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In this episode Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and desires of the ESFP personality type.

In this podcast on the ESFP personality type you’ll find:

ESFP – Sensation/Authenticity in the genius system

ESFPs get a bad rap in Myers-Briggs communities because it is easy to dismiss them as two-dimensional or flighty.

Car Model

The driver process is Extraverted Sensing (Se), which we have nicknamed “Sensation.”

Sensation is a perceiving or learning process and it is how they take in information.

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Sensation is a real time interactive experience with the world around you using your senses.

All of us have this capacity, but as a driver it means it is super charged. All senses are heightened.

ESFPs don’t miss a thing. Crazy observant.

Very sensual. Athletic. Indulgent.

They like to be entertained and they like to be entertaining.

They may not get taken seriously because they show up so playfully.

The co-pilot is Introverted Feeling (Fi), which we have nicknamed “Authenticity.”

Fi is incredibly deep, highly introspective and more in touch with the emotional state.

The more an ESFP develops self and learns to understand who they are and what their convictions are the deeper they become as people.

There is a part of them that wants to go inside and be introspective.

ESFPs are very in touch with their bodies and they use their bodies as an instrument to determine what feels right or wrong.

They have a superpower for helping the world get in touch with the kinesthetic abilities of our bodies.

Fearless. Effortless physically.

We get a lot of benefit from ESFPs – lots of performers, comedians, athletes, etc. They help us understand what is possible in regards to the physical pursuits.

Not a lot of narrative to their learning initially, they are just interested in experiencing something fully, in the present. Initially it is just about the experience.

People can superimpose their stories upon why an ESFP is doing something and that can be hurtful to the ESFP because their intent wasn’t based upon any narrative. They are just eager to experience.

Their copilot of Authenticity (Fi) asks what feels right to the individual. What feels good – kinesthetically, personally, emotionally? What feels ethically right, or morally right?

Fi helps them ask if they are showing up the way they want. If they are giving the impression they want.

ESFPs say they love the feeling of falling in love, but once the relationship begins things become humdrum and they get bored and want to find that initial thrill again.

So they need to shift the question from what feels good to what feels right. This will extend the timeline to move past the humdrum spots and find the potential in the future.

ESFPs have a weird relationship with approval, so they often outsource their values to other people and get stuck adhering to values that aren’t authentic to them.

ESFPs need to ask themselves:

  1. What is it in your life that you are doing that is unacceptable to you?
  2. What is the life you want to be living?
  3. What are you not giving yourself permission to do that is having you ignore other values that are much closer to who you are?

Make sure that all of your decisions in your life (job, paradigm, relationships, etc) are resonating with the core of your being, or you will find yourself doing things that you aren’t proud of just to survive.

ESFPs 10-year-old process is Extraverted Thinking (Te), which we have nicknamed “Effectiveness.”

ESFPs have a tendency to skip their copilot and go to their 10 year old, another extraverted process.

Fi is a slow process. It is introverted. It takes meditative thought to know what feels right.

Te gives the ability to make quick decisions on info. But the decisions aren’t going to be very sophisticated because Te has the maturity of a 10 year old.

The true growth for ESFPs is getting in touch w/ authenticity. Turn off video games, media, sensory experiences and get in touch with how you resonate with things.

The world loves Te, so there’s a lot of encouragement to go to that process.

ESFPs have to fight that if they are neglecting Fi in behalf of Te.

If you aren’t neglecting Fi, then Te can be a very effective helper.

One of the stereotypes around ESFPs is their playful nature, yet they are hard workers. Se married to Te will work till they collapse. Physical work. An ESFP desk jockey will be miserable.

ESFPs have more stamina than most people.

One challenge they have is in saving and planning for the future

The 3-year-old process is Introverted Intuition (Ni), which we have nicknamed “Perspectives.”

Ni is about future pacing – the very opposite of Se.

A lot of survey results indicated that future pacing was a struggle. Planning more than 3 weeks ahead. Saving money.

