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ENFPs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ENFP's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ENFP as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ENFP may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ENFPs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ENFPs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ENFP initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ENFP, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ENFP's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ENFP's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

ENFPs in Love

In relationships, the ENFP is warm, encouraging, and emotionally engaged. ENFPs connect with others by sharing their feelings and experiences. They are expressive with their mates and want their mates to share openly with them.

ENFPs place great importance on personal development; they encourage their mates to pursue their dreams and want the same encouragement back. They are accepting of their partners as individuals and are unlikely to pressure their partners into being or doing anything in particular. On the rare occasion that they object to a mate's behavior, it's likely to be because their values have been violated.

Although they are quite sensitive, ENFPs can be guarded when it comes to their deepest feelings. They dislike conflict and are likely to withdraw rather than engage in a difficult discussion. ENFPs are flexible and supportive, and would rather find a way to connect than butt heads. They are creative problem-solvers, and can often come up with original ways to compromise.

ENFPs can sometimes be unpredictable, as they follow their inspiration wherever it leads. They can seem unreliable, although they are usually very responsive when a partner is emotionally in need. The ideal mate for an ENFP supports their creativity and caring for others, and expresses appreciation for the ENFP's unique qualities openly and often.

ENFPs as Parents

As parents, ENFPs are creative and devoted. They enjoy creating new experiences for their families and want to inspire their children to grow as individuals. Although they can be very passionate in their ideas about correct behavior, they are not often strong disciplinarians; they value close relationships above all else and may avoid discipline for fear that it will distance them from their children.

ENFPs deeply value their role as parents. However, they tire quickly when subjected to mundane chores and demands from their children. They get the most joy out of parenting when they are connecting emotionally with their children and joining them to explore possibilities for the future.

ENFP Communication Style

ENFPs are enthusiastic, collaborative communicators who love exploring possibilites for people. They often enjoy getting to know other people and understanding what inspires them, and they are insightful about solutions to personal problems. Highly empathic, the ENFP can find something to identify with in almost every person they meet, and enjoys encouraging other people to develop and grow. ENFPs are typically optimistic and like to talk about opportunities for the future, motivating others to join them in their vision.

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Curtis (not verified) says...

I agree with this, and with that as a fellow enfp with autism i respect the peace for enfps and how they work... huh, i just realized how rare autistic enfps are bc male enfos are only 8% and one in every 42 men are autistic. I also wonder how i work differently than normal enfps plus, im an aquarius 

Joe Rogogo (not verified) says...

I do get fed up of comments about the ENFP which make us appear to be inconsistent, distractive or scatty  airheads. Nothing could be further from the truth and I am sure it's the jealousy of the other types who do not have the range of vision and creativity, or the capability we have of turning our hands skilfully to anything we can dream is possible. We have confidence, charisma and foresight. We are exceptional at making people feel comfortable (even the stuffy, overly suspicious types who can drive us bananas). We are exceptional at language(s) including body language and nuance which makes us good comedians (observers and comic timing) . 

Contrary to some comments from other MBTI types (and you can tell I am re-setting the scoreboard here) we can indeed have huge persistance once committed or passionate to an idea. We can be in for the longhaul AND we finish what we start if it's our project, but we do it in a sporadic, haphazard way, which is how creativity works. BUT, what we find utterly boring is the process, the details, the interminable steps you need to arrive at the grand vision. We can invent anything but we might lack the scientific/practical mindset to put it into effect quickly enough for our kaleidoscopic minds. That's when defeat or boredom sets in. Not that we would call a wasted project "defeat," but rather "disappointment" that nobody else could see what a winning opportunity has gone by.  We see the future - what could be - and we want to bring it to humanity now. 

Let's take an example such as film making, or screen writing, one of the best mediums for ENFPs. We just want to see our vision translated on screen and find the unnecessary obstacles of the money men, financiers and intermediary agents a nightmare to deal with. "Why can't the actor see the screenplay? Who are you to decide for them?  Where's your enthusiam and passion? What do you mean it's far-fetched: it's the future genre! What excel spreadsheet figures? No, of course I don't know what the returns will be.Why is all this taking so long?"  You see, we've seen the big picture and the small detailed steps are infuriating. Maybe it is this that other types see as scattered behaviour, because we want to try everything; to travel everywhere, to understand the connections. So we believe that life should encompass being an aerial trapeze artist, a flight attendant, a comic book artist, a singer or actor in a grand movie, an interpreter with the UN, a skydiver or parkour runner., a teacher of philosophy, or a dare-devil horseback rider. Everything needs to be an adventure and there's not enough time in this lifetime to do it all. More like several lives at once.

