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ESTP Strengths

Can-do attitude. No one will ever call an ESTP lazy or uncertain, and this very self-assured, can-do approach to life and work is certainly a strength. People of this type spend more time acting than thinking, and while this may seem potentially unwise and hasty, they actually process information very rapidly and have a knack for improvising as they go. This makes them excellent in emergency situations as they think on the fly and respond reflexively. 

Bold. ESTPs also abound in a mental toughness and sense of competition that make them relentless in pursuing what they are after. They respond well to their physical environment and know how to maneuver their world. They are efficient, clever, bold and driven. And as a result, they often get what they are after and aren’t afraid to take a few risks to get there. 

Personable and sociable. ESTPs are people-focused and get along well with just about anyone. They are observant and perceptive, and they read people well. This has the benefit of helping others to feel that they are cared about because the ESTP pays attention and responds appropriately. Though ESTPs may not always pick up on or prioritize emotional cues, they are quick to notice and respond to tangible needs.

Direct. ESTPs are efficient, matter of fact, direct and to the point. They don’t mince words or want to spend a lot of time hemming and hawing. Many people appreciate their honesty and even their bluntness; you always know where you stand with an ESTP. They aren’t afraid to call it like they see it. 

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ESTP Weaknesses

Judgmental. While ESTPs’ powers of perception and observation are often seen as strengths, it may also mean they are quick to prejudge situations and people, and to categorize them based upon initial perceptions. The downfall of this is that they potentially sacrifice many opportunities for profitable or enjoyable relationships or experiences simply on the basis of initial outward appearances. 

Impatient. Because ESTPs are quick thinkers and doers, they easily become impatient with those who process at a slower pace than they do, who lack their capacity for common sense or street smarts or who tend to be more sensitive or emotional. They feel the emotional concerns of others to be an unnecessary drain on their energy and may resent them. ESTPs will also be reluctant to afford weight to intuition or feelings-based arguments.

Unstructured. People of this type tend to live in a state of urgency and emergency because they do very little advance planning. Though they may be comfortable with this pattern of living, it breeds chaos for everyone around them and can impede their professional and personal relationships. The crux of the issue is that ESTPs are often unstructured and undisciplined, exercising poor time management skills and taking on far more than they can handle; often because they have a hard time saying no or they refuse to admit they can’t fit it all in. 

Commitment phobic. ESTPs hate to be bored and want life to always be new, stimulating and interesting. The reality, however, is that life is often not interesting or novel and relationships can get a little dull at certain points. They often lack the patience and the drive to stick it out through the low points.

ESTP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, ESTPs should:

Look inward. ESTPs will benefit from taking time for self-reflection and introspection, especially as they age. Throughout their lives they are prone to focus externally, always responding to their environments and the needs of the moment. The constant attention to things outside of themselves can distract them from healthy introspection, causing them to overlook important aspects of their own character and development and leave personal blind spots unaddressed. 

Consider the consequences. ESTPs are natural risk takers, prone to pursue adventure and risky behaviors. Naturally, this invites the potential for disastrous consequences. Though ESTPs are quite confident in their abilities and usually accurate in these personal assessments, they will benefit from greater time spent considering the potential outcomes of their actions and decisions. 

Think ahead. ESTPs live life so much in the present that they are often incapable of effectively planning for the future. Though they do enjoy flying by the seat of their pants, ESTPs will find they benefit from composing at least a loose plan or framework. It isn’t necessary to follow it exactly, but it can help ensure that they move in the direction of meeting their personal and professional goals. They may benefit from help with long-range future planning as well as developing time management skills. 

Follow through. Constant living and responding in the moment can impede follow through and follow up. People of this type must endeavor to balance the acute with the chronic, the emergency situation or deadline with regular life. ESTPs should try to look at the whole project or problem and its future impact, not just the urgent piece. For the ESTP it is easy, and even comfortable, to jump from urgency to urgency, putting out fires one by one. But jobs need to be finished and wrapped up before hopping to the next task. 

Check the rulebook. ESTPs naturally follow their own plans, systems and internal codes. This isn’t because they are intentionally insubordinate, but because they often don’t consider that there may be rules or established protocol that should be considered before plunging ahead. They will avoid unnecessary conflict and tension in the workplace if they can remember to get their plans approved before getting started. 

 

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marty69 (not verified) says...

My father was an ESTP, that was before he got sick. People change when they get sick like that... so sick he woke up an INTJ. This is the stuff people don't like to talk about. God I hated him for it. I hate what it did to my mother. I hate what it did to me. #ESTPPROUD

Rick-Sanchez (not verified) says...

It's okay Morty, Your Grandpa loves you and you're a great kid. I'm sure being sick, your dad wasn't able to take you on adventures like you wanted. But that's alright. There's so many seasons ahead of us and plenty of adventures to go on in space

Rick Steves (not verified) says...

Hey Rick Sanchez! How about me? Travel expert Rick Steves! We r both from such cool TV programs! 

Together we can rickroll everyone! Who cares about Mr. Astley when there's us? 

yo (not verified) says...

who asked

 

Jodocus (not verified) says...

