LOVE IS: Finding someone with whom they can make the most of every moment, in a care-free, 'big kids' way.
FALLS IN LOVE: Overwhelmingly. ESTP are rightly known for 'sweeping their partners off their feet'.
FALLS OUT OF LOVE: More than other type, the ESTP is able to end a relationship that they no longer value.
INTIMACY: An enjoyable way of making the most of the relationship in the present moment. Verbally affectionate.
COMMITMENT: Living fully in the moment, ESTPs think: 'I do – for now.' A long-term relationship may be taken one day at a time.
MOST SATISFIED WITH: A partner who wants to live each moment to the full with an appetite for excitement and thrills.
The ESTP is fun-loving and pragmatic ESTPs tend to have little patience for serious discussions or emotional exploration, preferring to keep things fun and action-packed. They tend to be attentive to their partners' physical needs, but may neglect the deeper emotional connections. Their orientation toward quick thinking may lead them to try to apply a solution before they fully understand the issues involved in a conflict, especially when complex and difficult emotions are involved.
ESTPs do best in relationships when their partners allow them plenty of freedom to pursue excitement.
Generally charming, witty, clever and popular, enthusiastic and fun-loving
Sensual and earthy
Not threatened by conflict or criticism
Excellent and clear-headed dealing with emergency situations
Likely to enjoy lavishing their loved ones with generous gifts.
Not usually good long-range planners and don't naturally make lifelong commitments
May ignore conflict rather than try to solve it
May inadvertantly hurt others with insensitive language
Very likely to leave a relationship quickly if they become bored.
Marty says that he used to be very popular with the ladies before he decided to settle down. Girls would usually respond so well to his attention that other guys complained about how he always got the 'good ones'.
When he decided to propose to his wife, he chose a unique method. He and a friend spelled out, 'Will you marry me?' using colored rocks on an empty field. Then he took her on a hot air balloon ride. She cried and said 'Yes'. She loves repeating this story.
Brandy enjoyed keeping a bunch of guys on a string and playing them off each other. She deliberately cultivated a bad girl reputation by dressing provocatively and talking dirty.
When she married, she put that persona aside, but soon her marriage became boring. She and her husband began volunteering to solicit donations for a charity. She acts as the pushy negotiator while her husband is the quiet closer. They have a lot of fun together, and she's fallen in love with him again..
Male and female ESTP relationship portraits from Please Understand Me: Temperament, Character, Intelligence by Dr David Keirsey
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References: Murray State University, Profound Knowledge Products, My Personality, Personality Desk, Personality Page and David Markley. Also various works by: Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen, Florence Littauer, Alexander Avila and Naomi and Alan Quenk.