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ENFP

Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

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So, you're an ENFP. Do you know what that means? If you don't, you should make it your business to find out. ENFP is one of 16 personality types that were identified by psychiatrist Carl Jung. Career development professionals use type to help clients make career-related decisions. They often administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help them learn about clients' personality types.

Each of the four letters stands for one of your preferences, or the way you choose to do certain things. Jung believed that individuals' personality types are made up of four pairs of opposite preferences. Preferences are the ways we choose to do certain things. These are the four pairs:

  • Introversion [I] v. Extroversion [E]: How you energize
  • Sensing [S] v. Intuition [N]: How you perceive information
  • Thinking [T] v. Feeling [F]: How you make decisions
  • Judging [J] v. Perceiving [P]: How you live your life

Although each of us exhibits aspects of both preferences in each pair, one is always stronger than the other. Your personality type is made up of the letters assigned to those stronger preferences.

E, N, F and P: What Each Letter of Your Personality Type Code Means

  • E: Your preference for extroversion (which is sometimes spelled extraversion), means you are energized by other people or by external experiences. You like interacting with others.
  • N: You have a sixth sense—intuition—that you rely on to process information. Because you can utilize more than simply your five senses, you don't need physical evidence to know something exists. This allows you to consider future possibilities and ultimately take advantage of them.
  • F: You tend to make decisions based on your feelings and personal values. If you feel strongly about something, you may be inclined to move forward without fully considering the consequences. Your sensitivity about the needs of other people makes you a caring person who likes to help others.
  • P: Flexible and spontaneous, you don't like to plan ahead. This means you may not do well with deadlines, but you can adapt easily to changes.

Here are a few things to remember about your preferences: they are not set in stone—you may do things differently when situations arise that require it; all four of your preferences interact with one another; your preferences may change throughout your life.

Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

Your personality type code can help you figure out what career is right for you. You can also use it to help you decide whether you will be happy in a particular work environment. All four letters in your code are significant, but when it comes to choosing a career, your focus should be on the middle two letters, in your case "N" and "F." Occupations that involve developing and implementing new ideas take advantage of your ability to look toward the future. Consider your personal values when choosing a career since you take them into account when making decisions. Your people skills indicate that you might enjoy a career helping others. Some options for you are interior designer, entrepreneur, clinical psychologist and salesperson.

Don't forget about your preferences for extroversion (E) and perceiving (P), especially when evaluating work environments. Surround yourself with people, since you get energy from external sources. You should look for situations that offer flexibility and don't emphasize strict deadlines.

Sources:
The Myers-Briggs Foundation Web Site.
Baron, Renee. What Type Am I?. NY: Penguin Books
Page, Earle C. Looking at Type: A Description of the Preferences Reported by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Center for Applications of Psychological Type

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