Supplement to Personality Test…

April 23, 2008 at 2:19 am (Uncategorized)

So it turns out that Beth Sweeting and I have the same personality…must be why we make such good “housewives” together :).  So for those of you who don’t read her blog, here is the explination of an ENFJ, and i have to say, it’s pretty darn close.  Thanks Beth!

Portrait of an ENFJ – Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
(Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition)
The Giver

ENFJs are people-focused individuals. They live in the world of people possibilities. More so than any other type, they have excellent people skills. They understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others. ENFJ’s main interest in life is giving love, support, and a good time to other people. They are focused on understanding, supporting, and encouraging others. They make things happen for people, and get their best personal satisfaction from this.

Because ENFJ’s people skills are so extraordinary, they have the ability to make people do exactly what they want them to do. They get under people’s skins and get the reactions that they are seeking. ENFJ’s motives are usually unselfish, but ENFJs who have developed less than ideally have been known to use their power over people to manipulate them.

ENFJ’s are so externally focused that it’s especially important for them to spend time alone. This can be difficult for some ENFJs, because they have the tendency to be hard on themselves and turn to dark thoughts when alone. Consequently, ENFJs might avoid being alone, and fill their lives with activities involving other people. ENFJs tend to define their life’s direction and priorities according to other people’s needs, and may not be aware of their own needs. It’s natural to their personality type that they will tend to place other people’s needs above their own, but they need to stay aware of their own needs so that they don’t sacrifice themselves in their drive to help others.

ENFJ’s tend to be more reserved about exposing themselves than other extraverted types.

Which is not to say that the ENFJ does not have opinions.

The ENFJ may feel quite lonely even when surrounded by people. This feeling of aloneness may be exacerbated by the tendency to not reveal their true selves.

People love ENFJs. They are fun to be with, and truly understand and love people. They are typically very straight-forward and honest. Usually ENFJs exude a lot of self-confidence, and have a great amount of ability to do many different things. They are generally bright, full of potential, energetic and fast-paced. They are usually good at anything which captures their interest.

ENFJs like for things to be well-organized, and will work hard at maintaining structure and resolving ambiguity. They have a tendency to be fussy, especially with their home environments.

In the work place, ENFJs do well in positions where they deal with people. They are naturals for the social committee. Their uncanny ability to understand people and say just what needs to be said to make them happy makes them naturals for counseling. They enjoy being the center of attention, and do very well in situations where they can inspire and lead others, such as teaching.

ENFJs do not like dealing with impersonal reasoning.

ENFJs have a strong need for close, intimate relationships, and will put forth a lot of effort in creating and maintaining these relationships. They’re very loyal and trustworthy once involved in a relationship.

In general, ENFJs are charming, warm, gracious, creative and diverse individuals with richly developed insights into what makes other people tick. This special ability to see growth potential in others combined with a genuine drive to help people makes the ENFJ a truly valued individual. As giving and caring as the ENFJ is, they need to remember to value their own needs as well as the needs of others.



  1. bethieboo said,

    yes, but don’t forget….you A LOT more judging than me 🙂

  2. Spencer said,

    I’m pretty sure you’re not an ENFJ. There’s just no way I can see you being an “N.” In fact, I think that if you read the description for an ESFJ, you’ll find that it pretty much describes you spot on:

    “Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.”

    When I think of Nate Reed, I think ESFJ. I think the short online test can sometimes blur some of the areas, especially when you’re making judgements about yourself. Also, Karl scored as an ENFJ, and he’s nothing like Beth or you (I’m fairly certain that Karl is ESFP, though)

  3. Spencer said,

    Here’s a more detailed description of ESFJ:

  4. Jon Smock said,

    Yeah the short test is pretty good usually, but nothing can beat the authorized full version. I actually had a conversation with my Dad about it recently. Keep it on the DL, but we might have a personality test tool on our website when we launch it.

  5. Jessie said,

    a couple things

    1) nate, i agree, you seem to be more like an ESFJ.
    2) jon, way to post something on a public blog and mention that it should be kept on the DL. or were you trying to be ironic?
    3) jackie and i (yes, both of us) were also ENFJ’s. i think it’s an easy one to characterized as. i’m pretty sure i’m supposed to be an ENFP. that makes me the fresh prince of bel air, and i’m pretty sure that’s the truth. 😉

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