Blunt

pencil allergy (not verified) says...

Sharp

verified (not verified) says...

Personality types are so changeable smh it's life-threatening. I'm sorry Marty I hate when that happens too. My frog recently acquired a strange disease, when it woke up it was a devil toad. These things are horrible I tell you. 

Big chungus (not verified) says...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaa boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Extremely ESTP (not verified) says...

Just curious anyone know if it's a good career for a estp to be an accountant or a bookkeeper? Becouse it didn't mention it . 
thanks 

Sharon K Page (not verified) says...

I'm an accountant and I love it!

bookeeper (not verified) says...

I mean it depends, I feel like you would get bored of it really quickly for an ESTP, but if you passionate than I guess, why not.

gmoney (not verified) says...

no it says energrtic and stuff can u read?

 

Guest (not verified) says...

I would die!!! 

DennisWw (not verified) says...

I think it would be very boring to be a bookkeeper. Now i'm a medical student and i wish to be an emergency doctor.

DgMyers (not verified) says...

Pretty sure that line of work will kill you.... its not exciting, no (not really) interaction with people.... dont do it... im a teacher... also not a real estp kind a job, but it gives autonomy, independence and its never boring... 

tripletvn (not verified) says...

Hi, quite obviously on average. ESTP are active, energetic, adaptive, and accounting/ bookkeeping is totally the opposite of that (repetitive, rigid). However, there are always exceptions, also, people could train and change their personality type. In general, detailed and quantitative jobs like accounting/ bookkeeping would fit INxx more, I think.

Patricia Rose (not verified) says...

Actually details and anything quantitative is definitely S, never N. N is big picture. Book keepers are generally ISTJ. 

LG (not verified) says...

Ah man, I hate the assumption that ESTPs can’t have serious discussions re feelings etc. I’m in youth work / community project management and have spent 10 years listening to people and making plans. Most ESTPs I know are highly organised, if adaptable. I’ve journaled and written since the age of 7 to curtail that myth(!), and I’m a Christian so spend a lot of time reflecting on my own actions and impact on others etc. Maybe some of this is learnt behaviour though. Also, pairing types up like this doesn’t necessarily work in reality - my best friend and sister are both INFPs! We are way more on the same wavelength than any of the suggested ideal types, and I am their biggest advocate and they are mine. We each appreciate what the other brings to the table. Energy balance wise, they enjoy my sense of adventure and I need their calmness. Do find preferences fascinating - notice similarities even in specific types who drink coke to those who get psoriasis etc etc, but it’s also pretty unhelpful when it’s inaccurate. Across the board, would be interested in reading more interviews with a variety of people from the same type. 

Olivia C :) (not verified) says...

Under the "ESTP Hobbies and Interests" section, it literally mentioned flying was that a typo or what I am an ESTP and I have never flown in my life nor have I ever met any other personality types who can fly. 

Ilayda (not verified) says...

I have flown on a lot of things tbh lol guess you've never tried acid lmao

Frog (not verified) says...

Hahaha...I thought the same thing... 

Toad (not verified) says...

Rotflmfao #:-)

Frog (not verified) says...

What MBTI type are you, Toad?

Toad (not verified) says...

I am INTJ in the summer, ESFJ in the winter, and when it's raining I become an INTP. How about you, Frog?

Frog (not verified) says...

Wow that's a large variety...do you have DID? 

I am an ESTP.

Toad (not verified) says...

Not that I know of...but I may suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect...

ESTP? Everyone hates ESTPs.

Frog (not verified) says...

Wow the Dunning-Kruger effect, I'm not surprised ._.

I know, and it's annoying. I hate how ESTPS are always stereotyped as being harsh and emotionless, mean and manipulative. I've met both unhealthy and healthy ESTPs, and the differences between them are amazingly large. The unhealthy ones tend to project their insecurities outward, leading to manipulative behaviors, rudeness, constant passive-aggressiveness, and a complete lack of empathy. However, the healthy ones that work on developing their best traits and improving upon their worst traits have turned into well-balanced, hilarious, charming, intelligent doers. 

It's something I always see in the MBTI community, where this type is hated so much, possibly because when unhealthy, this type tends to project upon other people instead of drawing into themselves as you may see with other types. 

The sad thing is that many choose to be ignorant of this, not just with ESTPs but with other types and their stereotypes. MBTI is all in good fun, and sometimes you can make a joke out of stereotyping (because sometimes stereotypes are true), but it should never be how you judge a person as you see them. 

I see all too often people judging others based on SOLELY their personality type. It's this ignorance that prevents people from seeing outside a 4-letter personality type to the true meaning of the person within. MBTI is a tool that can help you learn more about how you and the others around you think, but it should never be the fundamental basis for any decision you make. 

Toad (not verified) says...

Wow I didn't know you actually had a brain lol Frog

That's a good point. I do see what you're saying. It pains me to say this, but I agree with you. 

JUST ON THIS ONE THING

NEVER ANYTHING ELSE 

Fresh from the depths of hell, 

Toad xx

Frog (not verified) says...

