ENFP - Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

An ENFP who likes being part of a team
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ENFP is one of 16 personality types that psychiatrist Carl Jung identified many years ago. There's a good chance you went looking for information about it after you took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and found out it was your type. This personality inventory is based on Jung's personality theory. You probably went to a career counselor to find out what to do with your life, and he or she told you the MBTI could help you figure it out.

Now that you know you are an ENFP, what can it tell you about yourself and what career is a good match for you? To find out, first we'll have to dissect that four digit code.

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

Each of the letters in a personality type stands for an individual's preferences, or the way he or she likes to do certain things. The first letter represents the way one prefers to energize, the second how he or she perceives information, the third how that person makes decisions and the last indicates how the individual prefers to live his or her life. Now let us look at your personality type. What does each letter mean?

  • E (Extroversion): You have a preference for extroversion (sometimes spelled extraversion). That means you are energized by other people or by external experiences. You like interacting with others.
  • N (iNtuition): You don't use only your five senses (hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste) to process information. You have a sixth sense—intuition—on which you also rely. You don't need physical evidence to know something exists. Because of this, you can consider future possibilities and ultimately take advantage of them.
  • F (Feeling): 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 (Perceiving): You are flexible and spontaneous. Therefore, you don't like to plan ahead. This contributes to one of your weaknesses--you sometimes have difficulty meeting deadlines—but also one of your strengths—your ability to adapt quickly 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, and your preferences may change throughout your life.

Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

Your personality type can help you figure out what career is right for you. You can also use it to 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." They tell you that occupations that involve developing and implementing new ideas take advantage of your ability to look toward the future. You should consider your personal values as well since your preference for Feeling (F) indicates that you like to take them into account when you make decisions. Some options for you are interior designer, entrepreneur, market research analystclinical psychologist and salesperson.

Think about your preferences for extroversion (E) and perceiving (P), especially when you evaluate job offers. Since you get energy from outside sources, look for a work environment where you can surround yourself with people. Find situations that provide flexibility and don't emphasize strict deadlines since your preference for perceiving indicates that is the type of environment you need.

Sources:

  • The Myers-Briggs Foundation Web Site.
  • Baron, Renee. (1998) 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.
  • Tieger, Paul D., Barron, Barbara, and Tieger, Kelly. (2014) Do What You Are. NY: Hatchette Book Group.

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