ESFP: The Performer (Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

ESFP — Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

ESFP: The Performer (Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

As an ESFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

ESFPs live in the world of people possibilties. They love people and new experiences. They are lively and fun, and enjoy being the center of attention. They live in the here-and-now, and relish excitement and drama in their lives.

ESFPs have very strong inter-personal skills, and may find themselves in the role of the peacemaker frequently. Since they make decisions by using their personal values, they are usually very sympathetic and concerned for other people’s well-being. They’re usually quite generous and warm.

They are very observant about other people, and seem to sense what is wrong with someone before others might, responding warmly with a solution to a practical need.

They might not be the best advice-givers in the world, because they dis theory and future-planning, but they are great for giving practical care.

ESFP is definitely a spontaneous, optimistic individual. They love to have fun.

If the ESFP has not developed their Thinking side by giving consideration to rational thought processing, they tend to become over-indulgent, and place more importance on immediate sensation and gratification than on their duties and obligations. They may also avoid looking at long-term consequences of their actions.

For the ESFP, the entire world is a stage. They love to be the center of attention and perform for people. They’re constantly putting on a show for others to entertain them and make them happy. They enjoy stimulating other people’s senses, and are extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than for life to be a continual party, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host.

ESFPs love people, and everybody loves an ESFP. One of their greatest gifts is their general acceptance of everyone. They are upbeat and enthusiastic, and genuinely almost everybody.

An ESFP is unfailingly warm and generous with their friends, and they generally treat everyone as a friend. However, once crosesed, an ESFP is ly to make a very strong and stubborn judgment against the person who crossed them.

They are capable of deep dis in such a situation.

The ESFP under a great deal of stress gets overwhelmed with negatives thoughts and possibilities. As an optimistic individual who lives in the world of possibilities, negative possibilities do not sit well with them.

In an effort to combat these thoughts, they’re ly to come up with simple, global statements to explain away the problem.

These simplistic explanations may or may not truly get to the nature of the issue, but they serve the ESFP well by allowing them to get over it.

ESFPs are ly to be very practical, although they hate structure and routine. They to “go with the flow”, trusting in their ability to improvise in any situation presented to them. They learn best with “hands-on” experience, rather than by studying a book. They’re uncomfortable with theory.

If an ESFP hasn’t developed their intuitive side, they may tend to avoid situations which involve a lot of theoretical thinking, or which are complex and ambiguous. For this reason, an ESFP may have difficulty in school.

On the other hand, the ESFP does extremely well in situations where they’re allowed to learn by interacting with others, or in which they “learn by doing”.

ESFPs have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent sense of space and function.

If they have the means, they’re ly to have to have many beautiful possessions, and an artfully furnished home. In general, they take great pleasure in objects of aesthetic beauty.

They’re ly to have a strong appreciation for the finer things in life, such as good food and good wine.

The ESFP is a great team player. He or she is not ly to create any problems or fuss, and is ly to create the most fun environment possible for getting the task done.

ESFPs will do best in careers in which they are able to use their excellent people skills, along with their abilities to meld ideas into structured formats.

Since they are fast-paced individuals who new experiences, they should choose careers which offer or require a lot of diversity, as well as people skills.

ESFPs usually to feel strongly bonded with other people, and have a connection with animals and small children that is not found in most other types. They’re ly to have a strong appreciation for the beauties of nature as well.

The ESFP has a tremendous love for life, and knows how to have fun. They to bring others along on their fun-rides, and are typically a lot of fun to be with. They’re flexible, adaptable, genuinely interested in people, and usually kind-hearted. They have a special ability to get a lot of fun life, but they need to watch out for the pitfalls associated with living entirely in the moment.

ESFP Relationships

ESFPs are fun and delightful to be with. They live for the moment, and know how to make the most of each moment. They are genuinely, warmly interested in people, and love to make others happy.

They’re usually very kind-hearted and generous, and are always going their way to do something nice for someone. Their affection is simple, straight-forward and honest. They dis theory and complexities.

