ESFPs make up 8.5% of the US population.
ESFPs are vivacious entertainers who charm and engage those around them. They are spontaneous, energetic, and fun-loving, and take pleasure in the things around them: food, clothes, nature, animals, and especially people. ESFPs are warm and talkative and have a contagious energy. They like to be in the middle of the action and the center of attention. ESFPs live in the moment, and tend not to like to plan ahead. They often fill their lives with hobbies, sports activities, and friends, and may become overextended or unfocused when they have too many exciting things to do. ESFPs are down-to-earth and practical, and enjoy fun tasks that allow them to be physical and use trusted techniques.
Popular hobbies for ESFPs include socializing, team sports, home improvement projects, cooking, entertaining, games, and dance. ESFPs love big parties and gatherings and are quick to join any group or activity that sounds like fun.
At work, the ESFP wants to be hands-on and in the middle of the action. ESFPs like to be in an active, social environment where they are free to be spontaneous and have fun, with co-workers who are friendly, laid-back, and enthusiastic. An ideal job for an ESFP allows them to help other people in a tangible way. ESFPs are stressed by strict rules or excessive bureaucracy at work, and do not usually like to work on long-term projects, preferring work that has immediate and tangible results.
In leadership positions, ESFPs are realistic, encouraging, and energetic. Their strength lies in their ability to motivate and energize a team to address immediate goals and crises. They are good at building consensus and mobilizing support, but prefer to present a positive image and maintain pleasant interactions rather than get involved in disputes. ESFPs do best when leading a playful and cooperative team to achieve short-term, concrete results.
Popular careers for the ESFP include:
- elementary school teacher
- child care provider
- drama or music teacher
- athletic coach
- social worker
- emergency room nurse or physician
- dental hygienist
- physical therapist
- personal fitness trainer
- recreational therapist
- travel agent
- restaurant host or server
- retail manager
- floral designer
In relationships, the ESFP is generous, friendly, sympathetic, and affectionate. They are eager to please their partners and motivated to create a fun, harmonious, and active home. They tend to avoid conflict and may have trouble being serious, preferring to move on with their active lives rather than have an uncomfortable discussion. They are supportive of their mates and try to take good care of their families, but they may spend money impulsively. An ideal mate for an ESFP is affectionate and appreciative of the ESFP’s generosity and desire to be helpful to others.
Good matches for the ESFP include other SFPs (ESFP and ISFP); matches between these types have one of the highest relationship satisfaction rates of any combination of types. ESFPs also do well with Sensing, Feeling, Judging types (ESFJ and ISFJ), where they share a concern for the relationship and each other’s feelings but gain balance from the more structured, orderly lifestyle of the Judger.
As parents, ESFPs are loving, affectionate, and fun, and like to have their households full of people having a good time. They may have many children, and are good at responding to their families' needs. ESFPs may be a bit unpredictable or scattered, and will prefer to engage everyone in a fun activity rather than impose rules or discipline. They do not tend to take life seriously, and often consider it more important to provide excitement and fun than to create structure or stability for their children.
Famous ESFPs include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Magic Johnson, Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, Paul McCartney, Bob Hope, and Goldie Hawn.
Interesting facts about the ESFP:
- On personality trait measures, score as Changeable, Energetic, Forceful, Initiating, and Resourceful
- More likely to use emotional coping techniques over spiritual or physical resources
- Tend to look to authority in education rather than expressing intellectual curiosity; prefer hands-on learning
- Among most likely to stay in college
- More likely than other types to watch television for more than 3 hours a day
- Second highest of all types in marital satisfaction
- Among types with lowest income
- At work, tend to be satisfied with co-workers but dissatisfied with job security, stress, salary, and accomplishment
- Personal values include Home/Family, Health, Friendships, Financial Security, and Spirituality
- Overrepresented in health care, teaching, coaching, and child care occupations