What's It Like To Be an "ESFP"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ESFPs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ESFP - Presenter Motivator
|Likely Social Style:
I like variety.
I like people. I am whatever is
happening at the moment. I accomplish
as much as I can to keep from getting
bored—I find something I like and can
tolerate, that I can see myself good at
down the road. And I’m almost always
up and positive. I always have a compliment and look for
the good in a situation. I love the simple things in life,
and I’m also interested in people and a lot of different
things. I look at life’s possibilities: the excitement of
what might come out of a situation and what I might
learn about a person and how I can help.
Freedom is the most important thing. If I don’t
have freedom, then what do I have?
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
I love talking to people. Making and having friends
is gratifying, and I value my friendships. People see me
as someone they can tell something to and not just as
boring or average. Somehow I charm people, and I am
very genuine in my interest. I observe the game of life,
and a lot of times it’s about being open and observant
on my part. Whenever I find things getting heavy, I say
something light to make everyone laugh again. I am
offended when things are impersonal and harsh. Some
people are so serious and many people feel guilty about
having fun. Fun is important because I can get more
work done in a few hours than most people do in a
whole day. My biggest contribution is in just listening
to what people are trying to do, probing and pushing and
mirroring back to them what I hear they’re saying.
I love not having to practice and still being good at
something. I don’t like having to do a lot of planning. I
want to accomplish something and move on to the next
thing. I am really good at pulling things off, especially
if there is a last-minute crisis. It’s just a matter of trying
to keep things together, doing what you have to do in
the moment. Being outside, getting physical, is also
something I have a need for. Everyone always wants me
on their team. People say I’m lucky.
I want to be of value. And I want there to be an
equal exchange. I will give a lot but not so people use
me—that limit is a very fine line. Sometimes I don’t have
a clue what the person needs, but given enough pieces I
can help them solve their problems.
Don’t let me sit down and have to do a repetitive
task. I want to be efficient and fast. I’m able to simplify
things and say whether it’s going to work or not. I have
fairly grounded views and can see things fairly quickly.
I don’t get mired down. I believe in moderation and
balance. I only want to do something once, and any
structure I put on is for a short time only, to be sure we’re
all heading in the same direction. People don’t expect me
to be organized, but I am.
I believe that if there’s a problem, until somebody
actually does something about it, then it’s all just talk.
It’s not real. If there’s no real progress, then eventually
I’m out of there. I like people to know that they have
a real place in the world, that they can do something,
that they can actually physically act and that will make
a difference. Everyone is unique and has a contribution
to society, and maybe they don’t have a plan, but I feel
great when I can help someone realize they are special.
When the moment that I am living in becomes
difficult, then I close up physically. I just move through
life and react as things come up. I can get worried
about the future and go down this long road of awful
possibilities or thinking about the past, especially if
others will be affected.
I am an individual. I can’t imagine following
others, and it’s a waste of time if someone’s not going
to do their best. I want freedom for being able to do
what I want to do when I want to do it. Don’t tell me I
can’t do something. Rules and regulations infuriate me.
Doing something by the book isn’t always logical or
reasonable. What makes a difference is if you do a good
job or not. Do a good job and I respect you. I want to
do my best.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ESFP,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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