They often resist forming relationships which require them to function on a high Intuitive or Thinking level. They prefer for things to be light and happy, although their warmth and affection runs deep.

Their potential downfall is the tendency to live entirely for the present moment, and therefore to sometimes be unaware of the direction that their relationship is heading, or to be easily distracted from long-term commitments.

ESFP Strengths

  • Enthusiastic and fun-loving, they make everything enjoyable
  • Clever, witty, direct, and popular, people are drawn towards them
  • Earthy and sensual
  • Down to earth and practical, able to take care of daily needs
  • Artistic and creative, they’re ly to have attractive homes
  • Flexible and diverse, they “go with the flow” extremely well
  • They can leave bad relationships, although it’s not easy
  • Try to make the most of every moment
  • Generous and warm-hearted
  • May be frivolous and risky with money
  • Tend to be materialistic
  • Extreme dis of criticism, ly to take things extremely personally
  • ly to ignore or escape conflict situations rather than face them
  • Lifelong commitments may be a struggle for them – they take things one day at a time
  • Don’t pay enough attention to their own needs
  • Tendency to neglect their health, or even abuse their bodies
  • Always excited by something new, they may change partners frequently

“To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive – to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.” — Rollo May

ESFPs embrace their love relationships in a Big way – similar to the way they approach their lives in general. They love to be in love, and will try to make the most of each moment.

They take things on a day-by-day basis, and are uncomfortable thinking too much about the future, or making plans far in advance. For this reason, ESFPs are not natural long-term commitment people.

They may feel tremendously committed on a day-by-day basis, but they do not naturally plan for their futures.

This commitment issue is a potential pitfall for the ESFP. Many people of this type overcome this potential weakness, and become involved in truly satisfying, lifelong relationships. Others do not address this weakness, and move from relationship to relationship without forming real commitments, convincing themselves that this is what they truly want.

Sexually, the ESFP is a very earthy and sensual individual who seeks and enjoys intimate contact with their partners. Living in the here-and-now, they throughly embrace and enjoy the experience with all five senses. They are generous and warm, and highly interested in making their partners happy.

ESFPs tend to be materialistic, and somewhat caught up in “what others think” of them. They should take care that this doesn’t interfere with their personal relationships, since many of the others types will not be able to relate to their perspectives on these matters.

ESFPs do not handle conflict well at all. They take any sort of criticism very personally, and consider it to be a general indictment of their character. They may react with anger and harsh words which they would later to take back.

ESFPs would do themselves a favor if they would come to realize that criticism can be looked at constructively, rather than destructively.

If they can hear criticism without feeling personally threatened, the ESFP will have come a very long way towards greatly improving the strength and health of their relationships.

ESFPs are extremely literal and concrete when communicating. They say things in a very direct, abrupt manner, and can sometimes even unintentionally seem quite harsh. They things to be communicated to them in a similar, concrete fashion.

They dis theory and abstraction, and will frequently misunderstand the jist of a communication if it is not communicated in a factual, present-tense manner. Discussions regarding the future or the past are not the ESFP’s strong suit, and in fact they’re ly to miscontrue future-looking statements as something that needs immediate attention.

When they discover that the discussion is not regarding an immediate concern, they become disinterested.

ESFPs are in general very warm and giving people, with simple needs and demands from their partners. They just want to be happy, and want to bring happiness to others. They are energetic and popular individuals who will liven up the social life of the couple, and keep many new experiences on the horizon.

Although two well-developed individuals of any type can enjoy a healthy relationship, ESFP’s natural partner is the ISTJ, or the ISFJ. ESFP’s dominant Extraverted Sensing function is best matched with a personality that is dominated by Introverted Sensing.

How did we arrive at this?

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List of Famous People With ESFP Personality

ESFP: The Performer (Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

ESFP (extroverted sensing feeling perceiving) is one of the sixteen personality types of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) test.

ESFPs operate from the principle that “all the world’s a stage” — and they want to be the stars.