Ah Toad, you'll never change, will you?

Say hi to Satan for me-- oh wait you're him. :-0 hbtu 0-: btw 

Toad (not verified) says...

Lol thanks Frog. Have fun with Paula [INAUDIBLE] today. I heard she's a fun one. Half robot, is she? 

Frog (not verified) says...

That's what people say...I've also heard the theory that she's an alien from two galaxies over. I guess I won't know until I meet her for real today. Wish me luck and if you don't hear from me in a week, call 911.

Frog out. 

Lolwut (not verified) says...

Lol wut is this

Ryan Putman (not verified) says...

I'm ESTP and I live flying. Best feeling in the world.

James Nelson (not verified) says...

INTPs fly 

Fries (not verified) says...

If you can't fly you're probably not an ESTP. Im messing with you, the part that mentions "flying" refrences us using/operating an aircraft, and not literal flying.

the master (not verified) says...

i can 

Imes’ekzy (not verified) says...

yall are nerds except the ppl talking about potatoes and unicorns. I’m a freshman doing something for class. Yall sound smart as heyll too LMAOO

ABuk (not verified) says...

we are the best ESFJ are bad

Anonymousyeyw (not verified) says...

There are things about this that are true for me- I am a do-er. I am a risk taker, I am not always the most sensitive person in some ways, BUT in my work I walk with people as their children die and I am uniquely able to do this with great sensitivity, joining them in their grief without it destroying me. I also have a PhD, and all three of my degrees my GPAs have been 3.7-4.0, so this is also wildly inaccurate for me. 

WifeofanESTP (not verified) says...

Your comment reminds me a lot of my partner who is an ESTP. He is often at the scene of terrible tragedies and can be there in the moment, supporting people in their grief and pain and empathising, but can walk away and process what has happened without getting completely swamped in the trauma. He calls it compartmentalising. I think ESTPs get a bad reputation as being emotionally immature but I don't think thats the case at all. I think the ability to think clearly and quickly is the same tool ESTPs use to process and move on. Just a thought!

ENFPBUTTERFLY (not verified) says...

No thank you.

person (not verified) says...

umm it says im athletic...yea no

Aditya Nair (not verified) says...

I am not the least bit athletic or adventurous and I don't even like talking risks. They have also said that estps aren't lazy. Clearly I am an exception. I am very lazy. I think that maybe this is like 90-95% accurate 

khii (not verified) says...

ong

 

Watson (not verified) says...

I always hear this stereotypical version of ESTPs. I know two and they aren't adrenaline junkies or sports nuts they do enjoy eating, drinking, being active and hanging with a wide network of friends. They may seem irresponsible but they are highly resourceful, talented and smart. They like to think on their feet and not plan too much but they always seem to get things done. They can be sensitive to disrespect or abandonment. The two I know, one my husband and one a girlfriend are incredibly loyal to their partners and are deeply affected if they break up with them. They drown their sorrows with indulgence and distraction. They like to have fun but make no mistake about their business and street savy. They make money like it grows on trees even if they aren't the best savers. It always seems like they have enough. They are sharp about human interactions and they know how to talk to just about anyone, they see through lies, they detect falsity. Don't try to fool them, they see you a mile away. They add very complex people although you may not see it unless you are close to them and very perceptive, that's because they keep their inner feelings hidden, even from themselves. They are the least introspective people and it takes a lot for them to finally see the connections of their own emotions. But they feel a lot and they are usually generous, sympathetic and giving friends. Their loyalty, once earned is solid. But if you cross them or decive you can forget it, they'll never change their mind about you. I find them honorable and beneficiary although mostly self interested. They can balance that really well, they are all about win/wins. These Estps are competitive but if everyone gets something out of it, all the better. They are good people and I'm always on awe of their abilities. 

Renee Brooke (not verified) says...

Thank you for that summary! You have described me to a T! I have been in the wrong career for a while but making the best of it because it brought in the needed funds. But I am at a point in my life that although I still need to work I can probably look into other things that will speak to me more. I have been so miserable in my job for quite a while even though it's been a good job but now I am ready for a change and as I said your description was so spot on. I sent it to my college roommate and my husband and they were both in total agreement! Thank you for being so thoughtful in your discussion

Jessica W (not verified) says...

Thank you for the summary. Sounds just like me and I take it all as a compliment. 

Jron (not verified) says...

Wow this is literally me to a T, thank you

INFJLuke (not verified) says...

Watson,

Described my ESTP husband well. The stereotype one who always likes sports or is impulsive and unable to plan for the future. My husband makes money like it grows on trees too, but he is smart with his money. He always has an amount left over for emergencies despite how much he spends. His father is also ESTP and has stereotypical traits of infidelity and always playing sports, but that's not the only version out there. My husband is also very faithful and very hurt by anyone who lies or deceives him. Infidelity is a big red mark for him as well. We are in it for the long haul, but ironically he doesn't like to think much about the future despite having vague plans for it. 

Michèle (not verified) says...

Thanks for your description. I confirm. I'm a. ESTP, though I felt you were describing me. 

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