ESFP Personality Type Description & Cognitive Functions

Nickname: The Dancer

Core Values: Experience, Connection, Honesty and Spontaneity

Primary Needs: To be understood, to be shown kindness. That people can be patient with them and help them with structure and routine.

Cognitive Functions: Extroverted Sensing, Extroverted Feeling, Feeling Perceiving and Sensing Perceiving

Worldview: Social

Temperament: Adaptor

 

ESFP Personality Type Description

The ESFPs all share a love for an active lifestyle, where things are done on gut feeling, in the moment, where things are happening. There is a need for life to always be on and eventful. The ESFP values making things happen around them, creating interesting situations, making things happen. Their focus is often on their environment and how the world around them looks and appears. 

They are primarily social in their interests and like to be where people are and do what people do. They are usually interested in the latest trends and what is going on around them. They are ethical and moral types that often have strong opinions on how people should act and behave towards one another. At the same time, they are wild and authentic types, sometimes struggling with self-control, and a lack of self-awareness into their own situation. They work hard to protect their own independence and secretly worry a lot about their future. There is also a guardedness in this type, a fear of becoming too irrational. ESFPs know they can get very passionate about things, so try hard to keep their passion from getting them hurt.

They are natural and want to be true to their feelings about something. ESFPs are the late adaptors of the MBTI, the ones that take new trends, and turn it into a party or a great experience for everyone. ESFPs like to study their environment and what happens around them, but also, they like creating an environment or an experience for themselves and other people, and so focus much on entertaining and acting in the moment. 

So they often share of themselves with other people and need to feel seen and heard and understood by other people. They are expressive and say a lot, sometimes letting feelings in a situation get the better of them, so they need people who can give them the benefit of the doubt, a helping hand, and perspective. 

ESFP Cognitive Functions

Extroverted Sensing

Extroverted Sensing gives a tremendous concentration and an interest in our environment and in the events and experiences around us. Extroverted sensors are attentive and perceptive types who are always actively observing their surroundings. They like to learn about the things that happen around them, who they met, what they look like, what stores are around. The extroverted sensor usually knows the best place to grab a beer, to go out, or the most beautiful park. They need experience and want to have been “where things happen”. 

Extroverted Feeling

Extroverted Feeling is associated with an interest in people, feelings, clothes, art and culture. The extroverted feeling types like to learn about other people, how they dress, talk, and who they are. They often study art, music, and have a knack for all things cultural in their nature. Their primary focus is on all things social in nature and extroverted feelers are often talented with interpersonal relationships.

Sensing Perceiving

Sensing perceiving is what draws out the ESFPs thirst for action. It does on instinct what other people like to think out mentally, it feels out a situation, and it helps us stay up to date, fresh, and ready for the next thing. ESFPs are active types and most of all they are spontaneous. There is a love for living on the go and taking things as they come. 

Feeling Perceiving

Feeling perceiving draws out the ethics and the natural wildness of the ESFP. It reflects their desire to do something because it feels right in the moment, to speak out about your situation, and what you are feeling right now. You feel and perceive what people mean with what they say and what is behind an action, whether it is natural and genuine, or forced.

ESFP Needs

The ESFP personality type often puts themselves out there in the open, where anyone can see and hear them. As an ESFP, you need to feel that other people are interested in you, want to hear about your day, that they want to see you and to be around you. 

You love to share with other people, and so need people that have the patience to listen. The ESFP also needs a lot of understanding, someone that can interpret what you say. Someone that can reflect on and think about you during the day, someone who can see what is happening on the inside. 

Beyond that, the ESFP needs kindness and acceptance from other people. The ESFP is natural, wild, and authentic. It is important that they do not feel judged by others and that they feel they can be themselves around other people. When ESFPs fear being judged, they may hide much of their personality from other people.

Lastly, the ESFP needs a degree of discipline and organisation. People that can help them keep track of what is happening on a daily basis, where things happen, and what is to come this week. Knowing there are rules and routines to things, it is easier for them to enjoy the moment fully and to allow themselves spontaneity.