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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.

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.

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How rare 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 Quotes

"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
  • 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

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.

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DylanENFP (not verified) says...

I am about to graduate as a teacher. My two subjects are English and sociology. Teacher, writer and sociologist are three of the recommended careers. Gosh, I love being an ENFP!

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, just got my test results and I've been reading the entire ENFP page and I certainly hope this is accurate because personally ENFPs sound pretty awesome!

Guest (not verified) says...

George Carlin is an ENFP. F-YES!

kent Korth (not verified) says...

I am trying to locate the section in which the topic identifies key components of a person when they are part of a team

Israel G (not verified) says...

How refreshing to find so many “mini-me”. For years I have felt like fish out water. My artistic self, wanted to be a designer or an architect, but my family’s needs led into engineering. I was cast into an environment filled with judgmental, insensitive, thinkers. For 30 years I put up with that crap. Thinking I was free to be myself after retirement, I’m finding that most of family and friends are STJs. Help!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

16 Shades of Love!

Has anyone noticed that we represent the 16 sides of GOD's Love in; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8?

1. Long Suffering - ISFJ
2. Kind - ISFP
3. Envieth Not - ESTP
4. Vaunteth Not Itself - ISTP
5. Not Puffed Up - INTP
6. Doesn't Behave Itself Unseemly - ISTJ
7. Seeketh Not Her Own - ENFJ
8. Not Easily Provoked - ESFP
9. Thinketh No Evil - INTJ
10. Rejoiceth Not In Iniquity - INFJ
11. Rejoiceth In The Truth - ENTP
12. Beareth All Things - ESFJ
13. Believeth All Things - ENFP
14. Hopeth All Things - INFP
15. Endureth All Things - ESTJ
16. Never Faileth - ENTJ

Had to go KJV for the poetic feel, :) lol... baring in mind though I feel we only truly resonate these qualities at full wack when we're closer to GOD, through the Holy Spirit...

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so interesting! Thank you:)

Guest (not verified) says...

can I, an ENFP, be a helicopter pilot? I did not see anything for this technique in the system. Not even in the least popular jobs.

Astrid Lean (not verified) says...

Man, I LOVE bing ENFP.

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What type is the best match for an ENFP mate?

Guest (not verified) says...

INxJs are said to be the best romantic matches for an ENFP. However, it is not a guarantee that any two types will possess romantic feelings for the other, let alone even get along with them. MBTI is not one's whole personality - it's a look into how one thinks and processes information, and kinda relies on stereotypes (e.g. all INFPs are fuzzy little angels). What I'm trying to say is, many other factors contribute to the attraction and harmony two people may feel - not just someone's type - and two types that are said to be romantic matches may in fact hate each other's guts due to different values or whatever.

smroudabush18 says...

IDK man im trying to find a girl too dude.

Cari (not verified) says...

Well, I have been happily married for over 33 years to an ISTJ. We just recently took the test and found out that we are not considered very compatible -well now..that explains a lot, haha! I LOVE being an ENFP and reading all these traits about both our types makes me feel so excited about the way I am instead of beating myself up for not being able to get things done as swiftly as he does, or being irritated at him for putting schedules before people's feelings. Actually, one thing I've always loved is he is tidy so does most of the cleaning/laundry while I am doing my creative work, hey that really works for both of us!

Israel G (not verified) says...

Wow. I've been married to an ISTJ for 37 years. And it's been a wild ride. I guess being an ENFP has kept me grounded.

Jamie88 (not verified) says...

I being an ENFP have been married for nearly 2 years and together for 8 with my wife who is an ISTJ. All things I have read state that these two personality types are polar opposites and we have certainly clashed over things but I truly believe that its like the Ying and Yang in that we've certainly being able complement and learn from each other. Its awesome to hear how your relationship seems so similar to ours!

Kheira (not verified) says...

wOw ! I thought that the ISTJ is the least likely type that we ENFPs could get along with ! but you've proved that everything is possible and a good relationship doesnt require a specific science or rules, it in fact relies on the individuals and their true love and appreciation for each other.Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, my dad is an ISTJ, and though we don't always understand each other and definitely have different personalities, we still love each other and get along well.

Guest (not verified) says...

I think it's kinda funny because my dad is an ISTJ and I'm an ENFP. We have a good relationship, but we are definitely very, very different from one another. He doesn't really get why I try to "analyse" people all the time, or why I am so curious about figuring out the various aspects of people's personalities and how and why they fit together and influence the entire person. He's a great dad, though. I wouldn't trade him for any other.

Guest (not verified) says...

...wow. so me. seriously, you just described me and my dad perfectly.

Dallas (not verified) says...

I'm an ENFP and my husband of 8 years is an ESTJ and when we clash, we clash hard. However, I do believe that like the article said it's due to our differences that cause us to learn from each other and complement our strengths and weaknesses. This is especially true of our parenting styles. Sometimes opposites can attract!

Guest (not verified) says...

Enfp married for 11 yrs to istj. It's about accepting our differences mine doesn't get me, gets annoyed by my inability to stick to one thing and .. well chaos. Lol his nickname for me is chaos but he loves my crazy ness, sincerity and putting others before me. I hate how stiff he is(11 yrs and i still cant get him to do something crazy) but love the reliability, dependable and trustworthiness. He's honest and always ready to help people. Even thought we recently divorced, we're still there for eachother and see the best in eachother. Why we divorced I'm sure some of you ask. I felt suffocated, I had to tame myself and hold back the crazy because he didn't like it, to him it's reckless. We didn't understand eachother, it's like speaking 2 different languages (S and N) and over time we were becoming more like siblings than husband and wife. To top it off we rarely argued and kept everything bottled up for yrs because we couldn't communicate and understand one another.

I'm glad your both happy with your istj and estj and wish you many more yrs together.

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.

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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".

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:


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!

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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.

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