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How do ENFPs communicate?

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.

What are ENFPs like as partners?

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.

What are ENFPs like 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.

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.

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lauren says...

 From what I’ve read, if it drains you to be around people, then you are technically an introvert. With that said, as ENFP, when I am in an environment with people who are not like minded or open minded for that matter, I feel very disinterested. But it does not drain me  necessarily. I just want to escape so that I can focus on more interesting ideas. 

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

Finally! Someone put it into words!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

You are Divergent.

Dr Heime Schwartzbaum (not verified) says...

This is not how the system of MBTI works. I am an MBTI Certified trainer. Please stop the armchair psychology and leave it to the pros. We all use ALL of the aspects of personality. It is a simple matter of preference- think of right vs left-handedness. You can use your left hand to write if you are right-handed, but why would you?

The Champion (not verified) says...

You may be an MBTI certified trainer, but you don't understand ENFPs. NO ONE tells us what to do ;)

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...

Here my profile

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 ;)

smroudabush18 says...

and i am energetic to;) but when im alone i just get something to drink, ly on my couch and close my eyes and listen to music and just relax and be in my world. and when im at school or texting i make sure the person im talking to is in a good mood. im the type of guy that i listen to peoples problems and help them out. i will also protect anyone that needs protecting. but i cant find that one person i can be happy with. i hope all of u guys and girls have a good day and pass on the happyness:) my name is shawn

Guest (not verified) says...

The ENFP is exactly like me but some parts of it are not i feel like i really relate to ENFP i just figerd t who i really am and i have some options for what i want to be when im older i am glad my teacher and my counciler actcuall y metioned this to me and some of my jobs it mentoined i have thought about over the years i know i am an ENFP because i like to write as you can see i will tell all my friends about this website to see what they really are there is another sign that i am an ENFP i love to motivate others and help them but i do not like chores or sceduals i will spread the word about this website and thank you site and teacher and counsiler i am funny too!

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you.

phanderson says...

This was a really useful test - and I have to think about whether I am an ENFP or an INFP. (Maybe that means I am really an INFP!) Anyway, I going to do some re reading and figure it out. I really enjoyed this, and it is really useful to me. Thank you!

wampirek1805 says...

Gush, guys I ve got the same on my mind. ENFP or INFP? I certainly used to be an INFP when younger. Do not you have the experience this was all because we were kina shy but longing for people badly? So we needed to do some introversion to come up with the conclusions(using our second function) so that the first one could flourish? However, I have some doubts, I enjoyed introverting:) Now, I do it too, but I am now having a very strong need for talking, expressing and lots of enthusiasm. Another theory- I was an unhappy ENFP who has become a happy one. :):):) Anyway, I am so glad you all feel the same:):) By the way, do you prefer extraverts aor introverts as partners? What is your ideal? (mine, I guess an ENFJ or ENFP:) They are sweet- e.g. my brother:)

Ashely (not verified) says...

Hey wampirek1805, I experienced the same development as I was borderline INFP/ENFP four years ago when I first took this test, now I am without a doubt an ENFP. Us ENFPs are one of the rare type of extraverts who actually enjoy and need our alone time everyone now and then. This allows us to get back in touch with our most inner selves that we are always trying to understand and connect with! I definitely love interacting with others and enjoy to have my social time as well. Expressing my love and enthusiasm for others is always a must. My experience dating other personality types I have found that introverts are who I felt I connected the best with! INFPs are one of my favorite personality/relationships types, I dated one and even though we have decided to just remain friends this person is honestly one of my best friends still to this day! We always had the most self building and soulful conversations. The person I have been with now is actually an INTJ, to my surprise actually is very compatible with me!! But that is just my experience lol Thank you for sharing yours!! :)

Guest (not verified) says...

I don't think that you can actually be characterized by four little letters. I think that yes you can identify with them but that does not mean you are the description. I got enfp but I don't think that it actually defines who I am. I think it does represent some parts of me but others not at all. I liked looking at what it said and will take it into some consideration but all in all I don't think that this defines me as a person an it will not shape who I turn into because I will just end up being myself and no two people have the same exact personality. They may be similar but they are not exactly the same which is why I think that four letters can not define you a a person.

LSGuest (not verified) says...

No, they never will define you exactly with ANY other person. The reason being that within each of the sixteen personality types there are probably, I'm guessing, sixteen different types! Depends on where and how you're raised, education, etc., etc..... also depends on where you fall on the continuum with each of the four letters: borderline E and I; extreme N to somebody else's extreme J; etc., etc. Yes, we are in one of the four same temperaments (NF, NT, SJ, SP)with many others, each of us, and also within that temperament are in one of the four personality types (e.g., ENFP, ENFJ, INTP, INTJ), but, again, all to varying degrees in many different aspects, and on many different levels. With this in mind, we can all relate to one a little more, or fully more, than to others....and in taking the test initially, it is best to think about our earliest memories of who we were--what we were like on as many different fronts as possibly available, upon pondering, to our memories.

