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The ESTP Personality Type

ESTPs are energetic thrillseekers who are at their best when putting out fires, whether literal or metaphorical. They bring a sense of dynamic energy to their interactions with others and the world around them. They assess situations quickly and move adeptly to respond to immediate problems with practical solutions.

Active and playful, ESTPs are often the life of the party and have a good sense of humor. They use their keen powers of observation to assess their audience and adapt quickly to keep interactions exciting. Although they typically appear very social, they are rarely sensitive; the ESTP prefers to keep things fast-paced and silly rather than emotional or serious.

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What does ESTP stand for?

ESTP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. ESTP 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 logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ESTPs are sometimes referred to as Dynamo personalities because of their high-energy, active approach to life.

ESTP Values and Motivations

ESTPs are often natural athletes; they easily navigate their physical environment and are typically highly coordinated. They like to use this physical aptitude in the pursuit of excitement and adventure, and they often enjoy putting their skills to the test in risky or even dangerous activities.

The ESTP's focus is action in the moment. They are engaged with their environments and solve practical problems quickly. ESTPs are excellent in emergencies, when they can apply their logical reasoning to situations where immediate action is necessary. Long-term goals are less interesting to the ESTP, who prefers to see tangible results in the moment.

How Others See the ESTP

The first thing you notice about the ESTP is likely to be their energy. They’re often chatting, joking, and flirting with friends and strangers alike. They enjoy engaging playfully with others and amusing everyone around them with their irreverent sense of humor. They tend to keep people on their toes, never quite knowing what the ESTP will poke fun at next. ESTPs are unabashedly gregarious with people, but their interest in individuals may not last long; they are more likely to work a room, having a laugh with everyone, than they are to engage in depth with any one person.

ESTPs are comfortable in their physical environment and always looking for some action or activity. They tend to be the most naturally coordinated of all the types and are often found playing sports or engaging in various physical activities, especially ones with an element of danger. They are the stereotypical “adrenaline junkies” and may be found skydiving, motorcycle racing, or enjoying other extreme sports.

For more information: The Art of SpeedReading People

How rare is the ESTP personality type?

ESTPs make up:

  • 4% of the general population
  • 6% of men
  • 3% of women

Famous ESTPs

Famous ESTPs include Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Winston Churchill, Mae West, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Madonna, and Evel Knievel.

ESTP Quotes

"They tend to prefer action to conversation. The more directly a matter can be translated into action, the clearer and more effective they become."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"None are as socially sophisticated as they, none as suave and polished—and none such master manipulators of the people around them."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"With a basic built-in restlessness, these are they hyperactive 'doers,' who like to keep their hands in a variety of pots, churning as much as they can to keep everyone on their toes and to keep life exciting."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ESTPs

Interesting facts about the ESTP:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Dominant, Flexible, Demanding, and Sociable
  • More frequent among patients suffering from chronic pain
  • One of four types reporting highest levels of assertiveness in college
  • One of two types with lowest college GPA
  • Among most likely of all types to stay in college
  • Values at work include autonomy, variety, independence, and structure
  • Overrepresented among MBA students
  • Commonly found in careers in marketing, skilled trades, business, and law enforcement

Source: MBTI Manual

ESTP Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for an ESTP include all sorts of sports and athletic pursuits, especially team sports and risky or adventurous activities like race car driving, boxing, or flying.

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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?

ESTP here (not verified) says...

It is helpful to remember that no one is perfect or their ideal self, especially not all the time.

(If you look on the Meyer's Briggs website, you'll see sections describing their personality traits when they are "at their best", "when they're stressed" and even "in a relationship".)

It's also possible to have a personality disorder (Narcisim, bi-polar, borderline, anti-social, etc.) no matter which MBTI they fall under. 

Myra (not verified) says...

Hello,

Totally resonated with you. I met one, I also thought him as a Narcissist. No respect to authority, pushy, aggressive and self-centered. He never considers about the needs of others but always think about his self-interest. Very selfish! I already dropped the ball thinking that that's not going to work. Be sure not to let him control you and hurt you before you make up your mind to pack up. He ain't going to change for anyone but will definitely demand you to change for him. I hope my post helps you too. 

INTJ

ISTP (not verified) says...

You've just got to roll with him. God knows you can't change him. I'm married to one too and it's like being married to a force of nature. Definitely fun, but it can be hard and frustrating to keep up. If you don't like him dump him, he is what he is. If you'd rather keep them go with the flow and enjoy the life of adventure (while remembering to pay the bills on time bc he ain't gonna)

Kyleigh (not verified) says...

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

Susman42069 (not verified) says...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeetttttt

TOMMY JOSEPH (not verified) says...

WTF im here for school work and i seen this in the chat. XD LOL

Susman42069 (not verified) says...

yeeeettttt

 

 

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

PteMills (not verified) says...

I know your comment is 3 years old and you'll probably never read this but big mood 

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.

ENFPBUTTERFLY (not verified) says...

Because they viewed you as nothing serious to be with and thought you were not long lasting material, only for fun.  They don't get to know the person, they're about optics. So you may have come off as a floozy. No offense. Even though you probably weren't. They'd rather be with an ISFP or ISFJ, someone who just allows them to do what they want and be quiet about it. 

Myra (not verified) says...

ENFP Friend,

I do want to hear about what happened though?

INTJ Friend

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!

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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