ESFP - Performer

Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceptive

 

 

ESFPs live for the moment. Enthusiastic and fun, they enjoy bringing people along for exciting experiences. Few things in life give them more pleasure than making others happy. They often find themselves to be the life of the party. They are known for their down-to-earth wit and story-telling abilities. In some respects, ESFPs are performers and the entire world is their stage.

 

ESFPs prefer freedom and spontaneity over structure and planning. They make decisions based on their feelings and values. They are very perceptive of other people's feelings, often sensing what is troubling them before anyone else can. They often work as performers, salespeople, child care workers, or people working in the outdoors.

 

ESFPs are often found in a group of people, in which they are the instigators of fun and excitement. Charming and easy to get along with, ESFPs attract many people. ESFPs make the most out of every moment with their partners. They only have simple needs from their partners but can bring a tremendous level of fun and excitement to the relationship.

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist. Many ESFPs find themselves to be most compatible with ISTJs and ISFJs. Generally speaking, they prefer long-term relationships with Sensing and Judging types. More on compatibility can be found under the "In Relationships" tab.

 

About 7% of the U.S. population is ESFP.

 

 

Famous ESFPs

Ashton Kutcher, actor

Elvis Presley, singer

Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook)

Kathy Lee Gifford, TV personality (Live with Regis and Kathy Lee)

Kyle Petty, NASCAR driver

Mary Lou Retton, gymnast

Steve Irwin, TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter)

Willard Scott, TV personality/Ronald McDonald’s creator

Woody Harrelson, actor (Cheers)

 

Fictional

 

Cody (Step By Step)

Michael Scott (The Office)

Mrs. Pumphrey (James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small)

Serena (Gossip Girl)

Tim "The Toolman" Taylor(Home Improvement)

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs determines their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ESFP Personality

Performer

 

 

ESFPs live for the moment. Enthusiastic and fun, they enjoy bringing people along for exciting experiences.

 

Few things in life give them more pleasure than making others happy. Highly in-tune with their five senses, they can appeal to other people's senses exceptionally well. Thus, ESFPs often find themselves to be the life of the party. They are known for their down-to-earth wit and story-telling abilities. In some respects, ESFPs are performers and the entire world is their stage.

 

ESFPs make decisions based on their feelings and values. They are genuinely concerned for the well-being of others. They are very perceptive of other people's feelings, often sensing what is troubling them before anyone else can. Warm and sympathetic, they are good at giving practical, feel-good advice. They are also exceptionally generous, sharing their property freely with others.

 

They have the unique ability to like and accept everyone they meet. Likewise, just about everybody likes the ESFP. They are only capable of disliking someone when they have been seriously offended in some way. In these situations, they form a resolute judgment against the person, but ultimately they adopt a position of morally overcoming the hurt.

 

ESFPs have a taste for sensorial pleasures, such as food and music. Their ability to appreciate beauty, especially natural beauty, gives them a special connection with the outdoors, animals, and small children.

 

Those who have not sufficiently developed their Thinking side may find themselves living too much for the moment. They may forgo their obligations and long-term well-being by indulging in activities that bring immediate gratification. It is important for them balance in their lives.

 

ESFPs deal with anxiety by ignoring it as long as possible. Once it has reached the limit, they become overwhelmed by negative thoughts. Unfamiliar with these thoughts, they may come up with simple, universal statements to explain away the problem, even though their explanations may not address the root of the issue. This is their way of coping.

 

ESFPs prefer freedom and spontaneity over structure and planning. They also prefer practicality over theory, as their senses are well-developed but their intuitions are not. For these reasons, ESFPs may have difficulty in formal education, especially in classes involving abstract reasoning. However, most ESFPs as children enjoy school for its social aspects and new experiences.

 

ESFPs excel in careers that utilize their people-skills, perceptiveness, and enthusiasm. Many performers, salespeople, paramedics, and child care workers are ESFPs. Because of their affinity for beauty, they also make great photographers and designers. ESFPs make their mark on society by bringing happiness and fun to those around them.

 

 

Their Cognitive Functions


1. (E)xtraverted (S)ensing: the ability to pick up on immediate details of the surroundings and grasp how it fits into the rest of the environment. As their primary function, ESFPs are able to fully engage with the moment, quickly responding to what is happening around them.

 

2. Introverted (F)eeling: the ability to form emotional conclusions that act as a source of ethics, ideals, and moral vision. As their second function, ESFPs are guided by their ideals and values.

 

3. Extraverted Thinking: the ability to apply logic and order to the external world. As their tertiary function, ESFPs have some ability to solve challenges logically and decisively.

 

4. Introverted Intuition: the ability to perceive the unconscious world and see the underlying patterns behind events. As their inferior function, ESFPs are often unaware of the symbolic meaning behind events and do not see the value of abstract theory.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers-Briggs determines their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ESFP Relationships


Performer

 

 

Before a Relationship

 

ESFPs are often found in a group of people, in which they are the instigators of fun and excitement. Charming and easy to get along with, ESFPs attract many people. They enjoy and actively seek potential mates. However, their go-with-the-flow nature makes them vulnerable to being seduced by others, a phenomenon that they do not necessarily see as a negative.

