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The ESFJ Personality Type

ESFJs are conscientious helpers, sensitive to the needs of others and energetically dedicated to their responsibilities. They are highly attuned to their emotional environment and attentive to both the feelings of others and the perception others have of them. ESFJs like a sense of harmony and cooperation around them, and are eager to please and provide.

ESFJs value loyalty and tradition, and usually make their family and friends their top priority. They are generous with their time, effort, and emotions. They often take on the concerns of others as if they were their own, and will attempt to put their significant organizational talents to use to bring order to other people's lives.

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What does ESFJ stand for?

ESFJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging. ESFJ indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), who makes decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). ESFJs are sometimes referred to as Provider personalities because of their interest in taking care of others in practical ways.

ESFJ Values and Motivations

ESFJs act according to a strict moral code, and look for others to do the same. They often see things in terms of black and white, right and wrong, and they are typically not shy about sharing their evaluations of others' behavior. ESFJs seek harmony and cooperation, and feel this is best accomplished when everyone follows the same set of rules. They have a sense of order in the way people relate to one another, and often take on roles that allow them to help enforce that social order.

ESFJs feel a sense of personal responsibility for other people's needs, and are usually eager to get involved and help out. They tend to be serious and practical, dutifully putting business before pleasure—especially the business of caring for others. They typically enjoy routine and often keep a regular schedule that allows them to be organized and productive.

How Others See the ESFJ

ESFJs may often be found playing host or hostess. They tend to take on the role of organizer without hesitation, and want to be sure that everyone is taken care of. Roles such as committee leader, event planner, and church volunteer suit the ESFJ well. They are typically engaged with their communities and work hard to do their part in maintaining the social order. ESFJs are interested in other people and like to know the details of their lives. Gossip is a favorite pasttime of many ESFJs; they love to share stories about the people around them.

ESFJs have a clear moral code that guides their behavior and their expectations from others. They often have strong opinions about how people should behave and the proper thing to do. Manners and other codes of social interaction are often of great interest to ESFJs. They may think in terms of black and white, right and wrong. They can be judgmental of others who they do not think are acting appropriately, but they have the best of intentions: they simply want everyone to follow the rules so they can all get along. The ESFJ wants things to be all right with the people around them, and may become very involved with others’ problems and concerns.

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How rare is the ESFJ personality type?

ESFJ is the second most common type in the population. ESFJs make up:

  • 12% of the general population
  • 17% of women
  • 8% of men

Famous ESFJs

Famous ESFJs include Martha Stewart, Dave Thomas, Sam Walton, Barbara Walters, William Howard Taft, JC Penney, Sally Field, Mary Tyler Moore, and Ray Kroc.

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ESFJ Quotes

"ESFJs are primarily concerned with the details of direct experience—their own, that of their friends and acquaintances, even the experience of strangers whose lives happen to touch theirs."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Wherever they go, Providers take up the role of social contributor, happily giving their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, that traditions are supported and developed, and that social functions are a success."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"The ESFJ's strengths are many and varied. They are punctual, neat, responsible, and highly productive, with a great concern for others."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ESFJs

Interesting facts about the ESFJ:

  • Underrepresented among people suffering from substance abuse
  • Among types highest in resources for coping with stress
  • Second most likely of all types to report believing in a higher spiritual power
  • Highest of all types in reported satisfaction with their marriage or intimate relationship
  • Among most likely of all types to stay in college
  • Most likely of all types to be satisfied with their co-workers
  • Values at work include clear structure, security, and the ability to be of service to others
  • Among the types most satisfied with their work
  • Commonly found in careers in education, health care, and religion

Source: MBTI Manual

ESFJ Hobbies and Interests

Popular leisure activities for ESFJs include volunteering in community, charity, or religious organizations; celebrating holidays and family traditions; cooking; entertaining; and social sports.

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Muneca515 (not verified) says...

Very accurate except I don't feel like I think only black and white. But other than that it's extremely accurate.

Will Smith (not verified) says...

I find your website and information very helpful...especially when I'm working with students regarding career exploration. However, I've discovered that many of the careers listed with a link don't have information. :^(

Just thought I'd let you know.


Will Smith

Guest (not verified) says...

I have strong emmotions they are called senseativity, it bothers me because i can not handle such strong emmotions.
I sucks because i allways cry

dayzdoodle1125 says...

I really enjoyed this,
I am surprised at the accuracy and got a good laugh at seeing myself so clearly thank you

NAME? (not verified) says...

Do you guys really believe this?

Based on no scientific reserach, you believe this?
It like me putting few herbs together and saying it it will cure your sickness when in reality, I didnt do any sort of trial and error, I just put a label around a bottle, and wrote- number 1 in the country!!

Hope your getting a picture here

It is all pretty cool but dont really try to relate yourself to it because it doesnt measure your age, gender nor your socio economic status

Its just a general overview like the horoscopes

Guest (not verified) says...

That is very accurate

Guest (not verified) says...

I keep testing to the ISFJ, but the ESFJ is really more like me. Also the least appealing careers on ESFJ fit me to a T. Nuances! This is so helpful re situations where I tend to be too concerned about other people's feelings instead of accepting that it will all work out in the end.

