ENFP (The Social Butterfly)

Bubbly and fun-loving, the ENFP loves to connect with all sorts of people. Each individual has unlimited potential, and they’re right there to help each one of them realize it. Whether through workshops, seminars, or after-work happy hours – the ENFP is ready to bring their ideas for people into the spotlight. ENFPs are typically energetic, warm and passionate. They are often agile and engaging communicators with a strong artistic side; they use this to promote enthusiasm for new ideas, people and activities and encourage others to do the same.

The ENFP personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Extraverted (E), iNtuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible as opposed to planned and organized.

The ENFP is often referred to as the “Social Butterfly” or “Communicator” because of their infectious energy and positive attitude. They also are no strangers to championing a cause, hence the nickname “The Champion” (the verb rather than the noun) is also often used for them. ENFPs are typically gregarious, warm, charming, and happy-go-lucky. They want to connect with people and understand how to create welcoming social environments for everyone.

ENFP key characteristics:

  • Creative work style which blends into play
  • Positive, warm, and enthusiastic
  • Makes others feel welcomed almost instantly
  • Unique and flashy choice of attire
  • Artistically inclined, multitalented

ENFP Careers: Work Considerations for ENFPs

The ENFP typically prefers an open-minded, trial-and-error approach to career direction, as a team leader or freelancer. With their positive energy and warm presence, they excel in journalism and creative industries, such as acting or television production.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Brainstorming new and exciting ideas
  • Lightening up the mood when stress begins to bubble
  • Breaking the ice with newcomers
  • Carving out fun out of an otherwise mundane routine
  • Energizing the entire team to work together well

Areas for improvement:

  • Taking responsibility to complete more “dry” tasks
  • Staying on top of deadlines and meetings
  • Organizing energy to meet important demands
  • Taking reasonably timed breaks
  • Drawing a line between professional and personal matters

Career suggestions:

  • Journalism, television production
  • Freelance travel writing
  • Creative directing
  • Workshop facilitating
  • Video creation (e.g. Youtube channel)

General career paths to avoid:

  • Law enforcement and patrol services
  • Aviation sciences and operations
  • Higher-level professorship
  • Surveillance and cybersecurity
  • Data entry, computer programming

Type:  [Extraverted – Intuitive – Feeling – Perceiving]

Keirsey temperament group:  Idealists (NF)

ENFP Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
  2. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  3. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
  4. Introverted Sensing (Si)

Career matches for ENFP's:

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