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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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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) ;)

MBTI Certified Coach (not verified) says...

Keep in mind that type is your primary preference ... for those of you who have changed over the years, I recommend looking into the 'hierarchy of functions.' Over the years, though we extrovert our Intuitiveness (take tests easily, perceived as seeing connections in the world around us easily), and introvert our Feeling (value-based or gut-based decision-making); in your 20's or 30's the ENFP develops the Thinker balance (using logic to explain or validate your gut), and then in your 50's, the child function of Sensing - and be better at just being present in the 'NOW' and appreciating data and facts for what they are, using evidence and observing actuals through the senses.

For those of you who were primarily Sensing, you're probably developing your personality over time (which is healthy!) and not 'becoming' and ENFP, but developing your balance in your Intuitiveness.

Guest (not verified) says...

This. Sometimes I think I'm just developing my Ni,which is natural for an adult ESFP, but Ni is such a complicated function that I can't always tell the difference between Ni and Ne, which I guess is not an uncommon problem in MBTI. However, most of my intuitive insights seem to happen spontaneously after years of being confused, and sometimes happen even in dreams. This intuition almost always has to do with understanding myself, rather than understanding the world (Ne) or speculating about situations (Ne). That's how I can tell I'm not ENFP, as I have tested before, but am actually an ESFP developing the Ni function.

itzkuyadiyel says...

I agree with this. I am basically a natural ENFP, however, being an ambivert myself (which is leaning more on the extroversion part) I don't have problems getting identified and even acting as an INFP most especially in front of my closest friends. I also noticed that as we grow old and mature, plunging more into the affairs of different types of people in the world, as ever curious as we always are, I find that there are times that having that Introverted Feeling (Fi) attribute may not always work. In that case, we develop our sense of Thinking and rationales it out with our Feeling attitude so that we can create the best response and communication with others while retaining our sense of curiosity, challenge and competence. Finally, even though we are one of the most idealist individuals (next to Visionaries or ENTP in my own understanding) out there, we will arrive at times that we are just bound to get contented with the simple pleasures and calmness of the present the way Sensing people are; I find it also helps us in finding ways on how we can think about a better future. In that way, I'm highly noticing that I'm really just developing my Sensing (S) attributes, in which I really have confusion with sometimes as I take indulgence in the feeling of just getting in touch with anyone closest to my heart, without actually thinking about the future when I'm with them.

But compared to anyone else, I personally noticed that I will never be a Judging (J) type as I molded myself to relieve stress by having that "play before work" attitude, getting hyped in the idea of breaking deadlines and such. To oversimplify it, I'm a borderline between ENFP and INFP, can act ENTP in the most challenging of situations and an ESFP whenever I feel possible.

Wow, it's really glad to hear thoughts about people who are the same as me. This is really an enlightening experience.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was undetermined in S-N and T-F. When I reviewed the 4 personality types that were presented, I could relate to all 4 to varying degrees, finding I most strongly related to the ENFP. Another survey gave me results in the ISFP and INFP personalities. I relate quite strongly to those as well; however the Champion ENFP is definitily most spot on.

Dr Heime Schwartzbaum (not verified) says...

This is not how the system of MBTI works. I am an MBTI Certified trainer. Please stop the armchair psychology and leave it to the pros. We all use ALL of the aspects of personality. It is a simple matter of preference- think of right vs left-handedness. You can use your left hand to write if you are right-handed, but why would you?

The Champion (not verified) says...

You may be an MBTI certified trainer, but you don't understand ENFPs. NO ONE tells us what to do ;)

davleen (not verified) says...

Ha ha totally agree. ENFP's hate being told what to do. 

Guest (not verified) says...

You are Divergent.

Guest (not verified) says...

