This is the DOER personality. ESTP’s primary function is extroverted sensing (Se), otherwise known as objective sensation, and their secondary function is subjective logic (Ti). With an Se primary and Ti Auxillary function, the ESTP does not understand the world until the object or theory is made tangible. ESTP’s are excellent at turning visions into reality, or making the abstract become tangible. Some of the most visually and audibly splendid video games, movies, music and art are created by ESTP’s who are in touch with their Ti. The ESTP’s very sense of identity revolves around the tangible manifestation of their soul. They are right brained thinkers who perceive the world in an artistic way and whose self expression often times cannot be explained, only shown. When an ESTP says they want to accomplish something, you can bet its going to happen, unless they realize its not worth the effort along the way and change their mind.
Many ESTP’s will identify with an act first ask questions later mentality. Unlike the ESTJ who is simply impatient with inaction or lack of results, ESTP’s can sometimes act without fully understanding why they did it. Their minds can work so quickly that articulation of their thought process is difficult and requires another person to ask them questions on what they were thinking. As ESTP’s have a trial and error approach to life, they can get into trouble with personalities who do not act the same way. With extroverted sensing as their dominant function, ESTPs are in tune with their environment, have near photographic memories for details they experienced, and they may also have a very elegant or graceful feline quality and grace to them. When ESTPs show off this catlike demeanor, they may appear to be feminine or delicate individuals. This first impression, however, is incorrect. The ESTP is one of the most aggressive personalities, and often times spend a lot of effort running away from and attempting to dissuade others from believing they are as aggressive as they are. ESTPs deftly adjust the intensity of their physical movement and may range from behaving gracefully, to being gusty and forceful in a way that seems uncontrolled. This, however, is the extend of their grace. Their emotions are very primitive, all or nothing, and difficult to activate. With objective sensation as their primary mode of focus, they are attuned to the real world and all its physical properties. Their perception is truly objective, and they often do not understand the perceptions of others. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”
Many ESTP’s will identify with a childhood riddled with adults punishing them for crossing boundaries for their trial and error learning style or being too high energy and labelled as “obnoxious”. These ESTP’s who feel wrongly punished all throughout their childhood, punished for being themselves, may grow up to adopt a vengeful attitude toward the world that “doesn’t understand them,” and thus, vengefully impress themselves and their way of life upon the world in a sadistic manner, or retreat from it into seclusion. These ESTP’s most basic desire, is a mate who cares, listens to them, and loves them for who they are and allows them to be themselves, free of judgement and control. ESTP’s do not want help, only love and acceptance. To remove challenge and struggle from an ESTP’s life is to remove their will to live, whether they realize this or not.
As ESTP’s are so good at bringing their desires to fruition, they are often looked up to in this respect. Some of them are extremely aware of their own abilities and limits, as they constantly strive to push them, other estps may not trust their own competence. They may also face a lot of jealousy for their achievements. In these situations, it is important for the ESTP to get in touch with themselves, use their rigid Ti and allow no one to change or control the ESTP’s current course of action. The ESTP cannot allow any other person to get in the way of their own happiness, and the ESTP should never settle for less than what he wants as a result of others’ jealousy.
The trial and error learning style has social rammifications as well. Many ESTP’s are button pushers, either sadistically or playfully, and will try to convince, manipulate, or pursuade people to believe silly things, or argue with others as a way to judge what kind of person they are dealing with. This is a more inconsiderate way of learning about people, but they define other people by the system in which the other person behaves. Every human is an experimental variable (Ti) for their tests of identity. As they get in touch with their Fe and Ni, they learn to judge people not by test and games, but with vibes and empathy. When an ESTP takes enough interest and speaks to someone long enough, they can start to empathize and absorb that person’s essense into themself. Internally, they BECOME that person. Outwardly, they may appear to be in a ‘weird mood’. Some personalities, whose orientation and learning style differ in life, may interpret the ESTP trial and error button pushing approach as “childish” or “Confrontational.”
