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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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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. 

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. 

Robkat317 (not verified) says...

I just took the MB test for the first time a few days ago. I am an ESTP...your description pretty much describes me exactly. My husband of 20 years also read it and also completely agreed.

Guest A (not verified) says...

I'm going through bit of an identity crisis and think what you have described here about the two ESTPs you know is totally relatable to me. I always thought I was an ENTJ but think ESTP could be more suited.  Thank you for sharing.  

Dung beatle estp (not verified) says...

Its funny reading these comments... pretty sure people dont know how to judge your own character. Who you want to be not who you really are play a huge factor

ISTJ here (not verified) says...

In a relationship with an  ESTP.....so very frustrating! He is pushy, rude, rule-breaker type (drives offensive/never uses turn signal, etc) and has no GOALS for the future. He says he "hates people" yet seems to strive to be the center of attention when in a crowd, believes he is the only one with common sense, impatient with hesitance, and what I believe to be a narcissist. How is it possible to even get along with this type of person?

Kyleigh (not verified) says...

Why do I have to have the same personality type as Trump?

Susman42069 (not verified) says...

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lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

pie is bad

lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

pie is bad

INFP bunny (not verified) says...

Yes this sound a lot like my Nephew, I love him to bits but he can drive me up the wall. LoL

fortniteGamer (not verified) says...

wtf this great 

devon bourrie (not verified) says...

i think that this test best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Guest (not verified) says...

Not sure if anyone noticed, but during the video it says, "Careers for ENFPs" lol

Sincerely,

INFJ

Ryonna Lee (not verified) says...

I like basketball best, because that's what I am good at the most. I dislike hobbies that don't contain sports.Other personalities are not like me, some people like sitting in the hosue watching television while I like going outside to play sports. Some people dislike sports.

Savaira (not verified) says...

This describe me perfectly right

Guest (not verified) says...

My mom is ESTP,I am INFJ... worst combination ever! Total helicopter mom.

5621086 says...

WHY DOESNT ANYONE LIKE ME OR WANT TO DATE ME I HATE BEING ME

lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

i will 

Natttttt (not verified) says...

I'm an ENFP who fell madly in love with an ESTP I was hooking up with. The romantic, passionate Feeler inside me came out and next thing I knew, the ESTP ghosted me out of the blue. This helps explain why it wasn't a match.

oops (not verified) says...

close enough.

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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...

Very accurate

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...

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...

"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...

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...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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...

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

Sabino (not verified) says...

ABSOLUTLEY!

Joe (not verified) says...

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

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!

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. 

jfindlay63 says...

No, not me

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.

Gabby (not verified) says...

its me to a T

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!

Guest (not verified) says...

Not me at all

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