My ENFP Portrait…

Portrait of an ENFP – Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
(Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling)

ENFP

ENFP

Well I already shared pictures from my professional photo session on my birthday.  So today I am sharing a different kind of portrait.  This is my personality portrait.

The ENFP personality type is one of the 16 different types identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). People with this type of personality are often described as enthusiastic, charismatic, and creative.  Anyone who has ever studied psychology, or worked in places that implemented Meyers-Brigg personality typing … may be familiar with this test and typing and the letters that go with that – the eight letters are E N F P I S T J … not in that order.  It is very helpful to understand your natural tendencies born to you in your personality.  This is not your skill level, or things you have learned over the years, this refers to your inner core and what is most natural. It is best to have this done by a certified professional, but of course there are free resources on the internet that will give you a general idea of your type. My husband is the exact opposite four letters from myself.    I am ENFP and he is ISTJ. Basically, I’m an extrovert, and he is an introvert.

Psychologist David Keirsey identifies ENFPs as “Champions,” which he suggests are rather rare. “Champions can be tireless in talking with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out,” Keirsey suggests. “And usually this is not simple storytelling; Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions.”   I love this quote because it is so true of me.

So what the heck does this mean for The Healthy Habit Lady?  It means a lot of things.  Words typically associated with ENFP’s are ‘Inspirer’ or ‘Champion’ like Keirsey suggests.  I found that interesting since I always sign my posts ‘make champion choices’.  I never knew that my personality type was considered a champion. Famous ENFP’s include Walt Disney, Ellen Degeneres, Katie Couric, Jennifer Anniston, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank, Sandra Bullock and Robin Williams, may he rest in peace.  You get the idea.

As an ENFP, my primary style of living is focused externally, as in what is around me.  I take things in primarily via my intuition. My secondary mode is internal, where I deal with things according to how I feel about them, or how they fit in with my core values.  This is critical.  I strive diligently to align my resources, time, talent, money, goals and energy so that they match up with my personal value system.

ENFPs are basically happy people. I can become unhappy though if I am confined to strict schedules or mundane tasks. I do not balance the checkbook, thank goodness.  My dear ISTJ hubby does that. Consequently, ENFPs tend to do best in situations where we have a lot of flexibility, and where we can work with people and ideas. I have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as I am excited about what I am doing.  This is why I work from home so well. I can easily ignore dirty dishes and dive into my projects.

People like me live in a world of exciting possibilities, but we see the details of everyday life as trivial drudgery. We place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and can frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When I do have to perform these types of things, I do not enjoy myself. This is a challenging area of life for some ENFP types, and can lead to frustration for family members who are more Type A.  Now don’t misunderstand, I can do detailed work.  Through life skills, professional development and discipline I have learned to do things like design a database (which is quite detailed) or create fabulous spreadsheets. But this is a learned skill, it is not my natural tendency. Now teaching it? Writing a book about it?  THAT fires me up.  So I love to learn and usually can be good at things, even if I do not necessarily WANT to be good at them, lol.  I was great at selling insurance but I hated it, lol.

Most ENFPs like me have great people skills. We are genuinely warm and interested in human beings! We are sincere and place great importance on inter-personal relationships. We often have an exceptional ability to intuitively understand a person after a very short period of time, and I use to enjoy this talent when teaching. I could use my intuition and flexibility to relate to others on their own level.  I am great with CEO’s and Executives, or hanging out with the janitor. It doesn’t matter.

I am very project-oriented, with vast interests and talents. People like me  go through several different careers during their lifetime. I’ve been a typist at the FBI, a legal secretary, a licensed real estate agent, licensed to sell insurance, an Executive Director to a non-profit organization, a technology teacher, a courseware writer, a manager, a college admissions rep, a vacation sales person and even a telemarketer. In high school I worked at a country store starting at age 14. Now let’s not even talk about home-based businesses.  ENFP’s have a tendency to fly from one passion to another. To onlookers, an ENFP like me may seem directionless and without purpose, but I assure you we are actually quite consistent, in that we have a strong sense of values in which we live by throughout our lives.  Everything that I do must be in line with my values.   I need to feel that I am living my life as my genuine self, walking in step with what I believe is right. I usually see meaning in everything, and am on a continuous quest to adapt my life and values to achieve inner peace. Since emotional excitement is usually an important part of an ENFP’s life, and because we are focused on keeping “centered”, an ENFP such as me is usually an intense individual, with highly evolved values.

