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ESFP: Performers

ESFP profile

Living in the world of people possibilities ESFPs are lively and fun, and qualities that draw others towards them. ESFPs are generous with their time and energy, sharing everything with their friends.


Enthusiastic and exuberant, ESFP's are zesty and bubbling with life. They love all aspects of life; people, places and things, and they are well liked by others.


Being one of the more entertaining types, the term 'entertainer' is quite an accurate description. The ESFP's ability to create a fun atmosphere derives from the fun they get in being with others and they are frequently the life of the party. Although they delight everyone with their artistry and humor, on occasion the ESFP's exuberance may be considered excessive.

Open to experience

Always willing to try something new, ESFPs especially enjoy experiencing new things with company and get annoyed if their friends are not up for the task.

Sympathetic and friendly

ESFP's are sympathetic towards others and show geniune interest in their lives. They feel a longing to make others comfortable and they do their best to levitate the mood should there ever be an awkward moment. ESFPs like to reach out; they observe others and like to focus on whatever is going on.

Sometimes though, they might take the situation too personally, and this might lead to getting caught up with other people's problems. Although ESFPs are kind, sympathetic, and warm, any unfair treatment which is inflicted on them might lead to excessive judging or feelings of resentment.


In addition to being such fun company, ESFPs are always looking to include others and give without expecting anything in return.

Mediating role

Always striving to achieve harmony, ESFPs like to play the mediating role, without imposing any of their own ideas or beliefs.

Social connection

ESFPs are people oriented and have a wide variety of friends. This strong need to bond however doesn't exclude them from enjoying material comforts.

Socially they are unintrusive and don't steal the limelight. Although ESFP's have an agreeable nature, they are hard to get to know well; they don't like to talk about serious issues or anything sad and depressing.

ESFP traits

  • outgoing
  • friendly
  • accepting
  • flexible
  • lively
  • risk takers
  • action oriented
  • impulsive
  • thrill seeking
  • generous
  • optimistic
  • spontaneous
  • gregarious
  • resourceful
  • communicative
  • practical
  • empathetic
  • cooperative
  • loyal
  • curious
  • informal
  • forceful

Action oriented

ESFPs live in the present moment and look for jobs that are fun and action oriented. Paperwork and administrative hassles bore them and they can easily lose their drive in jobs that are bureaucratic or which involve a lot of solitary work. ESFPs seek jobs which keep them on their toes, and where they can deal with issues as they arise. As a consequence of their thirst for immediate returns, it is essential for them to always consider the long term consequences of their actions.

Collaboration & connection

ESFPs like to work closely with people and they will seek jobs that offer the potential to collaborate rather than work individually. They will mingle and rub elbows with coworkers and put their significant interpersonal skills to good use. ESFPs possess the sensibility to appreciate the importance of vivid, meaningful connections, and this helps them flourish in any job that involves socializing. For ESFPs, variety is the name of the game and they work better the more people there are to collaborate with. They prefer environments that offer opportunities to learn and experiment, and where there are many available projects on hand. ESFPs get motivation and derive satisfaction when other people appreciate the usefulness of their contribution. On the whole, interaction is what keeps ESFPs good at what they do; it's where they find their passion and enthusiasm, and how they stay fresh and curious.

This lists 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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