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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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Vasudha Gurumurthy (not verified) says...

I became more aware of my self. . .

Imes’ekzy (not verified) says...

Cool

tiffany (not verified) says...

cool

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow, this was very accurate!

Guest (not verified) says...

How on earth did I get this result? This resembles me about as much as a potato resembles a unicorn. This is the most inaccurate test I've ever taken. :/

Guest (not verified) says...

This is the result I received as well, and on the surface, I disagreed with it, but once I broke it down by E, then S, then T, then P, I saw that these were indeed my preferences. Just because we may not act on these preferences just might mean we've developed our intuitive side more to accommodate societal pressure. But that doesn't mean we prefer intuition, if that makes sense.

Guest (not verified) says...

Potatoes are loved by gnomes and leprechauns equally. Gnomes and leprechauns are fantasy creature as is a unicorn. A potato in the ground cannot be seen only imagined. Thus both potatoes and unicorns are a fantasy until they are seen. Thus they are more similar than you think. Besides the whole world looks the same when you jump out of a plane. Logic sound.

Guest (not verified) says...

Woah, that's deep. Real deep. *totally no sarcasm *I'm Serious* *

Guest (not verified) says...

A potato is deep... in the ground...

Guest (not verified) says...

yeah potatoes are very cool

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree👍

Guest (not verified) says...

ESTP's don't like to be put in boxes. I did my type test as part of a course and struggled because I didn't want to be limited. It was a relief in the end though because only 3% of females are ESTP and I was thinking I was a seriously odd-one-out with so many people seeming so different to me.

Guest (not verified) says...

that's because you did not answer accurately.

Guest (not verified) says...

lol!

grace.p (not verified) says...

ya either you responded to the questions completely incorrectly (which speaks to how well you know yourself) or you are in denial because I can assure you, there is nothing wrong with the test. I took it and it described traits and emotions of mine that I didn't think *anyone* related to but now I know it's all in my personality type and people all around the world experience it the same way I do. It was frighteningly accurate.

Guest (not verified) says...

A potato shares 97% of its DNA with a unicorn... Maybe choose a better analogy next time. 

Boro (not verified) says...

Sounds like something an ESTP would say

Light Yagami (not verified) says...

Wrong. Potatoes and unicorns are more similar than you believe.. Look at a snake, for instance, then a carrot. The A53 DNA strands are similar in many forms. Same with potatoes and unicorns. HAHA find another place to urinate on before you mess with us, the ESTPs.

Guest (not verified) says...

wow, i think it's real me

Guest (not verified) says...

To everyone above, and anyone to follow. Our personalities are dynamic, in other words, constantly changing. The person you are today may not be who you become tomorrow. We cannot base our self image or sense of self on a personality profile derived from a single Myers Briggs personality test. It's just not a wide enough scope. The fact that any of us took this test to begin with shows that we don't really know who we are. But the simple truth is we can't "know ourselves" the reason being, simply, that we are not one thing we are everything. A humans psyche is comprised of experience, emotions, education, nature, nurture, biology, social acclimation, cultural background, and a thousand other factors. This test, these profiles, are simply tools in helping us find the path of least resistance in different parts of our lives. Don't let this define you, and if you disagree with the result strive to develop the areas that appear at odds with your current personality profile. We can and will change. You decide which way that change will lead you.

To all who wish to know themselves,
From a child/adult/teacher/student of the mind
A human being.
The future Dr. T Nasr

Dbirdey (not verified) says...

Astute! Change is fact. We do! I think that taking this test again, and even again is advisable. This test can be a tool used to look within oneself. Enjoy it, learn, and grow! There are no limits! Sometimes we are all, and sometimes we are none! Realize! We are a flow of energy...

hfontaine (not verified) says...

It's funny. Youre exactly right. Whats interesting about an ESTP is that we can be many things to many people, but then still have that indelible character. Its kind of like when you look at Jack Nicholson's grin (the titular ESTP for me) and what's captivating (or scary) about it, is that you have no idea what's behind it. You just know its bound to be funny or exciting (or rude and and outrageous), and that in a minute or so, it'll be something new. I personally have avoided accepting ESTP as well, because I think more than any type, in a conventional way, the ESTP contradicts morality. In fact, in myself at least, I consider the ESTP as so confident and extraverted as to almost be antisocial (despite the fact that we are usually the life of the party), because were not decent, respectful or careful: were the king of the jungle. Its why I think many of us are rebels, barbarians in spirit, because we dont need anyone (besides the people we live to entertain and protect). However, I think we serve a very important role: to prevent the most immediate and forceful dangers from overtaking our society, or to hold onto a situation that is going out of control (no wonder FDR was an ESTP). Unfortunately, that means the rest of the time, our fearless bullheadedness only gets us into trouble, adding our constant (often unsettling) lightheartedness, since we walk ready to prevent the worst kinds of disasters: so have nothing to worry about. In essence, once youve looked something in the eyes and beaten it, the worst kind of enemy, you cease to fear (and therefore, probably unlearn how to understand it in others). Our careless humor in everything is actually an expression to others of our confidence and strength (we dont have to worry about details or minor mistakes, because we can rebuild anything at any time from scratch). We've got your back.

