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The ESFP Personality Type

ESFPs are vivacious entertainers who charm and engage those around them. They are spontaneous, energetic, and fun-loving, and take pleasure in the things around them: food, clothes, nature, animals, and especially people.

ESFPs are typically warm and talkative and have a contagious enthusiasm for life. They like to be in the middle of the action and the center of attention. They have a playful, open sense of humor, and like to draw out other people and help them have a good time.

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What does ESFP stand for?

ESFP 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, Perceiving. ESFP 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 spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ESFPs are sometimes referred to as Performer personalities because of their playful, energetic nature.

ESFP Values and Motivations

ESFPs live in the moment, enjoying what life has to offer. They are especially tuned into their senses and take pleasure in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures around them. ESFPs like to keep busy, filling their lives with hobbies, sports, activities, and friends. Because they'd rather live spontaneously than plan ahead, they can become overextended when there are too many exciting things to do. An ESFP hates nothing more than missing out on the fun.

Although they are characteristically fun-loving, ESFPs are also typically practical and down-to-earth. They are grounded in reality and are usually keenly aware of the facts and details in their environment, especially as they pertain to people. They are observant of others and their needs, and responsive in offering assistance. ESFPs enjoy helping other people, especially in practical, tangible ways.

How Others See the ESFP

ESFPs are often the life of the party, entertaining and engaging others with humor and enthusiasm. They notice whether other people are having fun, and do their best to create a good time for all. Typically at home in their physical environment, ESFPs may take the lead in getting everyone involved in some active diversion. ESFPs are generally friendly and likable, but can be hard to get close to; although they tend to be very open, they are reluctant to be serious or to talk about anything negative.

ESFPs are tuned into their senses, and often gravitate towards pleasing colors and textures in their environments. They often carefully choose fabrics and decorations with which to surround themselves. This attention also often translates into their appearance; ESFPs are often dressed in sensuous fabrics or bright, dazzling colors. They are often up on the latest trends, and like to excite the people around them with new environments and experiences.

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How rare is the ESFP personality type?

ESFP is the third most common type among women, and the seventh most common among men. ESFPs make up:

  • 9% of the general population
  • 10% of women
  • 7% of men

Famous ESFPs

Famous ESFPs include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Magic Johnson, Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, Paul McCartney, Bob Hope, and Goldie Hawn.

ESFP Quotes

"Among ESFPs are the students whose high school class voted them 'the friendliest' or 'the best sport.'"

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Performers radiate warmth and festivity, and whether on the job, with friends, or with their families, they are able to lift others' spirits with their contagious good humor and their irrepressible joy of living."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"So much a part of the ESFP is this fun dynamic that when something unpleasant cannot be converted to fun, or cannot be avoided completely, then it is time to simply drop the subject and move on to something different."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ESFPs

Interesting facts about the ESFP:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Changeable, Energetic, Forceful, Initiating, and Resourceful
  • More likely to use emotional coping techniques over spiritual or physical resources
  • Tend to look to authority in education rather than expressing intellectual curiosity; prefer hands-on learning
  • Among most likely to stay in college
  • More likely than other types to watch television for more than 3 hours a day
  • Second highest of all types in marital satisfaction
  • Among types with lowest income
  • At work, tend to be satisfied with co-workers but dissatisfied with job security, stress, salary, and accomplishment
  • Personal values include Home/Family, Health, Friendships, Financial Security, and Spirituality
  • Overrepresented in health care, teaching, coaching, and child care occupations

Source: MBTI Manual

ESFP Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for ESFPs include socializing, team sports, home improvement projects, cooking, entertaining, games, and dance. ESFPs love big parties and gatherings and are quick to join any group or activity that sounds like fun.

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Ambored (not verified) says...

this is actually very interesting!! I'm working on the protagonist of my story and i thought it'd be a fun change to make him an esfp since i tend to have my protagonists serious and introverted (me lol). it's a nice change to see life from this point of view. quick question, can esfp's get embarrased? And how do they handle it then?

Flora (not verified) says...

hello! my protagonist is esfp too. they do get embarrased, especially when no one laughs at their jokes. 

K8t83 (not verified) says...

