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Personality Types

ENFP Personality Type — The Advocate

ENFP Advocates are enthusiastic, expressive and charismatic leaders. They are spontaneous, wild and posses a great zest for life. ENFPs are dreamers. They are driven by their values and strive to champion the causes they believe in. They are resourceful, visionary and creative.

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The ENFP personality type is of the NF Visionary temperament.

ENFP Preferences

Preferences: Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perceiving (P)

ENFPs direct their energy outward. They are social, talkative and assertive. ENFPs love people and are gregarious. They are energized by interaction and dislike being alone. ENFPs are Intuitive. They are imaginative and idealistic. Their thought process is abstract and complex. ENFPs are deep, future-oriented and see endless possibilities.

ENFPs are Feelers that make decisions with their heart. They are warm and sensitive. ENFPs can easily empathize with others because of their deeply caring nature. ENFPs are adaptable, flexible and easygoing. They live with a carefree attitude and like to keep their options open.

Describing an ENFP

ENFPs can often be described using these words.
  • Introspective
  • Empathetic
  • Spontaneous
  • Warm
  • People-oriented
  • Gregarious
  • Expressive
  • Enthusiastic
  • Creative
  • Resourceful
  • Values-oriented
  • Adaptable
  • Passionate
  • Sociable
  • Affirming
  • Positive
  • Future-focused
  • Energizing
  • Wild
  • Idealistic
  • Leader
  • Charismatic
  • Inspiring
  • Sensitive
  • Assertive

ENFPs and Relationships

ENFPs romanticize and idealize their relationships. They are charming and can establish a connection effortlessly. They like to discuss deep issues and share ideas, activities and interests. Their quest for magic in relationships often leaves them feeling unsatisfied. They give everything of themselves and expect to be supported and nurtured in return.

ENFPs and Work / Career

ENFPs seek fulfilling jobs. They generate endless ideas and are able to communicate them with great passion and enthusiasm. They see themselves as facilitators who appreciate the goodness of others. They bring vision, intuition and meaning to the workplace. They need autonomy and an outlet for their many talents. They wither in monotonous environments.

ENFP Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ENFP personality.
  • Journalist
  • Social Worker
  • Conference Planner
  • Diplomat
  • Writer
  • Nurse
  • Public Relations
  • Politician
  • Housing Director
  • Editor
  • Broadcaster/Newscaster
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Musician
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Church Worker
  • Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Art Director
  • Project Manager
  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Actor/Actress
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Career Counselor
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Human Resources
  • Consultant
  • Marketer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Scientist
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ENFPs and Learning / School

ENFPs are social learners. They learn best when their creativity and imagination are given free reign. They have a real need to please teachers and classmates. They love to integrate knowledge with the big picture. Their process is random but connective.

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ENFP Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that ENFPs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ENFP Strengths

  • Fun, dramatic and optimistic
  • Affirming and affectionate
  • Can read others motives and feelings
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Driven to meet others needs

Possible ENFP Weaknesses

  • Has trouble with conflict and confrontation
  • Can be manipulative and controlling
  • Holds on to bad relationships
  • Gets bored easily
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Famous ENFPs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ENFPs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ENFP People

  • Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Mark Twain
  • Will Rogers
  • Buster Keaton
    Silent Film Comic Actor
  • Dr. Seuss
    Writer, Cartoonist
  • James Dobson
    Evangelical Psychologist
  • Andy Rooney
    Television Writer
  • Bill Cosby
    Actor, Comedian, Activist
  • King Jordan
    Pres., Gallaudet University
  • Robin Williams
  • Paul Robeson
    Singer, Lawyer, Activist
  • Regis Philbin
    Television Personality
  • Phil Donahue
    Television Personality
  • Bill Moyers
    Journalist, Commentator
  • Charles Dickens
    English Novelist
  • Upton Sinclair
    Author, Journalist
  • Dave Thomas
    Businessman, Philanthropist
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Sinbad
    Actor, Comedian
  • Andy Kaufman
  • Bob Dylan
    Singer, Musician

Fictional ENFP Characters

  • Dr. Doug Ross
  • Balki
    Perfect Strangers
  • Wendy
    Peter Pan
  • Ariel
    The Little Mermaid
  • Bridget Jones
    Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Steve Urkel
    Family Matters
  • Lara Antipova
    Doctor Zhivago
  • Will
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Mr. Keating
    Dead Poets Society
  • Anakin Skywalker
    Star Wars
  • Hunter "Patch" Adams
    Patch Adams (Film)


ENFP Advocates place high value on authenticity. They yearn for genuine soul-to-soul relationships. They are good listeners and desire to understand others. Their greatest contribution is their ability to inspire and motivate others with their enthusiasm and passion for life.

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