ESTP’s do not need verbal affirmation very often, and as a result, naturally believe no one else does. As a result, to some more Feeling oriented personalities, they may appear cold, aloof, or distant. ESTP’s have an all or nothing style of emotion. Full boredom, or Full excitement. Full action, or dead stillness. Nothing in between. The Abrupt shifts in internal state of the ESTP can be puzzling to others at times, even terrifying. With Se as their primary function, ESTP movements are instantly calculated and operated quickly and forcefully. Their movements can be forceful or gusty, which often makes them look like “loose cannons” or “wreckless” when in actually, the ESTP is in perfect control of what he is doing. When an ESTP stands up and bumps his head on something, he’s going to hit his head very hard, and its going to hurt, a lot. When an ESTP stubs his toe, its gonna stub very hard. When an ESTP turns a steering wheel, its going to be just enough not to flip the car but accomplish the action in the least amount of time possible. ESTP’s, over time, learn to experience constraint and to be more gentle in their actions, both physically and mentally, so as not to disturb others.
The ESTP’s lowest functions are Objective Ethics (Fe) and Subjective Intuition (Ni). As such, ESTP’s often have a blatant lack of awareness of how they look in the eyes of others. The ESTP needs a mirror to understand themselves, a personality that will mimic and imitate them in jest, which brings about an awareness of their own external perception. With Ni as the other weak function, ESTP’s will not trust their gut intuition. They will try to figure everything out with their trial and error theoretical approach (Se + Ti) instead of listening to the voice deep down that tells them what the best course of action really is. This voice will give the ESTP a sense of direction in life, and help them find a sense of belonging. It will tell them where their lives are going, what to expect in the future, and how they fit into the world.
Many ESTP’s struggle throughout their lives with hardships of finding love or purpose, but eventually realize that their strong identities inspire others, and they want to spread their visions. They may become class clowns in order to make people laugh, which is their primary way of getting others to love them. With their highly competitive natures, they slowly begin to realize just how powerful of an individual they actually are. Once they’ve gained this knowledge of themselves, they are capable of single handedly altering the course of history by proving to the earth just how unstoppably powerful a single human is capable of becoming. When paired with an intuitive partner who can give them love, acceptance, and visionary guidance, the ESTP has the potential to become the single most fearless individual on the planet, completely annihilating the conception that fear should pervade our lives. While they may appear tough and strong, they often feel, unconsciously, like unlovable monsters. It is not their strength or toughness that makes others look up to them. Its the fact that they never give up on their dreams, or surrender themselves against all odds. This is why we love and appreciate ESTPs. Their best match is the INFJ.
Common Identities: The Conquerer, The Commander, The Berserker, The Driven Capitalist, The Performer, The Assassin, The Maverick, The Doer, The Superhero, The Loud Mouthed Math Teacher, The Football Coach.
Recommended Careers: Construction, Military, Entrepreneur, Sales, Mathematician, Freelance Artist, Banker, CEO, Musician.
ESTP’s commonly mistype as: INTJ, ISTP, ENTJ, ENTP
Common Enneagram typings are: 3 6 7 8
Famous ESTP’s include: Clay Matthews, Lindsay Vonn, DJ Markus Schulz, Billy Corgan, DJ Ashley Wallbridge, Russian General Zhukov, Madonna, Clif Bleszinski, Alexander the Great, Atilla the Hun, US President Andrew Jackson, Ghengis Khan, Donald Trump, US General Patton, Ronda Rousey, Naomi Campbell, Rachel Weisz, Chelsae Handler, Angela Gossow, Sharon Stone, Zachary Taylor, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Fictional ESTP’s include: BJ Blazkowicz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Megaman, Flynn Taggart, Tron, Gatsu, Mr Incredible, Superman, Rock Biter, Masterchief, Rikimaru, The Iron Giant, Marv (Sin City)