And naturally, that bullheadedness is unwilling to accept a box, definition. Im not a big reader, but it reminds me of something I read in Dostoeyevsky's Notes from Underground : something along the lines of "the fatal flaw of man is that he is unwilling to be defined, and so must defy it, contradicting the race's entire pursuit for harmony". Prometheus may be another good example of an ES or ENTP.

I think thats the thing that makes it hardest to accept being ESTP. At face value, we are invasive, impulsive, rude and rash attention-whores, and you cant see that when the chips are down, not only will we be the ones bringing everything back in order, we will happily raise you up too, even at the cost of our lives. Bringing back Nicholson, were the only ones who can handle the ugly truth.

Guest (not verified) says...

This desdcribes me perfectly right down to my ineptness at forging deep and personal relationships

Guest (not verified) says...

Not me at all

Guest (not verified) says...

Thanks for that, I have done this a few times and feel this is the closest. Now just have to find what I want!

Gabby (not verified) says...

its me to a T

Joe (not verified) says...

This profile is definitely me but what I want to know is how many of us have ADHD ?

GeekGirl (not verified) says...

I definitely have ADHD and have struggled with it all my adult life.

KA777 (not verified) says...

An ADHD diagnosis is essentially the calling card of the Artisan/Responder type, ISFP, ISTP, ESFP, and ESTP. I'm an ESTP and I was diagnosed with ADHD as well. The typology here is based on David Keirsey's temperaments. He wrote a lot on how ADHD was essentially the greatest hoax of our generation, with Sensor-Perceivers making up the vast majority of the diagnosed/medicated. Whether a hoax or not there's definitely a relationship between SP types and ADHD diagnoses.

jfindlay63 says...

No, not me

KRISTIN L FRAZIER (not verified) says...

ME TOO!  Once I took the type II testing for work and got the results that I did which was ESTP, but was actualy a methodical, original, theoretical, accepting ESTP, which just means that that I was out of preference for a couple of the personality traits that make up ESTP. However, the type II testing was so much more accurate than the free version I had taken a long time ago and it made me start to wonder after reading all the descriptions .... that did I have adhd or was my personality type just descriptive of someone with adhd...hmm I had some really in depth thinking on this one, but it is perplexing for sure. 

Just_J-O_no_E (not verified) says...

YES!!! ADHD 💯....Wait what was the ques...oh look a cat vid....uggg laundr....ah nap time.....maybe!

Guest (not verified) says...

other than being coordinated u t got me perfectly. do any of you others also have ocd?

Sabino (not verified) says...

ABSOLUTLEY!

jfindlay63 says...

I watched the ESTP video and was killing myself laughing - boy was this accurate. Then my wife came to see what was so funny so I reran the video clip again. no comment was passed - just silently nodding her head. Regarding the comment on ocd above....... the letters should have been capitalised.

Guest (not verified) says...

god... this is me to a t and I most definitely have OCD!!!!!!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I score as either ESTP or ISTP... I'm right on the border!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Ive gotten ENFP, ESFP, ESTJ, ENTJ, ENTP, and ESTP depending on the site. Out of all of those, this description of this websites ESTP is the most spot on. I think I struggle the most with determining wether i prefer Feeling or Thinking. Sometimes I feel things very strongly, and yet I remain poker faced, because that would benefit me the most in the long run. Conversely, I can appear genuinely warm and sympathetic, while feeling nothing inside, if thats what i believe the situation calls for. Depends on the situation, person, etc. Sensing and Intuition is something I'm also not sure about. Se sounds very much like me, but I'm really creative, not practical and very idealistic. Ultimately though, I HATE BEING BOXED in and believe humans are not meant to be categorized by sixteen sets of letters :P

Guest (not verified) says...

"ESTPs tend to have little patience for serious discussions or emotional exploration," this is sooooooooooooo inaccurate!

yourmom (not verified) says...

your mom.

yourmompt2 (not verified) says...

your mom..

yourmompt3 (not verified) says...

everyones mom

Guest (not verified) says...

Hit the nail on the head!!! You non-ESTP types move to the slow lane, I'm coming around, eat my Boxster dust!!
Donald Trump next ESTP President!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow pretty f ing accurate. I read this is only for 4% of the population! How many of us have a mental illness? ADHD or Bipolar maybe?

5621086 says...

i have adhd and autism and was chosen as a estp. i am so sad as i hate being a teen with these conditions.

Johnny anonimus (not verified) says...

Maybe you were lead to believe that you are, but really aren't?
 

Just saying... you don't have to believe everything others tell you.

Guest (not verified) says...

Very accurate

LiLing Oh (not verified) says...

I am a huge majority of ESTP.
I have no patience with hearing people with their emotional woes... uncomfortable...
I extremely dislike people who make decisions based on feelings, which is not logical or factual at all!
As ESTP, I speak my thoughts out directly. Well, we need to clear the air with a good confrontation, right? Haha

Guest (not verified) says...

This is definitely me all the way around except for the sports. I dont like sports all that much.

oops (not verified) says...

close enough.

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