ESTP Strengths and Weaknesses

ESTP Strengths

ESTP strengths
  • Bold – People with the ESTP personality type are full of life and energy. There is no greater joy for ESTPs than pushing boundaries and discovering and using new things and ideas.
  • Rational and Practical – ESTPs love knowledge and philosophy, but not for their own sake. What’s fun for ESTP personalities is finding ideas that are actionable and drilling into the details so they can put them to use. If a discussion is completely arbitrary, there are better uses for ESTPs’ time.
  • Original – Combining their boldness and practicality, ESTPs love to experiment with new ideas and solutions. They put things together in ways no one else would think to.
  • Perceptive – This originality is helped by ESTPs’ ability to notice when things change – and when they need to change! Small shifts in habits and appearances stick out to ESTPs, and they use these observations to help create connections with others.
  • Direct – This perceptive skill isn’t used for mind games – ESTPs prefer to communicate clearly, with direct and factual questions and answers. Things are what they are.
  • Sociable – All these qualities pull together to make a natural group leader in ESTPs. This isn’t something that they actively seek – people with this personality type just have a knack for making excellent use of social interactions and networking opportunities.

ESTP Weaknesses

ESTP weaknesses
  • Insensitive – Feelings and emotions come second to facts and "reality" for ESTPs. Emotionally charged situations are awkward, uncomfortable affairs, and ESTPs’ blunt honesty doesn’t help here. These personalities often have a lot of trouble acknowledging and expressing their own feelings as well.
  • Impatient – ESTPs move at their own pace to keep themselves excited. Slowing down because someone else "doesn’t get it" or having to stay focused on a single detail for too long is extremely challenging for ESTPs.
  • Risk-prone – This impatience can lead ESTPs to push into uncharted territory without thinking of the long-term consequences. ESTP personalities sometimes intentionally combat boredom with extra risk.
  • Unstructured – ESTPs see an opportunity – to fix a problem, to advance, to have fun – and seize the moment, often ignoring rules and social expectations in the process. This may get things done, but it can create unexpected social fallout.
  • May Miss the Bigger Picture – Living in the moment can cause ESTPs to miss the forest for the trees. People with this personality type love to solve problems here and now, perhaps too much. All parts of a project can be perfect, but the project will still fail if those parts do not fit together.
  • Defiant – ESTPs won’t be boxed in. Repetition, hardline rules, sitting quietly while they are lectured at – this isn’t how ESTPs live their lives. They are action-oriented and hands-on. Environments like school and much entry-level work can be so tedious that they’re intolerable, requiring extraordinary effort from ESTPs to stay focused long enough to get to freer positions.
4 years ago
I am an ESTP and I agree with a lot of this, but I think I am more able to consider others feelings more if I want too. I think this type has a lot of weaknesses, but their thinking ability can allow them to overcome their weaknesses to fit their environment.
Danne Martin
4 years ago
I agree with all of this however I have realized these shortcomings of mine before this a large part thanks to the military and I am VERY good in school in the 2nd best school for my major and have a 4.0 GPA. So although I do agree with these points I know an ESTP can rise over these weaknesses if they put in the effort. Another example is I used to miss the bigger picture until I met my fiancé and had to look at the bigger picture for her sake.
5 years ago
Weaknesses are exactly my hubby. Spot on.
5 years ago
I disagree with the big picture part as I am ESTP and I see the big picture more than others realize. I help and analyze a lot of problems in relationships and I have been told that I grasp the concept talked about a lot better than others. I have however been called a Jerk...
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