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ENFP…….Way more than you ever wanted to know…..

March 19, 2009

I took a personality test and found out that I am (still) an ENFP personality type. The test is a shortened version of the Myers Briggs personality test and you can take it for free here.

NOTE – I forgot to mention that I found this on Deep’s website who found it on Roop’s website. Thanks for sharing!

This is what I learned about myself. You can tune out now if you don’t really care – it’s pretty long – but if you take the test – let me know what you found out about you.

ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right. They see meaning in everything, and are on a continuous quest to adapt their lives and values to achieve inner peace. They’re constantly aware and somewhat fearful of losing touch with themselves. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of the ENFP’s life, and because they are focused on keeping “centered”, the ENFP is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.

An ENFP needs to focus on following through with their projects. This can be a problem area for some of these individuals. Unlike other Extraverted types, ENFPs need time alone to center themselves, and make sure they are moving in a direction which is in sync with their values. ENFPs who remain centered will usually be quite successful at their endeavors. Others may fall into the habit of dropping a project when they become excited about a new possibility, and thus they never achieve the great accomplishments which they are capable of achieving.

Most ENFPs have great people skills. They are genuinely warm and interested in people, and place great importance on their inter-personal relationships. ENFPs almost always have a strong need to be liked. Sometimes, especially at a younger age, an ENFP will tend to be “gushy” and insincere, and generally “overdo” in an effort to win acceptance. However, once an ENFP has learned to balance their need to be true to themselves with their need for acceptance, they excel at bringing out the best in others, and are typically well-liked. They have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.

Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP’s family members.

An ENFP who has “gone wrong” may be quite manipulative – and very good it. The gift of gab which they are blessed with makes it naturally easy for them to get what they want. Most ENFPs will not abuse their abilities, because that would not jive with their value systems.

ENFPs sometimes make serious errors in judgment. They have an amazing ability to intuitively perceive the truth about a person or situation, but when they apply judgment to their perception, they may jump to the wrong conclusions.

ENFPs who have not learned to follow through may have a difficult time remaining happy in marital relationships. Always seeing the possibilities of what could be, they may become bored with what actually is. The strong sense of values will keep many ENFPs dedicated to their relationships. However, ENFPs like a little excitement in their lives, and are best matched with individuals who are comfortable with change and new experiences.

Having an ENFP parent can be a fun-filled experience, but may be stressful at times for children with strong Sensing or Judging tendancies. Such children may see the ENFP parent as inconsistent and difficult to understand, as the children are pulled along in the whirlwind life of the ENFP. Sometimes the ENFP will want to be their child’s best friend, and at other times they will play the parental authoritarian. But ENFPs are always consistent in their value systems, which they will impress on their children above all else, along with a basic joy of living.

ENFPs are basically happy people. They may become unhappy when they are confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. Consequently, ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they’re doing.

Because they are so alert and sensitive, constantly scanning their environments, ENFPs often suffer from muscle tension. They have a strong need to be independent, and resist being controlled or labelled. They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.

ENFPs are charming, ingenuous, risk-taking, sensitive, people-oriented individuals with capabilities ranging across a broad spectrum. They have many gifts which they will use to fulfill themselves and those near them, if they are able to remain centered and master the ability of following through.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2009 7:11 am

    hi, I am also ENFP, nicve to meet you, type-mate! 🙂
    do you agree wit the results?

  2. whatev permalink
    April 13, 2009 10:20 pm

    look, to clear it up: u get only ONE TYPE. ur personality DOES NOTTT change, UNLESS something dramatic in ur life CAUSES IT TO, like child abuse or a death of a relative. u CANNOT be a combo of esfj, entj, enfp …etc. cuz that does NOT make sense. thats like bipolar personality…

    point is or either 1 or the other.

  3. whatev permalink
    April 13, 2009 10:19 pm

    well, personalities dont change unless something drastic causes them 2 like deaths in a family.

    so im not sure. i mean i was a very strong enfp at a young age, being super “gushy” and all but i seem to have lost that gushiness. not saying im NOT an enfp, im just saying, there are 2 phases: 1st ur very very gushy and always trying to get people 2 like u, then u learn 2 be true 2 urself and pple will like u automatically.

  4. March 23, 2009 7:24 am

    @ areason2write – I am so weird I freak myself out!!!…but it’s the usual story, not a very happy childhood, father changing job and locations very often, being uprooted every few years, no sense of roots, hyper-sensitive, poor social skills (inherited from unsocial parents), general alienation…lotsa people have it I’m sure.

  5. March 23, 2009 1:06 am

    Lola – it would not surprise me a bit ! 😉

  6. March 22, 2009 11:41 pm

    I took that test a while ago, and I forget what I was. I’m definitely unhappy when confined to strict schedules and mundane tasks, and I know I wasn’t an introvert, so maybe we’re twins ;0

  7. March 21, 2009 9:49 pm

    Josie – but you did not say what you are! 😎

    Nancy – it is pretty dead-on – at least the good parts!

  8. Nancy permalink
    March 21, 2009 1:56 pm

    ESFJ…keep in mind I WAS raised with morals, so I fall in that GOOD category of ESFJ’s. 🙂 Pretty accurate, dontcha think?

  9. March 21, 2009 10:58 am

    Boston 123: we have used this similairly in our office when we were having some dynamic issues with the staff. It helped alot. It has also helped my partners and I understand how we each think.

    It is a great tool.
    The sad thing is that my hubby knew what I would be before I even took the test. Somehow, that ruffled my feathers that he knows me better than I know myself. LOL

  10. March 21, 2009 6:54 am

    Deep – I am surprised you are introverted – we are exact opposites.

    Kathleen – It is interesting that extrovert is my least convincing score – the others I am off the charts!

    Boston123 – that is hysterical! Does it work?

  11. boston123 permalink
    March 20, 2009 2:47 pm

    The guy who administered this test to one of my teams and myself, suggested we keep our colleagues’ profile in mind, and tailor our conversations/ communications in a way that plays to their preferred style! We now have our designations( ENTJ, IFSJ etc..) posted outside our offices/ cubicles, so you can ‘diagnose’ my style , before entering my office and talking to me !

  12. Kathleen permalink
    March 20, 2009 11:17 am

    Ah I am an ESTJ! I have had to take this also multiple times and i have always been right down the middle, my scores are barely over the median so even though I am ESTJ I really could be multiple combinations of ENFP, ESTP, ENFJ…etc. I always think its fun to see how this turns out!

  13. March 20, 2009 6:20 am

    I took it a while back, here are my results…

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