Myers Briggs Personality Types

 

10. ESTJ – The Guardian

Practical, traditional, and organized. Likely to be athletic. Not interested in theory or abstraction unless they see the practical application. Have clear visions of the way things should be. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Exceptionally capable of organizing and running activities. “Good citizens” who value security and peaceful living.

 

Portrait of an ESTJ – Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging
(Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing)

As an ESTJ,

  • Your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things rationally and logically.
  • Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.

1. ESTJs live in a world of facts and concrete needs. They live in the present, with their eye constantly scanning their personal environment to make sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically. They honor traditions and laws and have a clear set of standards and beliefs. They expect the same of others and have no patience or understanding of individuals who do not value these systems. They value competence and efficiency and like to see quick results for their efforts.

2. ESTJs are take-charge people. They have such a clear vision of the way that things should be, that they naturally step into leadership roles. They are self-confident and aggressive. They are extremely talented at devising systems and plans for action, and at being able to see what steps need to be taken to complete a specific task. They can sometimes be very demanding and critical, because they have such strongly held beliefs, and are likely to express themselves without reserve if they feel someone isn’t meeting their standards. But at least their expressions can be taken at face value because the ESTJ is extremely straight-forward and honest.

4. The ESTJ is usually a model citizen, and pillar of the community. He or she takes their commitments seriously and follows their own standards of “good citizenship” to the letter. ESTJ enjoys interacting with people and likes to have fun. ESTJs can be very boisterous and fun at social events, especially activities which are focused on the family, community, or work.

5. The ESTJ needs to watch out for the tendency to be too rigid and to become overly detail-oriented. Since they put a lot of weight in their own beliefs, it’s important that they remember to value other people’s input and opinions. If they neglect their Feeling side, they may have a problem with fulfilling other’s needs for intimacy, and may unknowingly hurt people’s feelings by applying logic and reason to situations which demand more emotional sensitivity.

6. When bogged down by stress, an ESTJ often feels isolated from others. They feel as if they are misunderstood and undervalued, and that their efforts are taken for granted. Although normally the ESTJ is very verbal and doesn’t have any problem expressing themself when under stress they have a hard time putting their feelings into words and communicating them to others.

7. ESTJs value security and social order above all else and feel obligated to do all that they can to enhance and promote these goals. They will mow the lawn, vote, join the PTA, attend homeowners association meetings, and generally do anything that they can to promote personal and social security.

8. The ESTJ puts forth a lot of effort in almost everything that they do. They will do everything that they think should be done in their job, marriage, and community with a good amount of energy. He or she is conscientious, practical, realistic, and dependable. While the ESTJ will dutifully do everything that is important to work towards a particular cause or goal, they might not naturally see or value the importance of goals which are outside of their practical scope. However, if the ESTJ is able to see the relevance of such goals to practical concerns, you can bet that they’ll put every effort into understanding them and incorporating them into their quest for clarity and security.

Jungian functional preference ordering:

  • Dominant: Extraverted Thinking
  • Auxiliary: Introverted Sensing
  • Tertiary: Extraverted Intuition
  • Inferior: Introverted Feeling

 

11. ESFP – The Performer

People-oriented and fun-loving, they make things more fun for others by their enjoyment. Living for the moment, they love new experiences. They dislike theory and impersonal analysis. Interested in serving others. Likely to be the center of attention in social situations. Well-developed common sense and practical ability.

 

Portrait of an ESFP – Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving
(Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Feeling)

As an ESFP,

  • Your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.
  • Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

1. ESFPs live in a world of people possibilities. They love people and new experiences. They are lively and fun and enjoy being the center of attention. They live in the here-and-now and relish excitement and drama in their lives.

2. ESFPs have very strong inter-personal skills and may find themselves in the role of the peacemaker frequently. Since they make decisions by using their personal values, they are usually very sympathetic and concerned about other people’s well-being. They’re usually quite generous and warm. They are very observant about other people and seem to sense what is wrong with someone before others might, responding warmly with a solution to a practical need. They might not be the best advice-givers in the world, because they dislike theory and future-planning, but they are great for giving practical care.

3. ESFP is definitely a spontaneous, optimistic individual. They love to have fun. If the ESFP has not developed their Thinking side by giving consideration to rational thought processing, they tend to become over-indulgent, and place more importance on immediate sensation and gratification than on their duties and obligations. They may also avoid looking at the long-term consequences of their actions.

4. For the ESFP, the entire world is a stage. They love to be the center of attention and perform for people. They’re constantly putting on a show for others to entertain them and make them happy. They enjoy stimulating other people’s senses and are extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than for life to be a continual party, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host.

5. ESFPs love people, and everybody loves an ESFP. One of their greatest gifts is their general acceptance of everyone. They are upbeat and enthusiastic and genuinely like almost everybody. An ESFP is unfailingly warm and generous with their friends, and they generally treat everyone as a friend. However, once crossed, an ESFP is likely to make a very strong and stubborn judgment against the person who crossed them. They are capable of deep dislike in such a situation.

6. The ESFP under a great deal of stress gets overwhelmed with negatives thoughts and possibilities. As an optimistic individual who lives in the world of possibilities, negative possibilities do not sit well with them. In an effort to combat these thoughts, they’re likely to come up with simple, global statements to explain away the problem. These simplistic explanations may or may not truly get to the nature of the issue, but they serve the ESFP well by allowing them to get over it.

7. ESFPs are likely to be very practical, although they hate structure and routine. They like to “go with the flow”, trusting in their ability to improvise in any situation presented to them. They learn best with “hands-on” experience, rather than by studying a book. They’re uncomfortable with theory. If an ESFP hasn’t developed their intuitive side, they may tend to avoid situations which involve a lot of theoretical thinking, or which are complex and ambiguous. For this reason, an ESFP may have difficulty in school. On the other hand, the ESFP does extremely well in situations where they’re allowed to learn by interacting with others, or in which they “learn by doing”.

8. ESFPs have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty and an excellent sense of space and function. If they have the means, they’re likely to have many beautiful possessions and an artfully furnished home. In general, they take great pleasure in objects of aesthetic beauty. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the finer things in life, such as good food and good wine.

9. The ESFP is a great team player. He or she is not likely to create any problems or fuss and is likely to create the most fun environment possible for getting the task done. ESFPs will do best in careers in which they are able to use their excellent people skills, along with their abilities to meld ideas into structured formats. Since they are fast-paced individuals who like new experiences, they should choose careers which offer or require a lot of diversity, as well as people skills.

10. ESFPs usually like to feel strongly bonded with other people, and have a connection with animals and small children that are not found in most other types. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the beauties of nature as well.

11. The ESFP has a tremendous love for life and knows how to have fun. They like to bring others along on their fun-rides and are typically a lot of fun to be with. They’re flexible, adaptable, genuinely interested in people, and usually kind-hearted. They have a special ability to get a lot of fun out of life, but they need to watch out for the pitfalls associated with living entirely in the moment.

 

Jungian functional preference ordering:

  • Dominant: Extraverted Sensing
  • Auxiliary: Introverted Feeling
  • Tertiary: Extraverted Thinking
  • Inferior: Introverted Intuition

 

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