ESFP Personality Type

The Entertainer in Myers Briggs

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What is the ESFP personality type (The Entertainer)?
People with an ESFP personality type tend to be friendly, opportunistic, and supportive in their behavior. They usually go with the flow of things. They love parties and are often the center of attention.

ESFP Personality Traits

ESFPs are very outgoing, lively people. They thrive in groups and prefer not to spend too much time alone.

They are very observant, focusing closely on the details rather than the grand scheme. They think in terms of the present.

Entertainers tend to prioritize emotion when making decisions, concerning themselves more with how their decisions will affect others. They are empathetic and diplomatic.

They rely more on opportunity than rigid scheduling. They are spontaneous, playful people, with a passion for finding new adventures.


In summary, ESFP personality types tend to...

  • Thrive around other people
  • Have a keen attention to detail
  • Consider emotion more than facts or logic
  • Avoid schedules or strict planning
  • Enjoy parties and large gatherings

ESFP 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 ESFP personality type include...

  • Focusing on present challenges
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Connecting to differing types of people
  • Attention to aesthetics and appearance
  • Positive attitude even in difficult circumstances

ESFP Weaknesses

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

  • Difficulty planning for the future
  • Struggling to face interpersonal conflict
  • Vulnerability to constructive criticism
  • Becoming bored or uninterested in repetitive tasks
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How ESFP personality types like to work

Communicating with an ESFP personality type

Build connections with ESFPs by communicating frequently, even in brief conversations.

Meeting with an ESFP personality type

Include small-talk and casual conversation; follow-up by focusing on the details or specifics of the meeting’s purpose.

Emailing an ESFP personality type

Keep emails light-hearted and simple; communicate more difficult details in person.

Giving feedback to an ESFP personality type

Focus on acknowledging the positives, framing feedback in a constructive way while encouraging improvement.

Resolving conflict with an ESFP personality type

Remain calm and empathetic; work to gently communicate disagreements and encourage ESFP types to share how they are feeling.

ESFP 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.

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

  • Building connections with others
  • Concerts, parties, and other large groups of people
  • Beautiful spaces and art pieces
  • Entertaining those around them

ESFP Stress

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

  • Pointless routines or tasks
  • Uneventful points in their social lives
  • Disapproval or rejection from others
  • Overly analytical or fact-based jobs

ESFP Careers

ESFPs tend to thrive in lively environments that grant them the opportunity to work with and energize other people. They enjoy work that allows them to be at the center of attention while helping others.

ESFP personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to build connections with new people.
  • Their boss allows them to follow a loose schedule.
  • Their peers appreciate their sense of humor.
  • Their direct reports don’t need a lot of guidance.

ESFP personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to frequently work alone.
  • Their boss criticizes their behavior.
  • Their peers don’t engage with them.
  • Their direct reports are argumentative.
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ESFP types are encouraging and attentive. They work well when they can entertain or motivate other people. They also have a passion for aesthetics. ESFPs work best in areas where they can use their skills and gifts to make a positive difference in the world.

Common jobs for people with ESFP personality types

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Interior Designer
  • Paramedic
  • Nurse
  • Fashion Designer
  • Photographer
  • Actor
  • Musician

ESFP Relationships (Professional)

ESFPs offer light-hearted enthusiasm that can help soft-spoken people feel more comfortable sharing their ideas with the team.

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

  • Maintain a positive, upbeat attitude
  • Share encouragement and affirmation with others
  • Make an effort to build personal connections with others

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

  • Need to focus intensely for long periods of time
  • Distract others from the task at hand
  • Struggle to follow set rules or guidelines

ESFP Relationships (Romantic)

ESFPs can be attentive, fun-loving partners who maintain a positive mindset in difficult circumstances and excitedly support their partner in new endeavors.

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

  • Adapting to new or challenging circumstances
  • Remaining empathetic to their partner’s perspective
  • Keen attention to the present and what’s right in front of them

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

  • Working through conflict with their partner
  • Feeling comfortable with the repetitive or routine aspects of a relationship
  • Welcoming or accepting constructive criticism

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 ESFP. 

DISC Type IS, Si, or S

Enneagram Type 27, or 9

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

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