I'm and INFJ female with an ESFP male friend, and we honestly get along really well. We are definitely opposites, but that tends to work to our advantage. We both have an uncanny understanding of how the other thinks and feels, and the result is a very protective, loyal, and compassionate relationship. Both have to be willing to have a very candid, open communication. Always allow the other person to speak freely, when they're ready. Really listen to them. Respect them. All these things will contribute to a healthy, success relationship between any two personality types.

Melissa (not verified) says...

I am an INFJ with my extraordinary ESFP . Same, same to everything K8t83 said. Often we are so overtly seemingly unlike each other that when friends eventually see us together they can't immediately comprehend why we are so close. But we know why.

Lisa-sevenofnine (not verified) says...

I'm an INFJ, also, and my coworker is a Performer. I love her enthusiasm for mystery - or anything, sense of fun, observations about others' behavior, great outfits, teaching capabilities, warmth and desire to make it fun for all, etc. She seems to like my perspective on things, but I'm willing to change to go with wherever she's headed because it's fun and she's very supportive of me. She's a delight to be around.

INFJ response (not verified) says...

Sounds like a strech for the ESFP.
Warnings of 'return to baseness/shallowness' during life path of the ESFP is to be expected.
Good luck!

A random INTJ (not verified) says...

This serious struck me after dating an ESFP for 5 months.

Daybreak (not verified) says...

 

The complete opposite of me (INFJ). Every ESFP has always been the complete opposite of me, we have never got on and out relationships were the worst roller coaster rides ever. Now I finally see why.

Coco (not verified) says...

Yep. I'm also an INFJ and ESFPs are just a big NO for me. My Mom was one and it was hell. 

Sylvana (not verified) says...

INTJ with a very good ESFP friend. Works great - she gets me out of my shell and I listen to her. She respects my need for alone time and structure and order, and I respect her need for company and openess and people. We both discover worlds we wouldn't never have discovered on our own. For many years now. Its the connection that counts, not the type. Although MBTI helped us to understand each other much better.

Chei (not verified) says...

I have a Esfp friend and she's fun to talk to and I like to hangout with her sometimes, when I'm talking about idea or something unnecessary things to say like theory or I even just asking her opinion about something unnecessary too, she ignored me :/

She ever told me that I'm too perfectionist, but I'm not, I just like to create something with concepts and even create something with vague explanation.

But I like how her can stand with my spontaneity, cuz we both xxxP

 

 

 

 

 

i'm entp btw

sk.zhong.2014 says...

I Finally understood my ESFP Mother. My mom and I (I'm an INTJ) clash 95% of the time. As a result, I prefer not to live with her. I'll try to focus more on our shared interests rather than our opposites. Thank you for this! 

DerAdel710 (not verified) says...

HAHAHAHA!!! Welcome to my life, sk.zhong.201...ESFP mother + INTJ son = world war 3

uhKamuii says...

I'm a ESFP and my mom and sister are intps... the pain is real not only to argue all the time but to be brutally beaten in almost every arguement the pain is real

amandahun!! (not verified) says...

My twin brother and older sister are INTP's, it don't go well haha

Walteria28 (not verified) says...

If you need to vent or emotional support I can hear you out with my INFP nature

Myra (not verified) says...

INTJ Friend,

Totally resonated with you. But for me isn't my mom but my ex-husband. Only I found out we clashed on almost everything, but I'm glad that it's over. It'll never happen again-because opposite does attract but it also doesn't work! 
 

Your INTJ friend

lilibean (not verified) says...

I'm an ESFP and my mom is an INFJ and while we don't clash all the time, I never really understood why we constantly disagreed with possible careers for me and what I would be more involved in. I finally took the test and showed her the results. She was shocked and immediately apologized for assuming a lot of what I preferred. We have since grown closer and I'm proud to say I can better understand her and where she was coming from.

mickeyTILLY77 (not verified) says...

that fits me to a t i can go into a bank or grsery store and crack up everyone BUT you know what happens living with that for 28 years gets you // A DIVORCE WE are children in adult bodies im 59 i still think i can play major leauge base ball im retired was a tree climber for 37 years freacken dont save a cent , motorcycle accident broke neck spine 4 months coma im still doing the same crap 7 back opperations im a moron but i have a very high iq go figure

 

Del (not verified) says...