I know this is long but indulge me if you will.  Perhaps, those of you who want to know me better or are interested in this type of psychology, may appreciate my candid sharing that others call word vomit.  {Or not}. Basically, I like to interact with LOTS of people and I love to be social.  I talk to strangers all the time. I compliment strangers often. Even if they’re rude to me in the market.  When I am socializing and around a lot of people, it energizes me.   I tend to be great at abstract thinking, always thinking about the future, and bored with teeny tiny details.  That’s where I need someone’s help to bring my big ideas to fruition.  With decision making, I will rely more on feelings and intuition and less on detailed criteria or objective data.  Not that I am oblivious to logic or data, but my natural tendency will be towards intuition.  ENFP’s need to be careful not to make snap decisions or rush to judgement, as we can often fly by the seat of our pants, make quick decisions, and deal with the details later. But I am better with age and maturity.  These ENFP characteristics are our natural tendencies … doesn’t mean we can’t learn skills to compensate and be productive. It always is good to know yourself well.

Another thing about us ENFP folks – we like to keep our options open. Folks like me like to be spontaneous and are very adaptable to change. And I have definitely moved a lot.  It did serve me well in the technology teaching arena.  Things would change constantly, or my schedule would change at the last minute, and I still delivered a star performance.  I once was flying to Boston and got re-routed to Pittsburg to teach something totally different and didn’t even have the books – and they loved me.  My boss was amazed.  Basically, I do not like routine and because of this I can fall victim to disorganization and procrastination.  Now I have improved on this greatly with life skills and maturity, but a young ENFP can often find herself in the midst of a big mess, lol.  I still swear that I work better under pressure.  Not sure why that is true.  Case in point, one time I did an article review assignment for college ahead of time.  Like six days ahead of deadline.  Well, that would be fine and great except then I totally forgot about it and didn’t print it out to turn in today.  Oops.  I got a zero.  I did the work and got a zero.  Oh well.  Lesson learned.

So, tell me – what questions do you have?

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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9 thoughts on “My ENFP Portrait…

  1. Dia

    This is like reading my autobiography. I knew I was different, even weird. But now that I’m RARE it feels pretty good haha. And I have some great company in you girlie.

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  2. Reblogged this on Hailey's Thoughts and commented:
    Anyone ever heard of Myers Briggs Personality Test? Fascinating thing, really, that I’ve had a just about a week long research project/obsession over. 😄
    (Okay, I research a lot of things…I like to learn, just on my own terms. 😉 )
    Anyway…I’m essentially an ENFP, and if you’re interested, this basically goes over that in surprisingly accurate detail for someone else with the same personality. 🙂

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  3. nikki♡

    Hello♡ I’m 16 years old and an enfp. (Sorry for advance, i am not really good in english language). I really love reading this. It even lighten up my day. But i have this curiosity, people always says that im childish and shameless. Because, whenever i saw a friend of mine from far away, i shouted their name. (Of course my voice volume quite loud) somehow they misunderstood my attitude as Attention Seeker and Drama Queen (because whenever I feel upset, i will be real emotional). Is this happen only when im teenager? All of my friends seem already mature and except for me, because whenver im inspired or happy by something new, i jumped happily like kids of 7 years old. Somehow being enfp sometimes made me sad and feel stupid. Please reply..

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    • Hi Nikki – – yes, I think this is a maturity thing that you are experiencing as a teenager and will greatly improve with age and experience. Hang in there, and stay true to YOU.

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  4. CB

    How is being a real estate agent for an ENFP? Are the teeny details too much (I know the real estate agents I have worked with were much too detailed in their conversation and drove me nuts!) On the other hand, it seems like it could offer freedom and a good income. Thanks for letting me know!

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    • CB … it was wonderful. I did really well. It was in a different state than I am in now and I am seriously considering getting my TX license. I am wise enough to know what I am weak with so I let a partner handle tiny details. I am capable of doing contracts and such, it is a learned skill – it may not be what is a natural strength but ENFP folks are great at being able to adapt and learn/adjust accordingly. So yes it is a great career for an ENFP and we notice everything, so that was great when looking at houses and matching people’s needs/wants/desires with what was available. I read people well and connect instantly – and people buy from people they like. I just knew when to ask for help when I needed it. Hope that helps.

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  5. Reblogged this on The Healthy Habit Lady and commented:

    An oldie but a goodie …

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  6. Oleg

    Hi I have a question. Do you think selling on AMazon would be a good chooice for ENFP?

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