The ENFP Personality: ENFP Careers, Relationships, and life

Updated on October 19, 2016

Nothing is meaningless according to the ENFP personality. Every step we take, every move we make is supposed to mean something. With an inborn sense of other’s motives, the ENFP views life as an exciting drama unfolding daily. Opportunities for both good and evil are waiting around every corner. They are typically approachable, influential, and likeable people with a flare for life that attracts others to them.

The ENFP personality is considered rare with only 5 percent of the population belonging to this group. The typically ENFP experiences intense emotions and views these as an essential part of their life. They may not, however, always feel comfortable expressing these emotions. This is largely due to a fear losing control of them.

Highly observant, this personality type will look for the hidden meaning behind the words and actions of others. This often leads the ENFP to overanalyze past events and can be a very dangerous habit as the ENFP can make serious mistakes in evaluating things. This particular trait can also lead them to seek out data which supports their original opinion, thereby, drawing conclusions that are not accurate.

As one of the most sensitive of the personality types, the ENFP is constantly under a slight degree of stress. They love creativity and get rather bored when their environments remain the same for too long. Their high levels of enthusiasm with life can be quite contagious. For this reason you will typically find an ENFP personality surrounded by people. Unlike the other extroverts, however, this personality type occasionally requires some alone time. They often use this time to think about the direction they are going and whether it is consistent with their morals and values.

One other most interesting trait about the ENFP personality is that they have moments of pure nonsense that, at first glance, does not seem to fit in with their other known traits. ENFPs can instantly switch from their serious focused mode to a party mode when the mood strikes them. The degree of exuberance during this transition can be so dramatic that the ENFP may even look intoxicated or under the influence.

ENFP Strengths
ENFP Weaknesses
Very devoted and attached to friends
Occasionally unrealistic Expectations
Difficults remaining focused
Able to motivate and inspire people
Very hostile to conflics and criticism
Sincerely interested in people
Avoids routine and repetitive tasks
Awareness of the motives of others
May change partners more frequently than other personality types
May ignore their own needs
Very energetic
Unwilling to discipline/punish others
Good sense of humor
Difficulty leaving failed relationships

ENFP Careers

As one of the most universal personality types, ENFPs are likely to do well in almost any role. Their excellent social skills and amazing perception makes networking with people a breeze. In addition, the ENFP has the uncanny ability to communicate with others on their own level. Ideal ENFP careers involve a lot of personal interaction with other people and the opportunity for new and exciting ideas. This particular personality type is likely to avoid monotonous tasks. Some choices for the ideal ENFP careers include:

  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Counselor
  • Diplomats
  • Politicians
  • Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Scientists
  • System Analysts
  • Writing/Journalism
  • TV reporting
  • Acting

ENTPs typically have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They can also make truly impressive leaders. They do not, however, typically enjoy controlling other people. There need to feel appreciated can also be a hindrance in some cases as it can threaten the emotional stability of the ENTP personality.

ENFP Relationships

ENFPs are quite caring and passionate. They are typically willing to do everything they can in the name of a better relationship. They tend to be idealistic and enthusiastic with a focus on how other people are feeling, particular in a relationship. ENFPs are typically very devoted to their partners and enjoy using their creative talents to improve their relationships.

Unfortunately, ENFPs also find it difficult to leave relationships which are unhealthy. They tend to see the problems within their relationship as personal failures and take full responsibility in finding solutions. With their strong aversion to admitting defeat, the ENFP personality is likely to stay in a dysfunctional relationship long after the point when they should have left.

It is also important to note that ENFP personalities tend to have difficulty focusing and working on things until the end. This often complicates ENFP relationships as this lack of focus can manifest into a lack of monogamy. Many ENFPs spend a lot of time wondering if “the grass is greener” somewhere else. This particular personality can also become quite bored if their partner is not into new experiences as they are. This often results in unhappiness in the ENFP individual as they feel greatly misunderstood.

Intimacy during ENFP relationships is typically very passionate. ENFPs typically engage quite well with their partners. ENFPs are creative, playful and perfectionist. They often make imaginative lovers, suggesting new ideas frequently. They view intimacy as a way of expressing their love and affection.

This is a personality that loves to hear how much they are loved and valued. This may result in the ENFP constantly fishing for compliments. Some other personalities find this trait bothersome but positive validation and reassurance is something that the ENFP needs. The preferred partners for the ENFP are the INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging) and the INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging).

Famous ENFP Personalities

Based on analysis of their work and life, the following have been identified as famous ENFP personalities:

  • Will Rogers
  • Buster Keaton
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Andy Rooney
  • Carol Burnett
  • Dom Delouise
  • Meg Ryan
  • Robin Williams
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Robert Downey
  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Phil Donahue
  • Bill Cosby
  • Sinbad

Some famous ENFP fictional personalities include:

  • Steve Urkel, Family Matters
  • Balki, Perfect Strangers
  • Wendy, Peter Pan
  • Ariel, The Little Mermaid


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      3 years ago

      Nice article. It is in need of extensive editing though.

      I'd be happy to help if you want.

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      5 years ago

      As an FYI, you mention ENTPs at the end of the careers section. Either you copy/pasted from a different section, or had a brain fart =D


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