ENFJ Personality Type

The Advocate in Myers Briggs

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What is the ENFJ personality type (The Advocate)?
People with an ENFJ personality type tend to be warm, genuine, and empathetic in their behavior. They are persuasive and are often using their gifts to help guide people toward a better life. They thrive in groups and love to build connections with others.

ENFJ Personality Traits

ENFJs are high-energy people who dislike spending too much time alone. They take initiative and tend to talk more than they listen.

They usually trust their intuition and focus on the future. They are good at analyzing complex ideas. 

Advocates are motivated by feelings and values. They work to avoid conflict and are very diplomatic.

They like to make lists and schedules, preferring to follow a plan. They are hard-working and responsible.


In summary, ENFJ personality types tend to...

  • Enjoy getting to know other people
  • Prefer organization and preparedness
  • Focus on how their actions will affect others
  • Follow their intuition when making decisions
  • Take initiative when making plans

ENFJ Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the ENFJ personality type include...

  • Ability to form genuine connections with others
  • Desire to help better people’s lives
  • Sensitivity to the emotions of those around them
  • Appreciation for organization and structure
  • Motivating and inspiring enthusiasm

ENFJ Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the ENFJ personality type include...

  • Tendency of taking things too personally
  • Struggling to listen to their own needs
  • Difficulty making hard choices
  • Trouble dealing with unforeseen issues
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How ENFJ personality types like to work

Communicating with an ENFJ personality type

Allow yourself to open up with ENFJ types - this will help them both to understand you and feel as though they can help.

Meeting with an ENFJ personality type

Following a schedule set beforehand will help ENFJs stay focused.

Emailing an ENFJ personality type

Communicate positively and openly; expect and allow conversation in return.

Giving feedback to an ENFJ personality type

Focus on being constructive when giving feedback.

Resolving conflict with an ENFJ personality type

Encourage ENFJ types to share how they’re feeling, as it may be difficult for them to express honestly; reassure them that conflict is natural and share how you’re feeling in return.

ENFJ Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

ENFJ personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Forming connections with other people
  • Organization and planned events
  • Making a difference in the community
  • Feeling loved and valued by those around them
  • Attending to their own personal needs

ENFJ Stress

ENFJ personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Judgement and criticism from those they value
  • Feeling like they are a burden to society
  • Focusing closely on specific details
  • Facing negativity from the community

ENFJ Careers

ENFJs tend to thrive in an encouraging, welcoming environment that allows them to build relationships with others. They enjoy organized work that allows them the opportunity to help others.

ENFJ personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to follow set procedures or routines.
  • Their boss is empathetic and understanding.
  • Their peers make an effort to engage with them.
  • Their direct reports trust their leadership.

ENFJ personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to be emotionally detached when making decisions.
  • Their boss frequently gives critical feedback.
  • Their peers neglect to build connections with one another.
  • Their direct reports do not follow schedules.
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ENFJs usually work well in a position that allows them to relate with others and bring about positive change. They are charismatic, loyal, and dedicated, working well in careers that encourage them to follow their heart.

Common jobs for people with ENFJ personality types

  • Nurse
  • Politician
  • Director
  • Sales Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist

ENFJ Relationships (Professional)

ENFJs can help more business-like, focused people understand the importance of building personal connections with others.

ENFJ personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Value their contributions to the work environment
  • Avoid being overly critical of their actions
  • Appreciate Advocates’ leadership

ENFJ personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Need to make more logical, fact-based decisions
  • Are faced with major, unexpected circumstances
  • Have to focus carefully on small details and specifics

ENFJ Relationships (Romantic)

ENFJs can be helpful, encouraging partners who offer advice in times of difficulty and support in times of triumph.

In a romantic relationship, Advocate personality types bring strengths like...

  • Listening empathetically to their partner’s perspective
  • Standing up for their partner in necessary circumstances
  • Carefully considering the future in regards to the relationship

In romantic relationships, Advocate personality types may have trouble...

  • Making time to attend to their own needs
  • Adapting quickly to unforeseen problems
  • Separating their emotions from an issue

Myers-Briggs is a personality framework that can help you understand other people and why they behave in certain ways.
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ENFJ Slide Show

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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to Myers-Briggs Type ENFJ. 

DISC Type Id, Si, or S

Enneagram Type 1, 2, or 7

You can find your DISC, Enneagram, and Myers-Briggs types by taking Crystal's free personality test.

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