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ENFP Strengths

Excellent communicators. ENFPs have outstanding communication skills and they know how to use them. They will engage anyone in conversation at the drop of a hat, and they know how to draw others out in a way that keeps the discussion flowing. Whether casually shooting the breeze or collaborating in the workplace, ENFPs provide the horsepower that keeps the engine of conversation humming along. 

Imaginative. ENFPs are imaginative problem solvers and reject the idea that traditional ways are always the best. In every situation they believe an original approach is possible—and desirable—and they refuse to become prisoners of habit or routine. They see roadblocks as opportunities, and they confront every challenge they face with fresh eyes and no preconceived notions. 

Natural leaders. ENFPs step forward to assume positions of leadership readily and instinctively. They are confident in their ability to handle demanding responsibilities many people find scary or intimidating. ENFP leaders are consensus builders who work hard to gain the trust of their associates, patiently listening to their ideas and reacting enthusiastically to their good suggestions. Their assertive, “can-do” attitude inspires others and motivates them to action.

Strong social conscience. Often active in social movements, ENFPs stand up for what they believe in without apology. Some people talk the compassion game but don’t follow through with meaningful action, but ENFPs believe it is vitally important to back up caring words with good deeds. Despite their friendly nature, an ENFP will go supernova with righteous anger when they are exposed to suffering and injustice. They can get quite loud and assertive, if that’s what it takes to get their opinions heard.

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ENFP Weaknesses

Hypersensitivity. ENFPs sometimes let their imaginations run wild and often perceive bad intentions that don’t really exist. Being hyper-alert and aware helps ENFPs improve their social comprehension, but reading between the lines only works when something is actually hidden there. If it isn’t, misunderstandings can occur and hurt feelings can damage good relationships.

Lack of focus and follow through. ENFPs are endlessly creative, capable of filling a thousand days with a thousand bold ideas. But they don’t always follow through on their inspirations, and if others are not brought on board to handle the details, their best ideas may never be put into practice. ENFPs rely on their initial excitement and passion too much and don’t always show the discipline necessary to translate their ideas into real-world production. They have a tendency to start new projects before the last ones are finished, and failing to see things through is where ENFPs sometimes come up short. 

Overthink things. ENFPs have a tendency to perceive slights, resentments or hostility where none actually exist, and their habit of overanalyzing other people’s behavior can lead to unnecessary anger and conflict. If ENFPs aren’t receiving as many compliments as they expect from their significant others, their insecurities can be activated and they may start to feel unappreciated and unloved. 

Overemotional and approval-seeking. While emotional expression is a core part of the ENFP's identity, they can come on too strong. The bubbly, energetic style of ENFPs doesn’t mesh well with every partner and introverts, in particular, can sometimes feel steamrolled in their presence. ENFPs are also approval-seekers, and in their desire to receive praise and acknowledgment they may try a little too hard to make a good impression, talking too much and listening too little in the process. 

ENFP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, ENFPs should:

Accept the fact that if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck ... ENFPs are intuitive and have a sharp eye for detail. They make a mistake, however, when they insist on looking for hidden motivations or covert agendas everywhere. In normal social encounters, ENFPs should make a real effort to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and take words and actions at face value. Assuming the worst can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, since people will eventually sense an ENFP’s mistrust and return it in kind. 

Take the foot off the accelerator. In social situations, that is. When ENFPs are tempted to turn on the charm just a bit more, or pick up the intensity in their presentation style, they would be wise to resist those urges. Smiling and nodding and listening are excellent communication tools. Interestingly, because they are so good with words, ENFPs actually need fewer of them to make their points or establish solid human connections in most instances. 

Don’t shirk the “dirty” work. ENFPs don’t always see projects through to the end, preferring to hop from one endeavor to another like a hungry hummingbird flitting through a juicy flower patch. So every once in a while, as a change of pace, ENFPs should make it a point to maintain tight control all the way to the finish. Detail work and project management do not always come naturally to ENFPs. But they have the insight and know-how to handle all the small stuff, if they just make the decision to put their noses to the grindstone and keep them there until the process is complete.

Look inside for validation. ENFPs enjoy compliments and try very hard to please, and this has a subtle, and not entirely positive, effect on their behavior. When ENFPs pay too much attention to the opinions of others, it can prevent them from following their own instincts and leave them open to manipulation. “If being true to myself gets me in hot water, then so be it”—that is what ENFPs should tell themselves when they start worrying too much about what other people think. 

Find good partners. Because they are a little lax with the details, ENFPs need assistants and co-workers who can handle the duties they tend to overlook. ENFPs enjoy working in teams so it should not be a big stretch to form relationships or partnerships with people whose skills complement their own. In their personal lives, ENFPs can also benefit by making connections with those who are good at the aspects of life they neglect. This could certainly be said about any of us, but ENFPs have a strong independent streak and may not reach out to others for help as often as they should.

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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)

Chelsea Moore (not verified) says...

