ENFPs are known by many titles in the type community: “the inspirers”, “the champions”, “the campaigners”, “the idealists”, the list goes on and on. The common characteristic that all these titles draw attention to is the ENFP’s vision and determination. While many memes and stereotypes paint ENFPs to be unicorn-loving, super-chatty party animals, the real ENFP is often much more intellectual and contemplative than the stereotypes would imply. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of real ENFPs.
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“I Get Energetic When Discussing New Ideas and Possibilities”
Idea-generating is my strength, and the more I can brainstorm and create new ideas and envision new avenues for the future, the happier I am! I get really depressed when I’m stuck in a mundane, routine existence and I can’t imagine what will happen someday because everything is already planned out.
“I’m Friendly and Empathetic, but I’m Not an Open Book”
Because I use Introverted Feeling (Fi), I keep my values and emotions private except to those I trust very deeply. I loooove to talk about ideas and theories, but I’m less inclined to just chatter away about my deeper feelings and values. As ENFP blogger Heidi Priebe says, “ENFPs are deeply serious people at their core, but they feel protective of their deepest feelings and often make light of serious situations in order to avoid delving into them in the presence of others.”
I Embrace Individuality in Myself and Others
I don’t believe in “blending in” with the crowd, and I don’t believe anyone else should have to either. I think that each person has their own unique set of values and those values should be respected (unless they hurt others). I try to mold and refine my values throughout my lifetime to make sure that they’re authentic to me and not just a reproduction of culturally-espoused rules and traditions that don’t mean anything.
I Naturally See Potential in People
I get so excited when I meet someone new who has a hidden potential they don’t even know about! I automatically tune into other people’s strengths and abilities and can see a bright future for them. This is probably why I have that “inspirer” nickname!
Creativity and Novelty Feeds My Soul
New ideas, new places, new people inspire me and make my mind buzz with unexplored potential and possibilities. I love hearing about a new philosophy or idea that will jumpstart my creative engine and get me strategizing, imagining, and asking questions.
I Love Being Around People, but I Hate Shallow Conversation
Sure, I’m an extrovert. I enjoy going to a party or sitting around the table discussing ideas over a game of Apples to Apples. But I really am not interested in small talk or surface-level conversations. The latest celebrity gossip or fashion statements really won’t excite me. I would much rather talk about the meaning of life, business ideas, adventures, our hopes, dreams, and passions!
I Tend to Forget My Physical Needs
I get so caught up in ideas, theories, and imaginative potential that I lose track of what my body needs. I can forget to eat, forget to sleep, forget to drink, floss, etc,. as I get caught up in imagining all the amazing things I want to do in the future. Sometimes this backfires and I’ll “crash”, suddenly becoming exhausted, burned out, or eating everything I can get my hands on!
I See A Hundred Angles to Every Argument
When I was a kid, people thought I was a troublemaker sometimes because I argued so much. No matter what someone says, I can look at it from 1000 different perspectives and see the opposing side easily. I want harmony in my relationships, but sometimes I just can’t help playing devil’s advocate. Life just isn’t black and white!
Boredom is My Nemesis
I like to have many different ideas and projects in the air at the same time. Nothing to me is worse than repetition and monotony. I like being in the middle of creative chaos and finding amazing solutions to complex problems…but sitting at a desk doing paperwork or memorizing facts? Please no.
People Underestimate Me Because I’m Upbeat and “Bubbly”
Yes, I’m enthusiastic and full of ideas. Yes, I’m friendly and can be the life of the party sometimes. But I love to learn and grow and am on a constant quest for self-improvement. I want to create a business, travel to Southeast Asia, read all the great philosophers, or improve the lives of marginalized people. We are usually highly ambitious, entrepreneurially-minded individuals!
What Are Your Thoughts?
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