An ESFP is popular and cares a lot about people. The ESFP genuinely cares if people are enjoying themselves, and the ESFP is gifted at figuring out what will be fun for everyone. Center stage is very comfortable for the ESFP as long as the situation involves people and entertainment.
ESFPs are less comfortable with intellectualizing, long-term planning, and being on the sidelines. A good match for an ESFP is an ISTJ because the two types balance each other while still being able to appreciate each others’ strengths – especially living in the moment.
• Life of the party
“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 part, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host.” – Personality Page
Areas of Growth
ESFPs have outstanding social skills and great sense of optimism so it’s a good bet that if ESFPs are dissatisfied, it’s due to lack of commitment. ESFPs often have a difficult time with commitment. In both work and relationships, if this weakness goes untethered the ESFP could end up alone, or bouncing from relationship to relationship or job to job. The bouncing feels good at points, but long-term, constant change can put the ESFP on the sidelines in either realtionships or work or both.
For an ESFP to attain fulfillment, he or she needs to balance the need for fun and excitement and change with the need to commit to something in order to be an important part of something.
ESFP’s are great at “winging it,” and rarely prepare ahead of time. ESFP’s expect the lucky break and are extremely optimistic and energetic.
• Freedom to interact with people
• Rigid routines
• Lack of free time
• Long term planning
“A study ESFPs revealed that they reported more sources of stress in their lives than any other type. They were stressed out about children, intimate relationships, school, finances, health, care for aging parents, and “other.” The list of things that didn’t stress them out is smaller: work and balancing home and work. It would seem that job stress is the least of the ESFP’s worries.” – Oddly Developed Types
To function at their best
“They are of the moment and people-centric so great at service roles and at making people feel really special. They do not like slow-paced environment or those where it is quiet and serious. They love being thrown in and just sorting it out and they do that really well. The ESFP is not a long-range planner but uses their expediency and desire to ‘do good’ to solve immediate, people- based problems and ensure that harmony reigns within their domain. They have an incredible talent for making people feel special, for diffusing tension and solving even the most difficult ‘people’ issue.” – Prelude Character Analysis
ESFPs embrace their love relationships in a Big way – similar to the way they approach their lives in general. They love to be in love, and will try to make the most of each moment. They take things on a day-by-day basis, and are uncomfortable thinking too much about the future, or making plans far in advance. For this reason, ESFPs are not natural long-term commitment people. They may feel tremendously committed on a day-by-day basis, but they do not naturally plan for their futures. The Personality Page
ESFP at work
ESFP love working in groups, and they have the ability to match common sense with flexibility.
In a work setting, the ESFP will bring an urgency to get things rolling – and make sure they happen right now. The ESFP will look to have an immediate and positive impact on the team and as such will be a good catalyst for action, and cutting through anything woolly or ethereal. They will be great at maintaining group morale, energizing the team and spreading their natural enthusiasm and positivity among the others. The ESFP will not be the note taker or the planner; they prefer to deal only with the ‘here and now. – Prelude Character Analysis
Top Careers for an ESFP
• Administrative assistant
• Child Care
• Human resources
• Interior designer
• Sales Representative