What stops us? One of the major things an ENFP hates is rules. A new game is discovered and then, all of a sudden, the rule merchants want to create rules and regulations of play; you can't become proficient if you haven't studied or practiced and have not been awarded a piece of paper which tells you you've been certfied as competent. (Try telling that to famous golfers or comedians who try new things and are recognised as such because they broke the rule books that the scared and insecure types have created.) What's spontaneous about any of that?  Chaos reigns in the ENFP head because we believe chaos is how the Universe operates in a splendidly creative order. There that;s off my chest and  I rambling on like an ENFP...?.......Ok, who wants to go surfing?

Colleen Noelle (not verified) says...

That was perfectly stated! At first i wanted to argue with you when you said we're not scattered, cause Lord knows it looks as such! You brought a little bit of clarity to this with your rant and i couldn't thank you enough!

Olivia Romao (not verified) says...

Fantastic Description!!! I totally resonate.

Mike D (not verified) says...

As a fellow ENFP, I approve this message! Hit it right on the head my brother!

Waynee (not verified) says...

I suffer from drug/alcohol addcition and depression/bi-polar/anxiety. I tried to kill myself by jumping from my 4-story apartment window one year ago. I broke my spine and a bunch of other shit and I've spent the last year of my life getting sober and learning how to walk again. I now walk with a cane. I wonder if this has anything to do with my personality type? Any other ENFP struggle with the same things? LMK. I'm smiling today. I'm happy to be alive.

Biopicnina (not verified) says...

Enfp. Bipolar. Anxeity, selfharm, panic attacs, flashbacks from trauma.. uuumm. I think thats about it. I really dont think our meyers brigg personality has much to do with our illness. How we express and cope with it sure, but it is an illness. Like diabetes it's something that just happens, out of our control. What was the point with this? Wait, I think I already made it. Man my head is a mess today. Glad you're feeling better. Dont give up.

Adrenaline Junkee (not verified) says...

Yep.  I was in the army and changed jobs several times before getting into the Special Forces.  Got out climbed towers and then went to university studying counseling where I then became a heroin addict for two years, almost topped myself.  Been clean for six months and now working with horses.  Life is good. 

I'm hearing you mate...

James W (not verified) says...

I am a part of several ENFP groups (because if we don't socialize I'm pretty sure we'd melt) and mental health, or the ailments affecting such, is a common topic and thread. Myself absolutely included.

I cannot objectively say if we're more liable to have depression or develop bipolar or suicidal tendencies, but I think we just FEEL it more. We're a very intense type, in all walks, and it manifests in those dire moments.

You're not alone, I'm not alone, and we're both smiling. It's kind of cool in a messed up way. 

Antoine (not verified) says...

Hey Waynee,   My name is Antoine, and I an a ENFP as well. I too, have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.

 

Louise L (not verified) says...

I found friends are extremely important to an ENFP. Because you rely on friends' energy a lot, you need to be careful with what influence they bring to you. Choose them wisely. Caring too much about what other people think of you could make you feel miserable. Best wishes!

Cindi (not verified) says...

I've never felt more attacked and understood in my life LOL I work in communications, am attending school to finish my bachelor in communications, and am a published children's book author. I would imagine the main charachter in my Jellibean Adventure series is an ENFP as well. I positively love connecting with people. I especially love to sit and listen to stories from elders in our community. 

Jesus (not verified) says...

since i'm a kid and an just wondering about what I am most of this stuff I can agree with except the "not caring about details part" because we sure do pay attention to things and people that care about

Trish98 (not verified) says...

I am actually very detailed oriented and I do like to keep things realistic. I don't like to focus on the terrible all the time though I mean who does? 
Found it strange that those traits are those of an ENFP (not focused on details/not wanting to discuss the harsh things in reality)

Gerrie (not verified) says...

Are you only about details, because an ENFP can be about details in specific situations, being eager to learn and explore and be fair. Just not on everything and always. You can also be realistic more so if you developed your rational and sensing talents. You don't always only have to about dreams, you can also very much be about achieving dreams, I wouldn't call it goals though :)

Danie S (not verified) says...

I agree. Retake the test. I am exactly all the above. I relate to 95% of this. And I am thrilled to have found it. I always thought of myself as flighty, cant concentrate for long periods. I always want to help my office partners work toward their goals...I'm impressed. This is the only test that sounds like me.

Jesus (not verified) says...

personally we ( if you are an enfp if your not then ok fine by me) very detailed with things that we love do to do or people that we love

 

Sieuzy (not verified) says...

Hi. 

