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ESFJ: Providers


Warm and compassionate, ESFJ's receive satisfaction from the happiness of others.

ESFJ's want to promote harmony and they focus on maintaining smooth running relationships that are free from conflict.

They are socially expressive, friendly and talkative, and may even become restless without social interaction. They strive for compatibility, often to the point of changing their manners to conform to the company they are in.

Their sincerity and dependability is evident in the dedication they show in their various roles, such as in the workplace or with family.

They are traditional, seeking contact with friends and family. ESFJ's enjoy providing support to people under their care, and often this concern for others plays a pivotal role in their decision making.

On the downside they are approval seeking, requiring recognition for their efforts and contributions.If their commitment is overlooked they can feel hurt, rejection and unappreciated. In fact when they are ignored or mistreated, they may have a hard time understanding unkindness at all.

Providing role

ESFJ's show concern and are vigilantly looking for ways to help others

They keep an eye out for things that people might want and are known to put other people's needs ahead of their own.

They are genuinely interested in the well being of others and sign up for volunteer work because they know that it's equally important to give as it is to receive.

They are interested in serving others, even when they assume the leading role in a task.

In society their role is that of caretaker and guardian and when they assume the leading role, they take care not to forget other people's needs

On the downside, this providing role may lead to unrealistic expectations from others.

These expectations derive from a need for approval and for kindness to be reciprocated in the form of recognition and appreciation.

What's more, the ESFJ's provider role sometimes makes it difficult for them to comprehend worrying truths about people they care about.


While ESFJ's are conscientious, dependable and orderly, their role is sincere and not simply out of a sense of duty.

They appreciate being needed and when called upon to help will provide meaningful results whilst striving to keep everyone satisfied.

They are thorough, postpone play until after work, and finish the job.


ESFJ's value loyalty, security and stability and are rightly crowned the pillars of society. They are loyal to institutions such as marriage and are old-fashioned in certain ways.

They observe traditions, respect the rights of seniority and are dutiful and conscientious in their relationships.

ESFJ's have a rigid value system and believe that society would generally be better off if only rules were followed and authority was respected.

On the downside, due to the fact that the ESFJ value system is defined externally, they may follow ways of conduct and accept rules without sufficiently questioning them.

ESFJ's that grow up in optimal environments are generous and selfless, however if they are not raised according to high ethical standards their under developed values may lead to trouble.

The integrity of the flawed value system in which they are raised may become the benchmark that will lead to a less than desirable code of ethics.


ESFJ's are overcome with feelings of right and wrong in many situations, however, fortunately or unfortunately they avoid following through with remedial action in order to avoid creating tension.

Romantic relationships

ESFJ's prefer to give in a relationship and often display affection with gifts. The downside of this affectionate side is where it becomes obvious that affection is going unreciprocated and trust violated and they still have no idea.


ESFJ's are active members of society that thrive during holidays and celebrations and who maintain a sense of responsibility towards others. The downside, as already mentioned, is the expectation of recognition and/or reciprocation.

They are traditional and conform to gender roles in society, for example males will pursue stererotypically masculine behaviours while females will strive to act particularly feminine.

As mentioned before they assume the role of provider in their relationships, while making sure not to forget anyone's needs even in situations when they assume the leading role.


ESFJ's like planning and organizing people wether it be in workplace arrangements or social parties. This commanding role may be the result of a natural tendency to feel in control of their environment.

When in charge they like to take a tried and tested, step by step approach, that is structured, ordered, timely and that facilitates closure.

This approach may be the result of their somewhat pessimistic view of the future, where the success of a project is deemed to rely on meticulous planning if it is to remain viable. It may also be due however to a degree of insecurity they may feel in situations that they perceive to be unsure.

The ESFJ's practical, take charge approach, may often lead to conflict and resentment in cases where it is interpreted as controlling behavior. ESFJ's should therefore be careful to identify any individuals that feel overwhelmed by their management style, in order to modify their approach.

Advice for ESFJ's

A dominant feeling function may lead ESFJ's to seek dominance over others especially when setting tasks and this may lead to conflict and resentment. ESFJ's must learn to identify individuals the may feel overwhelmed and take steps to keep the harmony.

ESFJs have an underdeveloped intuitive function and therefore should be careful in situations where they may lose the forest for the trees.

ESFJ's must remember to take care of themselves, and not just other people,

If they are not receiving the recognition they they think they deserve, they shouldn't be hard on themselves, but pat themselves on the shoulder nonetheless.

ESFJ's excel in service occupations involving personal contact due to their dependability and innate need to care for others.

Expressing opinions outwardly and decisiveness are factors that contribute to the ESFJ's compatibility with careers in administration and supervision.

ESFJ's are team players that seek organizing roles. They are effective because they like to keep other people's needs in mind and because of their ability to provide mediating roles in conflicts.

Furthermore, as organizer they seek structure and closure. While this makes it ideal for them to manage people, conflicts will arise with people that do not like to be managed, supervised or directed.

They like to complete tasks thoroughly and on time, and as part of an ordered process, drawing from past experiences. Play is warranted only after a meaningful amount of work has been accomplished.

The ESFJ is cooperative and enjoys working with others harmoniously in order to complete tasks according to time constraints.

They want all team members be valuable and to feel valuable and involved in projects.

The list below represent careers and jobs people of your type tend to enjoy doing. The job requirements are similar to the personality tendencies of your personality type. It is important to remember that this is not a list of all the jobs possible. And 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.

  • nurse
  • social worker
  • caterer
  • flight attendant
  • bookkeeper
  • medical assistant
  • exercise physiologist
  • elementary school teacher
  • minister/priest/rabbi
  • retail owner
  • officer manager
  • telemarketer
  • counselor
  • special education teacher
  • merchandise planner
  • credit counselor
  • athletic coach
  • insurance agent
  • sales representative
  • massage therapist
  • medical secretary
  • child care provider

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