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.
5 years ago
Hmmm some of it is spot on, but I love theoretical and philosophical conversation a lot, as well as planning events and trips. I actually love making lists! Though terrible at sticking to personal schedules and plans. Also like to resolve conflict rather than run away. Maybe I took the test wrong?
5 years ago
Yeah agree with almost everything except the academics part, I think I did pretty well in university! I previously did the test years ago and thought I was a ENFP, but on doing this again recently, I found out that the ESFP fits me down pat and I'm proud to be one! :)
5 years ago
This is weirdly accurate. I'm in my second year of uni and hating it. Only recently I decided to drop my degree to go into a travel diploma. This sort of confirms it as a good choice for my personality type? Spot on.
5 years ago
Somewhat accurate. Although I to was a good student, work in the nursing field and is currently Director of Health Services at a Health Plan. My fifth senior leadership role.
Tyler Brooks
5 years ago
Bang on For my particular personality type!! Thank you for providing such an interesting and free "If you can handle the truth here it is learn, KNOWl yourself personality test" Lol. Enjoyable!
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