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You might be an ESFP Personality type if you:

  • Get into a flow state on stage or when out and interacting with the outer world in some manner
  • Challenge yourself to constantly be a role model and to be your best and most authentic version of yourself
  • Sometimes compromise your dreams or ignore your feelings to focus on easy projects and things that will bring you quick success and status
  • Become stressed by not knowing the answer to something, not being able to make up your mind about something complicated

The ESFP personality type at their best will be highly attentive and share freely and openly of themselves. They like to express themselves to the world and put themselves out there to others. They are very generous, adaptable, and spontaneous. The ESFP challenges and pushes themselves to grow by staying honest and authentic in everything they do and being transparent about themselves with other people. This is scary and uncomfortable for them - but they do it when they have the confidence, because it’s very important to them.

The ESFP is one that will often push themselves hard at work and to meet external standards and expectations. This is actually not hard for them to do - it provides them with an escape from their own head and feelings for a bit. Sometimes, they become overwhelmed by their own expectations of themselves, which are often high and demanding. Work can then be a sense of relief, a way for them to get out of their own head.

The ESFP becomes overwhelmed by the great unknown. Not knowing the answer to something or what will happen in the future can scare them. But with stress resilience, they can work through this and figure things out as they go. 

The ESFP Eight Functions

Extroverted Sensing

The ESFP goes into a flow state when wielding Extroverted Sensing openly and effectively. They like to act in the here and now and to show and share themselves publicly with other people. They are attentive and immersed in the present and get energy from taking direct and immediate action. 

Introverted Feeling

The ESFP is one that grows from being able to speak honestly and authentically about how they feel and to share their individuality with other people. Introverted Feeling drives high growth in the ESFP, as it pushes them to constantly be their best and most authentic version of themselves. Acting in accordance with their ethics can make them slightly self perfectionistic. They want to think to make sure that everything they say is absolutely right and true for them and fear being misunderstood here. This function can be overwhelming for ESFPs.

Extroverted Thinking

For the ESFP, Extroverted Thinking can provide relief and escape from themselves and their own individual values and perfectionism. It can be a quick and easy way to provide and deliver results and money regardless of what is right or wrong or what feels meaningful or original. It can however cause them to lose motivation over time, as this function feels less rewarding.

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition stresses the ESFP to think about the great unknown. Why are you doing what you do and where are you going with your life and actions? These thoughts can drive anxiety and stress for you, but can also provide you with perspective on your life and who you are and why you do what you do. Generally, you will find no lasting resolution to these questions, which can be stressful in itself, because it is just speculation, but trusting in that your adaptable attitude and attention will fix it and help you move forward is key.

Introverted Sensing

Introverted Sensing is highly inspirational for an ESFP. It allows you to engage in healthy self discipline and pushes you to plan and think about what you do a bit longer before you do it. This function helps you develop some discipline and focus in what you do, making your actions more consistent. But it does frustrate you as an ESFP, who would like to get into more quick and direct action!

Extroverted Feeling

Extroverted Feeling allows you to connect more with people. It is more interpersonal and gives you a sense of fun and recreation. It can feel great to just have fun with others and to have positive and nice conversations with others. ESFPs get energy and relaxation and a sense of relief from being able to share their feelings and connect with others for a moment.

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking can be scary and stressful to engage in, but can also give you a sense of relief afterwards. Opening up and expressing doubts and negative thoughts and critiques that you have for a moment, can be a positive break from your generally enthusiastic and happy nature, as long as it doesn’t take over. 

Extroverted iNtuition

Extroverted iNtuition allows the ESFP to manage their actions and activities from a third person perspective, giving you knowledge not just of what you do, but also alternatives and different perspectives to look at the situation from. That can feel annoying - because you’d rather focus on the here and now. But sometimes, that can help you adjust your actions and behavior, so you can have more fun later. 

The dominant ESFP

The dominant ESFP is one that is highly open and expressive with themselves. They share freely of themselves regardless of what anyone else might think or future consequences or how other people could interpret the situation. They are generous and open minded people. They find direct ways to resolve future problems, and practical ways to respond to complex challenges and issues in the unknown. 

The Creative Subtype

The creative subtype ESFP is one that is highly focused on their individual truth and self expression. This type wants to pursue their own dreams no matter what the cost. They will push themselves hard to realize their dreams and can be highly ambitious in their self expressive nature.

The balanced subtype

The balanced subtype ESFP will be more focused on compromising with society and doing things that will drive profit and meet external standards and demands. These tasks are easy but provide little meaning and sense of accomplishment in the long run, so watch out that you don’t lose motivation from this.

The turbulent subtype

The turbulent subtype ESFP is one that is more careful with how they come across and their image and status and appearance. They think more about what they say and what they do. This makes them slightly more introverted than the average ESFP, but not enough to be an ISFP or INTJ. They still enjoy Extroverted Sensing the most. They’re just more conscientious and careful with how they express it.

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