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ENFP: Transcendentalists

ENFPs are enthusiastic, open minded people full of potential. They have wide-ranging interests and share a passion for novelty. Often the life of the party, enthusiasm sets them apart and their presence is easily felt. Their charm is evident and they conduct themselves effectively in meetings, conferences and other networking situations. They are always on the lookout for promising ideas and to network with new and interesting people. They strive for personal authenticity and display admirable versatility in a world in which they have managed to connect the dots. They work well with people and ideas because of their view that everything is part of a whole.


ENFPs encourage others to learn about themselves and understand the causative factors behind their behaviors. They engage in talks and discussions that promote their friends' self-knowledge and shed light on life's intricacies.

ENFPs' ambition to help others realize their aspirations is selfless, and they want to inspire by sharing their own experiences.

Because of ENFPs' ability to energize and motivate, many of their friends seek their guidance. They should remain aware of possible time constraints and the disappointment of not being able to help everyone all the time. Being so often wrapped in their friends' lives, ENFPs should make sure not to overlook their own needs.

  • Warm and compassionate
  • Empathetic and caring
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fun and spontaneous
  • Highly creative and crave freedom
  • Passionate, enthusiastic and energetic
  • Charming
  • Exploring
  • Authentic
  • Idealistic
  • Restless, with wide-ranging interests
  • Fiercely independent

Detail and routine

ENFPs display an aversion to ordinary, routine activities and seek to avoid the minutiae of the day. They dislike occupying themselves with exhaustive and elaborate activities and having to revisit previously completed work. Their low tolerance for details helps explain why they avoid bureaucratic roles.

The clutter of stationery and a desk peppered with memos is the mark of the ENFP workplace. ENFPs are adept at tackling situations in a changing environment and seek professions where events are different every day. They would like to be included in the planning process and find excessive regulation tedious. Strict adherence to policies is equally uninspiring, and they avoid jobs that conform to standards and norms.

ENFPs want to achieve objectives by trying new approaches. They challenge present circumstances and are suited for jobs that encourage individual initiative.

Tips and advice

When working in teams, ENFPs should aim to strengthen relationships with people whose abilities supplement their own. Being impatient with details, ENFPs need to cooperate with team members to address all tasks, no matter how routine.

This list represents careers and jobs ENFPs tend to enjoy. The job requirements are similar to the personality tendencies of ENFPs. It is important to remember that this is not a list of all the jobs possible. It is very important to remember that people can, and frequently do, fill jobs that are dissimilar to their personality; this happens all the time and sometimes works out quite well.

  • Human resources
  • Entrepreneur
  • Writer
  • Psychologist
  • Actor
  • Photographer
  • Sales assistant
  • Public relations specialist
  • Career Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Editor
  • Speech pathologist
  • Landscape architect
  • Brand Manager
  • Massage therapist
  • Anthropologist
  • Child care worker
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Musician


  • Martin Short - American-Canadian actor
  • Regis Philbin - American actor
  • Brie Larson - American actress and filmmaker.
  • Politics

  • Sargent Shriver - American diplomat, politician.
  • Leon Trotsky - Soviet revolutionary, Marxist theorist.
  • Alexander Hamilton - Founding Father of the U.S.


  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - American minister
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton - American suffragist.
  • Margaret Brown - American socialite/philanthropist.
  • Literature

  • Mark Twain - American writer
  • Anne Frank - German-Dutch diarist of Jewish origin.
  • Oscar Wilde - Irish poet and playwright.

Some careers may not be suited to your natural talents and may sound unappealing. If you are looking for a fresh take, avoid careers that are more likely to cause stress and aren't as likely to be rewarding.

  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Financial Manager
  • Farmer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Factory Supervisor

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