ENFP Personality Type

The Encourager in Myers Briggs

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What is the ENFP personality type (The Encourager)?
People with an ENFP personality type tend to be energetic, adaptable, and inventive in their behavior. They like to think up new, creative ideas and love sharing them with other people. They thrive in group settings and enjoy meeting new people.

ENFP Personality Traits

ENFP types are generally very outgoing and lively, preferring to go out rather than stay in. They love conversing with other people and generally process their thoughts externally.

They are great problem solvers and enjoy figuring out how everything is connected. They tend to focus more on the future than the present.

Encouragers like to keep the peace and avoid conflict. They care more about subjective principles than logic and fact. 

They are flexible and spontaneous, preferring to keep their options open. They dislike routines, schedules, and strict rules.


In summary, ENFP personality types tend to...

  • Avoid interpersonal conflict by keeping the peace
  • Keep their schedules flexible, allowing room for new opportunities
  • Process externally by sharing thoughts with others
  • Enjoy meeting and getting to know new people
  • Focus on the future rather than the here-and-now

ENFP 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 ENFP personality type include...

  • Ability to relate to others emotionally
  • Warm, kind, and inviting attitude
  • Passion for new experiences and changes
  • Creatively solving complex issues
  • Being skilled at communicating interpersonally

ENFP Weaknesses

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

  • Difficulty focusing on specific tasks
  • Overthinking and stressing about small issues
  • Seeking and needing approval from others
  • Tendency to be disorganized
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How ENFP personality types like to work

Communicating with an ENFP personality type

Connect to ENFPs through discussion; be open and vulnerable.

Meeting with an ENFP personality type

Help them to feel valued by allowing and encouraging them to share their thoughts.

Emailing an ENFP personality type

Allow room for light-hearted conversation, while also clearly communicating your message.

Giving feedback to an ENFP personality type

Accompany constructive criticism with encouragement when giving feedback.

Resolving conflict with an ENFP personality type

Communicate conflict clearly and express how you feel; allow ENFPs to process how they feel out loud.

ENFP 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.

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

  • Discussing new, creative ideas with others
  • Connecting emotionally with those around them
  • Participating in unique experiences
  • Dreaming about an exciting future
  • Feeling heard and understood by people

ENFP Stress

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

  • Surplus of predictability in their lives
  • Spending too much time alone
  • Lack of independence or freedom
  • Facing interpersonal conflict
  • Idealistic expectations not being met

ENFP Careers

ENFPs tend to thrive in a flexible, relaxed environment that offers them time to establish personal connections with others. They enjoy thoughtful work that allows them to pursue new opportunities, when needed.

ENFP personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to solve complex, multi-faceted problems.
  • Their boss is encouraging and adaptable.
  • Their peers work to get to know them.
  • Their direct reports engage them in interesting discussion.

ENFP personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They are asked to follow set procedures or routines.
  • Their boss criticizes the work they’ve done.
  • Their peers are rigid and formal.
  • Their direct reports need constant direction.
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ENFP types are charismatic and creative. They tend to do well in positions that allow them to entertain and problem-solve, without holding them to rigid schedules.

Common jobs for people with ENFP personality types

  • Journalist
  • TV Reporter
  • Comedian
  • Politician
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Actor
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur

ENFP Relationships (Professional)

ENFPs can help more analytical, focused people consider the thoughts and feelings of others.

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

  • Appreciate new, creative ideas
  • Allow them to work at their own pace
  • Make an effort to establish a personal relationship

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

  • Are required to follow strict schedules
  • Need to spend a lot of time working alone
  • Face frequent interpersonal conflict

ENFP Relationships (Romantic)

ENFPs can be energetic, spontaneous partners. They generally prefer to avoid conflict and maintain a peaceful relationship.

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

  • Carefully considering their partner’s perspective
  • Being open-minded and welcoming of new ideas
  • Ability to build deep, personal connections

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

  • Addressing personal issues or problems
  • Being emotionally unaffected by criticism or feedback
  • Sacrificing personal freedom or autonomy

Myers-Briggs is a personality framework that can help you understand other people and why they behave in certain ways.
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Related Personality Types

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

DISC Type Is, IS, or Si

Enneagram Type 7 or 9

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

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