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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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Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

I can agree. My friends like to call me a "situational extrovert", meaning I do enjoy smaller social gatherings and parties, but only when I know a good handfull of the people there, and even then I find myself needing some significant alone time afterwards! I always thought I was weird and unrelatable for it until now! :)

Ben F (not verified) says...

This makes sense to me. I've always been confused on where I stood with the E/I area. My problem is that I feed on other peoples' energy. Positive energy gets me pumped, but negative energy drains me. I could go somewhere and be around a bunch of dull or negative people, or people I just have nothing in common with and get exhausted, then say "well, I'm gonna head out." Then on my way to the door I run into someone that energizes me and I can be kept talking for another 30 minutes. I also find that overly exraverted people drain me but overly introverted people drain me as well. I also think because we ENFP's are fairly independent we get used to doing things on our own, and if people are around that are keeping us from doing the things we prefer to do, or they are ruining the experience, we'd prefer just to be left alone. I also prefer being around a group of people I know really well and doing low-key but still enjoyable activities as opposed to going to loud, bustling parties. We really are a very complex group, but I like that I don't have everything about myself figured out; it keeps life interesting as I keep discovering more about myself.

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

I can totaly relate on the feeding on other's feelings and attitudes. This part gets dangerous as it depends highly on how others feel, sometimes how they feel about me. I continuously have to stop and remind myself that my self-worth does not depend on other's view of me. This can be difficult to remember, especially in our culture today with social media and being in constant contact with others. One can find themself caught in the comparison trap that ensnares so many people today, causing friend struggles, ostracism, and depression. ENFP's also tend to be very deep thinkers. This can sometimes translate to over thinking.We must me mindful and be able to pin point fallacies in our own thinking. We also must be sure not be too fickle in our moods and mindsets. For instance, if I'm not doing much or am involved in an activity that does not require much effor or brain power, my mood is easily changed. If someone were to come up to me in a grouchy mood or says something snarky, my mood would tend to reflect it. All in all, I've found that unless I'm busy or have a tight schedule, my thouhgts and moods are easily changed an affected by those around me.

Sarah W (not verified) says...

What do you do for work? I recently graduated college and working for myself and from home would be a dream come true but seems impossible. 

Akshay Singh (not verified) says...

Hey Sarah! Same here, I left my job to begin freelance writing career. But you need to put in a lot of work to get paid and income is also fluctuating. Besides working from home, I would suggest you to give tutions on any subject you are good at. You will feel fulfilled.😊

Brooke M (not verified) says...

I am a real estate agent. It gives me a nice balance of being around people and getting my alone time.  I used to be completely extroverted and didn't have many waking minutes without people around me. My roommate and I would even fall asleep talking to each other in college...in high school it would be a friend on the phone until I was literally about to pass out...before that it was one of my parent's would stay in my room with me till I passed out because otherwise I'd fall asleep on the couch just so I could be in the same room with someone. Now...I am THRILLED to have ME time. It just took getting married and having children to want some time by myself!!! I love doing real estate because I do about 50% of my work at home, at the office or somewhere on my own. Whether it is doing comparative market analysis, looking for properties for clients, preparing clients files for showings and listings, writing contracts, following up with various people for each of the transactions I'm working on, etc. About 30% of my time is actually with clients showing homes or doing listing appointments. The other 20% is spent on meetings, training, workshops, continuing education, etc. I have had to learn time management and some discipline for getting tasks done on time, but it has come more and more naturally.  I am personally loving it and I'm more fulfilled in this career than anything I've done in the past. 

Brittney G (not verified) says...

Did you do anything specific to learn time management and organizational skills?

I want to work from home by next year but I really struggles with time management, organizing task, prioritizing task, administrative task and not getting distracted by the awesome ideas that pop in my head 

I run a safety training business that I want to grow but it's really hard with the time restraints of my 9-5 and I'm a mother of 3 and a wife so my time at home if pretty tied up as well 

it's getting very frustrating. Currently I work in A/R inputting invoices and sending for payment but I'm terrible at paying attention to detail so I make small mistakes and the repetitiveness is killing me plus I cant be very creative and the other girls do the more "important" stuff so I can feel pretty small at times 

Brett Widmann (not verified) says...

I am a web developer and specialize in Wordpress and frontend development.

It was a challenge at first, but after working with the right people, I'm doing quite well. It took about 3-6 months for things to take off for me, and a little bit of personal branding and directional change on my LinkedIn Profile.

There's still a lot I could do to further myself, but I'm already content with the amount of work I have.

Catelin07 says...

That's so true but I wouldn't say I was exhausted I would say I had my fill of people for the day. Also they had a point about coming off as a open book but when it comes to my actual personal feelings I prefer to keep it to myself.

 

newtide says...

I can so relate to this!

Lori Thompson (not verified) says...

So totally me! Party? Yes, I'll come. I can't wait....

(day of party)I've already been around enough people today, and I just need down time. I think I'll just stay home....

Guest (not verified) says...

You are speaking from the bottom of my some times misunderstood heart! Thank you! My friends found it really weird that I am always up for whatever, super spontaneous and mostly in a good mood, but when it come to actually going out that day.. I will be sort of reluctant and after I do go social (which is fun, until I've had enough). Every other week, after a lot of "social obligations" and just want to recharge and be alone, not even boyfriend allowed.

Lin F W (not verified) says...

I totally agree with being an introvert extrovert.

Guest (not verified) says...

which one?

Guest (not verified) says...

you could be an ambivert, which could be messing up the personality test. as an ambivert myself, I tend to not focus on the first letter, but the last 3 letters and relate to those instead

Perola (not verified) says...

OMG ME TOO!!!

Tyi (not verified) says...

ENFPs are noted to be among the most introverted extroverts. We are definitely Ambiverts. Also INFJs are among the most extroverted introverts

Dee M. R. (not verified) says...

Omg! Yes!!!!!! I totally agree and that is me to a T. As a Romantic type on the Enneagram results and an ENFP, I definitely relate to the introverted type.

MJ Farina (not verified) says...

YES! That makes sense!!! Because I think Im definitly a combination of both. Sometimes more introverted, sometimes more extroverted.  

CPA (not verified) says...

yes

dez (not verified) says...

This totally makes sense. As an ENFP, I know i'm imtroverted but has a slight extroverted spirit that kinda resonates more when i'm doing what I enjoy

Guest (not verified) says...

yes

Guest (not verified) says...

wait what

Serenity says...

Now that really makes sense!! I'm an ENFP-T (I totally relate with being an ambivert)

Guest (not verified) says...

What if the only thing that I got for sure was E and the rest was all borderline?

Weston (not verified) says...

me too

 

Guest (not verified) says...

I was also undetermined. However, I personally am an ENFP. Isn't it fun to be undetermined?

Guest (not verified) says...

YES

isaaccrooks15 says...

I guess you know exactly what you are.

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