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The ESFP: Strengths

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

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

Impulsive and exhibitionistic

ESFPs don’t mind occasionally showing off or causing a scene, when the mood strikes them.

ESFPs are often highly extraverted and less conscientious
ESFPs tend to be more spontaneous and thrill-seeking due to their lower Conscientiousness and higher Extraversion.

ESFPs often score higher on Extraversion and lower on Conscientiousness. Together, this combines to form an unpredictable blend of thrill-seeking and rebelliousness. Most ESFPs are comfortable being at center stage and know how to use the attention to accomplish their goals.

Lives in the moment

ESFPs are often more conventional and less conscientious
ESFPs tend to be more spontaneous and present-focused due to their low Openness and low Conscientiousness.

With their combination of lower Conscientiousness and lower Openness, ESFPs will often prefer living for the here and now, rather than making detailed plans for a distant future. Their preference for the present may lead them to change their minds frequently, depending on their current circumstances.

While their spontaneous and flexible nature can make them more adaptable in the short-term, these same qualities allow them to be easily distracted while working towards longer-term goals.

Tolerant and peace-loving

ESFPs are often empathetic, sensitive to others’ pain, and optimistic about peaceful solutions to conflict.

ESFPs are often highly agreeable and less conscientious
ESFPs are often compassionate and lenient due to their higher Agreeableness and lower Conscientiousness.

With ESFPs’ high Agreeableness and lower Conscientiousness, they tend to trust other people’s inherent goodness. They have more faith in friendly, gentle methods of resolving differences, and often shun heavy-handed, strict, or combative approaches.

Honest and accommodating

For most ESFPs, honesty is always the best policy.

ESFJs are often more conventional and highly agreeable
ESFJs' straightforward and accomodating nature is due to higher Agreeableness and lower Openness.

With their blend of high Agreeableness and lower Openness to Experience, ESFPs 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, ESFPs prefer to be themselves, openly and honestly, even if it sometimes puts them at a disadvantage.

Individual strengths

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

One easy way to learn about your own strengths is with the Strengths profile in TraitLab Plus.

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