They’re the class clowns, show-offs, and divas. Outgoing, energetic, and impulsive, they are natural performers and entertainers. But if ESPFs can’t grab attention by being funny or fascinating, they will settle for being annoying or outrageous.

If you know an ESFP, you may sometimes wish he or she had an off switch. ESFPs can also seem flighty and superficial to others, more concerned with appearances than facts and unwilling to take anything seriously.


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Some ESFPs choose to take their natural charm into politics.

  • William J. Clinton, U.S. President. source
  • Ronald Reagan, U.S. President. source
  • Dolley Madison, U.S. First Lady. source
  • Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator. source
  • Peter the Great, Russian czar. source
  • Lord Horatio Nelson, English admiral. source
  • Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator. source


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ESFP performers are typically known for their flair and energy, as well as unconventional style.

  • Katy Perry, U.S. singer. source
  • Elvis Presley, U.S. musician. source
  • James Brown, U.S. singer and producer. source
  • Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper. source
  • Tommy Lee, U.S. drummer. source
  • Ray Charles, U.S. pianist and singer. source
  • Pink, U.S. singer. source
  • Dolly Parton, U.S. singer. source
  • Rick James, U.S. musician. source
  • Adam Levine, U.S. singer. source
  • Biggie Smalls (Notorious BIG), U.S. rapper. source
  • Justin Bieber, Canadian singer. source
  • Miley Cyrus, U.S. singer. source
  • Little Richard, U.S. musician. source
  • Macklemore, U.S. hip-hop artist. source
  • Robin Thicke, Canadian singer. source
  • Ringo Starr, English singer. source
  • Paul McCartney, English singer. source


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While ESFPs may not seem a natural fit for the corporate world, their charm and ability to grab attention can be assets, especially for entrepreneurs.

  • Mark Cuban, U.S. entrepreneur and sports team owner. source
  • Larry Ellison, U.S. founder of Oracle. source
  • Richard Branson, English founder of Virgin. source
  • Howard Schultz, U.S. founder of Starbucks. source
  • Hugh Hefner, U.S. publisher of Playboy magazine. source


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It’s not surprising that a lot of ESFPs end up on a stage or in front of a camera.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, U.S. actor. source
  • Will Smith, U.S. actor. source
  • Andy Samberg, U.S. comedian and actor. source
  • John Goodman, U.S. actor. source
  • Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality. source
  • Chloe Grace Moretz, U.S. actress.
  • Cameron Diaz, U.S. actress. source
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, U.S. television hostess. source
  • Lindsay Lohan, U.S. actress. source
  • Brittany Murphy, U.S. actress.
  • Willard Scott, U.S. television weatherman. source
  • Judy Garland, U.S. singer and actor. source
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, U.S. actor. source
  • Jamie Oliver, English chef and television host. source
  • Bob Hope, U.S. comedian and actor. source
  • Zac Efron, U.S. actor. source
  • Arsenio Hall, U.S. comedian and talk show host. source


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ESFP athletes are the sorts who always put on a show, on and off the field. You don’t want to take your eyes off them because you might miss something spectacular.

    • Earvin “Magic” Johnson, U.S. point guard. source
    • Ken Griffey Jr., U.S. outfielder. source
    • Metta World Peace, U.S. small forward. source
    • Walter Payton, U.S. running back. source
    • Dennis Rodman, U.S. power forward. source
    • Serena Williams, U.S. tennis player. source
    • Dana White, U.S. promoter of UFC. source
    • Adrian Peterson, U.S. running back. source
    • Kyle Petty, U.S. NASCAR driver. source
    • Mary Lou Retton, U.S. gymnast. source
    • Kyle Petty, U.S. stock car racing driver and commentator. source


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ESFP artists are creative, witty, and always crowd-pleasers.

  • Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian artist and sculptor. source
  • Tony Robbins, U.S. motivational speaker. source
  • Deepak Chopra, Indian New Age guru. source
  • Dr. Wayne Dyer, U.S. self-help author. source


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Finally, here are some people from fictional universes who fit the ESFP type.

