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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence ENFP careers.

Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth”


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for ENFPs?
  • Introducing the ENFP subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four ENFP subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – how these ENFPs use their superpower of reframing systems at work.
    • Creative subtype – how these ENFPs perceive and entertain simultaneously.
    • Normalizing subtype – how these ENFPs show up with their more grounding energy.
    • Harmonizing subtype – how these ENFPs make an impact on an individual level
  • A powerful way ENFPs can apply their subtype to their career.

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  • Louis
    • Louis
    • May 13, 2024 at 10:37 am

    This was so interesting to listen to, only got bored when you discussed the normalising ENFP, as that quadrant is still evading me :) I have started as this absolute curios kid that did all sorts of experiments, I journeyed into painting and had a real nurturing heart as I was getting older, then it all changed…. I did not know what to study, but decided to study for an Accountant – big mistake as I hated most of it, then did an investment qualification and like it more. So started of doing Accountancy work in another country, then came back to my home country and became a lecturer. I really enjoyed the interaction, but found the topics boring. Joined a bank and continue doing analytical work, which really did not give me any satisfaction, although I was very good with it. I realised that I should aim for management in the investment space and at 30 was already a head. I found that I migrated to the dominant space, from the creative space, but now I am 52 and traverse easily between creative, dominant and harmonising. I do often still ask myself what am I still doing in this job and in this industry? However I have become become a change agent and can easily transform people into the best version of themselves. My plan is at retirement in a couple of years to go back to the creative side and become amongst other things a Youtuber, painter, poem writer and surround myself with more people who can appreciate my type (ENFP). The financial industry, I have found is not a natural place for ENFPs, but what makes me going back to the office is people and connections. The problem is that you become the entertainer in that environment and end up not having the types of friendships you envisaged, as you are too much for the highly analytical types to handle – too much energy, I suppose. Everyone likes me, but I struggle to make meaningful friendships in that environment. Anyway this was a great podcast and thank you so much for this.

  • Danielle G
    • Danielle G
    • August 25, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I would say I tend towards Dominant ENFP the most. The line about “they might not always be seen as as ethical as they think they are” made me laugh. Because I’ve absolutely been given similar feedback before, in varying levels of good or bad faith. Mostly it’s been in bad faith, but there are a few times where I’ve just had to admit that I get where the other person is coming from.

    I was definitely more of a creative subtype growing up, and I think I would’ve leaned more into that had it not been for the various positions I’ve found myself in starting as a teenager onward.

  • Matthew Hart
    • Matthew Hart
    • July 2, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Lol normalizing ENFP here. This explains so much. Was wondering why I was not vomiting rainbows all the time but know for sure I am ENFP. I want to see the world understand each other and empathize as much as possible. It really stuck out to me when you mentioned the “bridge” aspect. It made me think of my love for old people. I am an IT consultant and I was reminded of how much I love old people and how much I wish that I could bring the young and old together to learn from each other. Old folks have so much wisdom and young people have so much potential (and inadvertent wisdom and as a result, some form of clarity) to provide. Reminds me of Little Prince. Either way, don’t undervalue the normalizing. The purpose is to bring our mindset in the most relatable format possible!

  • Diana
    • Diana
    • May 20, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Hello everyone. I’m for sure a Dominant ENFP. I’ve always known that I was an ENFP, but sometimes I didn’t feel quite like it because of that strong feeling of management and “control”. It is true that sometimes I feel like I want to be a creative type but never find the strength to start new projects.
    I’m super happy that I found something to start working with.

  • Justine G
    • Justine G
    • May 17, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    I am relating more to normalizing ENFP than any other subtype, including normalizing INFP. It captures my own contradictions. At the end of the day though I don’t think I should type as an ENFP just because it’s the only sub-type out of any of the 64 sub-types that I can relate to.

    I have already noted elsewhere in this series some of the limitations of Dr Nardi’s studies, as well as a question over Antonia’s interpretation of Dr Nardi’s work (not that this is necessarily ‘wrong’). So I can’t base a serious typing that I can stick with on this method alone. It just wasn’t designed to include people caught in constant loops or grips, for whom JCF / Myers Briggs is probably not going to help anyway.

    But the thing about normalizing ENFPs needing a ‘crusade’ around impacting others/culture and improving things and ‘meeting in the middle’ between unusual and normal, I think could be true for me, though at the moment it’s just a dream. As someone who has to organise staff-inductions in a adult-care setting, I have this dream for example of being able to make very ‘dry’ subjects that people have to learn more accessible by finding innovative approaches that don’t just rely on text-based approaches or even have very much text at all. Health & Safety is quite challenging but not as challenging as data-protection or ‘safeguarding’ as these are harder to illustrate with pictures and lend themselves less well to ‘gamification’ as they’re either too boring or too ‘serious’. I’d love to brainstorm with other people on this.

    I still need lots of alone time reflecting, fantasizing, and doing my own thing. I can’t really convince myself I’m some sort of ‘repressed’ extravert, but you never know.

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