The ESFP is the one-man-party. with extroverted sensing (Se) as their primary function, otherwise known as objective sensation, and introverted feeling (Fi) as their secondary function, otherwise known as subjective ethics, ESFPs are attuned to people and their energy. This is one of the most likable of all the types. They have a fundamental desire to be liked by everyone they meet, and can make very friendly and exciting company. Yet, in competition or war, ESFPs can make terrifyingly aggressive opponents.
The world of extroverted sensing is one in which the present moment and objective reality is at the forefront. ESFPs, just like the other SP types, are strong willed and have a lot of drive and energy to make things happen. They have so much energy, in fact, that they often use this trait to help others. If given a task and method for how to accomplish it, an ESFP can move mountains for whoever they are trying to help. However, with a low extroverted thinking function, they often times do not pay any attention to the logic or known consequences of their actions, and can at times appear incredibly reckless. Their behavior can terrify others because of how quickly the ESFP makes decisions without the use of logic, only ethics. With extroverted sensing as their dominant function, ESFPs are very decisive, and good in crises, especially those regarding people. They have excellent natural hand-eye coordination, rivaled only by ESTPs, and can be incredibly intense or aggressive competitors in the sporting arena. Many ESFPs are found in contact sports like boxing, or kinesthetic sports like gymnastics. Their ability to read other people is so strong that they can even become manipulative and know just what buttons to push to get what they want out of them.
With introverted feeling as their secondary function, ESFPs need to focus more on sorting through their relationships instead of focussing entirely on the moment. When unchecked, ESFPs can get into the habit of making friends with the next exciting person, and completely ignoring or even turning against the previous friends they made, in order to gain this new friendship. This behavior has dangerous long term consequences for their reputation, and its important for them to slow down and sort through this behavior. ESFPs also need to learn to judge people before getting involved with them, or else their friends can drag them into unhealthy hobbies. When an ESFP spends the time to refine their inner moral code, it helps them make better decisions and choose friends with a more positive effect on their lives.
With extroverted thinking as their third function, ESFPs are not naturally good at recalling hard indisputable facts, or recognizing them for that matter. They can do it, but its not their normal mode of operation. When an ESFP makes decisions, its often based on their gut and not any sort of logical process. This can sometimes get the ESFP into trouble, or they can break rules without realizing they were there. Over time, ESFPs learn how to recognize objective facts from their own emotional bias. With practice, ESFPs can make excellent military leaders who make decisive and inspiring warriors.
With Ni as their inferior function, ESFPs will often live life moment to moment without analyzing the larger context of life. They may travel a lot and visit many places but never see their own aimless wanderings through life. Its important for ESFPs to sit down and focus every once in a while on the larger context of their life. This takes time and patience to do, but will help an ESFP see their places in the world outside of their experiences.
ESFPs are strong willed, energetic, enthusiastic, lovable, and easy to get along with. They often lack practical understanding and may err in this respect. They often feel aimless or directionless in their lives. Yet overtime they come to realize that their true strength comes with courage, and the ability to show others just how far they are allowed to take their courage; that no matter how lost or hopeless things may seem, an ESFP will always pose as an optimistic beacon of hope to others. They need a partner who percieves the larger context of the world and helps them focus their efforts in an efficient manner, who also never tires of their enthusiasm and energy. The ESFPs best match is the INTJ.
Common identities: the party animal, the performer, the one man show, the lovable giant, the experiencer, the adventurer, the player, the aggressive trainer.
Recommended careers: Entrepreneur, Musician, Performer, Athlete, Personal trainer, military, party host, caterer, chef.
Commonly mistype as: ESTP, ISFP, ESFJ, ENFP
Common Enneagram typings: 2 3 7 8
Famous ESFPs include: Idris Elba, Jon Goodman, Dennis Leary, Dulph Lundgren, Alecia Moore, Cameron Diaz, Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, Faheem Rasheed Najm, Angelina Jolie, Heather Doerksen, Brian Regan, Eddie Murphey, Lindsay Lohan, Elvis Presley.
Fictional ESFPs include: Donkey (Shrek), Homer Simpson (The simpsons), Buffy the vampire slayer, Luck Dragon (Neverending Story).