highly energetic; enthusiastic, charming, imaginative, improvisational; sees possibilities; spontaneous; easily bored with repetition; enjoys solving people’s problems; catalyst, marketer,
The ENFP is an initiator of new ideas and projects. Every day new possibilities come into view and are acted upon. These new enterprises are not undertaken alone. The ENFP recruits others, with persuasive enthusiasm, to embark on the newest venture. A highly active imagination drives the ENFP to bounce from one activity to the next, creating even more energy and bringing passengers along. There is never a dull moment. Could the Pied Piper have been an ENFP?
With a high dose of Extraversion, the ENFP feels concern for others and the need to help and affirm them. In doing so, the ENFP needs affirmation on a constant basis. Going to great lengths to please and gain approval, the ENFP never slows down until exhaustion hits. This hyperactivity makes the ENFP fun to live with, yet unpredictable to the point of sometimes frustrating others.
ENFPs are dynamic, highly skilled, and usually can do anything they set their minds to. They can be marvelous musicians and vocalists. Some ENFPs include: Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Amy Grant,
and Ricky Skaggs
. If they have been in a successful occupation, they may have been in numerous others.
As children, ENFPs are delightful and entertaining, but very sensitive to criticism. They can charm their way out of most difficulties which they get into when being impulsive, wanting to do things their own way and not fitting neatly into structured schedules. Self expression is of the utmost concern their whole lives. One might be chosen for leadership due to recognition of the ENFP's persuasive powers and energetic ideas. They enjoy reading and exploring possibilities, deriving great satisfaction from living in the future.
ENFPs are value oriented, distracted at work or school by disharmony, and often late because of a vague awareness of time. They are social, charismatic, generously giving of themselves and their affection to all around them. They idealize relationships. Perceiving the world through possibilities, the ENFP explores and implements one idea after another, one experience after another, improvising and creating. Work is play and needs to be unstructured with constant interaction. They can spend hours researching subjects that interest them. The next day, however, the interest may have flown, replaced with new pursuits and new stimuli.
ENFPs can reach overload, getting too many projects going and being torn in too many directions. They need to establish priorities, to face reality and deal with it instead of running when things get routine or threatening. Balance is needed. If they have a good relationship, they should accept its imperfections and stay with it. The ENFP helps make the world go around for others, "decorating" home, work and schools with a warm, colorful touch.
As born cheerleaders, ENFPs use their unfettered enthusiasm to prompt others to success. As a reserve player on the great Boston Celtic teams of the 1980s, M.L. Carr
, ENFP, was known for his towel-waving activities to inspire his teammates and crowd. And last, ENFPs' laughter is often distinctive and infectious. ENFP Sports Profile
ENFPs participate in athletics with a high degree of energy. They are often like volcanoes ready to erupt, not emotionally as much as phyiscally. They find it hard, however, to separate their emotions from sports, which generally provides them additional impetus.
ENFPs are among the best at figure skating, diving, and gymnastics. Their right-brained dominance provides them with grace, flow, and spontaneity. INtuition leads tremendous creativity to their routines, and Extraversion fuels tremendous energy. Performing before a world wide audience, such as the Olympic Games, creates such an adrenaline rush that ENFPs usually forget the difficulty of their routines, and attempt them with uncharacteristic boldness. They tend to go outside themselves, utilizing abilities they never knew they had.
All-Star David Robinson
impacted the NBA with his speed and gymnastic abilities, not merely height and strength. In 1990, All Star Charles Barkley said of the ENFP newcomer:
Originally Posted by Charles Barkley
ENFPs have been among the top track and field athletes. ENFP Leroy Burrell
set the 100-meter dash world record in 1991. In 1994, Burrell again lowered the world mark, at 9.85 seconds. Gail Devers
, ENFP, won the 100 meter dash in both the '92 and '96 Summer Olympic Games. Mike Powell
broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump record in 1991, soaring over 29 feet.
High Pain Threshold
There is no Brain Type with a higher threshold for pain than the ENFP. Typologically, the least developed function of ENFPs is their Introverted Sensing (Manny's Note: Niednagel is referencing the basic four-function model, Ne-Fi-Te-Si, not
John Beebe's shadow function model - for more information please refer to my Function Order Models Guide
), the preference most in touch with physical pain. When ENFPs are in athletic competition, they kick their dominant iNtuitive function into high gear. They focus on the even with all their mental and physical energies. Discomfort in the process is given little regard. I have witnessed this in ENFPs many, many times. It is incredible to me how oblivious they can become to the physical travails in the heat of competition.
Extraverted NFs are known for their work ethic in athletics, particularly those who learned self discipline as youngsters. In 1990, San Francisco conditioning coach, Jerry Attaway, spoke on why the 49er stars sustained fewer injuries than most other NFL teams.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated
How fitting to have three ENFPs compared with one another.
EN_Ps (ENFP and ENTP) are highly adept at visualizing. Their dominant and spatial right-brained iNtuition preference is used to imagine events in their lives, including athletics. By visualizing, ENFPs build confidence, perfect technique, and activate regions of the brain that are important for athletic success.
It was reported that ENFP Olympic diver and gold medalist Greg Louganis:
. . . 'mind scripted' each dive an estimated forty times, sometimes imagining it in real time, sometimes going through it in slow motion, to check out how different parts of his body behaved and felt at different moments.
Other ENFPs are mentioned in this book who depend upon visualization techniques to achieve top performance.
Hobby and recreational pursuits for ENFPs include juggling. It's difficult to find a Type that surpass the juggling proficiencies of ENFPs.
ENFPs must remember to use their mental as well as athletic talents in certain kinds of competition. Though ENFPs perform best by not over analyzing in sports that have preset routines, it is sometimes necessary for them to Introvert and analyze in other key situations. As point guards in basketball, they must decipher if a pass is safe to make, or in baseball, whether to stretch a base hit when behind by one run.
ENFPs need to learn to perform under control, restraining their superman instincts to jump over buildings in a single bound. Their overall performances will improve when they learn to properly regulate their acrobatic moves and energy.
Like other iNtuitives, ENFPs will be well served by developing their motor skills at an early age. In summary, ENFPs can be superb athletes.
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