Of all personality types, the ENFJ (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging) has excellent people skills and truly cares about the happiness and well-being of others. People see the ENFJ, which stands for extraverted intuitive feeling judging, as a giver. As an ENFJ, your primary way to evaluate people and situations is externally. That means you consider everything based on how well it fits into your value system and how you feel about it. Intuition is secondary.
Because your outward focus is on other people, you see possibilities where others see obstacles. You have a natural ability to love, nurture, and care for others as well as bring out the best in them. You enjoy seeing people happy and having a good time. Most ENFJs are extremely unselfish, but some may use their natural people skills to manipulate others. This can be a difficult pattern to detect and change if it goes unchallenged for many years.
ENFJs comes in both ENFJ-t and ENFJ-a variations, depending on whether the individual leans towards the “turbulent” or “assertive” end of the scale. Each of these we will discuss in the near future.
Strengths and Weaknesses of ENFJs
Another challenge faced by people with an ENFJ personality is spending time alone. Being extraverted, this can seem like a punishment rather than the opportunity for rest and reflection that it really is. You may find yourself filling your life with non-stop activity and more relationships than you can reasonably handle to avoid this discomfort. It’s essential that you consider your own needs to avoid burnout and being taken advantage of by others.
Compared to other extraverted personality types, you have more difficulty expressing your opinions and letting people get to know you at an intimate level. When you do express your beliefs, it’s not likely that they will be too personal. The main reason for this is that you don’t want to alienate anyone. You run the risk of feeling lonely even when constantly surrounded by others because it’s hard for you to reveal your true self.
Possible Career Choices for the ENFJ
Your personality type is a good match for careers that serve others since you are genuinely interested in their growth and well-being. Some possibilities you may wish to consider include:
- Human Resources Manager
- Social Worker
Your outgoing nature may also make you a good candidate to work as a politician, sales representative, or consultant. However, you will feel uncomfortable if these jobs make you go against your strong value system. Jobs that are more solitary and quiet in nature are definitely not for you. Some examples include writer, reference librarian, and record keeper. You would quickly become bored due to not having the stimulation of other people or the ability to engage in meaningful conversation throughout the day.
The Career Project can help you find rewarding work that is well suited to your skills and abilities. We have career profiles prepared by people within each profession so you can learn the ins-and-outs of what a job in a particular field will entail. Browse the different career profiles available now to find the right career for you. To learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, read our first post.