All About the ESFP Personality Type

By BetterHelp Editorial Team|Updated April 13, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Avia James, LPC

We all have different personalities, and they play a major role in shaping our lives. Our aspects control our choices in life regarding our careers, behavior, and relationships. It is rare to find two exactly alike people, but research shows that common personalities have general qualities corresponding to sixteen individual personality types. Research on personality types has led to the development of a personality test called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI helps establish an individual's personality type, and, as a result, one can use this knowledge to understand oneself better. Comprehending one's personality and our close associates can improve our interpersonal relationships.

The first step in your journey of self-discovery is to take a free personality test and identify your personality type. If you need help building on your strengths and making the most out of your natural talents, reach out to one of our trained therapists for a deeper understanding of your unique self.

The 16 Personality Types

The Myers-Briggs test identifies four major personality types divided into four sub-types.

Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP).

Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP).

Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ).

Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP).

Now, let’s take a deeper look at the ESFP personality type.

Overview Of The ESFP Or Entertainer Personality Type

The acronyms ESFP stands for Extraverted, Observant (Sensor), Feeling, and Perceiving.

Extravert: ESFPs are generally energized by spending time with others. They are commonly outgoing, expressive, and very enthusiastic. They also tend to be goal-oriented and enjoy taking the initiative to get things done. You are likely to see ESFP personality types doing more talking and less listening. The ESPF focuses more on the world around them than their feelings or thoughts.

Sensing: ESFPs are generally strong at perceiving new facts, and they prefer the reliability of the information rather than relying on intuition. An ESFP does not typically rely on something that has not yet happened. They can handle practical issues well and prefer measurable and concrete facts. They live in the present, and the future tends to be less interesting.

Feeling: Emotions and feelings play a significant role in the ESFP personality type and are connected to their concern for others. They prioritize their relationships, and when making decisions, they generally keep others in mind. Decisions are commonly made using subjective values, feelings, and human emotions.

Perceiving: ESFPs prioritize freedom of thought and mind and tend to be very adaptable. Their preference is a spontaneous and flexible lifestyle; they like to open their options.

ESFPs have an undeniable love for people, and they have a knack for storytelling. If you are looking for excitement and fun, ESFPs are the people to be around, as they are playful, stimulating, and loving. You are likely to see ESFPs entertaining the crowd in social gatherings due to their spontaneous and impulsive nature. They have the natural ability to please others and often act as entertainers, sometimes professionally.

People with ESFP personality traits are action-oriented and live for the moment. Their ability to use people skills most often works to their advantage. Nothing is too serious for people with ESFP personality traits as they are typically carefree, generous, and easy to please. At the workplace, you will commonly find them in satisfying careers. ESFP personality types generally love to talk, and conversations with them are sure to be interesting and entertaining. ESFPs like telling people about other people, and they have a down-to-earth character.

ESFPs live in the moment and want to make the most out of it. They are very optimistic individuals and take the world as it is. ESFPs generally possess the ability to handle whatever situation comes their way. They are people persons who desire to make a significant impact in life. ESFPs typically enjoy engaging others in their endeavors by motivating them to be optimistic.

Roughly ten percent of the population is thought to be composed of ESFPs.

ESFPs Are Practical

ESFPs generally love to experience the world and prefer to learn from what they have gone through. They like facts and do not often dwell on theoretical discussions. People with ESFP personality traits may thrive better when the interaction is encouraged or requires experience.

ESFPs Are Friendly

ESFPs love being in the company of other people and generally do not like being alone. It is the most social of the personality types, and people in this category find it easy to make friends because of their entertaining nature. They thrive on excitement and spontaneity. ESFPs have a genuine love for their friends, and that is why they try to make their time together exciting and memorable. The active and imaginative minds of ESFPs help them generate new and exciting ideas, making them fun to be around.

ESFPs Have Excellent People Skills

ESFPs typically love people, giving their all to maintain the relationship. They derive great happiness from spending time with other people. The sensitive nature of ESFPs helps them realize when there are problems, and they can handle just about anything. As a result, they can often act as mediators whenever there are arguments among friends or colleagues.

ESFPs Love To Party

ESFPs love the company of others and are often the life of the party. ESFP personality types generally appreciate the excitement and entertainers in any social gathering. ESFPs commonly wear happy faces and often engage in great conversations.

ESFP Career Options

ESFPs are spontaneous, and they feel most fulfilled in jobs that involve a lot of socializing. If a job involves solitude, then ESFPs are likely to underperform. ESFP personality traits give them great public relations skills that can come in handy for various careers. ESFPs are likely to engage in careers in the education or healthcare sector where their people skills, love, and attention for others can be utilized.