When we are talking about an area that is a blind spot we need to outsource what we are struggling with. Call in other people to help.

We are influenced by the three year old in ways we can’t see. For ESFPs the Ni can be a source of fear. Paranoia. Conspiracy. Fears of Betrayal. Not necessarily legitimate fears.

Get out of that paranoid space and get back into sensation. Verify the legitimacy. If there’s no reason to fear the future then don’t worry about it.

Give your 3 yr old some attention by doing meditation. Some body builder ESFPs will actually enter a meditative state while working out.

Allow yourself to enjoy harmless intuitive pursuits, like daily horoscopes, crystal healing.

Interpreting people’s body language is a great combo of Se and Ni.

ESFPs are often labeled shallow, but the world will see their depth if they get into the Authenticity process.

All of us have a vetting process to determine whether or not we want to be intimate with people. ESFPs are looking for playmates. Then they will allow people to see their depth.

In this episode Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and desires of the ESFP personality type. #MBTI #ESFP #esfppersonality

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  • Edie
    • Edie
    • April 29, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for the episode, Joel & Antonia! Insightful and empathetic as always!

    @Ellie, it’s so heartening to read your comment! As an ESFP, I’ve learned to connect with INFPs and other NF types through deep conversations or debates (I learned to enjoy them as my dad’s a scholar). I throw in banter once familiarity is established because I know that playfulness can be a little out of some people’s comfort zones right off the bat. I only recently realised that I’ve somehow reverse-engineered connection in that sense, because I really enjoy their company and I can do that without sacrificing Authenticity (up to a certain point. I can’t help cracking a joke when things get too heavy.) Maybe all that work on my co-pilot is helping…

  • Peter
    • Peter
    • October 24, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Finally, an in-depth analysis of ESFP that goes beyond the stereotypes. As an ESFP, I have been craving this depth of insight because I always knew there was more to me than just the fun-loving, playful side that is so often described on just about every MBTI website. Thank you for such a wonderful analysis.

  • Ellie
    • Ellie
    • April 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this real representation of what it is to be an ESFP. As an INFP who is both married to an ESFP and whose sister is an ESFP, I get so tired of the stereotypes that are put out there about them- that they’re superficial, flighty, vacuous. My personal experience has been that yes, they are fun, but they are also extremely caring and hardworking. They work hard and they play hard. They get me out of my head and my shell and get me out there doing things I never would otherwise. They help me to lighten up and see the joy in life. (I see the INFP-ESFP dynamic being like that of Calvin and Hobbes.) Also, something that is rarely mentioned about them, they will put in the hard work that others are unwilling to do to help those they love. People need to be more open-minded about ESFPs. Inside they are sensitive, emotionally vulnerable souls with steadfast hearts. They have a lot going for them.

  • Maria
    • Maria
    • March 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Wow! This describes me so well! Really helpful! I wish I’d had this understanding and encouragement much earlier in my Life, because sadly I have wasted so much of it “adhering to values that aren’t authentic” to me and “doing things that you aren’t proud of just to survive” … So that part really stood out to me, and also the part about “People can superimpose their stories upon why an ESFP is doing something and that can be hurtful to the ESFP because their intent wasn’t based upon any narrative” – YES! Thank you so much for this! <3

  • Brandon
    • Brandon
    • March 17, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I thought it was very interesting how you brought up how we as ESFPs look for Play mates as a vetting process. I am currently in a relationship where we have opposite personality types and she has even pointed out to me how I am very carefree, laid-back, and always in a playful mood. But one thing she looks for in a relationship is being able to have those deep serious conversations and I feel like she doesn’t think she can have that with me because I always appear to be lighthearted. I think you hit the nail on the head by stating that this is our way of feeling somebody out before we can actually have those types of conversations or feelings, Especially when we’re looking for that intimate relationship with somebody. I thought those last five minutes of your podcast were very intriguing and put a lot of things into perspective

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