I knew from the get go I was an ENFP although the E always kinda confused me. People always told me I was outgoing and I liked to be around people but I never felt I really was "extroverted". Turns out that ENFP's are actually really introverted extroverts!I read somewhere we're more introverted than most extroverts. Would make sense to me, I liek being around people ( if I can pull myself out of my house to be with other people) but it DRAINS me for weeks.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was 51% extrovert and 49% introvert.

JLHunt (not verified) says...

W O W!!  Yes! Yes! Yes!!!  I love interacting with people, but it CAN exhaust me and there are times I too try to get out of going - lmao!!  And yes, I am really an introvert though I am certain most (who don't know me that well) will guess me as an extrovert.

 

JellyRainbow (not verified) says...

For all future readers. Remember, ENFP's are a type that needs time for them self a big time to center them selves, its a natural instinct for ut to be intuitive to align us with our values. In a world with all different kinds of people, (outside of the box of personalities, yet more as an awareness of our strengts and weaknesses) some can push our values, whis can be tiering for us. Natural for us to recharge by thinking over our situations and feel upon it, which is a process on its own. Keep the spirit and remember, keep it personal ;) 

My Guilty pleasure as an ENFP : Randomly go over to someone unknown to randomly check in on their lives and genuinely just have a conversation with them.

lauren says...

 From what I’ve read, if it drains you to be around people, then you are technically an introvert. With that said, as ENFP, when I am in an environment with people who are not like minded or open minded for that matter, I feel very disinterested. But it does not drain me  necessarily. I just want to escape so that I can focus on more interesting ideas. 

Ben F (not verified) says...

Lauren, this is me exactly! If I'm disinterested and the topic drags on, I get tired and need to escape. I need something I'm interested in and then I get passionate and energized. I also think this is why I have always gotten along better with girls than guys. My interested rarely align with a typical guy, and men usually stick to one topic for long, drawn out perios of time (like the spaghetti and waffle theory), to the point where I am just iching for the topic to change or I need to leave if it doesn't. With women, the topics "spaghetti" and it keeps the conversation moving and interesting, and if it isn't interesting I can usually direct it to something that is interesting, and they usually follow.

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

Finally! Someone put it into words!!!

CaseyRae (not verified) says...

It sounds like you may be an empath, I️ am an empath and I️ feel the same way

CRBSeattle (not verified) says...

I'm feeling a bit blown away right now.... I've known that I am ENFP for years and loved reading about strengths and weaknesses and career paths, etc. But this right here is the first time I've ever read that we are "introverted extroverts"....  and those words should've been so obvious to me because I live like this constantly! For instance, I love to have brief interactions in crowded coffee shops and then sit alone doing genealogy research and writing narratives in historical context --- literally spending quality time with DEAD people in the quintessential epicenter of social togetherness! I love putting social events on my calendar and inviting friends but just dread partaking in it the week of the event! I look forward to people coming home/over but hate hearing the key in the door or someone ringing the bell cuz it stops my..... gulp, quiet personal reflection!! LOL Introverted extrovert, indeed!! :)

Kat says...

I'm kind of similar to how you all describe your extroversion... although I wouldn't say I get exhausted... more that I prefer deep relationships to brief social ones. I am absolutely an open book and incredibly easy to get along with, sometimes to the point of annoying those who are less social. However, if given the choice, I prefer to just be with either my hubby or kids, or close family/friends... and often I love being alone. But if you get me out, I am the absolute life of the party. People always gravitate to me and I love helping people who need it or leading a team. But I'd much rather read a book or spend the afternoon being lazy and cuddling a beloved pet. 

However, I will always be the first person to stand up when I see something wrong or someone who needs help... like a frazzled mom who's young kids are getting restless and she can't seem to get them to sit still (I in fact did this on Valentine's day at a restaurant with my hubby). Or I will stop to help someone stuck by the side of the road. Or a kid being picked on.  

Maree Portlock (not verified) says...

OMG just read your post from a year ago about ENFP and helping people wherever you are eg. a frazzled mum struggling with a child, or helping someone stuck on the roadside. Its so me TOO.. and I am an ENFP.. this stuff ..the Myers Briggs stuff, is amazingly true.. uncanny hay

Regards Maree

NotUrMum (not verified) says...

