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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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Guest (not verified) says...

Did you know that ENFP's are known as the most introverted extraverts? That is why a lot of you ENFP's think you're in between ENFP/INFP (I did too!), but your need for self-reflection is an ENFP trait.

Guest (not verified) says...

I got results that said I could be anything from ENFP to INFJ, and although I'm normally introverted, this rings strongest. So being an introverted extrovert make sense XD

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.

ReikiRob (not verified) says...

As a 47 year old ENFP man who has been through divorce, I would agree with those who suggested to give him time and be with him as he goes DEEP in his cave. Knowing your are there waiting is HUGE for him. Novelty, change, and adventure can help, too. As a J, you want things to be planned and nailed down, though through his healing as a P, he wants to see possibilities and freedom to choose outcomes. Having INF in common, you can relate to how he is going deep and processing.

Are you familiar with The 5 Love Languages? Its a great book to share together. When you know the Love Language he prefers to hear, or receive, and the Love Language he prefers to communicate with, or give, you will be on the road to a deeper connection.

Guest (not verified) says...

Do not give up on whatever you decide to try. ENFPs give in to prolonged pressure no matter how strongly we resist. Good luck!

Guest (not verified) says...

Give him time. He has been through A LOT. ENFPs seem to let all hang out through their out going nature. However, people mistake this as total transparency, thinking they are people who are not private. Nothing can be farthest from the truth. We keep our deep emotions, very very very guarded and close to the heart. It takes a while for us to trust people and believe people "get" us, especially after being through alot emotionally. Oddly for an extrovert, we require alot of alone time to get centered, especial after dealing with large amounts of stress. Besides, time, show him you believe in the importance of being true to yourself, and you understand the deeper meaning to life.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, yes. So true about deepest emotions and seeming extremely open but not really being so. Thanks for making me feel understood and part of a group. I realized too that the borderline nature of traits and confusion as to type must also be an ENFP thing.

Parisian (not verified) says...

It's heartening to see in print that the mix of being extrovert and yet needing alone time is a recognized trait. Others are often surprised when I say that I'm quiet-shy and NEED alone time for thinking and refilling myself.

Guest (not verified) says...

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

smroudabush18 says...

BRUH LOL XD

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...

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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Diyel (not verified) says...

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

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

someone wasn't happy with their personality type

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...

Hehe

Guest (not verified) says...

hehe

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...

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

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! :)

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!! :)

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!

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you.

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!

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!

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

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 ;)

Andypandy (not verified) says...

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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.

Guest (not verified) says...

You just described ENFP.

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.

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!

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!!!

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...

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

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...

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) ;)

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