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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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victoriae (not verified) says...

We took the Myers Briggs test my freshman year in high school and I got ENFP, 5 years later and I'm still an ENFP.

Guest (not verified) says...

i gave the personality test 2 times and i came enfp... with 51% of "p" so i think sometimes i am enfj. but i dont think i am extrovert everytime. actually when i am new to some place i feel like i am an "i".i am confused!

k.hatton says...

I totally agree with all of this information. ENFP personality explains me to a TEE. I seem to find that many people think we are open books that let everything out, which is definitely NOT the case. Most ENFPS can agree when i say this, we are a lot deeper than we look/act. We read between the lines, find all possibilities, and don't forget, we don't just have one perspective. we pretty much have all the point of views you can imagine, and we are most likely not BIASED, because others opinions probably took as long to create as our own, so we take yours into consideration. No, we do not blab about everything we think about. Due to our introverted side, we are naturally some-what intoverted thinkers, and we don't usually say things we are thinking outloud, unless the other person will take value from it. We usually stick to things a lot longer than others observe.
Yes, we are Out-going, Original, Caring, Social, happy-go-lucky people. Due to this we are excellent socializers. Most of the time while we are talking to you, we try to spark up a personal topic, of course, we are still capable to be crazy weirdos in conversations, but we prefer talking 1 on 1 and getting personal, talking about your goals, past, and opinions.
One of the things that people seem to confuse is our emotional IQ, yes, things do trouble us, but being ranked highest on the statistics for "Emotional IQ" (How we deal with problems) people tend to think that we don't really care, when in reality, we are some of the most sensitive people in the world, but yet again, due to our introverted side, along with our high EQ we tend to figure things out a lot faster than people on an emotional level.

Princess Bubblegum (not verified) says...

HAHAHAHA I am really mistaken in my first attempt to know me, first I was an ENFJ I dunno whats with it but it doesn't seem to be me then I took the test again with a clear mind. So there! [ENFP] suddenly everything made sense more than ever.

Hemen (not verified) says...

Guide/Help me please,
I am a mechanical engineering student, its my last year of graduation. Im an average in the results, i know im not the perfect or best at engineerig, but i ain't also the worse, average, neither bad nor that good. Till now,i didn't know of my personality traits and what im good at, but after reading this i just got a little counsel ,for myself. But the problem is that, now i fear that i wont fail at engineering jobs since, less possibilities are shown for us in engg. And im scared i wont do good as a mech engineer, because i want to have a good career and bright future ahead.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was always told I was an ENTP, and the first time I took the test, that's what I got. But then, after taking it again (and many different ones) I got ENFP every time! I read it and kept saying "this is so me it's creepy!"

Apier (not verified) says...

I am very artistic by nature so it's no surprise to me that I'm an ENFP

Amy V. Johnson (not verified) says...

This is very accurate of me. It really describes me very well and hit the nail on the head in several important areas all around.

Nei (not verified) says...

Its funny how accurate this is and it still continues to shock me because of how the references in the career field suit my best interests.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, finally, I discovered I'm an introverted extrovert!! I've always been so confused by my ability to connect easily with almost anyone, but my desperate need to spend lots of time alone. Lots of people here have noticed that they're excited about making plans but can't get excited on the day - SNAP!! Thanks everyone for making me feel normal

heyworlds (not verified) says...

I'm an INFJ and you are my favorite type truly if I was to write a novel , I will chose the hero to be Enfp

Pär Wilhelmsson (not verified) says...

It's kinda funny. During my days in school I was very introverted and kept mostly to myself during breaks. At my first job I came to understand how people in groups could get along quite well without any drama and when I finally moved by myself to a new city (to a new job) I suddenly became more aware how I was fond of being with people from different backgrounds. After three years in that city I went from INFP to ENFP and the results are unbelivable spot-on! During my teenage years I drawed manga almost every day and listening to music was a huge part of my life. The only strange thing I don't get is that I love my work as an electrician? Maybe it has something to do that I keep meeting new people at the different workplaces I go to?

Diyel (not verified) says...