O my god, it is true. I don't really care about being a manager or director and sitting for hours in the office with 8 to 5 working hours. I just wanna have fun in life and do things that I like, and yes it is correct too, I have several hobbies (belly dance, yoga, playing keyboard, sightseeing, etc). And yes sometimes they make me confused! I have left my good career and now working as a freelancer (yup, you're right again, low income) but I am enjoying life! And that's the most important (at least for now) lol.

But I don't really agree that about being in a spotlight, it's rarely happened. I like to be grounded as the test result says and that means, I don't really care about spotlight xD. I love this test tho. I have tried 4 tests, and 2 of the results are ESFP including this.

banana (not verified) says...

lol funny

Rares (not verified) says...

Hi. What do you work as freelancer? I am curious what type of freelancing suits ESFP people

yyyyy says...

  • yuh

beep (not verified) says...

and thats the tea!!!

Kellermikey (not verified) says...

Well this describes me pretty well, so I'm a little bummed to find out airline pilot is one of the careers recommended against. That's what I'm currently in school for. wish me luck!

BG (not verified) says...

You would have the most entertaining airline announcements as an ESFP pilot. 

Patrick Gubbay (not verified) says...

Skeet that yeet

batman (not verified) says...

I'm an INTP and my best friend is an ESFP. Says we aren't supposed to be friends lol

Desi44 (not verified) says...

When I meet new people I get almost exact sense of their intentions and it doesn't take long to get a quick look at their values. Honestly it’s never been wrong I just never understood to articulate it to someone else because I couldn't quite understand it myself. Are all ESFP’s like this?

GAS (not verified) says...

Wow! Me too. I feel like this. And I agree with our other esfp brother who says, " kids in adult bodies." That's so me. I am unfortunately very low on income, but love life and live for the next adventure. 

S (not verified) says...

Yep! :)

Barbara Eden (not verified) says...

You're an empath like me!

Guest (not verified) says...

What is the best complement to an esfp in the workplace?

lisacoolen79 says...

Good Job! and Thank you!

Guest (not verified) says...

To all the ESFP girls, I need help!
I am an INFP male and recently started a relationship with an ESFP girl. We knew ourselves since 4 years, but never cared about each other until recently. Anyway, me and her like enjoying each others, but I really don't understand what kind of relationship there is between us. I would like a more romantic relationship, but I don't know how to approach her, and above all I can't understand what she thinks about me. I can't get if she is sending signals I should receive, or if she is just being kind, like she is with everyone. For example, last night we were at a party with music: she was dancing, and I was talking with friends. At a point, she comes to me and asks me to dance with her: I obviously accept and go dance with her (well, she dances, I try to), but after a few minutes she turns around and goes dancing with her (female) friends, leaving me veeery confused. It seems to happen every time: we get along together, she makes me think she has an interest in me, and then she leaves leaving me like a stone. I can't help but feel confused.
What do you think she means? What is she trying to tell me, or is it just my imagination? And, above all, how do you think I should approach her and how can I try to take the relationship to the "next level"? I am naturally very shy and humble, and I am hesitant to make the first move because I am afraid of ruining everything and blowing away every chance.

Thanks for reading this far, hope you can help me.

kendall says...

hey. i see that you are having relationship problems and i am here to help you. she is an outgoing and energetic person. she likes to go woth flow and do whatever, very spontaneous. i hate to say it but she might not really be looking for a relationship right now, and that's ok, but if you wanna tell her how you feel, do it, because if you don't soon she might just wanna be friends and go with the flow. 

 

Lnowebb (not verified) says...

When she went to dance with others, she wasn't ditching you. She genuinely just wants to dance with everyone. I was thinking reading your comment, "take her dancing!" Before reaching the part about her asking you to dance. 
and truthfully, she may be into you and too humble to sense that you may be into her too.

i vote dancing or skating, and some quiet time after to chat. Good luck! 

An ESFP girl (not verified) says...

