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The ESTP: Strengths

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

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

Impulsive and exhibitionistic

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

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

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

Lives in the moment

ESTPs are often more conventional and less conscientious
ESTPs 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, ESTPs 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.

Terse and to the point

ESTPs will often say what they mean and use very few words to say it.

ESTPs are often more conventional and less agreeable
ESTPs usually score lower on Agreeableness and lower on Openness to Experience.

High Openness is related to using more sophisticated, abstract language, whereas lower Openness (as seen in ESTPs) correlates with more straightforward, concrete words and phrases. Combined with this, most ESTPs tend to score lower on Agreeableness, which influences our use of polite, friendly language. The lower Agreeableness of many ESTPs may be behind their more direct and frank communication.

Cynical and defiant

ESTPs often score on the lower ends of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, two dimensions closely related to trust and adherence to social norms.

ESTPs are often less agreeable and less conscientious
ESTPs usually score lower on Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, resulting in greater distrust in authority and less conformity.

People who score low on both, like ESTPs, tend to be suspicious of others’ motives and have a greater distrust of individuals and institutions.

They may feel an inherent resistance to authority and certain social conventions. Rather than following others and trying to fit in, ESTPs have a strong independent streak and prefer to go their own way.

Individual strengths

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

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