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What is an ENFP?

ENFP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. ENFP indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ENFPs are sometimes referred to as Champion personalities because of their enthusiasm for helping others realize their dreams.

What are ENFPs like?

ENFPs are people-centered creators with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities. Energetic, warm, and passionate, ENFPs love to help other people explore their creative potential.

ENFPs are typically agile and expressive communicators, using their wit, humor, and mastery of language to create engaging stories. Imaginative and original, ENFPs often have a strong artistic side. They are drawn to art because of its ability to express inventive ideas and create a deeper understanding of human experience.

What are the core values of the ENFP?

ENFPs tend to be curious about others and preoccupied with discovering the deeper meaning in people and ideas. They want authentic experience and often seek emotional intensity. ENFPs are easily bored by details and repetition and seek out situations that offer an escape from the mundane. Novelty is attractive to ENFPs, who often have a wide range of interests and friends from many backgrounds.

ENFPs prize individuality and often consider the pursuit of happiness to be the highest priority in life, both for themselves and for others. They place great importance on personal freedom and self-expression, and want to be able to go wherever inspiration leads.

How can I recognize an ENFP?

ENFPs love to talk about people: not just the facts, but what motivates them, what inspires them, and what they envision achieving in life. They’ll often share their own aspirations freely, and want to hear others’ in return. The ENFP is unlikely to judge anyone’s dream, and will discuss the most imaginative and outlandish of fantasies with warm, enthusiastic intensity. They love to explore creative possibilities, and nothing deflates them faster than talking about dry facts or harsh reality.

ENFPs often seem unconventional, and may come off as scattered; they don’t tend to be in touch with their physical surroundings. They often overlook the details, as they are more likely to focus on connecting with other people or on exploring their own imagination and self-expression. They have little patience for the mundane and want to experience life with intensity and flair. ENFPs often have an artistic streak, and may be artistic in appearance. Many have developed a distinctive and quirky personal style.

Who are some famous ENFPs?

Famous ENFPs include Bill Clinton, Phil Donahue, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Will Rogers, Carol Burnett, Dr. Seuss, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore, Julie Andrews, Alicia Silverstone, Joan Baez, and Regis Philbin.

How common is the ENFP personality type?

ENFP is a moderately common personality type, and is the fifth most common among women. ENFPs make up:

  • 8% of the general population
  • 10% of women
  • 6% of men

What do ENFPs like to do?

Popular hobbies for the ENFP include writing, creating and appreciating art, playing musical instruments, listening to music, participating in community theater, and reading fiction.

What the experts say

"They may be inspiring teachers, scientists, artists, advertising or salespeople, or almost anything they want to be."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Their enthusiasm is boundless and is often contagious, making them the most vivacious of all the types, and also inspiring others to join their cause."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"ENFPs' ability to empower others is one of their most impressive contributions to the workplace."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ENFPs

Interesting facts about the ENFP:

  • On personality trait scales, scored as Enthusiastic, Outgoing, Spontaneous, Changeable, Impulsive, Energetic, and Understanding
  • Scored among highest of all types in available resources for coping with stress
  • ENFP women are less likely to suffer from heart disease >> Tweet this
  • ENFP men are less likely to suffer from chronic pain >> Tweet this
  • Rated by psychologists as among most likely of all types to have trouble in school
  • Overrepresented among academically talented elementary school students
  • Personal values include Home & family, Friendships, Creativity, Learning, and Community Service
  • Commonly found in careers in counseling, teaching, religion, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

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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?

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?

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.

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