The ESFP Personality Type
The Perceiver element of the ESFP personality type means that Sensing is Extraverted with this personality type and Feeling is Introverted. The dominant function for them in their processing is how they take in information (perception) which in this case is through Sensing rather than Intuition.
Their preferred attitude and their preference for directing and receiving energy is Extraverted rather than Introverted, so they Extravert how they take in information (their Sensing). Extraverted Sensing is therefore their dominant preference and this will display itself in their personality:
Observant, active, practical, specific, realistic and involved in immediate experiences. Extraverted Sensors tend to like living in the present
As Extraverted Sensing is their dominant function so Feeling (rather than Thinking) is their next preference. They Introvert their how they decide and come to conclusions (Feelings) which leads to them being:
Sympathetic, warm, persuasive, optimistic, generous and tactful. The Introverted Feeling dynamic means that they like to focus on dealing with their own individual feelings and beliefs.
Their personality dynamic is therefore Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Feeling. Their third preference is Thinking and their inferior function is Introverted Intuition.
ESTPs may feel stress in the following situations and should therefore be on the alert for when:
- They sense a lack of delight in the present or lose physical health
- Their relationships are rocky or they lose their sense of purpose
- They must do long term planning or lots of speculation, creative problem solving
- Lose sense of self when helping others
When you are with an ESTP they will respond best to you if you:
- are warm
- friendly and responsive
- use common sense and give them concrete tasks that allow them to explore and have fun
- give them real involvement in the learning process and praise them when they do well
- Use hands-on, experiential development methods in action oriented group settings
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