Hey! I'm an ENFP who's on the borderline between being an ENTP as well. (I realized that I have a healthy mix of F and T, much to my delight) Just a quick question guys which I'm eagerly pondering about for quite a while. As far as I can see on the results here, most of the ENFPs here has that dilemma between being an ENFP or INFP (the most common among all dilemma based on the discussions). I can say that I can have that Introverted personality and switch to it, as far as ENFP acting like an ambiverts most of the time due to our unique balance between N and F (which requires us to think deeply about our actions and how it affects others, especially when given the time meditate and be alone) but even thought, it's not enough for me to be considered an INFP since I don't have their unique traits. It's just basically the sake of being Introverted 'cuz I need to spend time thinking about what I just did today, like I can do so much interaction in a day and would prefer to be back in socializing once I have finished all my thoughts.

However, my dilemma is with regards to Thinking preference. I noticed and is already that I have that inert capability to switch back and forth between logic and emotion, fairness and compassion, as if I use my emotions only if backed upon by logic, and fair judgement without compromising the feelings of anybody. I also have the regular behaviors of being an ENTP which are: that brash and insensitive attitude when put under stress and extremely competitive environment, that problem explaining my feelings even though I can perfectly understand and give heartfelt advice to others. It seems that my words are not enough to explain what I really meant, like it was a strange language only me can understand. I also have that WTF, often bewildered face when speaking with an individual I don't find truly intellectual to have a conversation with. And most of all the extreme excitement to join a debate and challenge the belief of others.

The peculiar thing about that is whenever I took up the test, I end up being an ENFP, because my preference for altruism and inner compassion shows up and a more creative, artistic and emotionally backed need to understanding completely the world. I also talk to others, most especially my friends as a true ENFP, even though I treat strangers the way an ENTP should treat others. Lastly, I'm an ENFP leader most of the time, but act like an ENTP follower when challenging something. To oversimplify, if I were to choose how I normally see the world, I would see it as a complex puzzle that needs to get solved. It's just that I wanna solve it as a set of logical explanations and coincidences but a chain of events full of meaning, purpose and emotional connections backed upon by someone out there who made this all happen. To be specific, I still see the world as an ENFP person and wants to mold the world in the image of unity, friendship and compassion, even though I act personally as an ENTP on the other hand.

It's like my soul is the very essence of what an ENFP is, while my body is forged to carry the willpower of an ENTP person. Am I still an ENFP? Or just an ENTP getting matured and learning the value of Feeling and care for the world?

P.S. When I was young, I can perfectly describe myself as an absolute ENTP, I became ENFP as I reach adolescence up until now.

Spamdraboc says...

The ENFP attributes fit me so well. Unfortunately, my career path is in Information Technology, which seems to explain a little about the feelings of frustrations at not really "fitting in" with engineers and some coworkers. I am very good with machines, troubleshooting, problem solving, finding solutions to resolve the most complex problems, however i have been perplexed in many social conflicts in my field, as I have felt misunderstood, misjudged, and perplexed. At least now I know why!
It is a relief to have an explanation for feelingvthis way, but it makes me so worried that I have chosen what they refer to as the most unsuitable career for an ENFP, systems analysis/engineering. I am 33 years old, and have 16 years experience in IT. It is the only experience I have professionally, and it is way too late, and really distressing to think about starting a different career path now.
However, it really helps to explain why I have always expressed that my favorite part of my job is " helping people and making connections using technology", and how helping people solve their issues, to foster and grow real connections and relationships with my customers and coworkers is the most rewarding thing about my job.

Anyone have any advice on what to do?

Guest (not verified) says...

Omg that is me to a T

Omega (not verified) says...

An easy way to identify whether you are an extrovert or introvert is in imagining yourself in a social setting or outing where you do not know the people. If you find yourself going around the room like a social butterfly - then you are an extrovert. However, if you tend to recoil, skim the walls or only converse with the bartender/waiter - then you are in introvert. That said, ENFPs are indeed intro-extroverts - it can be confusing but this is because ENFPs explore the inner universe, and do so often by using empathy and observation to connect with others. An ENFP seeks to understand how all is mystically connected, and find people's passions and help elevate them. The dialogue is internal, the action is external.

Alicia0116 (not verified) says...

So what are some careers that y'all have and are satisfied with?

francescodarcangeli says...

