ENFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

ENFJ Strengths

ENFJ strengths
  • Tolerant – ENFJs are true team players, and they recognize that that means listening to other peoples’ opinions, even when they contradict their own. They admit they don’t have all the answers, and are often receptive to dissent, so long as it remains constructive.
  • Reliable – The one thing that galls ENFJs the most is the idea of letting down a person or cause they believe in. If it’s possible, ENFJs can always be counted on to see it through.
  • Charismatic – Charm and popularity are qualities ENFJs have in spades. They instinctively know how to capture an audience, and pick up on mood and motivation in ways that allow them to communicate with reason, emotion, passion, restraint – whatever the situation calls for. Talented imitators, ENFJs are able to shift their tone and manner to reflect the needs of the audience, while still maintaining their own voice.
  • Altruistic – Uniting these qualities is ENFJs’ unyielding desire to do good in and for their communities, be it in their own home or the global stage. Warm and selfless, ENFJs genuinely believe that if they can just bring people together, they can do a world of good.
  • Natural Leaders – More than seeking authority themselves, ENFJs often end up in leadership roles at the request of others, cheered on by the many admirers of their strong personality and positive vision.

ENFJ Weaknesses

ENFJ weaknesses
  • Overly Idealistic – People with the ENFJ personality type can be caught off guard as they find that, through circumstance or nature, or simple misunderstanding, people fight against them and defy the principles they’ve adopted, however well-intentioned they may be. They are more likely to feel pity for this opposition than anger, and can earn a reputation of naïveté.
  • Too Selfless – ENFJs can bury themselves in their hopeful promises, feeling others’ problems as their own and striving hard to meet their word. If they aren’t careful, they can spread themselves too thin, and be left unable to help anyone.
  • Too Sensitive – While receptive to criticism, seeing it as a tool for leading a better team, it’s easy for ENFJs to take it a little too much to heart. Their sensitivity to others means that ENFJs sometimes feel problems that aren’t their own and try to fix things they can’t fix, worrying if they are doing enough.
  • Fluctuating Self-Esteem – ENFJs define their self-esteem by whether they are able to live up to their ideals, and sometimes ask for criticism more out of insecurity than out of confidence, always wondering what they could do better. If they fail to meet a goal or to help someone they said they’d help, their self-confidence will undoubtedly plummet.
  • Struggle to Make Tough Decisions – If caught between a rock and a hard place, ENFJs can be stricken with paralysis, imagining all the consequences of their actions, especially if those consequences are humanitarian.
Roger Zhang
4 years ago
I would say this point: Highly fluctuating self-esteem. An ENFJ’s self-esteem depends on whether they are able to live up to their ideals and fulfill their goals, while at the same time making sure that everyone around them is happy. If the ENFJ’s ideas are being constantly criticized or they are unable to help people close to them, their self-confidence is likely to plummet. Is the utmost true for me. Not bipolar, just an ENFJ =P.
wilbert
4 years ago
If the ENFJ’s ideas are being constantly criticized or they are unable to help people close to them, their self-confidence is likely to plummet. this is so true!!!!!!
ARUN PAHWA
4 years ago
as Christie mentions-it is eerie. unbelievably true and a good reflection of one's personality. glad to meet you all. and to know my self better. feeling good.
Jacqueline
4 years ago
I think being an ENFJ is one of the best personalities there can be. We have the ability to help make the world a better place. As I have matured, now 50, I am far more confident in my values, who I am and with the wisdom that comes from having strong values as well as being a lover of people and life, My expectation of reward for helping others and the need for positive feedback have been superseded by the determination to be my best self always. So there's hope for all of you! You are wonderfully special and the day you stop needing external validation is the day you start being the true leader you're meant to be. I now see that natural and effortless influence the ENFJ profile talks about. It still amazes me that when I say what seems obvious, others say it is genius. That's who you are. We don't have to blow our own horns, the real effort has to be made in not allowing what others say about us to affect us. Here's to being ENFJ's! :D
Essen Vicente
4 years ago
it's just really creepy how every single line just hit me right inthe guts. Especially the part about being selfless and expecting that very same selflessness from other people. I get upset when people just don't care... And I've been on the receiving end of being taken advantage of, and I've always asked myself whether I was just really that stupid or something for letting other people do that to me... Reading this made me feel better. It just turns out it's in my very nature and that it's not a bad thing :)
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