  • Homer Simpson from The Simpsons. source
  • Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. source
  • Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who. source
  • Rose from Downton Abbey. source
  • Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones. source
  • Simba from The Lion King. source
  • Michael Scott from The Office. source
  • Fozzie Bear from The Muppets. source
  • Anna from Frozen. source
  • Penny from The Big Bang Theory. source
  • Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter. source
  • Finnick from The Hunger Games. source
  • Peregrin “Pippin” Took from The Lord of the Rings. source
  • Wicket from Return of the Jedi. source
  • Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. source
  • Mr. Buu from Dragonball Z. source
  • Carrie “Big Boo” Black from Orange Is the New Black. source

I was first introduced to the Myers Briggs types a few years ago by my girlfriend. Finding out why I behaved a certain way was reassuring. I created this site so you can have fun and learn more about your personality. If you are curious, I have always tested INTJ.


ESFP Personality Type (The Entertainer): In-depth Handbook

ESFP: The Performer (Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

Here are some of the most common work occupations for ESFP:

  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Flight Attendant
  • Dietitian
  • Chef
  • Marketing Manager
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Jeweler
  • Florist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Pediatrician

How Does an ESFP Interact and Behave in Different Roles?

ESFPs are outgoing and energetic people who enjoy being the center of attention.

They getting involved in whatever is going on around them, and they always have something to say about it.

ESFPs are very talkative individuals with a talent for making others laugh.

Let’s take a deeper look into how an ESFP would react in different situations and with different people.

If you’ve ever watched the hit TV show Friends, then you know that ESFPs are some of the most social people in the world.

They thrive on being around others and often find themselves with a lot of friends. ESFPs are very open with their emotions, and they always have a smile on their face.

Friendships are extremely important to ESFPs because it feeds into the need for attention that is so present in this personality type.

They being there for others when they’re having hard times and will do anything from giving them advice to letting them cry on their shoulder.

They also appreciate honesty, which helps make friendships last longer than other types might otherwise think possible.

ESFPs are fun-loving and social. They enjoy getting to know new people, but they also cherish their close relationships.

ESFPs have a natural affinity for children and seem to understand them better than other types.

ESFPs love the opportunity to be creative in their parenting style, especially if they can find ways that make their child happy at the same time while staying within the boundaries of what is acceptable for society’s standards.

ESFPs are very nurturing and warm with their children, but they also want them to have a sense of independence.

ESFPs will often try new things to make sure that life for the child is fresh and exciting.

ESFPs don’t always know how best to discipline their kids. They’re good about sensing when someone needs some time alone, though, which might help them tailor what kind of punishment is necessary for each situation.

ESFPs are great listeners and enjoy getting to know people. They love giving advice, so be sure you ask them before they offer up their opinion.

The ESFP in a relationship has a lot of fun, but also doesn’t following the rules all the time. ESFPs tend to show affection by doing things for others, rather than using words.

For an ESFP to feel loved and appreciated, someone must tell them how much they matter or spend quality one-on-one time with them.

ESFPs are warm and affectionate partners who will shower their partners with gifts, compliments, thoughtful surprises, and other forms of physical warmth.

ESFPs don’t have a lot of patience for people who aren’t down for an adventure or new experiences, so if they think that someone is too boring to be in the relationship long-term then they’ll just cut them loose without much fuss.

When an ESFP has found the right person it’s easy to see how happy they can make themselves.

ESFPs are outgoing and expressive individuals who to keep things lighthearted and fun.

They need a job that will allow them to interact with others daily but also have opportunities for creativity and spontaneity in their work environment.

ESFPs don’t care about hierarchies or status symbols at work (at least not as much as some other personality types).

All they care about is having an engaging job that allows them to pursue what makes them happy every day – whether it’s singing on stage, or solving a customer’s problem.

Here are a few interesting quotes from people with ESFP personalities to consider.

“I come from a very non-accepting family, but I’m very accepting.” – Katy Perry

“Truth is the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” – Elvis Presley

“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.” – Mark Cuban


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