I love the Myers-Briggs personality assessments, but we should be careful not to swallow such things lock, stock and barrel.  People are inherently complex and sometimes we change.  I am an INTJ  and am told an ENFP is one of the best types for me.  Yet I harbor reservations.   Likewise, I would use the assessments as general guideline

Greg S (not verified) says...

Please be careful, INTJ / ENPF relationships do not work so well in the long run!

I am myself an INTJ in an ENPF relationship and I have been fooled by the notion of ENPF beeing the ideal partner for INTJs by complementing each others strengths. The truth is, ENPF and INTJ are very different in their thinking and feelings. In the beginning this makes for a really intriguing relationship but causes a lot of friction and frustrations in the long run.

What INTJ and ENPF have in common are mostly their weaknesses: Both INTJ and ENPF are very sensitive and have a low tolerance threshold in general. And they both have a strong need to be in control (to protect their freedom) and do it their way. Having a low tolerance and a strong need to do things in his own way causes a lot of friction in any relationship. Unless the conflict resolution behavior of the „ENPF“ partner is very very well-developed, things will get really ugly as soon as the relationship gets in distress and either the INTJ or the ENPF gets defensive. And because, it is sort of the ENPF‘s (dark) nature to manipulate other people (they usually do so unconsciously), you will not see if an ENPF disagrees with you unless the ENPF wants to: ENPFs can make you feel perfectly comfortable even when they HATE you intensively. In a relationship the manipulative capability/behavior of the ENPF is a heavy burden.

Although my conclusion is quite unfair towards ENPF people, I have to conclude that while ENPFs are fantastic for short-therm love affairs, ENPFs are hardly suitable for INTJ in a long-therm relationship. Of course, each person is an individual, especially ENPF people, so I‘m definitely sure there are plenty of working ENPF/INTJ relationships out there, but the chances of success is disheartening.

Also, I apologize to ENPF people for characterising the ENPF as being manipulative. I know, ENPF people are by far mean people, they just can‘t help but manipulate other people’s feelings (and often their own reasoning, too).

Chelsea Moore (not verified) says...

I love the Myers-Briggs personality assessments, but we should be careful not to swallow such things lock, stock and barrel.  People are inherently complex and sometimes we change.  I am an INTJ  and am told an ENFP is one of the best types for me.  Yet I harbor reservations.   Likewise, I would use the assessments as general guideline

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. 

Cristian Víctor-Vega (not verified) says...

ENFP here, and you surely are older than me (I'm 16).  Anyways, I can quite relate to what you're going through.  I myself went into a state of introspection and became a realist after going through an ACL injury.  It's been almost two years since and I have suffered along the journey, but I am starting to get back up.  I will say that what you are going through is an internal conflict and not an external one.  You know, I too would help others without necessarily helping myself first.  But, I eventually found out that I  must first be selfish and love myself so I can then be selfless and love others.  The Law of Attraction will then come to play, but that is only if you love yourself, for if you do, people will start to mirror you, and they will love you back.  On the other hand, an ENFP not loving themselves is quite paradoxical as ENFPs depend on people's energy, and not loving yourself will make people distance themselves away from you despite your selflessness (ex. a good man does good deeds, but good deeds does not make a good man).  Also, on the 'save the world complex' ideology, that is just a delusion for the ENFP mind.  No one is capable of changing the world by themselves, and knowing more about the problems of life only destroys an ENFP; it saturates our minds with innecessary thoughts and it enervates us.  A healthy ENFP will be sanguine (i.e. optimisitc during a difficult situation), and they will consider 'what could be' in an optimistic manner to get out of such circumstances.  We as ENFPs benefit a lot from harmony and that comes from within, for our auxillary function is Fi.  Therefore, love yourself by practicing mindfulness OR create a balance, a harmony of the past and the future.  Look at the present and be appreciative/grateful of what you have and be in tune with yourself (singing love songs is vital for us ENFPs as we crave love) OR look at the past, at the times when you were happier, and implement those things into your 'what could be' (future possibilities) so that you actually realize them in the future.  Perhaps what I am saying might not apply to you but based on my experiences, memories, and observations, I can certainly tell you that this has helped me and it's only been within a matter of days (we ENFPs can adapt to change rather quickly).  Therefore, love yourself, go out there and spread love, and be the healthy ENFP you are meant to be!  Cheers!

Janajones says...

You aren't 16.

Cristian Víctor-Vega (not verified) says...

I am lol

Marie Ch (not verified) says...

Why not join volunteering schemes? (Paid volunteering). Doesnt sound like you are in the right place. Which part of yourself you may be avoiding to go through such pain(s)? Or do you think this is what you deserve (for being so different?)?

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

Mom (not verified) says...

Yes

 

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?

Helia (not verified) says...

Okay so i know this comment is for 2 years ago... I'm curios (and also ENFP-T)

What did you do?

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.

Pseudonym (not verified) says...

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

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.

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.

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