ESFJ personality types are conscientious team players who interact closely with others, enjoy a sense of belonging and apply common sense to problems.
This introduction to the ESFJ personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help ESFJs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
ESFJs tend to be sociable and outgoing, understanding what others need and expressing appreciation for their contributions. They collect the necessary facts to help them make a decision and enjoy setting up effective procedures.
Potential development areas for ESFJs
ESFJs may be overly influenced by what they think others want when making decisions, and may find it difficult to adjust plans in response to unexpected opportunities. They risk being too accepting or deferential to those in charge.
Typical ESFJ characteristics
ESFJs are typically warm and appreciative as well as organised, outgoing and supportive. They are also realistic and loyal.
Their most common characteristics are shown here in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
ESFJ careers & career ideas
ESFJs work best in an environment that fosters a family-like atmosphere with friendly, caring people. They enjoy interacting closely with customers and colleagues, and communicating the value of a product, service or project. ESFJs are likely to be attracted to jobs in childcare, nursing, teaching or religious institutions. More insight about ESFJ jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
ESFJs under stress
An ESFJ will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI stress head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to be pessimistic and rigid, and prone to self-doubt and insensitivity. Download and share* this ESFJ stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress ESFJs.
An ESFJ is emotionally highly attuned to others using empathy, understanding their partner's emotional needs and concerns. Their partners view them as responsive and persuasive.
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Fun ways to share ESFJ characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an ESFJ personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the ESFJ personality on our Fun ways to share your type page
- Already have your MBTI Step II profile? Create your Personal Typie
- Read more on our blog about how aspects of Type dynamics are captured in each Type