Hi everyone,
I typed INFP in my first time I took an mbti and said WOW! It's so cool... yeah I'm introverted, idealist, a "healer", I've literally rebuilt people from their ashes (just by listening and saying what I felt).
Still there was a lot that didn't fit with the introvert stereotype, even pushing it to the limit. Yes sometimes social events drain me and tire me but when I'm with the right people I'm like Cole Mc Grath when he grinds on the railways - the going gets me going.
Long story short, years passed and while I met some amazing INFPs and understood the mutable nature of Fi, there still was something nagging. Yet I couldn't think I really was an extrovert, I mean, I sometimes am DAMN SHY, was especially so in my youth and especially with older people and the opposite sex. In my mind the extrovert is the guy who always speaks, breaks the ice first and is the soul of the party, I felt somewhere in the middle of the road.
After much type doubting and type changing (also "thanks" to a woman who made me even doubt I actually was an NF!) I got back to INFP until I found that in socionics I am most certainly an IEE (more or less the ENFP though not 100%) then I wondered... what If I got it all wrong in MBTI too?
I read and read and read and look at that - ENFP makes way more sense.
(Just how Ne-driven is this post of mine?)

nina says...

I have known that I am an ENFP for some time.  My first career choice was in engineering.  Now I teach chemistry  Still find myself not in the right place.  Struggle there.  Keep telling myself I want to go back to school an do counseling in family practice

Anyone dear ENFP that have a similar experience and that is already on counseling field?

Thank you

Sarah (not verified) says...

Yay, ENFP :) Thanks for this great post! Does anyone else work in a corporate environment? Had strict conditioning growing up by artisans toward competing, fighting, winning, etc. and found this very stressful.  Many ENFP traits were seen as deficient, frivilous, even shameful. I took three non-idealist jobs: a corporate sales job (artisan), a commercial review job (rational) and a financial modelling job (guardian), in truth to 'prove' that I am worthy of ... existing! Some say that a stressed ENFP becomes like an immature ISTJ--security obsessed, grumpy, etc. I got into a somewhat scary Ne-Te loop, cutting out Fi for a long time. It's time for an idealist job now, can tell you from experience that everything else lacks soul! haha. Idealism is great. 

Mikkele (not verified) says...

I think we all need a periodic rest after so much Psych & Emotional expression. 

I'm the same. 

Geneva Witmer (not verified) says...

I am an ENFP and these lists of jobs helped me decide what field I wanted to step into. :)

Patricia Kay (not verified) says...

I am an ENFP. Because of our extroverted introvert nature so eloquently described by several of you, I also fluctuate between wanting to be with others and wanting to be alone. This has caused me [and doubtless my partners] quite a lot of pain in romantic relationships because I like to be very connected but also must have time to myself and I can feel a lot of frustration if the other person doesn't understand that and crowds me, to the point where I will end the relationship. On the other side of it, if I am involved with someone who isn't available enough for my needs I experience a lot of pain and loneliness. At least now that I understand that I'm an extroverted introvert I don't feel guilty and confused about my mixed feelings any more. I  would love to find a relationship that strikes a happy balance of togetherness and me time.

Guest (not verified) says...

I got the result of ENFP, though out of all the carreers, only a few seem interesting. Actually, the thing that it said that ENFPs would not do well in is something I want to do- be in the militairy. I think the test got my answers wrong, because I enjoy structure and command, even though I also consider myself creative and imaginitive.

Pseudonym (not verified) says...

How can I tell if I'm an autistic ENFP or an autistic INFP? 

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?

Sasha (not verified) says...

I completely understand you. I'm ENFP-T as well, and I gravitated toward lots of office jobs cause I'm good at logic and details, but the next thing I know I'm bored out of my mind and then I get very slow. What is your passion? Computing and information systems can lead towards many things right? Perhaps only your internship is a bad fit. I wish I'd gone for a degree that I was truly passionate about, or at least stop pursuing what's a really bad fit for me. But there are so many niches, if you talk to a professor they might enlighten you? Worse case you can do a certificate in smth else after to complete.

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.

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 

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.

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

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?

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.????

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. 

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.

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

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

joe23423 (not verified) says...

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

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.

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. 

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.

Diana D. (not verified) says...

omg yes.  Everything about this is 100%

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. 

LauraP (not verified) says...

This sounds like me

RoxC (not verified) says...

My outey is an iney also 😂

broski (not verified) says...

pretty accurate

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