Well, I think shes just very social. She likes to be friendly with everyone and treats almost everyone equally. Dont be sad if she hugs guys (Unless shes not like that) becase thats her way of being friendly.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm an ESFP girl and dating a INFP guy right now actually so I understand. In our relationship my boyfriend has always been the more steady and reserved one while I am quite the opposite. So we started our relationship with his persistence in wanting to talk and get to know each other. I often pursued him as well once we got a little further down the road. So to you I would just say stay persistent. Keep asking her to hang out or get coffee or try to talk to her. I'm sure she knows you like her and may like you but may not be sure about it. If she was sure and wanted to date you, you would know it. But outwardly the two types are pretty different so a relationship between the two does not come quickly. You just need to show her what you do have in common and that you are steady and will not be giving up anytime soon!
Don't blame her for leaving quickly though - that's just who we are as ESFPs. My boyfriend still has to deal with feeling like I don't want to talk to him or just left abruptly even though I don't see it as that. We just like to move around and can get distracted easily!
Hope that helps.

Keish (not verified) says...

Go for it and let her know otherwise she will think of you as weak and you will be friend zoned forever. I know this personality tramples all over weak types so you have got to man up while still being respectful and sensitive if you know what i mean. But definitely let her know and tell her you are much more than being friend zoned. Good luck i hope this reply is not too late.

magsbad (not verified) says...

I am an ESFP and I totally agree with Keish. I have to avoid men that appear weak, because I don't want to hurt anyone, and I have a tendency to use but not respect men that don't seem confident. I love men who are confident but not controlling.

lisacoolen79 says...

I am an ESFP girl and maybe she is just getting distracted! That happens with me! And you may just be in the friend zone....sorry! But if she was wanting to be more then friends she would let you know. Just ask her to "come here" and when she does, pick her up and plant a kiss on her, tell her you have been wanting to do that for years. Women like men who take control also (in a good way). If she doesn't like it, move on!
idk if this helps you may already be with her, but good luck in whatever you do!

Guest (not verified) says...

Tell her what you just said ^^^^^!! You already know she has an interest in you, I say you take her on a date or something (she'll see that signal) and tell her that you want to be the "next level" but were always too scared to say anything! Then say something(s) nice about her. And then her true feelings will show! Woo!

Guest (not verified) says...

As an INFP currently in a relationship with an ESFP, I feel your pain. We were also friends before we started dating and I never realized that she was actually interested in me, I kind of thought she just flirted with most people to be honest, and I had just convinced myself I was over her when she asked me out. The whole dancing with you and then leaving you behind is a bit confusing, but it doesn't mean she's not interested! I know it's really hard to do (and that I'm a bit of a hypocrite), but you should just ask her on a date, like going to a movie or ice skating or something lowkey like that. Good luck, I believe in you :)

Guest (not verified) says...

I've always wanted to perform and dance. Now I know why! It's part of me!

Maia S (not verified) says...

After I finished the test I was extremely excited with result as ENFP. I even bought detail version. Then, just from curiosity I checked ESFP description and I am torn appart. I had experienced both sides ,can relate pretty strongly to each description. Any explanation?

Katie (not verified) says...

It's possible to identify strongly with a few different personality types. The first time I took the test it said I was an INTP. I took it again and it said INFP which I think is most accurate. I also identify with a lot of ENTP traits, based on reading the descriptions. So you probably have strong ENFP and ESFP associations. I actually think reading the personality descriptions can be more helpful in figuring out a personality type than taking Truity's test sometimes,  because the test relies on your self perception and you don't always know how to answer the questions, whereas you can just read the statements about the personality types and decide if they fit you or not. 

Kayz (not verified) says...

I am an ENFP but relate pretty strongly to a lot of ESFP things...I do like theories and hypothesis and read into the meanings of things but I tend to get bored of that as well and shut it off and live in the moment at times. I found this article helpful for knowing which one you are:

https://www.psychologyjunkie.com/2018/11/17/heres-what-makes-enfps-and-e...

My brother is an ESFP and personality theory bores him to death so if this bores u maybe that's an indicator 😄

Guest (not verified) says...

Esfps are 2nd highest in successful marriages but tend to have lower incomes...

Guest (not verified) says...

I took this test a long time ago, and to be honest I thought I had changed completely. I was in a 10 year relationship, where I had become an agoraphobic and very hermit like. And although I am still struggling with that, I truly believed I had changed in every aspect of my personality. But I haven't. So thank you so much for this. Makes me confident that I will go back to being the "me" I used to be.

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