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The ENFP Personality Type

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.

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What does ENFP stand for?

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.

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

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.

ENFP Values and Motivations

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 Others See the 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.

ENFP Hobbies and Interests

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

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
  • ENFP men are less likely to suffer from chronic pain
  • 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

Quotes About ENFPs

"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

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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

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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.  

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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

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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?

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isaaccrooks15 says...

I guess you know exactly what you are.

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