ESFP (The Performer)

Zesty and energetic, the ESFP knows how to let loose while raising the spirits of everybody around them. They enjoy exploring new places, and socializing with different people?ESFPs often have friends who fall under several cohorts and generations! ESFPs tend to be spontaneous, energetic, talkative, enthusiastic and fun-loving. They come across as playful and energetic, and take pleasure in the things around them and are playful with an open sense of humor. As a result, they are often the center of attention in social situations.

The ESFP 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), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible as opposed to planned and organized.

The ESFP is often referred to as the “Explorer” or “Adventurer” because of their craving for stimulation and excitement. ESFPs are typically cheerful, loud, active, and easygoing. They want to experience life to its fullest and enjoy each moment as it happens – the present is a gift, after all.

ESFP key characteristics:

  • High-energy, influential presence
  • Optimistic and infectious outlook
  • Multitalented, picking up hobbies quickly
  • Many friend circles, easily trusting
  • Open-minded and fun-loving

ESFP Careers: Work Considerations for ESFPs

The ESFP typically prefers a lax and open-ended approach to career direction as a multi-business owner or employee. With their infectious enthusiasm and positivity, they excel in hospitality services, performing arts, and the travel industry.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Promoting a positive and lively atmosphere
  • Discovering new ways to connect teammates together
  • Handling stress with lighthearted humor
  • Energizing and moving various teams forward
  • Integrating well into any department

Areas for improvement:

  • Tendencies toward boredom easily
  • Scattered career direction, job-hopping
  • Selecting a viable and consistent career path
  • Managing mood swings as they arise
  • Staying on top of deadlines and responsibilities

Career suggestions:

  • Flight hospitality services
  • On-the-go performing arts
  • Elementary or secondary teaching
  • Travel consulting and services
  • Cross-border marketing

General career paths to avoid:

  • Middle management
  • Security and protection services
  • Computer programming, engineering
  • Data wrangling, information architecture
  • Forestry, manufacturing

Type:  [Extraverted – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving]

Keirsey temperament group:  Artisans (SP)

ESFP Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
  2. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  3. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
  4. Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Career matches for ESFP's:

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