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Planning: Personality & Careers:
Feeling, Perceiving - ESFPs represent
approximately 13% of the population. ESFPs have
very strong interpersonal skills, and may frequently
find themselves in the role of the peacemaker. They
are easy, outgoing, friendly, accepting, unprejudiced,
open-minded, and tolerant people who rely on their direct
senses. Since they make decisions by using their personal
values, they are usually very sympathetic and concerned
for other people's well-being. They're usually quite
generous and warm. They are very observant about other
people, and seem to sense what is wrong with someone
before others might, responding warmly with a solution
to a practical need. They might not be the best advice-givers
in the world, because they dislike theory and future-planning,
but they are great for giving practical care (1,2,8).
ESFPs are spontaneous, optimistic individuals. They
love to have fun so much that they can become overindulgent
and place more importance on immediate sensation and
gratification than on their duties and obligations.
They may also avoid looking at long-term consequences
of their actions. For the ESFP, the entire world is
a stage. They love to be the center of attention and
perform for people. They're constantly putting on a
show for others to entertain them and make them happy.
They enjoy stimulating other people's senses, and are
extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than
for life to be a continual party, in which they play
the role of the fun-loving host (1,2,8).
An ESFPs Career Choice Should Probably Include...
- A lot of contact with people
with a myriad of new experiences.
- Plenty of opportunities to
work closely with a variety of other people on a variety
of projects throughout the day.
- The opportunity to use their
great people skills and practical perspective, which
will also provide them with enough new challenges
that they will not become bored.
- A relaxed, friendly, and active
environment where they feel part of a team and they
are appreciated and rewarded for there contributions.
- Work that is of a practical
and helpful nature, where they have plenty of hands-on
involvement and are able to see the results of their
- Work that allows independence and resourcefulness
- The opportunity to learn and
master skills and then use them to solve problems
using their common sense and realistic point of view.
- The chance to mediate problems,
solve crises, and use their warmth and sense of humor
to defuse difficult or tense situations and bring
them to positive endings.
An ESFPs Strengths are...
ESFPs are friendly, warm, and energetic people who
usually have a wide and varied circle of friends.
They are active, talkative, and easy going with a
love of life that is infectious to everyone around
them. They look for and find fun in everything they
do and are at their best when they are busy doing
things with people they enjoy. Realistic, sensible,
and down to earth, ESFPs are good with details, and
have great memories for the facts that pertain to
Sympathetic and eager to help anyone, ESFPs are usually
not interested in judging or trying to control others.
Many ESFPs have a great love of animals and nature.
Using their well developed common sense, they are
usually good at solving immediate problems to make
things easier or make a real and tangible difference
in people's lives. Their spontaneity and adaptability
enable them to respond quickly to opportunities and
keep several balls in the air at one time (1,2,7,8).
ESFPs are good at...
- hands-on tasks that let them use their technical
or artistic skills
- being practical and realistic
- bringing energy, enthusiasm, and fun to their
- adapting and responding to unexpected changes
- communicating with a variety of people, making
people feel good
- being independent and resourceful
- using common sense to see what needs to be done
and getting started
- public speaking, teaching, and meeting facilitation
An ESFPs Weaknesses are...
ESFPs tend to live in the present and this makes
it difficult for them to look beyond the moment
and plan ahead. They can be caught in a situation
for which they are ill prepared; a situation that
might have been anticipated if they had focused further
down the road. They tend to be skeptical about accepting
theories or approaches with which they have no personal
experience. Their social nature can distract them
from commitments and they can find themselves over-committed
because it is so difficult for them to turn
down invitations (1,2,7,8).
ESFPs can get their feelings hurt when others are
not as generous or loving as they are because they
take a personal approach to life. They base their
decisions on their personal feelings and experiences
and can fail to see the more logical consequences
of their actions. They need to work at staying objective
and reading between the lines to get a more accurate
view of the big picture (1,2,7,8).
Things to watch out for...
ESFPs need to socialize with others may create
difficulties at work or school. Their tendency to
overemphasize subjective data can cause problems
in structured situations. Like all SPs, ESFPs resist
regulations and they can become quite defiant when
their sense of freedom is violated. Their disregard
for standard procedures will take the form of passive
resistance and ESFPs usually develop many skills
to annoy the people they blame for their loss of
liberty. ESFPs are prone to neglecting time-limits
and situations requiring organized goals; under
such circumstances, ESFPs will become bored and
restless, and will quickly develop a feeling of
If a stressful situation endures, ESFPs will respond
against others by mistreating themselves and acquiring
habits that are self-destructive. Feeling empty,
restless, and bored, ESFPs may experience a regression
of their skills, graceful movements, and maturity.
ESFPs penalize those responsible for obstructing
their freedom while, at the same time, they restore
excitement back into their own lives. Having not
obtained freedom through appropriate behavior, ESFPs
overwhelmed with stress will behave in ways that
are unproductive to themselves and others (1,2,7,8).
Other concerns to watch for:
- making strong and stubborn judgments against
person who crossed them
- becoming distracted and getting off track
- becoming overindulgent and placing more importance
on immediate sensation and gratification than
on duties and obligations
- avoiding making tough decisions or risking hurting
others' feelings by being too direct and honest
- being disorganized, undisciplined, and avoid
- ignoring or escaping conflict situations rather
than facing them
- avoiding theoretical subjects or working alone
- not paying enough attention to their own needs
- accepting things at face value and not looking
for less obvious meanings
Needs: ESFPs need to look twice to be certain they
have not overlooked a problem hiding behind affability.
They need to develop a better balance between work and
"play" time. It is important for them to consider
logic and long-range vision when making decisions and
to reduce their tendency toward impulsiveness.
ESFPs Might Consider
- Looking at Type and Careers,
by Charles R. Martin, Ph.D., Copyright 1995 by Center
for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)
- Looking at Type: The Fundamentals,
by Charles R. Martin, Ph.D., Copyright 1997 by Center
for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)
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Types Under Stress
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Personality & Careers
Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor