ENFP personality type

Updated November 12, 2018

ENFP: Extravert-iNtuitive-Feeler-Perceiver

  • Jung type ENFP
  • Extraverts are outgoing, energetic and action-oriented. They are enthusiastic and expressive
  • iNtuitives pay more attention to information that is imaginative and original. iNtuitives focus on the future.
  • Feelers let their feelings and emotions play a leading role because of their concern for other people.
  • Perceivers prefer a lifestyle that is spontaneous, flexible and adaptable. They like an environment that is unstructured, and like to keep their options open.

An ENFP at a glance

ENFPs are charming, effervescent and people-oriented individuals. They have a contagious enthusiasm and love to inspire others to greater things. They see potential in everyone and in every situation.

People are naturally attracted to ENFPs - they see them as passionate, inspirational and lively. ENFPs have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time. They use their intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level - to be on the same wavelength.

ENFPs live in a busy world of possibilities where their imagination runs free and each and every day is important. They just can't bear to be left out of anything! For an ENFP, diversity is the universal key to happiness in life - they enjoy many different types of friends, interests and experiences.

Their probable contributions to an organization

Each personality type has a different set of skills, talents and attributes that they bring to an organization, group or relationship. Here is a list of those most commonly associated with personality types like ENFP.

  • Brings a special brand of warmth, graciousness, enthusiasm, color and vivaciousness to an organization.
  • Seeks variety, challenge, diversity, novelty and ideas.
  • Easily handles and excels in ambiguous situations.

On a team

Some people work well on teams, others work best on their own. Understanding the personality types of team members provides information about how individuals are likely to carry out their work and interact with each other. Given the personality preferences of an ENFP, the following are the strengths (and possible weaknesses!) they will most likely bring to a team:

  • Has an infectious excitement that inspires others.
  • Contributes creative ideas along with humanitarian values and limitless potential.
  • Constantly empowers and validates others and their contributions.

ENFP leadership style

Each personality type has its own leadership style, strengths and blind spots. The following highlights an ENFP approach to leadership, provides clues as to how an ENFP will act in a leader role, and pinpoints some of the leadership qualities.

  • Is enthusiastic and easily steps in when visionary leadership is required.
  • Persuades and motivates others through infectious excitement.
  • Tends to become interested in other projects before current ones are complete.

Communications style

Effective communication is composed of two elements: how well you listen, and how you express yourself. Good communication skills are at the heart of success. Being aware of how we communicate, how others communicate and how we prefer others to communicate with us, is a significant step in achieving this objective. Your personality style has its own communication strategies that are more effective for you than other's communication styles.

  • Speaks with energy and excitement; is genial and friendly.
  • Replies quickly and thinks on his/her feet.
  • Much prefers talking in person to communicating in writing.

Problem solving

Different people solve problems in different ways. Based on the ENFP personality type, ENFP's will probably use the following methods and skills in problem solving:

  • Is a terrific improviser.
  • Sometimes tends to find more problems embedded within problems that delay decision-making.
  • Looks at problems contextually and weighs the different options from a "big picture" viewpoint.

Stress Profile

Stress plays a significant factor in our abilities to be effective at work and have healthy sustainable relationships. The greater the stress, the harder it becomes to maintain quality work and quality relationships. Each personality type has strengths and blind spots. Under stress, blind spots emerge and people rely on their least favourite functions to operate.

Stress triggers
  • Being overextended and over-committed.
  • Neglecting needed food and rest, creating physical exhaustion or illness.
  • Doing detailed methodical step-by-step work over extended periods.
Stress profile characteristics
  • Begins to lose their enthusiasm, optimism and energy for life - it is no longer fun.
  • Starts to withdraw and becomes depressed, sad and despondent.
  • Turns very picky, finicky, irritable, rigid and crabby.


People are usually most effective when their environment matches their preferences and work style. When a good match is not present, it will be more difficult to achieve results. Below are some of the ENFP's work preferences and key characteristics that ENFP's look for in work, or try to avoid. These key characteristics also indicate how an ENFP would typically like to be managed or related to.

  • Pursues environments that are warm, accepting and people oriented.
  • Prefers situations where his/her vision can be implemented.
  • Enjoys work that is fun and playful, or interest is lost.

ENFP Learning style

For many years it has been known that different personality types have different ways of learning. Knowing how a person learns is a big advantage for structuring on-the-job training or classroom instruction. The ENFP learning style is as follows:

  • Enjoys learning that is an adventure and is a creative experience.
  • Is left cold by hard-core structure or straight lectures.
  • Learns through a variety of methods: reading, writing, listening, interacting with others and observation.

Opportunities for Growth

As we grow and mature, it is important to pull back from our favourite ways of doing things and build skills in the areas of our least favourite preferences. We thereby become a more balanced and versatile individual. The following suggestions address some of the ENFP more obvious blind spots and are areas to pay attention to.

  • Prioritize personal and others' needs and values- it is easy to start drowning in an ocean of ideas and possibilities, each of which seems important and critical.
  • Turn your mind off by getting into physical exercise- information overload and burnout is always just around the corner. Try to develop more realistic objectives within more realistic time frames.
  • Place greater attention on de-personalizing material, projects, information and solutions.

Jung personality types

There are sixteen Jung personality types. Take a free Jung personality test or learn more about the Jung typology.