ENFP Personality (“The Campaigner”)

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The ENFP personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike Explorers, they are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd.

ENFP personality

You Can Change the World With Just an Idea

More than just sociable people-pleasers though, ENFPs, like all their Diplomat cousins, are shaped by their Intuitive (N) quality, allowing them to read between the lines with curiosity and energy. They tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected – but unlike Analysts, who tend to see that puzzle as a series of systemic machinations, ENFPs see it through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning.

ENFPs are fiercely independent, and much more than stability and security, they crave creativity and freedom.

Many other types are likely to find these qualities irresistible, and if they’ve found a cause that sparks their imagination, ENFPs will bring an energy that oftentimes thrusts them into the spotlight, held up by their peers as a leader and a guru – but this isn’t always where independence-loving ENFPs want to be. Worse still if they find themselves beset by the administrative tasks and routine maintenance that can accompany a leadership position. ENFPs’ self-esteem is dependent on their ability to come up with original solutions, and they need to know that they have the freedom to be innovative – they can quickly lose patience or become dejected if they get trapped in a boring role.

Don’t Lose That ’Little Spark of Madness’

Luckily, ENFPs know how to relax, and they are perfectly capable of switching from a passionate, driven idealist in the workplace to that imaginative and enthusiastic free spirit on the dance floor, often with a suddenness that can surprise even their closest friends. Being in the mix also gives them a chance to connect emotionally with others, giving them cherished insight into what motivates their friends and colleagues. They believe that everyone should take the time to recognize and express their feelings, and their empathy and sociability make that a natural conversation topic.

The ENFP personality type needs to be careful, however – if they rely too much on their intuition, assume or anticipate too much about a friend’s motivations, they can misread the signals and frustrate plans that a more straightforward approach would have made simple. This kind of social stress is the bugbear that keeps harmony-focused Diplomats awake at night. ENFPs are very emotional and sensitive, and when they step on someone’s toes, they both feel it.

ENFPs will spend a lot of time exploring social relationships, feelings and ideas before they find something that really rings true. But when they finally do find their place in the world, their imagination, empathy and courage are likely to produce incredible results.

Campaigners You May Know

Joakim Nilsson
3 years ago
This is so accurate. Everything fits me perfectly. usually i take these things with a grain of salt, because you see yourself as something you are not, but this is what i always have been told and seen my self as.
3 years ago
First of all, this is an awesome test and I got so bloody wonderstruck that I forwarded the test to all my good friends !! :) So many beautiful people in the ENFP list. I'm happy!
Mikey D
3 years ago
I completed one of these assessments as I have been in a career path/ journey for a number of years since leaving University, I have worked in various roles in the same sector but always felt like there was more for me to offer. I have found just reading information on ENFPs incredibly interesting as I feel it sums me up well. Sometimes I feel like i'm an emotional roller coaster, but I love life, and enjoy the company of others and just want to make a difference ... so hopefully I can look further into all of this and find some resolve and make my little world more content :)
3 years ago
So true Mikey. To think that our lucky group represents 7% of the population ... Is it any wonder that quite often, others can't figure us out?
Mikey D
3 years ago
being 7% we are a relatively small slice of the personality cake, I've been thinking about making a career change for a while. I've always worked in Finance, but have developed and moved up the ladder, but yet I feel no more content. Sometimes I feel like I can't figure myself out :) , but now I no longer feel crazy, and I understand that it's just that more core strengths and values aren't being used in the manner that they should.
Alicia Bristow
3 years ago
Amazing how much is true. I took this long ago in a business course
Shah Hakimi
3 years ago
Yeah! Indeed. very true of me. Seriously.
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