I would reccomend taking the test again maybe off a different site like 16 Personalities to see what you come up with. For example your E could move to I and or P move to J .  Also  ask yourself when you took the test, was it at work or school or home where ypu took it and who was with you. Sometimes outside influences can change your mood and change your answer in the moment. Remember  this is just a general descriptor and you are you, a unique  individual unlike no other. 🌞

The Rodent (not verified) says...

A Tom Delonge type.

broski (not verified) says...

pretty accurate

RoxC (not verified) says...

My outey is an iney also 😂

LauraP (not verified) says...

This sounds like me

jamya mills (not verified) says...

wow we both have something alike twinnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call me V (not verified) says...

I am in constant concern that my ENFP personality is going to either paralyze my body, or maybe possibly kill me at some point. I work at 2 gas stations, and I always put to much strain on my body and mind. I call it a 'save the world complex'. I have a bad tendency to do anything/everything I can to help everyone with everything. Even if I am screaming with pain throughout my body from overworking it on multiple days with no rest because my mind refuses to stop trying to solve the world's problems. Always researching and finding new ways to perform every task possible. Always volunteering my services and information I've aquired. I don't get paid for all the extra hours of back breaking labor I put in at my job, other than what I'm scheduled, and I rarely ever charge a dime for my labor/effort. Only thing that would be charged is if I needed to aquire a part or tool that I don't have the materials on hand to make/build from scratch. Even after a house fire that took everything I owned including my vehicle, and put me on the street! I always have to be reminded that I need to eat, constantly, until I do or someone physically puts food in my mouth. And the worst part of it all is I do it all with a smile on my face that is genuine, when I can put a smile on someone else's; but there is also tears of sorrow for neglecting my well being at the same time. People tell me the world needs more people like me, I say No! I need to be better to myself for that statement to be true...., now let me plug the hole in your tire so I know you make it home safe, because after my 18 hr shift I just finished working non-stop, I won't be able to sleep until you call me when you get home and let me know you made it there safely; Stranger that I just happened to have noticed needing more coins for the air machine after 2 attempts of filling 1 tire with air. If it pops it may kill you just for being near it. 

Denise1124 (not verified) says...

Yes, me too. It has been a life long struggle because I care so very much. I suspect self love and self care are the solution. How can I love myself as much as I love the world because I am every bit as precious and deserve that love and attention. 

Lemonlime (not verified) says...

Wow! That is how my mind works for sure. So tricky to find maintainable balance. I know I have to figure some way to put boundaries around self maintenance so I can model it for my kids. I can see they don't know how to do it because they haven't seen it. What does it look like! Awwwwww

Gavin says...

thats nice

Diana D. (not verified) says...

omg yes.  Everything about this is 100%

WalkSong (not verified) says...

Being good at a lot of things makes it easy to connect with people... on what THEY are interested in, but it is easy to get bored, so we move on. Because we are good at a lot of things, there are not that many people who can get close to us because they may only share one interest with us. We tend to not let people know everything about us because we cannot connect on multiple levels, like we might want to do.

Sometimes it makes me feel like that character in The Pretender, that tv show Michael T. Weiss was in. I do not fall in love easily because of this.

Tiggy says...

This is a good Myers-Briggs type test. I'm not as enthusiastic as most ENFPs I know and quite the opposite of fickle. I used to go to a pub meeting where ENFPs predominated, but I felt they lacked depth and didn't really relate to them. They were a bit too frothy for me. Maybe it's my extremely low S score. Someone needs to explore these things. I guess I'll have to pay for the full report, but it's a lot of money for me. 

T. O'Neal (not verified) says...

Having taken this test on more than one occassion,  I am confident that the ENFP personality is me.  They say we have an imagination.....IDK....I'm an animaotor and character designer and sometimes a creator of worlds so maybe a little creative....I do know that all ENFP people need some down time after being in lager groups....the sensory input can be both invigorating and overwhelming...in both cases, somewhat tiring.  For those that seem to be undetermined, take the test again when you are not distracted (I know, not easy) I'm sure you will find your exact place and if it truly is here...WELCOME.

joe23423 (not verified) says...

modern pseudo science astrology, its amazing with a degree what B.S/ you are allowed to get away with.

Jesus (not verified) says...

okman don't be sound sohappy about it

look || kool (not verified) says...

yo dood u say spammers will be fried but there r so many spammers here

Nadu (not verified) says...

I have a degree in Fashion Design, been a photographer, videographer, I currently do web design and currently working on my first novel. This is rediculously spot on.

Akata Hatari (not verified) says...

 Plus, being such a great story teller and listener, people find me entertaining.  I enjoy being around people,

but eventually I have to get away from them.

Smoking a cigarette was an easy reprieve.   The older I get, it becomes easier and more pleasurable,

being alone. 

