When a friend introduced me to the Myers-Briggs personality test a few years ago I was in shock with how accurate my results were. I literally could not sit still and was exploding with excitement as I read through my traits, tendencies, suggested jobs and interests, floored by how much everything spoke to me! It’s seriously eye-opening to see yourself “make sense” as a whole rather than as a jumble of interests and habits. At the time, I was about to graduate college and still had no idea what I wanted to pursue in life (or rather, what I wanted to pursue first) and it was comforting to know that there are other people like me out there in the world (I’m not crazy! Or at least I’m not the only one!) and really helped me reflect on my desires, strengths and weaknesses.
Flash forward to tonight, where I’m cozied up in my room listening to the rain with candles and tea (and a bucket to catch the leak from my ceiling), when I stumbled upon the personality test again after pretty much forgetting it existed. I considered retaking it to see if I’ve changed at all, but after rereading the summary on ENFPs, there’s absolutely no debating that it’s still totally on point. It amazes me that such a little test can pinpoint your character traits and tendencies so well! I think the universe brought this to me at the perfect time (it’s been listening to me more than usual lately, or at least I’ve just been hyper aware of it) because it’s exactly what I needed. I’ve been feeling frazzled, all over the place and unsure of myself and what I want, and reading up on ENFPs has once again made me feel comforted, understood and grounded.
The test is based off of four distinct personality components: 1) Extroversion vs Introversion 2) Sensing vs Intuition 3) Thinking vs Feeling and 4) Judging vs Perceiving. I highly encourage you (and everyone you know!) to take this test right away if you haven’t already.
So here’s what’s up with me, The Inspirer:
ENFP POSITIVE TRAITS
- Fun loving & free-spirited
- Strong need to be independent and creatively fulfilled
- Live in a world of exciting possibilities
- A charming and great communicator
- Deeply caring and concerned for others
- Contagiously passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic
- Very perceptive and insightful about people’s thoughts and motives – gifted at understanding others
- Affectionate and affirming, tend to encourage and bring out the best in others
- Need to feel that they are living their lives as their true selves and in accordance with what they feel is right
- Value and need alone time to sort things out in their minds
- Alert and sensitive – constantly scanning their environments and see meaning in everything, which may cause muscle tension
- They need to maintain control over themselves, but they do not believe in controlling others. Their dislike of dependence and suppression extends to others as well as to themselves.
ENFP NEGATIVE TRAITS
- Can, at times, be overly anxious and worrisome
- Can be highly indecisive (because they want to experience everything)
- Their enthusiasm may cause them to be unrealistic
- May come off as directionless wanderers to onlookers
- Tendency to not follow through on projects, usually because they get excited about a new project and abandon the first for the second – this may become a problematic cycle
- Not good with or interested in dealing with mundane daily tasks such as paying bills, cleaning, etc. which become trivial drudgery
- Always seeing the possibility of what could be often causes them become bored with what actually is
- Strong dislike for conflict and criticism, difficulty expressing anger
ENFPs are motivated in everything that they do by a desire to understand the world around them. They are constantly searching about, mentally and physically, for input that will help them to better understand the Big Picture, seeking connections and meaning in everything. They are open-minded to new people and new experiences; they’re eager for the opportunity to understand what the new people and experiences are all about. They will do best in professions which allow them to creatively generate new ideas and deal closely with people. They will not be happy in positions which are confining and regimented.
I meeeeeeaaaaaan come on. This could not be more accurate. Or timely.
Have you taken the Myers-Briggs test? Were you surprised with your results? Any fellow ENFPs?