Freedom, Variation, Honesty, Passion
Affectionate, Wild, Curious, Modest
Interpersonal Intelligence, Change Intelligence, Interpretative Intelligence, Listening Intelligence
ENFP Personality Description
The ENFP personality type is perhaps best known for its ability to turn its imagination to the world around it, turning life into a fantasy epic. Dreamy and idealistic, this type sees what the world could be, how people are at their best, and what we would all do in an ideal scenario.
Your passion is contagious. You are like a cheerleader for new ideas and higher ethics. ENFPs may sometimes wrestle with melancholic tendencies, and you may find yourself thinking it is all going to be impossible at times. But nobody is as gifted as you when it comes to making the impossible possible.
Understanding ENFP Idealism
Fantasy is a key concept for understanding the ENFP mental frame: the world is a play with acts, characters, dreams, and many imaginative elements. The ENFP sees the world not like a realist but like an idealist. The ENFP has expectations, ideals, things they want to experience. ENFPs expect a lot from the world and from people, seeing the best in everyone.
But you are a champion – and you have got a great ability to turn things around. You are a free spirited type, with many layers to your personality. Yes, you are a wild type, and not easily controlled. The ENFPs are also modest. ENFP personality types don't see themselves as anything special. ENFPs are known to see what is special inside all of us.
They see the best in people, but yes, at times, they worry that they are being duped or that they are too naive. ENFPs are passionate types, champions of the people, but because they can easily be disappointed in other people, they are known to test people first. The ENFP is a champion, known to taken on the role of knight for a noble cause. If needed, they will work hard for the sake of their beliefs, and in order to realise their dreams.
The Champion Archetype
Being a champion also means being realistic in how you can achieve your ideals. The ENFP does not believe you can simply wish for your life to fall in place, but believes you must do something to make it happen. The ENFP personality type is not a passive archetype, but an archetype of action. Alive and vibrant, the ENFP is on the move, and when they are on the move they are hard to stop.
Being a champion is one of their greatest strengths, but also one of their biggest weaknesses. The ENFP is idealistic – but can't bring itself to believe in magic. Problems can not be solved by sitting down and waiting for things to happen. There is no time for idle speculation, and the ENFP believes it is better to test things out directly.
Theories can be interesting and all, but theories can not beat grabbing the bull directly by the horns. It is hard for the ENFP to muster patience and to wait. There is no point trying to convince the bad guy to join your side, and no point in mincing words to spare peoples feelings. The strong feelings and the passion of the ENFP personality type carries them forward and at times, this can make them reckless.
The ENFP Cognitive functions
Associated with freedom and opportunity. A wild function, hard to control or pin down. Goes in many directions and has a lot of twists and turns to it. Extroverted iNtuition runs through and analyses clues and information in its surroundings, using it to make predictions about what is happening around. Extroverted iNtuition is excellent for tracking events and patterns, helping you understand real time events and changes as they occur around you.
Connected to change and variation. Known for being diverse and versatile. Can do many things at once, but is sometimes known for being scattered. iNtuitive Perceiving is broad and sees all manners of options and changes. It studies change and is most interested in what could happen or how things could be different. It builds its creativity in relation to what is happening around it, and studies and comes up with alternatives to what is.
Known for good listening and interpretative skills. Associated with building rapport with other people and getting to know them. We use it to understand how other people work and what they say and what it means. It is used to decode people and social behaviour, helping us understand choice of tone, and the actions people take.
It also helps us know how to interact with others, and allows us to take the necessary action to intercept peoples emotions and actions. If we know what someone is up to, we can adjust to decide if we will go along or if we want to make a change somewhere.
Its main strength is people. It knows people, who they are, what they do, and what to expect from other people. It is a passionate function, affectionate, and emotional. It allows us to understand people and to remember many things about others. It helps us remember where they have been, who they know, and what they do from day to day.
Extroverted feeling is people intelligence and so it usually manifests in, not necessarily how we communicate with other people, but definitely in getting to know them. Using this, we can decide who to team up with, helping us build alliances and to maintain bonds and connections.
Realising your fantasy
Fantasy and fairy tale is a key concept to the ENFP personality type. The world is full of dreams and possibilities. The world around you is alive and vibrant and dynamic, like an unexplored forest. When at their best, ENFPs use the world as an outlet for their imagination and their feelings, and everyone and everything is a part of this story. Your first step is to become aware of your fantasy and your dream outcome. Your second is to get an outlet for this fantasy, ways to make it happen, things to do to feel like you are moving forward.
But there are times when this fairy tale comes crashing down, and many ENFPs find themselves becoming disappointed and more melancholic. There is a fight against bitterness and disappointment and a deeper struggle. The ENFP needs an outlet, and the world has to be open. The people have to live up to your expectations, there are moral demands and higher expectations. The ENFP can feel duped and misled.
Dealing with melancholy
They have hope and they believe, but they feel at times that their faith has been misplaced. This can harden the ENFP personality type and make them more cold. ENFPs have a surprisingly cold and analytical interior, and can put up high walls to manage their expectations. They can force themselves to rationalise the situation and they can force boundaries and rules on themselves when necessary. When in flow, the ENFP is wild and passionate. But when necessary, the ENFP personality type can be the cold, bitter realist, admitting, reluctantly, that something is probably not going to happen.
Ideally, however, this experience should only be a trigger that something is wrong. This is a starting point for change, for new opportunities. A reminder of what is important to you, and what your values and morals are. Ideally, when disappointment occurs, it is not a sign that you were wrong to be an idealist. With all this in mind, you have all that it takes to be a true champion. Someone who makes dreams come true. But also someone with contagious enthusiasm, passion, strong values and morals.
Sheer force of will is perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of an ENFP. An ability to keep moving towards what you want and to keep looking for ways to get it done. You have the ability to keep your eyes open for any opportunities that may take you there, and any people who can help you on your way. You know a guy, you have seen some people that know a guy, and you can connect all the dots.
When an ENFP personality type has realised their dream and has outlets they can be likened to an unstoppable force of passion and enthusiasm towards something most people would call impossible. Willfulness means you are not discouraged too easily. No does not always mean no.
ENFPs will keep asking questions, and will come up with multiple ways to get what they want. They will try to ask many questions to find out where the resistance is, and they will keep trying to find ways around any problem or obstacle that comes up. Thats why most friends and family members eventually realise its more fun to just trust them and do what they said. After all, ENFPs can make your dreams come true.