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What Are ENFPs like?

ENFPs are the warm, excitable idea-generators of the Myers-Briggs Inventory.

ENFPs are the warm, excitable idea-generators of the Myers-Briggs Inventory. ENFPs are ceaselessly passionate and insatiably curious about the people and the world that surrounds them. They are lovers of all things creative, colorful and quirky. In short:

  • ENFPs an extrovert and an introvert.
  • They’re intuitive and a sensor.
  • They’re a feeler and a thinker.
  • They’re a perceiver and a judger.

The Meaning: What does it mean to be an ENFP?

On the surface, ENFPs appear to be bubbly, confident, personable and enthusiastic. They are fiercely engaging personalities who care passionately about the world that surrounds them and the people who make it up. They have a particular knack for riling people up and making those around them feel comfortable, appreciated and loved.

What is less apparent about the ENFP is the rich inner world that exists beneath their surface. ENFPs feel and experience life on an incredibly deep level – they are constantly picking apart new experiences to decipher their meaning and determine their significance. This type may seem wildly extroverted to others, but they often feel the most in touch with themselves when they are alone. Their solitary world is where the ENFP goes to make sense of the lives they are living and process what their experiences truly mean.

Though they are agreeable on the surface, ENFPs are often extremely driven individuals. This type is compelled by a strong set of ideals that they often conceive at an incredibly young age. They may jump between careers, opportunities and experiences in their adult lives but nonetheless feel as though they’re perfectly on track to becoming the kind of person they want to be. For the ENFP, experiences are not ends in themselves but vessels through which they can uncover deeper, more complex truths about life. Therefore, the more experiences they draw in and process in a meaningful way, the more fulfilled the ENFP feels.

Of course, this type is not without its struggles. In their younger years, ENFPs may lack the follow-through they require to get the most out of their experiences. They may give up on new projects prematurely or find themselves constantly getting distracted by more exciting options and engaging in a never-ending chase for the next great ‘high.’ This tendency is likely to even out as they age, but an ENFP who does not learn to apply judgment to their perceptions is at risk of wandering between experiences indefinitely – ultimately leaving them feeling unfulfilled.

At their best, ENFPs are passionate, creative, enthusiastic, driven and genuinely inspirational to those around them. This type possesses a unique mixture of emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills and pure mental strength which, when combined, will get them to just about wherever they’d like to be in life.

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The ENFP Survival Guide

The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide by Heidi Priebe.

In The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide, seasoned MBTI author and shameless ENFP Heidi Priebe explains how to manage the ups, downs and inside-outs of everyday life as one of the most passionate yet self-contradictory types, The ENFP. Available on Amazon and iBooks.

ENFP Facts

  • ENFP is one of the 16 personality types of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
  • ENFP stands for Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perception (P).
  • Famous ENFPs include Keira Knightley, Sandra Bullock, Carol Burnett, Katie Couric, Ellen Degeneres, and Anne Frank.
  • 7% of the population is said to be an ENFP.

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