The ENFP personality type is one of 16 types identified on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs in the 1940s. They created this assessment as a way of helping people identify their personality and understand the differences among people. Here is a look into the ENFP, or the Campaigner.
What Is The Theory Behind the Myers-Briggs?
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), everyone has different tendencies in how they approach thought, behavior, and interaction, and those tendencies follow a pattern that makes up their personality type. The MBTI describes people in four-letter codes, like ENFP. In each of the four categories, you tend to lean toward one of two dichotomies. You can tend toward introversion (I) or extroversion (E). In terms of how you process information, you can tend toward sensing (S) or intuition (N). In terms of decision-making, you can tend toward thinking (T) or feeling (F). Finally, in terms of your orientation to the outer world, you can tend toward judging (J) or perceiving (P).
What Are The 16 Personality Types?
Myers-Briggs identifies four major personality types, each divided into 4 subtypes. Analysts are the Architect (INTJ), Logician (INTP), Commander (ENTJ), and Debater (ENTP). Diplomats are the Advocate (INFJ), Mediator (INFP), Protagonist (ENFJ), and Campaigner (ENFP). Sentinels are the Logistician (ISTJ), Defender (ISFJ), Executive (ESTJ), and Consul (ESFJ). Explorers are the Virtuoso (ISTP), Adventurer (ISFP), Entrepreneur (ESTP), and Entertainer (ESFP).
This type isn't necessarily a campaigner in a political sense, more so in the abstract, similar to how the Protagonist personality is not always the protagonist of the story.
Traits Of An ENFP
In terms of extroversion, people with this type tend to be social and outgoing people who love connecting with a wide circle of people. This type may, however, require significant time alone to determine whether they are moving in the right direction.
In terms of intuition, ENFP types tend to favor working with the abstract, paying more attention to patterns and meaning while taking in information without much interest in the details.
For feeling, this personality type may be easily distracted by external influences. Their decisions may be based on their individual opinions and those of the people close to them.
Lastly, in terms of perceiving, this type tends to be spontaneous and flexible when it comes to planning or making crucial decisions. ENFP types are known to be initiators of visible opportunities. Individuals exhibiting ENFP traits tend to be more excited in the initial phase of any development.
A Campaigner's Pros And Cons
Pros of a Campaigner
ENFP Campaigners tend to be motivators and strong leaders. They are often called inspirers or champions. Their contagious curiosity, optimism, and enthusiasm for new ideas often create a similarly optimistic, enthusiastic environment for the people around them. While ENFP types often have great expectations from people closely connected to them, they also tend to be sincerely considerate and caring.
Possible Downsides Or Weaknesses of a Campaigner
While this type may lag behind with proper planning and management, they may offset that with their charisma, zeal, and creativity. ENFPs can also be prone to overestimation, and they tend to generate their thoughts over a relatively short time, which can make it difficult for them to evaluate the results accurately.
Also, ENFPs can lack patience or organizational skills, but they tend to be considerate and caring. People with the ENFP type often do better in jobs that offer more flexibility and less planning. Since they tend to be extroverted and empathetic toward the interests of other people, they often succeed in service-oriented jobs that require a lot of communication.
Discussing Your Personality Type With An Online Therapist
If you have questions about whether you’re a Campaigner or some other type on the MBTI, you can discuss this with a licensed therapist. Understanding different personality types can make you a better communicator and improve your relationships.
Online therapy platforms like BetterHelp offer a convenient approach to therapy. You can connect with your therapist wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection. This flexibility cuts out extra time usually devoted to commuting to your appointment or waiting in the lobby.
Online therapy has been found to be as effective as face-to-face therapy in treating many mental health conditions, including depression, and effectiveness seems to hold true despite differences in gender, financial status, and physical health status among patients.
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If you're feeling overwhelmed and are wondering how to navigate life with your specific MBTI type, you're not alone. Getting help from a licensed therapist can offer guidance and support.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is A Campaigner A Good Personality?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) doesn’t categorize certain personality types as good or bad. Instead, it looks at four core personality traits and where someone falls on a spectrum, such as a tendency toward introversion or extroversion. Whereas people of other types may tend toward introversion, people of the ENFP type tend toward extroversion.
What Is The MBTI Used For?
The MBTI may give you ideas for a career path, which is why it’s sometimes used in career counseling settings, though any type may engage in virtually any career and these ideas aren’t set in stone. Understanding your type can give you insight into potential strengths and weaknesses as well as tendencies in romantic relationships.
What Is A Campaigner Personality?
ENFP stands for extroverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving. Individuals of type ENFP tend to have strong communication skills and a knack for offering emotional support and caring for other people’s feelings. They often love meaningful conversation, but they may dislike routines or face challenges related to organization and routine tasks at times. They can also be overly optimistic at times, which may lead them to trust too easily.
Is ENFP A Rare Personality?
ENFP is a relatively common personality type. It is said that around 8% of the population identifies as an ENFP. There are two subtypes of ENFPs, one of which is ENFP-A (Assertive Campaigner) and the other of which is ENFP-T (Turbulent Campaigner). Personality typing often relies on questions about how you engage in everyday life and how you view the world. Examples of famous ENFPs include Robin Williams and Ellen DeGeneres.
Are ENFPs Weak?
Each personality type has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. The MBTI doesn’t categorize people as weak or strong. People with the ENFP type may be overly optimistic in everyday life and may make decisions without having considered all the possible outcomes. Someone with the ENFP personality type may lose focus quickly after starting a new project due to restlessness. Despite having many creative ideas, they can be disorganized and might not always pursue ideas in the most effective way.
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