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

4 years ago
I took this test as a school requirement. I was almost in tears about how accurate this was. Every sentance related to an experience or personality trait of mine. Thanks you so much for making this quiz.
4 years ago
I almost cried too. It was so accurate.
4 years ago
I took this test because all of my friends were taking it and I thought I was going to be like my best friends who are both ENFJ but I got this and as I was reading it I was like, wow, this is me exactly. Every single thing it said about what I was like was true for me. It let me see where my weaknesses are, and that will be useful. Thank you 16personalities!
Uriah Shetler
4 years ago
Wow i always thought there was some wrong with because i make more emotional decisions than logical, and i seem to be a high energy worker and always taking charge and then when i get home i like nothing better then to sit down and watch my fav TV show and be lasy. am An ENFP (
4 years ago
I am amazed at how accurate the result is and it has really helped me to understand myself. I definitely had a few chuckles reading it. I also feel a sense of relief and don't feel so bad about myself. ENFP
4 years ago
I want to be a lawyer but not sure if my personality (ENFP) suits it??
4 years ago
sure it suits you! and i quote "very energetic and convincing; they are able to easily persuade other people to join their cause." If you dont mind attention then a lawyer would be a great idea! I am also a VERY good persuader lol.
4 years ago
Definately worth checking out!!! Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger(Author), Barbara Barron-Tieger(Author)
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