ESFP Strengths and Weaknesses

ESFP Strengths

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

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.
4 years ago
This website really helps :)
4 years ago
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?
3 years ago
Your son likely feels like you're trying to force him into something and not allowing him to act how he wants. ESFPs are a volatile in the sense they need a lot of freedom and individuality and your son probably doesn't want to work on school and similar endeavours due to their rigid and dull nature. You could always reward him with some sort of social activity where he could shine and be his own person for his work, but that's not always practical. What might comfort him the most is to have friends with similar problems all working on the same thing. He's extraverted, he feels strength in numbers, he needs friends to support him in his work. Due to his often showy nature (I'm just guessing he has one given the personality type) he could very easily derail the group from work so he might need to be watched, but he needs people he trusts and knows are working the way he is in order to feel like the system he works in is fair. The most important thing for him is to have a calm enviroment around him, though. Try to make sure the house is as relaxed and open as possible, and it would be best if you encourage openness both in yourself and in him. Tell him how you feel, and he very well may follow suit.
4 years ago
This must have been made for me. Its about 99.9% accurate when it comes to my personality. I am a beautiful disaster.
4 years ago
This is 70 percent me. only thing different is I love Books more than Entertainment. and I did good in studies.
4 years ago
Exactly!! I love school and reading
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4 years ago
yes i agree with all these points. i am very senstive and emotional. but like to entertain others with a funny environment.....................
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