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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho – ESFP


are known for their boundless optimism, their enthusiastic charm, and their ability to bring people together in friendship and celebration. They are often called The Entertainers, and it’s not hard to see why. They love to bring joy and fun into any situation; whether it’s through humor, throwing a party, or just providing cheerful support to friends and family members. The ESFP has masterful use of Extraverted Sensing (Se), which means that they are very aware of what’s going on around them and love to celebrate all the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of life. Their auxiliary Introverted Feeling (Fi) gives them a strong set of inner values that they try to live by. They are very compassionate people, who want to make the world a better place for their loved ones. They reach out to people by showing them how to make the most out of each moment without getting bogged down in the past or worrying about the future.

You’ll find a huge variety of famous ESFPs in many career fields; Ronald Reagan, Howard Schultz, Marilyn Monroe, and Quentin Tarantino are just some ESFPs

What Does ESFP Stand For?

E = Extroversion. ESFPs focus on the outer world of experiences, people, and events, before focusing inwards.
S = Sensing. ESFPs focus more on the concrete, existing world than the world of theories and abstractions.
F = Feeling. ESFPs focus first on their value system and personal ethics when they have to make a decision.
P = Perceiving. ESFPs have a flexible, spontaneous approach to life. They enjoy generating options and tend to mix work with play.

ESFP Motivations and Weaknesses:

Driving Force: To make the most of each moment. To maximize resources and create opportunities. Stay in synch with people and situations in their environment and thrive on trusting their impulses.
Backup Strength: Trust their personal belief and value system, staying focused on what they want for themselves. Skilled at establishing personal bonds with other people.
Weaknesses: Can act too quickly and forget to consider the future implications of their actions. May be logically inconsistent at times.
Stressors: Being overly controlled, confrontation, too much time alone, excessive paper-work or theory, being asked to complete a task without specific instructions, excessive long-term planning.

ESFP Personality Traits:

Everyone has a unique background and lifestyle that shapes them, but most ESFPs have these characteristics in common:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Vivid, accurate memory of facts and experiences
  • A yearning for adventure and excitement
  • Focus on the present moment
  • Resourceful nature
  • Strong sense of individual ethics
  • A spontaneous, flexible approach to life
  • A down-to-earth, grounded outlook on life
  • Ability to “read a room” and sense people’s desires
  • Ability to stay calm in crisis situations
  • Ability to act quickly and respond fast to incoming data

ESFP Careers:

ESFPs like to make an impact, so a job that harnesses their creativity, passion, and cleverness is ideal. Whether they’re rapidly assessing someone’s injury in an emergency room or acting on stage, they enjoy responding to their environment and dealing with the unexpected. A lot of routine and predictability will make them bored and listless. They also crave a job that lets them work with friends and gives them a variety of new experiences. Bonus points if those careers utilize their natural aesthetic sense or realistic point of view.

Career Suggestions: Early childhood educator, Athletic coach, Surgeon, Emergency room nurse, Art therapist, Actor, Animator, Dancer, Photographer, Floral designer, Chef, Environmental scientist.

Famous ESFPs:

Bill Clinton, Michelangelo, Richard Branson, Larry Ellison, Howard Schultz, Wayne Dyer, Desmond Tutu, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce, Will Smith, Jamie Oliver, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Cameron Diaz, Andy Samberg, Dave Chapelle

Your Important ESFP Links:

What It Means to be an ESFP Personality Type

ESFP Cognitive Function Guide

7 Ways That ESFPs Make an Impact

ESFP or ENFP – Which One Are You?

10 Things ESFPs Look for in a Relationship

10 Things You Should Never Say to an ESFP

Understanding ESFP Sensing

The Top 7 Gift Ideas for ESFPs

5 Ways to Annoy an ESFP

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