The Protagonist Personality

Updated November 17, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality test gives you an acronym result, such as ENFJ protagonist. The ENFJ type of person is pretty rare, but what is it?

Protagonist ENFJ personality types are warm, caring and altruistic. Their goal in life is to make the world a better place, and their charisma and excellent people-skills inspire others to follow their lead.

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The purpose of the MBTI personality test is to discover what your traits are and to use that knowledge to achieve a happy and prosperous life. Knowing your personal traits opens the door to the deep self-understanding that will motivate you to enhance your strengths and learn to overcome your weaknesses. Your personal growth, relationships, and career are much more likely to be successful and happy if you have a deep understanding of why you do the things you do and think the way you think.

16 Personality Types

Myers-Briggs identifies 4 major personality types, each divided into 4 sub-types.

  1. Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP).
  2. Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP).
  3. Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ).
  4. Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP).

In this advice series, we're exploring each one of these types, and how they affect you as a person.

ENFJ Protagonist Type

ENFJ is the abbreviation for extraversion, intuition, feeling, and judgment. This is known as the protagonist.
Extraversion: these types are motivated by interacting with people. Protagonist types sociable and generally have a wide circle of acquaintances. Social events energize these types. These personalities listen to others before making decisions and enjoy the approval of others.

Intuition: these types focus on the big picture and future possibilities; they tend to pay less attention to detail and the current situation. As a person, they tend to be a creative and abstract thinker.

Feeling: these people consideration the personal feelings of others before making decisions. This type of person attaches importance to the social implications when making a decision, instead of using cold logic.

Judgment: Protagonist types are planners and quick decision-makers. This person likes predictability so that they can plan and control situations.

This person tends to be extroverted and sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. The dominant characteristic is their genuine desire to make the world a better place. These personalities look for harmony in relationships and broader social groups. When they claim that they're tough-minded and logical you can bet it's because those are the values of their environment. Sharing the values of their social group creates the harmony that they crave in all situations. These personalities are warm and charming; they're also charismatic and can be very talkative. They excel in the social arena, and people love to be in the company of a protagonist person because they're fun and have a good sense of humor. People like this are excellent leaders.

The protagonist type makes up between one and five percent of the population.


Protagonist types have a talent for reading others quickly, and they easily establish rapport with all sorts of different people. Their gift is to assess someone they've just met, and then to take on their emotions, expressions, and body language.

Social Intelligence

Social interaction energizes this type. They're formidable networkers and generally have a wide circle of friends and social connections.


These people use their charm and charisma to easily persuade others to their way of thinking. These personalities are hard to resist, and they need to be careful of using their formidable powers of persuasion to manipulate others to achieve their goals.

The Type Is A Leader

These personalities are passionate about making the world a better place. Their biggest joy is to inspire others to go along with them to improve the world. These people are confident and fearless when it comes to speaking their minds about social injustice, and their charisma and genuine desire to help others to a better life can influence millions. Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama have these personalities.

People Skills

These people are undoubtedly the personality type with the best people skills. This type genuinely understands and cares about people, and they bring out the best in others. They love and support others; they want others to have good and happy lives, and they often make it happen. Nothing gives that personality type more satisfaction than improving the lives of others.

Career Options

The ENFJ type makes excellent teachers, counselors, and ministers; they are successful in any career that allows them to improve the lives of others. Because this is also one of the creative personalities, they have many career choices that will satisfy them.


These personalities are dedicated and committed partners. This person puts a great deal of time and effort into making their relationships work, and bring out the best in their partners. ENFJ's may constantly ask their partners if they're okay and how they're feeling, which some may find a bit smothering, but they genuinely want to know so that they can maintain a happy and healthy relationship. The right partner will find these personalities warm, loving and fun to be with.

This person can be over-protective of their children and may involve themselves in every aspect of their lives. As this person's children reach puberty, they may resent this, wanting to have more freedom and less intense supervision. These personalities can also be quite strict with their children, but always with the intention of bringing out the best in them. Children of these personalities generally describe their parent as warm and supportive, although a bit strict.

The single biggest relationship problem these personalities may have is their deep dislike of conflict. This person tends to agree to something they don't actually agree with, or ignore a serious issue, or give in and back down, rather than have a confrontation. This can cause severe problems as these personalities have strong ideals and values, and backing down on an issue that is important to them will only cause further conflict down the road.

Understanding ENFJ's (The Protagonist) Strengths And Abilities

This person understands other people's feelings and motives better than all other personalities.

These personalities are inspiring and charismatic verbal communicators. These personality types have the talent to motivate and persuade others to help them make the world a better place.

These personalities are altruistic and generous. These personality types put the needs of others before their own, and when someone needs help, they are sure to be there.

These personalities are warmhearted and don't hesitate to show affection and admiration for others.

This person is fun. ENFJ personality types have a great sense of humor, and people love to be around them.

These personalities are team-players; they build strong teams and maintain them to reach their ultimate goal.

These personalities are loyal and committed. Anyone who is loyal and committed to one of these personality type will be rewarded in kind.

These personalities are excellent leaders. Their followers admire and support them, and are inspired to help these personality types reach their goals.


ENFJ's can be rigid and unbending. These personality type is idealistic and struggles to understand why others may have different ideas.

These personalities may be oversensitive and so hard on themselves that they don't function at their best. ENFJ personality types blame themselves when things go wrong, and can dwell on the negative for too long.

These  personalities are insecure about their appearance and presence, even though they are supremely confident public speakers. ENFJ personality types can get despondent when criticized.

These personalities can be indecisive because they want consensus and harmony. These personalities struggle to decide if even a minority of people disagree with them.

These personalities may be manipulative. These personalities want the total support of their group and will sometimes manipulate the nay-sayers into embracing their beliefs.

These personalities tend to be demanding. These personalities are committed and loyal, and demand that others are too. Also, these people are generally intolerant of mistakes and shortcomings.

These personalities can be overprotective and smothering. These personalities can sometimes care too much about others and overdo helping and nurturing them.

These personalities can sacrifice their well-being in pursuit of improving the lives of others. This selfless  personality type can lead them to neglect their own mental and physical health.

In Conclusion

These people are warm, caring and altruistic. Their goal in life is to make the world a better place, and their charisma and excellent people-skills inspire others to follow their lead. These types are loyal and committed partners, parents, and friends. These people are selfless and will help anyone in need. ENFJ types attract others; they're popular and fun to be around. Most of all, these people have the skills and talent to make a difference in the world.

These personality types can be manipulative if they don't get the full support of their social circle or group; ENFJ's may trade their integrity in pursuit of harmonious consensus. These people can also be extremely averse to conflicts and confrontations, brushing problems under the rug, until they become much more significant issues that may ruin their relationships or delay their goals. The nurturing character can sometimes smother or oppress their loved ones and others who may turn away from them. These personality types do not take criticism well and may lose sight of their achievements while dwelling on the negative opinions of others for too long.

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