ENFP - Strengths and Weaknesses

The Enthusiasts


ENFPs are charismatic, imaginative, warm, charming, and compassionate. They are often described as enthusiastic by others, as they are easily excited by discussing and imagining various possibilities. Their enthusiasm is contagious—something about ENFPs helps excite and motivate others. ENFPs have the ability to make others see things their way, and often can talk their way into and out of things.

ENFPs are optimistic. They value every single second of each day, and enjoy keeping themselves busy. Through this, they often acquire many skills.

ENFP’s intuitive (N) quality gives them the ability to make inferences based on their “gut feeling”. They see problems as a big puzzle, and are excellent at overcoming challenges. They often read between the lines and seek out the deeper meaning of things.

ENFPs primarily focus externally, and base judgments off of their intuitive feelings. When they do focus internally, they base their decisions off of their feelings and values.


People who are ENFPs are often described as free spirits. They may get wrapped up in their focus on the big picture, and forget about the details along the way. ENFPs may have difficulty following through on projects.

Because they rely so much on their intuition, ENFPs must be careful not to read into everything too much. This may cause ENFPs to misinterpret a friend’s emotions and over-dramatize things. Others may come to view ENFPs as overly-sensitive or dramatic. To avoid this, ENFPs must remind themselves that sometimes the most straight-forward answer is the best, intuition is not always needed.

In addition, ENFPs may be prone toward immersing themselves in activities that involve other people because of their social nature. However, ENFPs must be careful not to make choices and define their priorities based solely on what others want—this may result in neglecting their own needs and losing one’s sense of purpose. It is critical that ENFPs do not sacrifice their own wellbeing and aspirations to help others.

Because they are such people-pleasers, ENFPs often seek out the opinions of others, but may have a hard time accepting criticism. They may become reliant on others’ approval to validate their self-worth.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman