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ESFP: Words or phrases that best describe each MBTI® type

ESFP: Words or phrases that best describe each MBTI® type


16-part blog series by Catherine Rains, M.S., CPP Professional Services Solutions Consultant. Over the next 16 weeks, I’m going to share some of the descriptors the participants shared with me for their own type. Who knows, these lists just might end up in a future edition of my favorite MBTI publication, the Introduction to Type® booklet!


Most people would agree that the most comprehensive and accurate definition of each the 16 types is published in the Introduction to Type® booklet. But suppose you didn’t have time to read a full-page description of someone’s type, or wanted the “CliffsNotes” list of a type’s characteristics? What three words or phrases would you use to describe your type so that someone else would instantly get the essence of what makes your type tick? That is what I’ve been asking MBTI® Certification Program participants for the past year in a brief survey at the conclusion of their four-day course.

Words or phrases that best describe people with ESFP preferences: fun, warm, empathetic. Amazingly, only one person with this type filled out my survey. Let’s expand this list together! What other words or phrases describe this type? … practical helper, customer oriented, …

Now it’s YOUR turn.

  • First, tell us—what words or phrases would you add?
  • Second, vote for your favorite three words or phrases used to describe this type!


Read previous blogs here.


One Comment

  1. As a personal & professional effectiveness consultant, I have a lot of contact with individuals discovering MBTI type. I find ESFPs to be very compassionate and empathetic towards others. They also tend to be tough on themselves. They really enjoy engaging with others in the moment.

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