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The ESFJ: Strengths

See how the ESFJ's personality dimensions combine to yield several remarkable patterns

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ESFJs tend to have distinct patterns on the Big Five personality traits, and these patterns lead to a few common strengths among ESFJs.

Ambitiously optimistic

ESFJs love rising to a challenge, especially when it involves opportunities to lead.

ESFJs are often extraverted and highly conscientious
ESFJs are usually enthusiastic and persistent due to their higher Extraversion and higher Conscientiousness.

Their combination of high Extraversion and high Conscientiousness often leads to enthusiasm, persistence, and confidence. ESFJs typically prefer taking a leadership position rather than staying back or following others. They generally set high expectations for themselves and like taking responsibility for planning and making decisions.

Honest and accommodating

For most ESFJs, honesty is always the best policy.

ESFJs are often more conventional and highly agreeable
ESFJs usually score higher on Agreeableness and lower on Openness to Experience.

With their blend of high Agreeableness and lower Openness to Experience, ESFJs tend to be highly trustworthy and highly trusting of others. They are more likely to take others at their word, and they often find it deeply uncomfortable to argue or take advantage of other people. Instead, ESFJs prefer to be themselves, openly and honestly, even if it sometimes puts them at a disadvantage.

Principled and orderly

ESFJs are often more conventional and highly conscientious
ESFJs are more likely to have a strong sense of traditional morality due to their lower Openness to Experience and higher Conscientiousness.

With their high Conscientiousness and lower Openness to Experience, ESFJs often have a robust set of internal principles. ESFJs tend to see ideas and actions as either unambiguously good or evil, true or false, and right or wrong. They usually have straightforward, concrete opinions on moral and ethical concerns and are more likely to trust and value traditional institutions and conventional belief systems.

Individual strengths

Understanding an individual’s unique strengths requires more than just knowing a personality type or Big Five personality traits. Even among ESFJs, every person has their own set of strengths that they use when they are at their best.

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