ESFP personality

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you surely don’t deserve me at my best.

Marilyn Monroe

If anyone is to be found spontaneously breaking into song and dance, it is the ESFP personality type. ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style.

ESFP personalityBorn entertainers, ESFPs love the spotlight, but this isn't limited to the stage. Though many famous ESFPs are indeed actors, they love putting on a show for their friends too, chatting with a unique and earthy wit, soaking up attention and making every outing feel a bit like a party. Social through and through, ESFPs enjoy the simplest things, and there's no greater joy for them than just having fun with a good group of friends.

It's not all talk either, as ESFPs have the strongest aesthetic sense of any personality type. From grooming and outfits to a well-appointed home, ESFPs have an eye for fashion, knowing what's attractive the moment they see it, and they aren't afraid to change their surroundings to reflect their personal style. ESFPs are naturally curious, exploring new designs and styles with ease.

Though it may not always seem like it, ESFPs know that it's not all about them – they are observant, and very sensitive to others' emotions, and will often be the first to help someone talk out a challenging problem, providing emotional support and practical advice all the while. However, if they are the point of contention, ESFPs are likely to avoid a potential conflict altogether than to address it head-on. ESFPs usually love drama and passion, but not so much when they are the focus of the criticisms it can bring.

The biggest challenge ESFPs are likely to face is that they are often so focused on immediate pleasures that they sometimes neglect the duties and responsibilities that make those luxuries possible. Complex analysis, repetitive tasks and matching data points to real consequences are not easy activities for ESFPs, who rely more on luck and opportunity, or simply asking for help from their extensive circle of friends. It is important for ESFPs to challenge themselves to keep track of things like their retirement plans or sugar intake – there won't always be someone else around who is willing or able to lend a hand.

ESFPs recognize value and quality, which on its own is a fine trait, but in combination with their tendency to be poor planners, this can lead to problems as they begin to live beyond their means, making credit cards an especially dangerous tool. Being a type that is more focused on leaping at opportunities than in planning out long-term goals, ESFPs may be distressed to find that due to their inattentiveness, some activities have been pushed out of reach. There's nothing that makes ESFPs feel quite as unhappy as realizing that they are boxed in by circumstance, unable to join their friends.

ESFPs are welcome wherever there's a need for someone who can laugh, play and volunteer to try something new and fun, and there's no greater joy for them than to meet that need, and bring everyone else along for the ride. ESFPs will chat for hours, about anything but the topic they meant to be talking about, and will share their friends' and loved ones' emotions through good times and bad. If they can just remember to keep their ducks in a row, they will always be ready to dive head-first into all the new and exciting things the world has to offer, friends in tow.

Famous ESFPs:

Marilyn Monroe
Eva Gabor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Steve Irwin
Jamie Oliver
Kyle Petty
Kathy Lee Gifford
Arsenio Hall
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Sep 15, 2014 14:24:02
Its About 100% Positively me! Great Quiz to tell you a little about the person you are or might become.
Sep 15, 2014 05:01:55
I think that this is an awesome summary of ESFP. It pretty much is spot on! Apart from the academic part; I am excelling at school. I am also unorganised and forgetful so this is pretty much perfect
Sep 12, 2014 22:16:21
Almost spot on. Only thing a little different is I have a bit of an introvert/loner side to me.
Sep 12, 2014 15:49:34
ESFP baby!!:) I'm super initiative and always making new friends and alwayyyyyss singing ahhaha all true! Except, I can get stuff done when I put my heart into it
Ella R
Sep 12, 2014 04:50:16
so accurate!