health and friends/ family.

It's really delighting reading all comments here because I realize that I'm not alone with my "issues" of not knowing what to do. ENFP's go go go.

Alan Barber (not verified) says...

WOW - sounds so much like me in my early college days.  I wanted something creative out of HS but also had advanced HS classes in Math/Science.  I started out in Architecture but ended up obtaining a BFA in Studio Ceramics (Texas Tech, 1969) after a detour to a few schools in NorCal.  The fact is, don't worry about the money, just find a way to pursue whatever you settle on, your highest passion at the time.  In fact, your passions and interests over time will change and MANY creative people have multiple careers in their lives.  It is never too late to change careers!  I became interested in film 1988/99 and began to study that.  I have made one film since (Six Man, Texas, 2008) and now work with Austin Film Festival as a Script Competition Reader (volunteer).  I also have a writing partner and am working on four scripts that I plan to find a way to Produce.  Every road you take is rocky, so do not worry about the downside, focus on what you want and keep your eyes on the upside potential of what you are passionate about.  You are young, you have time.  I am now 75, have survived a stroke and cancer and spend 75% of my time immersed in film projects of some kind.  You have time - and no excuse to not GO FOR IT!!! Do what you really want and when you are 75 you will be glad you did.  And, if you are still in your early years of college, go to Film School, I wish I had gone there.

EWebbe (not verified) says...

embracelife, I am in the middle of a project and came upon your post. It struck me that you are so affected by stereotyping that your lack of confidence seems like Pygmalion Effect. You will likely not succeed if you are always reminding yourself that "people" say someone like you will not do well. I would suggest starting with Jordan B Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life (the audio version is free on Youtube). If you truly want to embrace life like your name implies, then you should embrace your strengths and weaknesses, be brave, be bold, and do something of value.

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