ENFJs radiate a natural charisma. The media is populated successful ENFJs. Of out genuine concern they will work tirelessly on behalf of others.
ENFJs are usually guided by an idealistic vision of what they believe is possible for people. More often than not, humanity is better off as a result.
SEES SELF: as a modest, hard-working optimist, but often seeing others more clearly than they see themselves.
OVERRIDING NEED: to be treated by others as never less than an equal.
IRRITATED BY: rudeness, cynics and pessimists.
STRENGTHS: provides leadership and decisiveness when working with others and groups, highly articulate with excellent social skills.
SEEN BY OTHERS: as friendly, open, nurturing – but not the pushover they may first think.
DECIDES by what seems right for people in the long term, they may want to tie up the loose ends too quickly.
IRRITATES OTHERS: by trying to rescue people unnecessarily, being bossy, dramatic, over-trusting, socialising too much.
CHALLENGES: may over-idealise others and neglect self, be oversensitive to indifference, put socialising ahead of necessary tasks.
The ENFJ is also known as The Giver, The Teacher or The Envisioner Mentor.
ENFJs are idealist organisers, driven to implement their vision of what is best for humanity and they often act as catalysts for human growth. ENFJs like to be liked and are very sensitive to feedback, both positive and negative. They take criticism quite personally. They expect the best not just from themselves, but from others as well, and tend to idealise relationships. ENFJs often play host or hostess, energetically engaging everyone in the group and making sure that a good time is had by all. More than other extroverted types, they need time alone, away from the demands of serving and caring for others.
LIKELY CAREERS: Roles in education, human resources, travel, maketing and politics – ENFJs operate to the fullest potential when alongside hardworking people who enjoy life and live to their own values.
LIKELY REAL-LIFE ENFJs: Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller, Brenda Vaccaro, Johnny Depp, Kirstie Alley, Oprah Winfrey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pete Sampras, Dr. Phil McGraw, Randy Quaid, Tommy Lee Jones.
LIKELY HOBBIES: Popular leisure pursuits include organising social events, reading, the arts, museums, storytelling, listening to music, writing, and gourmet cooking.
LIKELY FICTIONAL ENFJs: Frasier Crane (Fraser), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction).
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References: The Myers & Briggs Foundation, British Association for Psychological Type, Australian Association for Psychological Type, The Personality Page (BSM Consulting), Molly Owens (Personality Desk), Wikipedia, Murray State University, Profound Knowledge Products, My Personality, Personality Page, TypeLogic and David Markley. Also various works by: Renee Baron, Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi, David Keirsey, and Isabel Briggs Myers.