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ESFJ – Taking care of the immediate interpersonal needs of the group

ESFJ – Taking care of the immediate interpersonal needs of the group

Written by Catherine Rains

Like those with ENFJ preferences, ESFJ types are driven by Extraverted Feeling (Fe), which often shows itself as taking care of the immediate needs of the group, and the individuals within the group.  This is the person on many teams that makes sure birthdays are honored, that new team members are personally welcomed, and that the team bonds with group lunches/activities. When I teach MBTI® Certification, it is usually the Fe preferences that arrange for a group dinner or happy hour for the class.  Within a family unit, the ESFJ preference is often the person who makes sure that the family’s traditions are honored, such as celebrating Christmas in a particular way each year.  The ESFJ types are often the rule makers and followers within a group, although the rules must align with their personal values and that of the group.  The biggest difference between the ESFJ’s and ENFJ’s is how they want to help people.  Those that prefer ESFJ want to provide immediate, practical support, and usually within a traditional structure.  Whereas the focus of ENFJ preferences is on inspiring people to see their long term potential, and in providing  structure to pursue their identified path.  Careers identified as attractive to this type by those that filled out my survey include:  Social Worker, Higher Education Administration (Student Life), Human Services Program Management, Curriculum Development, Team Building, Nursing, Teaching K-12, Counseling, College Advisor, Human Resources (recruiting, employee relations, benefits), Photographer, and Operations Manager.

Call to those of you who prefer ESFJ – what others careers have you been attracted to?  The more we add to this list the better and feel free to repeat what is already listed above.  We’re looking for the most comprehensive list possible so that other types fully understand what careers feel most natural to those of you who prefer ESFJ.

One Comment

  1. I consider myself an ESFJ, and have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 19 years. It suits me perfectly, as I get to be analytical and help adults with communicative, cognitive and swallowing disorders get the most from their lives.
    Also, something that has helped me immensely is “The Disease to Please” by Dr Harriet Braiker. I am such a people pleaser that it has been hard to say “no” in many situations where I should have!


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