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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.

How common 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 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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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.

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

Quotes About ESFPs

"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

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Guest (not verified) says...

Okay, at first when i found out in was a esfp, i got dissapointed. The performer? Cmon! Though its correct, i couldnt accept it. It didnt look very cool to me...
It hit me hard that i wasnt a thinker

Guest (not verified) says...

Lol, ESFPs are often the butt of jokes in typology. Then again, I think a lot of people who say they're intuitives or thinkers are really just fooling themselves. For example, INTJs and INFJs are among the rarest types, and yet everyone online claims to be either. Of course, it could just be that the more common types don't hang out online as much, but I actually think it's both. :)
Also, a lot of people mistype themselves inadvertently; it took me a long time to figure out I was ESFP, mainly because of the stereotype of us being irresponsible partiers! I went through a phase of hedonism, but it got old pretty fast. And remember: thinking and feeling in typology refer to how you make decisions, and not how much you think or have emotions. I think all the time! :)

Guest (not verified) says...

My former friend is an ESFP but she can maintain a facade of a ESFJ (I am an INTJ) she is a registered nurse. She has been a successful labor and delivery nurse for a long time now. 

We were friends for 35 years but our personalities clashed so much I could no longer maintain the friendship. I was in college and finally figured her out through psychology classes, psychology of personality was the nail in her coffin. 

So I wouldn’t fret over the ESFP tag I’m sure you are more than just a party animal! I was going back and forth between the two for her and realized with maturity she became both but never lost her ESFP. 

Guest (not verified) says...

this is the first test I've ever taken that's truly gotten it all right about me. so awesome

barbiadam007 says...

Guys! What are your hobbies?

:D (not verified) says...

I got this result in more than one personality test
I guess I really am an ESFP … good to know

Guest (not verified) says...

this is just so me its amazing this describes me PERFECTLY

Guest (not verified) says...

this is so what i am. i am the lifw of the party

Guest (not verified) says...

Great Personality description. i really loved it!

Guest (not verified) says...

HURRAY for us ESFPs, we should all go to the pub! It will be awesome.

Guest (not verified) says...

yeah,i am definantly an esfp

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow I'm actually surpised how this describes my personality PERFECTLY like I feel like I'm creeped by this LMAOOO

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow I'm actually suprised how this describes my personality PERFECTLY like I feel like I'm creeped by this LMAOOO

Guest (not verified) says...

Really refreshing to find this and have a good read! This outline describes me well, I think I was off track and become something else. Bugger that!

Guest (not verified) says...

This is actually truly 100% me. After the test I was reading it and thinking to myself omg I cannot believe this, this is everything that I do. And when I looked in the work section I saw what I wanted to do for a job there. I was so happy. And the relationship part is so true. This is great ;)

Deirdre (not verified) says...

It was very honest and accurate, had done a test before and got the same result, it was many years ago. I have had many occupations and all involved being in direct contact with the public and always recieved excellant reports from people I have been in contact with. My managers were always happy with my reach to their customers and now I wish to write and achieve that goal I have wanted to write since I was a teenager, but felt I needed to experience life before I did so. This also is correct of the personality type. Thank You! On with the next endevour.

Elizabeth S (not verified) says...

I am so happy about this !! This describes me perfectly !! My mom wants me to be a lawyer but I want to be a singer and actor !! And this describes why !! I love how you not only described our life style but what kind of jobs that we are most like to take and how we are most like to be as parents !! I have always told everyone that I want at least 4 kids !! This was amazing !! Thank you

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Guest (not verified) says...

Its amazing that u described my personality and attitude straight on point!!! That is what really doubt me on these years!!!! Thank you but still more info on facing specific situations and the ways of solving it for people with this personality becoz in my OP, the way i do things and others are somewhat different in a way. Hope u can solve that. :)

guest (not verified) says...

Oh my goodness this thing is cray!!! It describes my PERFECTLY!! Its amazing how something like this works!!! It is almost creepy!

Guest (not verified) says...

It is sort of creepy

Bonquisha (not verified) says...

i completely agree

Guest (not verified) says...

I enjoyed reading about my personality and character traits. I agree with almost all of them. I'm an elementry school teacher who also enjoys landscape and interior design. Thank you this was fun!

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey, do you know how ESFPs can succeed academically?

Guest (not verified) says...

I can tell you what my husband did. He is a ESFP and a successful attorney. I am an INTJ. While he was attending law school, he did not study independently as I always have. Instead he formed study groups with the guys. They would cram for tests and finals together, and what have you. He admits this was the key to his academic success. Forming a study group. I hope this helps. I wish you well in your studies as you harness your inner Sheldon.

sheryl (not verified) says...

I think this did a good job of describing me.

Bob Hope (not verified) says...

Me too, Sheryl.... me too


Guest (not verified) says...

The beginning question should be out of 5 rather than 4

And you should have more questions about us personally, rather than just our thoguht process

Tywin Moriarty (not verified) says...

A person's thought process is what makes them, regardless of their Myers-Briggs type.

Alexa (not verified) says...

I finally found a site that described me to a T! It's my personality right down to the final detail! I finally have a reason to explain to my parents why I am the way I am, and why I want to dance and act for a living, not go into psychiatry! Thanks you so much

Franklins Turtles (not verified) says...

I disagree

Lobe (not verified) says...

I laughed out loud when I read your message. I have been working in psychiatry for 20 years but have always felt I should be dancing or acting. Follow your heart and perform with pride :-)

BrendaDi (not verified) says...

Interesting! I am ESFP and a recent psychology graduate. Quit dancing (on a competitive level) before going to college and now, i still keep dreaming of being an actress:D
What would you suggest as someone wiser with more experiences in a working field than me?

~ (not verified) says...

Do a career that you like

Nikhildeep singh (not verified) says...

yeah really i got so much surprised by the way this site was explaining everything about me. It felt like someone is telling about me and now finally i have a reason to tell my parents about the way i am.

Patima Dimacaling jintarat (not verified) says...

Yes please changed my reality world

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