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ENFP in Relationships

Most ENFPs share a common interpersonal style and set of challenges.

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Most ENFPs share a similar interpersonal style, and this style impacts most of their relationships, including those with friends, families, work colleagues, and romantic partners.

Your interpersonal style describes your social tendencies in terms of dominance, submissiveness, warmth, and coldness. This style impacts how you interact with others, and in turn, it can affect how they act around you.

The circular graph below shows the average interpersonal style of ENFPs. The vertical, up-down axis shows their style in terms of dominance, with a highly assertive style at the top (Assured-Dominant) and a highly passive style at the bottom (Unassured-Submissive).

The horizontal, left-right axis shows their style in terms of warmth, with a cold and impersonal style on the left (Cold-Aggressive) and a friendly, empathetic manner on the right (Warm-Agreeable).

Typical interpersonal style of the ENFP
How the ENFP typically falls on common interpersonal dimensions

The shaded blue area shows the average interpersonal style of ENFPs across eight dimensions. Notice the areas where the blue area extends closer to the outer edges of the circle. These are the aspects that most heavily influence ENFPs’ interactions.

ENFPs’ combination of high agreeableness and extraversion often results in high interpersonal warmth, social enthusiasm, and assertiveness. ENFPs tend to value close relationships with other people, and they excel at developing new relationships while maintaining existing ones.

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To summarize the graph above, three aspects most heavily influence ENFPs’ interpersonal style:

Assured-Dominant

  • ENFPs often manage, direct, and try to lead others.
  • At their best, ENFPs provide guidance and leadership, and naturally command respect.
  • ENFPs may be domineering, forceful, or overly direct.
  • At their worst, ENFPs can be overbearing and micromanaging. 

Talkative-Extraverted

  • ENFPs often support, openly sympathize, and actively offer help to others
  • At their best, ENFPs are gentle sympathizers, who are easily trusted and accepted
  • ENFPs may be overly revealing and have difficulty being alone
  • At their worst, ENFPs can require too much attention and admiration from others and be excessively involved in the affairs of others

Warm-Agreeable

  • ENFPs often agree, trust, and cooperate with others.
  • At their best, ENFPs are friendly, affectionate, and bring out the warmth and sympathy in others.
  • ENFPs may be too agreeable and quick to compromise.
  • At their worst, ENFPs may seek approval and agreement too much, and be dependent on the approval of other people.
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