 

 

During a Relationship

 

ESFPs make the most out of every moment with their partners. They only have simple needs from their partners but can bring a tremendous level of fun and excitement to the relationship. They enjoy being in love and wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity.

 

Living in the present, they tend to approach love on a day-by-day basis. In fact, when discussing matters concerning the future with ESFPs, they may think that some immediate action is asked of them. They then become disinterested when they realize that the discussion does not directly pertain to the present. Thus, some ESFPs have difficulty maintaining long-term relationships. Most overcome this challenge and settle into loving, long-term relationships. Some, however, may wander from partner to partner. Once an ESFP has found a compatible partner, they will enjoy the relationship or family life tremendously, putting in great energy to making sure that it is fun and exciting. Their homes are usually filled with people and activities.

 

Sometimes ESFPs can become overly swayed by what others think of them. This may be an issue if they allow this to affect their relationships. ESFPs can also have difficulty with conflict. Not seeing the constructive potential of criticism, they may think that their partners are disapproving of their character. Because ESFPs can be victims of their emotional impulses, they may respond with harsh, overly-dramatic words that they later regret. Like with other Feeling types, it behooves ESFPs to approach criticism as a potential way to improve the relationship. Since ESFPs communicate in a literal, concrete manner, partners who behave in a similarly concrete fashion would communicate best with ESFPs.

 

 

Sex

 

ESFPs actively seek and thoroughly enjoy sexual intimacy with their partners. They experience sex through their five senses and they are adept at satisfying their partner's senses. Energetic and spontaneous, they are happy when they can make their partners happy.

 

 

Compatibility

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist.

 

With a strong Extraverted Sensing function, ESFPs are better understood and appreciated by other Sensors. With the Perceiving characteristic, ESFPs are naturally the ones who "see all the possibilities". Thus, they are better paired with Judgers, who can "pick the best choices". Thus, they are better paired with Perceivers, who tend to "go with the flow". Specifically, they are most suitable with those who have strong Introverted Sensing functions, such as the ISTJ and the ISFJ. How this is derived can be found here.

 

 

ESFP - ISTJ

 

ESFPs bring a new level of joy, fun, and spontaneity to the ISTJ's life. By living life according to their feelings, ESFPs allow ISTJs to be more in touch with their own inner child and sense of humanity. ISTJs' reliability and sense of duty provide ESFPs with stability and security, especially in practical matters. With their organization and decision-making skills, ISTJs allow ESFPs to enjoy life without losing direction.

 

 

ESFP - ISFJ

 

ESFPs bring a new level of joy, fun, and spontaneity to the ISFJ's life. By enjoying life to its fullest, they give the ISFJs a sense of purpose and appreciation. ISFJs' reliability and faithful commitment provide ESFPs with stability, both emotionally and in practical matters. With their nurturing care and decision-making skills, ISFJs allow ESFPs to enjoy life without losing direction.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs determines their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ESFP Career & Other Info

Performer

 

 

How ESFPs relate to other Types

 

ESFP: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

ISFP: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

ESFJ: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

ISFJ: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

ENTJ: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One's weaker strengths are the other's stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

INTJ: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

ENFJ: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

INFJ: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to "escape" from normalcy.

ESTP: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

ISTP: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

ESTJ: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other's company.

ISTJ: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

ENTP: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

INTP: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

ENTP: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

INFP: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.

 

 

ESFPs As Parents

 

As parents, ESFPs are good at creating a fun environment and giving practical care. They may enjoy larger families. Their love of spontaneity sometimes prevents them from providing adequate structure for their children, which is something that can be mitigated if the ESFP has a spouse who can provide the necessary order and stability. ESFPs usually play the role of their children's friend, very rarely enforcing discipline.

 

 

ESFP Occupations

 

ESFPs need careers where they are surrounded by a variety of people. They need daily stimulation and a flow of new experiences so that they do not become bored. They prefer hands-on work that is practical and helpful in nature, in which they can see its direct results. The ideal job gives them an outlet for their resourceful thinking and quick wit. They like relaxed, friendly environments where they are a part of a team and are appreciated for their contributions. Their people skills and sense of humor allow them to mediate problems and facilitate a friendly atmosphere.

 

 

Potential Career Paths (ESFP Jobs)

 

    Animal Trainer

    Artist

    Buyer

    Chef

    Child Care Provider

    Corporate Trainer

    Cosmetologist

    Costumer

    Dental Hygienist

    Dietitian

    Elementary Teacher

    Event Coordinator

    Farmer or Rancher

    Fashion Designer

    Firefighter

    Fitness Trainer

    Flight Attendant

    Florist

    Gardener

    Insurance Agent

    Interior Designer

    Jeweler

    Landscape Architect

    Landscape Manager

    Massage Therapist

    Merchandise Planner

    Musician

    Nurse

    Occupational Therapist

    Pediatrician

    Photographer

    Physical Therapist

    Physician Assistant

    Police Officer

    Public Relations Manager

    Real Estate Agent

    Receptionist

    Recreation Worker

    Residential Counselor

    Restaurant Host

    Retail Manager

    Retail Salesperson

    Social Worker

    Special Education Teacher

    Veterinary Assistant

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs determines their day-to-day interactions. Although using Myers Briggs for relationships is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.