ENFP

Dominant, Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Outwardly focused on possibilities for enhancing human potential 

Auxiliary, Introverted Feeling (Fi): Inwardly evaluating ideas according to their personal values 

At Their Best
For people with ENFP preferences, life is a creative adventure full of exciting possibilities. ENFPs are keenly perceptive about people and insightful about the present and future. They experience a wide range of feelings and intense emotions. They need affirmation from others and readily give appreciation and support.

ENFPs are good at understanding how people and groups work and are persuasive and compelling in pursuing what is important to them. They are adaptable, blooming where they are planted. Their energy and enthusiasm encourage others to bloom as well.

ENFPs can be considered the Compassionate Explorers. They use Extraverted Intuition (Ne) as their core approach to work and living. ENFPs usually take an energetic approach and are interested in ideas and possibilities. They tend to actively play with new concepts and pursue new ventures.

Compassionate Explorers thrive in situations where they have variety and flexibility. They want opportunities to try new things and re-invent old ways of doing things. If you are a Compassionate Explorer, you are likely at your best when you are engaging in open-ended activities and discussions. Compassionate Explorers tend to trust and use a decision making process that evaluates options based on personal values and how people will be affected.  This decision making approach provides direction and ensures the ENFPs don’t get lost trying out the many options they can imagine. Others usually won’t see this secondary process as the evaluation and prioritizing of ideas tends to happen internally. You will see this approach indirectly when the ENFP decides to act on one of the ideas they have been considering.

Characteristics of ENFPs 
ENFPs are innovators, initiating projects and directing great energy into getting them under way. Using Intuition primarily externally, they are stimulated by new people, ideas, and experiences. They find meaning and significance readily and see connections that others don’t. They are likely to be:
 
• Curious, creative, and imaginative
 
• Energetic, enthusiastic, and spontaneous

ENFPs value harmony and goodwill. They like to please others and will adapt to others’ needs and wishes when possible. ENFPs primarily use Feeling internally, making decisions by applying personal values through identification and empathy with others. ENFPs are likely to be:
 
• Warm, friendly, and caring
 
• Cooperative and supportive

ENFPs have exceptional insight into possibilities in others and the energy and motivation to help actualize them. They feel confident moving ahead based on their insights, and their enthusiasm tends to bring others along with them.

ENFPs are typically warmly enthusiastic PLANNERS OF CHANGE; imaginative, individualistic; pursue inspiration with impulsive energy; seek to understand and inspire others. With Extraverted Intuition as the strongest mental process, they are at their best when caught in the enthusiasm of a project, sparking others to see its benefits.

They typicallly value:
 
• The surge of inspirations; the pull of emerging possibilities
 
• A life of variety, people, warm relationships
 
• Following their insights wherever they lead
 
• Finding meaning behind the facts
 
• Creativity, originality, a fresh perspective
 
• An optimistic, positive, enthusiastic view of life
 
• Flexibility and openness
 
• Exploring, devising and trying out new things
 
• Open-ended opportunities and options
 
• Freedom from the requirement of being practical
 
• Learning through action, variety, and discovery
 
• A focus on people’s potentials
 
• Brainstorming to solve problems
 
• Work made light and playful by inspiration

How Others May See Them 
ENFPs are usually lively, gregarious, and sociable, with a large circle of friends. They are interested in almost everything and bring zest to life that draws others to them. At the same time, they value depth and authenticity in their close relationships and direct great energy to creating and supporting open and honest communication.

ENFPs hate routine, schedules, and structure and usually manage to avoid them. They are normally verbally fluent, even in extemporaneous situations; however, when their deepest values need expression, they may suddenly be awkward and express their judgments with uncharacteristic intensity.

Others usually see ENFPs as:
 
• Personable, perceptive, and persuasive
 
• Enthusiastic, spontaneous, and versatile
 
• Giving and seeking affirmation

Potential Areas of Growth 
Sometimes life circumstances have not supported ENFPs in the development and expression of their Feeling and Intuitive preferences.

 
• If they have not developed their Feeling, they may go from enthusiasm to enthusiasm, never committing the energy necessary to actualize their insights, or they may make overly personal decisions.
 
• If they have not developed their Intuition, they may fail to take in enough information, lack trust in their own insights, be uncertain, and accept others’ perceptions too quickly.

If ENFPs do not find a place where they can use their gifts and be appreciated for their contributions, they usually feel frustrated and may:
 
• Become scattered, have trouble focusing, be easily distracted
 
• Fail to follow through on decisions
 
• Become rebellious, excessively nonconforming
 
• Ignore deadlines and procedures

It is natural for ENFPs to give less attention to their non-preferred Sensing and Thinking parts. If they neglect these too much, however, they may:
 
• Not take care of the details and routine required for implementing their inspirations
 
• Overextend themselves – have trouble saying no to interesting possibilities and people
 
• Fail to apply reason and logic to assess their inspirations and decisions

Under Great Stress
Under great stress, ENFPs may become overwhelmed by detail and lose their normal perspective and sense of options. Then they tend to focus on an unimportant or distorted detail, letting it become the central fact of their universe. 

Sources
Introduction to Type, Sixth Edition developed by Isabel Briggs Myers

MMTIC®Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children developed by Charles Martin, Elizabeth Murphy, and Betsy Styron

Donna Dunning’s terrific blog

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