BillyBob69 (not verified) says...

Pretty sure most of the ENFP traits I have are down to my ADHD rather than my personality, any more ADHDers here?

Omixochitl (not verified) says...

Hells, yeah!!!

Jesus (not verified) says...

MEEEE!!!!!!

Lemonlime (not verified) says...

Every strength has its weekness. You get to choose how you want to define it. I've been diagnosed with ADHD. As a therapist I could align all the diagnosis that are most common for each temperament type. ADHD is common for idealists. However, I prefer to identify with the strengths and then work to balance being extreme. It has helped me to learn from the temperaments opposite of me. But I still choose to identify with having qualities that are valuable that I bring to the table as well. Strengths can be a weakness if not in check. For example: those passionate Artisans are often diagnosed with some type of mood dysregulation disorder because they need to learn how to regulate those passionate emotions and especially to have a creative way of regularly expressing their emotions in a sensory way. However, Artisans are the best at living in the moment and can do well to help idealists see what self care looks like and come back from living in the dreams of the future for the mindful enjoyment of now. If I was on the DSM team for diagnosis I would rewrite it from a strengths based perspective and the I dentify diagnosis first as their strength dealing with a particular issue. Such as: ENFP dealing with past trauma with dissasociative effects.... Any way. Soap box of my life. What we call distracted in Italy would be called passionate, or creative. Identify with what resonates with you, identify issues and problem solve for solutions, but don't throw out what the strengths are from having the excellent tools you have as well. 

GUY NOLET (not verified) says...

OH BIG TIME!!! but I think that my ADHD just seems to exemplify it. as somebody who is medicated, I notice that I am as much of an enfp while on the medication as I am when I'm off it

Embem28 (not verified) says...

Woo! Hello, fellow ADHDer! I have been trying to find a career that would work with my ADHD... after 2 masters degrees I'm still not happy and I think I've really gone the wrong direction! If anyone wants to know about Landscape Architecture and Planning/ Urban design let me know. However, I don't think that these are appropriate jobs for this personality type unless you stick with it for 10+ years and reach a position where you are allowed to actually be creative. You spend years being a minion focusing on the extreme dull details and are desk based. When they tell you about the career they don't tell you that. Hence my current problem! 

T. O'Neal (not verified) says...

Actually my friend, it is the other way around....Your ENFP qualities/traits could very well be the cause of your ADHD...think about it, it makes perfect sense.  ENFP personalities tend to be spontaneous, also lacking in self motivation and focus and change our direction at the drop of a hat.....sound familiar.????

Bianca keet (not verified) says...

Hi 

I have the campaigner personality and would love to buy a book to read up more about it and it should have activities that I can complete to better myself or learn more about myself. I want a physical book that I can hold in my hands not a download... Can someone help me to suggest where I can find a book?

T. O'Neal (not verified) says...

Perhaps this will meet your needs, it did mine.  https://www.16personalities.com/academy/campaigner

Alaa (not verified) says...

I really love being in social events but I don't like to feel obligated I want to have freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want, when I feel that someone or something is about to control my life I must stay alone to recharge or I will be depressed.

Hopeful Jen (not verified) says...

I'm almost 100% sure I'm an enfp, as I've been very interested in trying to understand why I am the way I am (very much a people person, love/need to be around others, but only when I feel like it and am very much an individual and value my self reflection time alone) and have taken the test multiple times always getting either enfp, esfp or infp. Im 19 and although I have my whole life ahead of me, I am constantly burdened by the fear of not amounting to what I'm meant to do or achieving my full potential. I don't want to look back on my life and have a bunch of regrets or shoulda, coulda, woulda's. I'm wondering what my fellow enfp's do for a living because I'm having the worst time trying to find what a fun, enjoyable, financially stable career would be for me. I'm in college and am a Bio major and dance minor and literally have no idea what I'm doing. Please send help lol 

Me, myself, and I (not verified) says...

I am an Infj, and i just wanted to say hello. I found out I was tonight. I decided to check out what an Enfp is like, because I read that an Enfp would be a good idea for an Infj to marry. I agree.  I'm pretty sure i have a crush on one already. She's beautiful, spontaneous, and cheery.

Jesus (not verified) says...

hope that goes well man.

 

sknp (not verified) says...

Hi, according to the test I am ENFP-T. I am an undergratuate student in computing and information systems. So I am currently at internship as a Software Engineer. My supervisor at the office directly told me that I am not suitable for this job and I don't have passion on that. Truely I have lost my mortivation since I started working, so my productivity is so less. I don't know what should I do now. Even I do change my career , is their are suitable jobs for my degree as well as my passion?

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