Guest (not verified) says...

I honestly liked my results! :)

LSGuest (not verified) says...

Correction: meant to type IN(F)P, and IN(F)J.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hehe

Guest (not verified) says...

hehe

Guest (not verified) says...

I love being an ENFP! It kinda explains how I work, especially the part about guarded deep emotions. Sometimes I feel as if my emotions spill over, keeping them in check for so long. The only thing is, I don't think me and my fellow ENFPs like being called "moderately common." ;)

katana (not verified) says...

Agreed! Especially about the "moderately common." Being and ENFP feels so one-of-a-kind. I especially related to the artistic side of things (writer, musician) and the love ENFP's have for people. The only thing that racks my brain is that my brother is a Commander so we tend to butt heads hen it comes to teamwork because he sees problems first, then people (not that he doesn't see the people) whereas I am the extreme opposite and always see people first, then problems (not that I don't see the problems)... so frustrating!
But yeah, being an ENFP is awesome. CHAMPIONS UNITE!

JustinT (not verified) says...

Yeah I definitely do not want to be called "Moderately Common." The only thing that would be exciting about that is that there are other like me! I agree that it feels good to be special as an ENFP; might feel a little alone if we were only 1%. Nonetheless, I am a total people person and love talking and socializing. I am a party person too and love having a good time. I also consider myself somewhat of a hippy. I tend to say that in another life I must have been a hippy haha. Seems to fit into this free-spirited personality type.

Guest (not verified) says...

Ha that's funny, I'm an ENFP and my friends call me a hippie all the time!

Guest (not verified) says...

Pretty impressive this describes me exactly and was written in such a way that makes me feel special for spending $20. thanks I needed that.

ENTFP (not verified) says...

Um..if you have to spend $20 in order to feel special than you clearly are not very special. The only justifiable reason to spend money on information pertaining to this subject would be to better understand yourself, not so you can feel "special". You could have saved yourself a lot of money by instead buying yourself a nice balloon, ice cream cone, or a big gold sticker. Of course, I guess one of the core differences between ENTP and ENFP is that the ENTP is more likely to use logical, rational thought in order to make a decision whereas the ENFP is more likely to base a decision around the hope of "feeling special". I think I will now start referring to my personality type as ENTfP rather than ENTFP, as I feel this more accurately describes me. It has now been downgraded to a lowercase "f". ALSO, there should be 64 personality types instead of 16. There should be 5 letter personality types for those who fluctuate between two different letters on one, and only one, of the four areas of the personality. Multiplying to find the new amount of possible variations given this new rule would give 16 multiplied by 4, thus yielding 64 potential personality types. If you have discrepancies between the letters on more than one of the four areas, you might have like multiple personalities or something. If you cannot identify yourself with one of 64 different possible personality types, then you are type 65: "The Misfit". There should be 65 personality types instead of 16. I have spoken. I leave you with this decoration:

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Guest (not verified) says...

someone wasn't happy with their personality type

heath14 (not verified) says...

Who are you to judge another's feelings? Your way of feeling or thinking is different - not better or worse. Isn't that the point of this test? To gain a better understanding of ourselves AND those who are not like us - thus providing more room for understanding and growth? Grow up and stop putting people down because they are not you.

Diyel (not verified) says...

As an ENFP which is a borderline ENTP, I agree.

lavenderlush says...

I read somewhere that ENFPs need a healthy amount of alone time. I bet this is why many ENFPs flip flop between the "I" and the "E".

https://thephilosophicalboy.wordpress.com/tag/enfp/

Guest (not verified) says...

That...uhh makes alot of sense to me in a funny way, b/c tests keep telling me I'm ENFP, but I love my alone time more than being with people, but if I see someone in trouble or something, I can't contain myself or ignore the situation at hand, and try to read that person, sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong, but I find out the more time I have to study myself and find "myself" I tend to come to be better at reading people and handling situations better.

Aria lorane (not verified) says...

I am the exact same way. I almost always like being with people, except of course when I am trying to find/analyze myself and others or a situation!

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a single 50 year old single female INFJ trying to engage an 52 year old male ENFP who's been through a divorce and is a cancer survivor. Can anyone suggest how I can entice him out of the darkness? I feel deeply connected to him and refuse to stop trying.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yup, lingerie and wild sex. The promise of novelty and the pursuit of pleasure. Works for me every time.

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