Guest (not verified) says...

this thing is amazing!

babyllama (not verified) says...

I love this website it gets my hope up to different qualities. I have many qualities that I want to try now I never knew about them. I think this will be a really good site for y'all. Some of my classmates are sitting here saying what they might be because of this site. I hope you all like this site.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow this is really amazing! It's really accurate it explains everything about me. :)

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Guest (not verified) says...

I, too would love to see an additional page to address the weak areas: Ie. how your personality type can lead to challenges in your career development and how to work on overcoming those.
I am only 2 points over on the scale between J and P so I read about both personalities to develop a better personal understanding.

Jack Guyton (not verified) says...

I appreciate your service.
I was very enthralled taking this test. I was more than amazed. I became confused by the way my iMac would go to incorrect pages and had to back track several times to be become more oriented. I also have ADHD which causes me confusion when I get harried.
I agree with the vast majority but did not agree exactly with just a few findings. As a whole this was exceptional well created and I appreciate the time and effort that was put into this vocation. You are to be congratulated!
I feel that you are a very benevolent and altruistic person. I am very humbled at your grace!
I wish there more persons such as your self. If their were more of your kind it would be a greater world that we live in. God bless you for your kindness!
Thank You Very Much,
Jack Guyton

Guest (not verified) says...

That is scaringly accurate!

Guest (not verified) says...

ON TARGET!!!! Suggest another page of inherent weaknesses to help the "blind areas" of each personality type. In addition, how various parental type upbringing
in general would skew some basic facits of this personality. IE> very strict, or lax parenting results. Very athletically gifted or uncoordinated impact on the male or female's personality. Sexual interests, or practices more common. Person this person would be attracted to or repelled by.

Diana Bryant (not verified) says...

This view of ESFJ got me to the T.

savannah smiddy (not verified) says...

I am an ESFJ. And the personality test is 100% accurate for me. It was a little weird that it is exactly what I am in college for.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow pretty accurate

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Wow pretty accurate

Guest (not verified) says...

Can't believe it it's me
amazing I love it

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Guest (not verified) says...

As a psychologist and a somewhat spiritual person I'm always drawn to descriptions of personality or temperament, such as a horoscope, zodiac, or in this case, a personality type. This is so dead on it's nuts!
especially the caretaker and the organizer. Any one else a cancer?

Mari - Social Work therapist

Maheen Tariq (not verified) says...

it was a marvellous experience for me and i totally agree and satisfied with the results shown I came to know much more about my self.

abumarble says...

This is my first personality type test I have ever taken online.

very accurate almost 90% isay it is right description

marissa0509 says...

This is my first personality type test I have ever taken online.

It helped me understand myself more and has given me the confidence knowing that I am in the right direction as far as my new career direction I have taken as a "CareGiver" since April 2012.

As a parent, the description is like my mirror.

Guest (not verified) says...

thats cool

MacKayeh (not verified) says...

Holy Cow! I'm going to let my husband read this so he can understand me better! How cool!!

ryan.steffany.johnson says...

I read this whole thing to my husband, and we both enjoyed getting to know me better. He struggles with how enthusiastic I am and how black and white I see things. He doesn't like how much I put my heart into my work and the great deal of care I have for my clients. However, he now understands why I do, and more importantly why it is important that I do care for others. It is that drive to help make our world a greater place by caring for one person at a time so that they know "the world isn't so bad, because someone cared for me today." Thank you for this work, it has really helped my marriage as I knew it would! :)

James Bene (not verified) says...

Self obsessed

seanchristophertan says...

terribly accurate. I am sure they stalked! haha

Guest (not verified) says...

This is awesome!
I love this website.
It's good for finding out our special personalities.

Guest (not verified) says...

I totally agree ❤️💗

Amanda Bragg (not verified) says...

Everything is so accurate and so dead on and I like how straight forward everything is when it comes to explaining each one of the Personality types.

Well done to all who made this all for those of the world.

Jenna Bowers says...

Thank you 

Guest (not verified) says...

Really interesting how well it all applies to me. Super awesome :D

Guest (not verified) says...

CREEPY how accurate this is!!

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rwong05 says...

Very accurate!

BERRY WOODS (not verified) says...

its almost been 8 years since you said that lol just checking in if your still alive

zaddydaddy1235678910 (not verified) says...

I totally agree....I am 100% on with esfj! loved all my bruthas 

Guest (not verified) says...

i just discovered something that i think you other esfj's will like! .....the comment section of all the different personalities, very accuratly depict the all of our comments are " great job!" ..." how insightfull"...."whoever made this should feel proud"....we even state how we enjoy reading about the other personalities......

the comments from say, infj's are all debate like and " well, i don't agree, here is the way it is..."...."i agree with you, you must be very smart."

the comments from enfp are like " good point! i see what you are saying! is how i feel the truth is..."

I'm an ENTP :p (not verified) says...

And the ENTP comments are very analytical, but you can sense the procrastination in them. Kind of like how I typed this up and got I didn't finish typing it until twenty minutes later. ENTP as well.

Guest (not verified) says...

i totally agree cheryl!!

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