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

ESTP: 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 ESTP preferences: caring, gregarious, logical, energetic, interactive, fun, logical problem solver, enthusiastic, doer, like people, work well under pressure. I guess there weren’t many ESTPs in my certification classes. Let’s work together to expand this list! I’ll start … resourceful, present 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.



  1. gregarious, logical, energetic…those are the best three words to describe myself, I mean ESTP! All areas addressed above tend to fall into one of these three areas; logically of course.

  2. Sexy, assertive, nice.

    Yes, I actually find ESTP’s to be one of the most nice people. They might be manipulative but this is because they want you to love them.

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