ESFP Relationships

ESFPs love people and enjoy spending time with others. When in a relationship with a person with ESFP personality traits, you will likely receive all the fun and support you need. They are fun-loving and free-spirited, and they live for the moment. Because of their spontaneous nature and love for fun, it may be difficult for an ESFP to have a long-term relationship. They hold on to the connection only if there is excitement and enjoyment. ESFP personality types are unpredictable; therefore, the relationship might quickly wither away when the thrill is gone. One moment they may be having all the fun in their relationship, and the next, they may be reevaluating their commitments. If they no longer feel the same, ESFP personality types won’t generally hesitate to break off the relationship.

Relationships with ESFPs tend to be unforgettable. They are thrill-seekers and are always looking for new and exciting ways of spending time with their partners. ESFPs are open-minded partners who are affectionate and genuinely enjoy physical intimacy. They are also generous and like giving gifts to their partners. Generally, dating an ESFP is a great experience so long as fun, adventure, and excitement are maintained.

ESFP Strengths

ESFP personality types are generally bold, and they do not mind getting out of their comfort zones. Nothing holds them back.

They are frequently observant, which helps them easily pick up on changes around them.

They tend to possess great social skills that easily make friends. ESFPs are talkative, and they almost always say the right things at the right times.

ESFPs are often practical, and they like dealing with facts. For them, the world is to be lived and felt.

ESFPs have great people skills and enjoy paying attention to people. They derive satisfaction and fun from spending time with people, especially those who love fun and adventure.

ESFPs are often risk-takers who love experimenting to find their preferences. Whenever something feels right, they tend to put their feet forward and do it, even if it means breaking the rules.

ESFP's Weaknesses

ESFPs can be very sensitive, and they tend to be overly emotional. They do not react well to criticism, which makes it difficult to solve problems related to any other areas of weakness in their lives.

ESFPs often get bored quickly. They constantly need fun and excitement and do just about anything to keep these feelings alive. As a result, they are likely to engage in harmful habits and risky behaviors for pleasure.

ESFPs do not like conflict and will generally try to avoid it as much as possible. When faced with a battle, an ESFP personality type might do anything in their capacity to avoid the situation.

As such, ESFPs can easily get into trouble. For them, fun and spontaneity are more appealing than rationality.

ESFPs may be unfocused, as they do not do anything that necessitates long-term dedication. For instance, some ESFP personality types may struggle in relationships because once the fun and thrill are gone, they feel compelled to move on to the next bit of excitement.

How can counseling benefit ESFPs?

Individuals with ESFP personality types may want to consider addressing their weaker traits to live a more balanced life. Sharing your personality type with your counselor may give them more insight into areas that might be naturally challenging for you. One such area may be conflict resolution since ESFPs tend to avoid conflict, which is inevitable in relationships. Another skill a professional counselor can help develop is goal setting and thinking through decisions to discuss potential outcomes. This may not come naturally to ESFPs, since they prefer to live in the moment.

Furthermore, if engaging in risky behaviors has resulted in more serious problems for you and affects your relationships, a therapist is a valuable resource to help you get your life back on track. Married or in a relationship? If you consider throwing in the towel because the thrill is gone and the relationship no longer excites you, consider that these feelings may be tied to your personality type. If the relationship is otherwise solid, why not give couples counseling through ReGain a try? A therapist may be able to suggest strategies to rekindle the flame.

While ESFPs might prefer face-to-face sessions (the people they are), online counseling can provide that connection via video conferencing. You still get the interaction, with the added convenience of being able to connect wherever your fun and exciting life takes you.

Online counseling is an extremely flexible and affordable way to implement personal growth strategies that complement your personality and enhance your lifestyle. And, if you are experiencing more serious issues or desire to make more beneficial life choices, there is no better place to be than connected with a licensed counselor. One study published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services found equally effective online and face-to-face counseling. Contact us at BetterHelp; our trained therapists will help you achieve balance by developing important tools and strategies to live a healthy life and maintain satisfying relationships.

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ESFPs are fun, entertaining people and are often the life of any social event. People with ESFP personality types are likable to make friends easily. ESFPs love life, and they love engaging others in fun too. Other common ESFP personality traits are adventurous and spontaneous, so they love to explore new and exciting things. Nevertheless, their spontaneous nature can get them into trouble. The desire for immediate satisfaction can also lead to risky behaviors. To deepen your understanding of yourself, connect with a licensed therapist.


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