At their best, ENFPs are the most passionate and the most enthusiastic when they are placed in a new, foreign environment full of art, mystery and meaningful possibility. They take pride in being honest, ethical, and considerate. They are some of the most brave in entertaining possibilities of change, and at the same time, they are the most afraid of never setting down their roots and never finding anything with permanence. In the ENFP mind, everything is about transformation and growth. But if anything can change, what if things never remain stable?
Cognitive functions in flow
Seeker, Artist, Lover, Rebel, Explorer, Dreamer
Freedom, Honesty, Variation, Connection
Extroverted iNtuition, Extroverted Feeling, Feeling Perceiving and iNtuitive Perceiving
The ENFP In Flow
The ENFP is a complex mix of multiple different virtues. They represent freedom, democracy, change and growth. Freedom to go and do whatever you wish, to be able to make your own choices, to live life as you see fit. Democracy to live, discuss and connect with others and to be able to make decisions together with the people. Growth, which is to
The ENFP is a complex mix of multiple different virtues. They represent freedom, democracy, change and growth. Freedom to go and do whatever you wish, to be able to make your own choices, to live life as you see fit. Democracy to live, discuss and connect with others and to be able to make decisions together with the people. To grow, to develop, to learn new things about yourself and to become a better person every day. To change and to vary and explore new sides of yourself.
What I’ve seen in the ENFP myths and legends is a character who will do what is right even when there is no law or duty or system to dictate what “right” is. The ENFP makes a virtue of pursuing freedom, but also using freedom to do what they feel is moral, focusing on humanitarian and ethical concerns. It is important here, that they feel that their actions are honest and that they are being true to themselves. Every person has their own path and their own truth.
The ENFP seeks growth and to grow as a person, and to do this, they must be authentic and real with themselves. Nothing can be forced and you can’t pressure forward change in yourself or in others. The ENFP wants life to happen naturally, and for people to open up about their feelings and share their views openly. The ENFP is transparent and believes that people can change and become better. I’ve seen in ENFPs a strong desire to find meaning and connection in things that may seem random or pointless. At least, that is the ENFP at their best.
The ENFP Under Stress
Where ENFPs are usually democratic and open to communicate and discuss things with others, under stress, they can become impatient and forceful. They may start to order other people, when normally, they would ask for permission first.
Instead of seeing the potential and the future possibilities of something, they begin to demand that things happen immediately. Things start feeling more urgent to the ENFP in stress. They become more hedonistic, and instead of seeking novelty, they settle for excess.
They lose their feeling of freedom and instead feel forced to be more realistic. They adapt to the situation, rather than attempt to change it. This ENFP makes no time for things to grow and has no patience for things that take time, instead, the ENFP begins to explore alternatives and options that could be better when the current ones don’t work.
The ENFP begins to suspect that other people are dishonest with them, and starts to read in hidden motives. Under stress, we begin to see Extroverted Thinking, Extroverted Sensing, Thinking Perceiving and Sensing Perceiving influence the ENFP. There is a strong detachment and lack of passion in their use of thinking and sensing, making them seem excessive and detached in their use of sensing and thinking.
The ENFP Weaknesses
The core ENFP weaknesses are self-discipline, practical skills, patience, critical thinking, planning and execution, and conservation. The dark side of the ENFP can manifest as in an inability to explain carefully and logically, their decision making and thought process to others. They can be sometimes impatient and can rush to the finish line, and grow bored quickly in a routine.
They find it draining to sit down and count up all their arguments before they make a decision, and prefer to involve and ask other people for advice and feedback before they make up their mind. The ENFP tends to prefer an organic, natural approach to life and decision making. They find it hard to push or force themselves to do something if they don’t want it, even if they can rationally know it’s for the best for the system.
The ENFP core weaknesses are Introverted Sensing, Introverted Thinking, Thinking Judging and Sensing Judging. These are mainly manifested as insecurities in an ENFP.
The ENFP Ideals
In the ENFP, there are four primary ideals, things they will strive towards but never feel they possess. The first is wisdom, the ENFP knows they don’t know anything. They love to seek insight, but never feel satisfied that they have found the answer to something. The ENFP will value being kind, but do not feel the pride that they have done enough. They value restraint and focus, but always know there’s another alternative.
We see in the ENFP ideals introverted intuition, introverted feeling, feeling judging, and intuitive judging. The ENFP can manifest all these traits naturally and find all these traits internally motivating, but lack confidence in them. These functions are experienced as an external source of inspiration, often activated when you are with a friend or when you have the right external tools to channel this mindset.
You can’t force the use of these functions, as that will instead trigger stress. Mastering them, is difficult, and requires vulnerability and an opening to unconscious influence. You have to give in to the energy and power from these functions and find the inner confidence to hold them even though they are difficult. But that’s the path to growth as an ENFP.