ENFPs are known to be very independent extroverts, often needing time to themselves to reflect. They are also known to be individualistic. Both factors make it confusing for ENFPs to identify between intro/extrovert.

Aidia Alford (not verified) says...

This is so relatable! I feel like all of you are describling me and my most confusing parts that, frankly, I don't understand! :D

Guest (not verified) says...

Same! that is exactly how I am

Guest (not verified) says...

It is said in most studies, that the ENFP is the one extrovert that is actually an introvert. They NEED to be with/around people, but they also normally like to be left alone, or alone time, just as long as someone is coming home to them, they are happy.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is me. I do like my alone time, initially I didn't believe that I am an Extrovert. But when I read the description about the ENFP, and her nuances, I was convienced that the ENFP is me, almost spot on!

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh my god this is so me :D

Mr Side Attraction (not verified) says...

I wish i could like this comment.. and like the first two replies as well. I am just like it says, Enthusiastic more than Extroverted. I actually tell people that I'm an introvert who is Outgoing, they get all puzzled like i just built castles in the air. Oh well. Who knows? ....an ENFP knows.

Anderson (not verified) says...

oh, I like that. Enthusiastic is the right interpretation of our E.

Leigh King (not verified) says...

I have also been a little confused on this same issue of being extroverted, in the sense that I tend to "appear" to be an open book. But, when it's "My" deepest feelings and thoughts being scrutinized by others, I am instantly, very Introverted. I Love being with other people but I value my long periods of being alone and not having to feel obligated to entertain, or even talk to people for lengthy periods of time. After being with other people, I feel like I need to recharge, by being in ... My Zone.

introvertedextrovert (not verified) says...

OMG this makes soooo much sense as to why I keep deactivating my FB accounts or at some point deleting them. At first I was confused if I was ashamed of myself or trying to hide something -- but hearing you say " in the sense that I tend to "appear" to be an open book. But, when it's "My" deepest feelings and thoughts being scrutinized by others, I am instantly, very Introverted." --- it makes sooo much sense! I was hating on myself for not being able to just chill with Facebook since it seems like such an easy thing to deal with. Why was I putting so much energy into it?? Why did I feel like my privacy was invaded even by the fact that sometimes I don't even post anything on it, but the mere fact that people can see who my friends are stresses me out?? 

Also, it makes sense why I feel the need to deactivate and trim my list down to 100 friends -- it's because i get super drained just by being out there even if I don't comment on anything! So much empathy sensors are on full blast just being on FB and it drains me to just be on it. 

Somebody else please offer some insights into this!! Thank you.

Julie Perry (not verified) says...

Oh my goodness, EVERYTHING you just said is me too.  I have done exactly all of those things, and now am not on facebook at all.  Perfectly said!

Luke Henkel says...

This was one of my biggest struggles through college and even a bit after I graduated!  I just couldn't handle it, for all the reasons you mentioned and then some.  Even the existence of my Facebook was a stressor, especially when I was feeling "drained" like so many of you have mentioned, and in need of alone time.  If I felt overwhelmed and wanted to disappear into my own world/zone, I would start thinking about deleting my FB account almost instantly!  Funny... I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

SpunkyBuns says...

I'm reluctant to make new friends, don't trust easily, and careful about who I let into my inner circle. With good reason though. I cannot care halfway, commit halfway, or maintain firm boundaries/protections against being taken advantage of. I only have room for relationships that add more to my quality of life than they take from it. Once someone matters to me, they matter like family, and I share my whole self. 

I imagine this approach might seem stuck up or something in more superficial, self-absorbed types, but for us it is actually the wisest way to ensure that we AND others are treated the way we need and deserve to be, without getting tangled up in the inevitable problems, crises, struggles, and other deep personal matters of people we are not meaningfully connected with.

