ESFJs are some of the warmest, most nurturing of all the personality types. They are called The Caregivers by many typologists, and it’s not hard to see why. ESFJs strive for kindness in all their interactions and love to create harmony and structure in their outer worlds. They are practical and organized, with a great desire to improve their community and lend a helping hand to others. They are loyal, sociable, and supportive. Some famous ESFJs include Pope Francis, Colin Powell, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Jackman.

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But what annoys these friendly outgoing types? I was determined to find out! I checked out my Myers-Briggs® library and interacted on forums and groups to find out what really bothers ESFJs. Here are the most common complaints:


ESFJs are organized and structured and believe in following through on their word. If they say they’re going to be somewhere at a certain time, you can count on them! This is one of the ways that they show respect and care for their friends. When other people fail to do this, it’s as if they’re implying that the relationship isn’t of real value, and it can offend and frustrate the ESFJ.

Lack of Follow-Through

interrupted plans
This point goes hand-in-hand with lateness in many ways. ESFJs say what they mean and mean what they say. If they make a promise to do something or commit in any way to a project, they will be there unless calamity strikes. They take their commitments seriously and it’s one of the many ways they show loyalty to their friends and relations. People who are wishy-washy, don’t show up when they say they will, or cancel plans at the last minute seem uncaring and disrespectful to the ESFJ.


Cleanliness and organization are hallmarks of the ESFJ personality type. They like to keep things tidy, and being in a haphazard, messy atmosphere stresses them out. They may not get angry about it, but it will make them feel uneasy. They believe that there’s a place for everything and everything should be in its place.


People who make statements or jokes with the sole intent of getting a reaction, angry or otherwise, can infuriate the ESFJ. To the ESFJ this kind of verbal manipulation is just another form of bullying and something that irritates them and conflicts with their belief in showing kindness and respect to others.

Being Taken Advantage Of

ESFJs are kind-hearted people who enjoy helping others in practical, meaningful ways. They are some of the most generous friends you can have, but some people find ways to take advantage of their giving nature. ESFJs want to be shown some kind of appreciation for the many things they do to help others, and not just asked to do more and more without acknowledgment. Being taken advantage of and used by people because of their generosity not only annoys the ESFJ but can make them feel depressed and disillusioned.

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What Do You Think?

Do you have any other pet peeves? What do you think would be on your top 5 list? Let me know in the comments!

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