ESTP personality

Forming around 4% of the population, people with the ESTP personality type are very social, spontaneous, and direct. Some may even see them as rude or reckless, but ESTPs truly love action and always dive right into the heart of the storm. ESTPs dislike theoretical debates or thinking about the future. They are interested only in the present moment and focus all their efforts on enjoying what is rather than thinking about what could be.

ESTP_1ESTPs would rather do something quickly than prepare a detailed action plan, figure out all its flaws, and—only then—act. They do not mind stepping back and fixing their mistakes, if necessary. People with this personality type also have an innate ability to pick up on other people’s thoughts and motives. Being extraordinarily perceptive, ESTPs can easily detect the slightest change in someone’s facial expression, clothing, behavior, etc. No other personality type has this mysterious ability.

People with the ESTP personality type also tend to see laws, rules, and obligations as recommendations or instructions rather than as unbreakable principles. If ESTPs believe that something must be done and the cause is just and worthy, they will go ahead and do it, despite what the law or social rules say. This is not meant to say that ESTPs are lawbreakers—they usually have a very clear understanding of good and evil. Rather, they tend to put personal values, opinions, and principles above what other people or the society thinks.

ESTPs enjoy drama, passion, and physical pleasures. However, people with this personality type should be aware that their passion may manifest itself in many different ways, with some of them being quite risky or unhealthy. For instance, many gamblers are ESTPs. ESTP personality traits may also push them toward inadvertently hurting other people. Because ESTPs are very direct and rely on facts and logic (the Thinking (T) trait) rather than emotions (the Feeling (F) trait), their words can easily hurt the more sensitive personality types.

Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred as a sheep.


As ESTPs dislike theory and abstract thinking, they often have problems in school, especially in later years. People with this personality type see theoretical discussions as boring and pointless. In contrast, their energy and passion are virtually unlimited when it comes to activities they see as practical and exciting. ESTPs can be very inspiring and convincing. This makes them excellent sales representatives, consultants, and entrepreneurs. This personality type is truly very colorful. It is crucial that every ESTP recognizes their own talents, as well as strengths and weaknesses.

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Some famous ESTPs:

  • James Buchanan, former U.S. president
  • Ernest Hemingway, writer
  • Jack Nicholson, actor
  • Eddie Murphy, actor
  • Madonna, singer
  • Bruce Willis, actor
  • Michael J. Fox, actor

8 Responses to “ESTP personality”

  1. Accurate Typist Reply

    Eddie Murphy and Bruce Willis are ESFP (Sensing subtype)
    Which is similar to ESTP, in some ways, so I can see how those two were mistyped on this page.
    (That would also be called enneagram 7 wing 8)

    Michael J Fox is an ENTJ, and that type can also be confused with ESTP, because both are logical and confident, and Extroverted/Outgoing/Energetic.

    Too bad many personality type websites mistype many celebrities, constantly. Ah well. It’s only human to make mistakes.

  2. Accurate Typist Reply

    Now, Howard Hughes, Donald Trump, Mark Wahlberg.
    Now, THESE are ESTP types. Accurately.

  3. ilkar Reply

    im an isfj. I like this kinds of tests and it’s a man from a career centre who introduced it haha. Fun to compare results

  4. Val Reply

    You should add Sherlock Holmes form BBC’s Sherlock as a fictional character because this is him in a nut shell.

    • Lizzy Reply

      Actually, Sherlock is an ISTP. Both types have common ground though.