Being so careful about who is and isn't allowed into our safe, trusted, inner circle is really the only point where we CAN protect ourselves. Once they're in and we care, we're loyal to a fault - them before us even.

Given all that... yeah, ANYBODY gaining more access to our personal information or private life than we allowed feels like a HUGE violation. It also puts us in the terrible situation of feeling compelled to pull waaaay back and self-protect, but reluctant to give up what we tbought was a safe way to meet some of our need for connection. If only respect was truly valued and honored...

Hope that gives some validation. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Omg relatable 100; also, enfp here!

Happy sad guy (not verified) says...

Ha! I delete my FB account at least twice a month.  Also I throw parties every time I'm home....till I get overwhelmed; then around 11, I " slip off to the restroom"  now, my friends just laugh and tell me good night, stay at the house and party till the late hours.

Jammalammadingdong (not verified) says...

haha your name says so much about my life. I totally relate to this. I hid in the bathroom during my wedding reception because I was overstimulated. I had fun and all my closest friends were there but I find I have trouble being the center of attention for my own events for an extended period of time. I can host events and do things for other people no problem but if it's me I find I get to a place where I'm abruptly finished and need to disappear. Otherwise, I find I'm too drained to muster up some kindness. I'm very rarely unkind but I've recognized to separate myself when I feel it coming on. 

Also, someone else said that FB is like an empathy overloud, YES! to the point of irritation. I'm always debating what pictures I should or shouldn't share. I've deleted my FB so many times. I have one now after a 3-year hiatus but my profile is completely blank.

Javier (not verified) says...

Been there, done that.

marritza caldaron (not verified) says...

hahaha...

same

Emily Grace (not verified) says...

This may have a bit more to do with thefp part of the enfp personality type, I tested on the border of both of those and have found that I can get better at shutting off the sponge like tendancies of the f, and getting quicker at reading people and making quick decisions to set boundaries that I could see being more of a j trait... If I could say anything to fellow fpers it would be trust your instincts more and maybe make a list before you go out of things you perceive in social settings that brings your mood down. Then when you feel that feeling direct your body and thereby your energy receiver away from it, keep your energy sacred for the work you need and want to do, and you'll be able to enjoy being an extrovert more. At least we are abstract thinking people so we're not totally screwed!

Arielle (not verified) says...

Yes!! That's exactly the way we ENFP's operate throughout our personal lives. We love interacting with others but later we begin to feel like we just need a break. We are self-reliant and very independent. It is hard for us to allow someone else to make decisions for us or boss us around that's why we all have an entrepreneurial spirit. Our deepest aspirations are those that involve creativity and self expression. We like exploring others but we hate being responsible for others. We just have that "thing" a special spark of charisma and awesome interpersonal skills. People love us but it is hard for us to open up at first unless we feel we are around people who share the same interests or have similar characteristics. Our friends tend to be very supportive and understanding. We need that encouragement from friends to know that we are doing the right things. If anyone is
against us, we see it as competition. And yes...we will win! Always come to slay and never last at opportunity.

Tammy (not verified) says...

I agree with EVERY single word in your comment. I couldnt have said it better myself, thats rare.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an ENFP I have found that while I know many people, and most people that know me comment on how I seem to know everyone, there are few people I would describe as being a close friend. I would actually like to have more close friends but this has not been the case throughout my entire life and I am 59 years old. I also plan to do things with people and then when the event approaches and I am not in the mood, I find myself trying to get out of the commitment if it isn't going to put other people in a bind if I don't participate. A few months ago I paid $55 for a concert that I was going to attend with 4 other people. I found out that they were going to get to the venue 3 hours early and this was NOT general admission seating! Someone else in the group who lives in a different town had my ticket so if I was going I had to meet the group 3 hours before the concert. Since I had already paid and there were others going, I opted to stay home, lose the $ I had paid for the ticket so I would not have to sit for 3 hours waiting.

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