ESFP Strengths and Weaknesses

ESFP Strengths

  • Bold - ESFPs aren't known for holding back. Wanting to experience everything there is to experience, people with the ESFP personality type don't mind stepping out of their comfort zones when no one else is willing.
  • Original - Traditions and expectations are secondary to ESFPs, if a consideration at all. ESFP personalities love to experiment with new styles, and constantly find new ways to stick out in the crowd.
  • Aesthetics and Showmanship - Not stopping at mere outfits, ESFPs inject artistic creativity into their words and actions, too. Every day is a performance, and ESFPs love to put on a show.
  • Practical - To ESFPs, the world is meant to be felt and experienced. Truth is stranger than fiction, and ESFPs prefer to see and do than to wax philosophical about "what-ifs".
  • Observant - With all this focus on the here and now, on doing and acting, it makes sense that ESFPs are naturals when it comes to noticing real, tangible things and changes.
  • Excellent People Skills - More so than things though, ESFPs love to pay attention to people. They are talkative, witty, and almost never run out of things to discuss. For people with this personality type, happiness and satisfaction stem from the time they spend with the people they enjoy being with.

ESFP Weaknesses

  • Sensitive - ESFPs (especially Turbulent ones) are strongly emotional, and very vulnerable to criticism - they can feel like they've been backed into a corner, sometimes reacting badly. This is probably ESFPs' greatest weakness, because it makes it so hard to address any other weaknesses brought to light.
  • Conflict-Averse - ESFPs sometimes ignore and avoid conflict entirely. They tend to say and do what's needed to get out of such situations, then move on to something more fun.
  • Easily Bored - Without constant excitement, ESFPs find ways to create it themselves. Risky behavior, self-indulgence, and the pleasures of the moment over long-term plans are all things ESFPs get into a little too often.
  • Poor Long-Term Planners - In fact, ESFP personalities rarely make detailed plans for the future. To them, things come as they come, and they rarely bother with taking the time to lay out steps and consequences, with the belief that they could change at any moment - even with things that can be planned.
  • Unfocused - Anything that requires long-term dedication and focus is a particular challenge for ESFPs. In academics, dense, unchanging subjects like Classic Literature are much more difficult than more dynamic, relatable subjects like psychology. The trick for ESFPs is to find day-to-day joy in broader goals, and to tough it out with those tedious things that must be done.

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Dana
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Feb 25, 2015 16:53:43
I completely agree, except I value tradition and expectations much more than stated in the article. I was terrible in school, very smart, but easily distracted unless it was exciting and not mundane. I enjoyed Science and Language Arts over Economics and Math Adhd much though?
Abi
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Feb 05, 2015 02:54:02
This website really helps :)
C..M.E.
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Jan 25, 2015 00:20:16
Oh my. I am an INTP and my son is an ESFP. the "mirror their surroundings", and "sensitive, vulnerable to criticism" is so true! I just want my son to do well, so I DO push, but it always backfires! He is terrible and unrealistic about getting things done. Important things, like the work needed to graduate from High school. He really DOES need external input with goal setting and staying on task. I am trying to help, his teacher is trying to help, but he acts like we are persecuting him!!
Do you have any suggestions about how to help him in a way that would be well received?
ANONYMOUS
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Jan 22, 2015 10:42:40
ESFP 100% accurate describes me perfectly
Julie
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Jan 08, 2015 13:31:55
Oh gosh, how will this type react to mine as an ISTJ? Although I might have friends like this, so maybe it won't be that bad...