Presenting our podcast series, MBTI® for Mid-Life Career Changers – The ENFP episode.
ENFP stands for
- Extraverted – meaning they are energized by the external world of people and things
- iNtuitive – they receive information from their intuition, or 6th sense & therefore see the big picture and abstract ideas before detailed, sensory information
- Feeling – they prefer to make decisions based on the impact of people
- Perceiving – meaning they prefer a flexible and adaptable lifestyle)
The basic themes of the ENFPs life are connections – connecting people to resources, other people, and possibilities. ENFPs are great improvisers who can do almost anything they set their minds to. Worthwhile tasks are those that encourage, enlarge the self, and involve more fun than drudgery. If work isn’t fun, it’s probably not worth doing. They are at their best in situations that are fluid and changing, and that allow them to express their creativity and charisma. ENFPs have a natural ability to empathize with others, so they’re great motivators with an often uncanny ability to get people quickly and accurately. Because they’re so enthusiastic, it’s easy for ENFPs to get support for a number of existing ideas or causes, however, they may start more things than they finish. So while other Types may be attracted by an ENFP’s charm, they may soon grow frustrated by the lack of organization and follow-through. It may be hard to communicate this to ENFPs, because they tend to be hypersensitive to criticism. However, they have tremendous loyalty to others who are responsive and supportive of them, and in a work environment, this engenders more loyalty with others, often leading to better communications and productivity.