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ESFP – Outgoing, Realistic, Friendly, Accepting

Extrovert – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving

ESFPs add outgoingness, pleasure, friendly, accepting, flexible and spontaneous to equal “party animal”. They love people, fun and the joys of the material world.

They have great people skills, being tolerant, tactful, sympathetic and accepting. They are persuasive and influential and enjoy working with people to make things happen. They like to be the center of attention, entertain and tell stories. When they are with people, they are usually “on stage”. They love to talk and are good conversationalists.

They have strong practical abilities with people and things, and have good common sense. They combine playfulness with a realistic approach to make work fun.

Most Developed Skill

The strongest drive with the Extrovert Sensing Feeling Perceiving is a playful enjoyment of people and life. They trust concrete facts (what they can see, hear, feel, smell and taste) and specifics above everything. They are practical, reliable, forceful, and excitable.


The strengths of this pattern lie in the ability to seize opportunities, take action and risk, and improvise to make things happen. They are good at crisis management of practical problems. Their loyalty and commitment is strong.


Because ESFPs dominant skill is in sensing, they often develop excellent visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory or kinesthetic/motor abilities. They are good with physical activities. They are good at people type decisions.


Possible weaknesses in this skill set can be irresponsible, childish, unreliable behavior. The Sensing Perceiving combination can lead to acting before thinking things through. The tendency to take criticism and negative feedback personally can undermine their ability to take action.

Stress Response

Under stress, they can be rigid, opportunistic, irritable, undependable.

Typical Expression

ESFPs typical expression is energetic observations about people and actions. They do not always express feeling – more likely to poke fun in a good-natured way, or in their actions.


ESFPs value practical action and kindness.


They have high need for autonomy, variety and action. Procedures, structure and repetition will not sit well with them.


The Sensing Perceiving combination learns best experientially. Abstractions and theories seem complicated and tedious. They need to live their experiences, not talk about them. They are good at hands on skill development – honing skills through practice.

Least Developed Skills

The least developed skill is introverted intuition. When they need to connect concrete reality and symbolism they can create dark and pessimistic fantasies and negative expectations of the future.

The lack of introverted intuition can result in withdrawal from social activities and feelings of incompetence in relationships. Logic, analysis and the ability to abstract is most difficult.

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