What's It Like To Be an "ESTP"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ESTPs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ESTP - Promoter Executor
|Likely Social Style:
I make it happen. How I work—
I have a picture in my head on how
things will be, and I’m totally involved
in the here and now. I am go, go, go.
And that creates a lot of successes. I just
dodge my way through the sparks and
problems. I’m very task oriented. I like
to do something, get it done, and move to the next thing.
I love circumstances where it’s a challenge.
I’m a doer. What’s the mission and how are we
getting there? Let’s work together. Let’s go. Throw any
obstacle, I’ll find a way.
Personality Type Descriptions by
Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
New stuff, that’s the thrill. I love to learn. I can
take a prior experience and lay it right on top of what
I’m doing today and carry it all forward, and it’s a snap.
I do a lot of brainstorming on my feet, organizing the
points in my mind mentally. What’s to worry? Just
adapt. But draw me a picture, get me a list, or put it on
my calendar. Sitting still is hard for me. I am really
activity oriented and I don’t need lots of supervision.
I look for variety in most positions. If it’s not there, I
tend not to stay. I’d rather go out there and do it, just
get on with things, and I can communicate that without
having to spend a lot of time explaining. People know
that if I have something that needs to be done, I do it.
And I ask for help when it’s needed.
I am totally a people person. Working through
people is the way to get things done. All of my energy,
fun, and most uplifting experiences are focused around
people. I don’t beat around the bush. Sometimes I
have to tone it down a little bit—people may read
me the wrong way. I’m very comfortable working
either together as a team or individually. I like having
flexibility, options, negotiating points. Some people
need somebody to be very clear, very direct, and very
to the point. That’s how I operate. And work needs to
be mutually enjoyable for all of the parties involved.
Celebrate achievements. Recognition or reward runs
very high in my value system.
I love the challenge of creating something pleasing
to the eye. I like the order, to walk into a place that’s
totally chaotic, nothing’s happening, and there’s a great
opportunity to straighten things out. I like to get the job
of placing all the stuff, making it right so it works.
I like somebody with a little sizzle. The most
important thing in relationships is absolute autonomy
and independence. I admit I like to be in control and
yet I’m kind of easygoing in that I just want freedom.
Freedom to me is leave me alone, let me do it. Anything
that constrains me around that I don’t like and kind of
rebel against. I don’t like to be told what to do or what to
think. And although I know it’s good for me, I don’t like
feedback either. It takes a lot to rattle me, and even then
I just go on. I tend not to dwell on things, but sometimes
I have a tendency to imagine worst-case scenarios,
especially when I am stressed.
Family is very important. Just getting together and
being close with the family, I think that’s satisfying. I
don’t have a whole lot of really deep friendships, but yet
I like to think people would describe me as dedicated,
determined, and loyal. I sometimes have difficulty
concealing what I am thinking or feeling. I don’t like
the pressure of having to say no. I can be somewhat cool
but a genuine friend as a personal relationship evolves.
Trustworthiness in personal relationships is very
important, that we can disagree and still be friends, and
if our backs were ever to the wall, I’m there and I would
expect the same.
If I don’t respect someone, I avoid them. If I can
find another way to do business I will. I surround myself
with people that I feel comfortable with, but they’re
totally my selection.
I like taking on something that I want to do
and getting it done and seeing results, keeping things
moving along just to see that I have met some goals—
a feeling of accomplishment in a day. I’ll always
take bigger risks if I feel confident enough. Then I’ll
work with it for a while, and if I see it’s not going
anywhere, I just move on and go from there. I guess
that summarizes how I deal with situations.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ESTP,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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