ESFP personality types are entertaining, easy-going, sociable people, who like to put others at ease.
This introduction to the ESFP personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help ESFPs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
ESFP people tend to be adaptable, friendly, and talkative. They enjoy life and being around people. This personality type enjoys working with others and experiencing new situations.
Potential development areas for ESFPs
ESFP personality types sometimes have trouble meeting deadlines, and do not always finish what they start. They can get easily distracted.
Typical ESFP characteristics
ESFPs are typically tolerant and spontaneous as well as playful and resourceful. They also tend to be friendly and enthusiastic.
Their most common characteristics can be found in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
ESFP careers & career ideas
ESFP types like to make work fun, and to create a spirit of cooperation. ESFPs at work learn best by trying out a new skill alongside other people. ESFPs are often attracted to careers where their outgoing nature and attention to others can be applied, including fields such as healthcare and teaching. More insight about ESFP jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
ESFPs under stress
An ESFP will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI stress head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to be withdrawn, distracted and paranoid, with feelings of chronic anxiety. Download and share* this ESFP stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress ESFPs.
An ESFP is a big life-lover who enjoy food, clothes, animals and also the companion of people. In relationships they are seen as supportive, fun-loving and spontaneous.
Read our blog post on "What if your date is not your type?!"
Fun ways to share ESFP characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an ESFP personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the ESFP 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