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Enneagram: The Giver             Keirsey Reader: The Provider

ESFJs make up about 12% of the US population

ESFJs “take it upon themselves to ensure the health and welfare of those in their care are met, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions. Wherever they go, ESFJs happily give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success.

Friendly, outgoing, neighborly – in a word, ESFJs are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to ESFJs, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries.

ESFSs are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate, they need to be loved in return. In fact, ENFJs can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given ample appreciation both for themselves and for the tireless service they give to others.”   Source: Keirsey.com

“All ESFJs have a natural tendency to want to control their environment. Their dominant function demands structure and organization, and seeks closure. ESFJs are most comfortable with structured environments. They’re not likely to enjoy having to do things which involve abstract, theoretical concepts, or impersonal analysis.” Source:  PersonalityPage.com

Famous ESFJs: Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Walters, Dwight Eisenhower, Elvis Stojko, Danny Glover, Geri Halliwell, Bjork, Eddie Murphy, and Sally Field.


Careers: “The ESFJ has two primary traits which will help define their best career direction: 1) they are extremely organized and enjoy creating order, and 2) much of their self-satisfaction comes through giving and helping others. Accordingly, they will do well at tasks which involve creating or maintaining order and structure, and they will be happiest when they are serving others.” Source: PersonalityPage.com

ESFJs prefer careers where:

*  Management provides specific and realistic directions
*  The work offers plenty of opportunities to make decisions
*  They are able to maintain control over your projects
*  The work allows them to work with a variety of people
*  The work moves at a rapid, exciting pace
*  They have opportunities to talk through their ideas
*  The job is action oriented and provides a wide variety of activities

Source: CareerPlanner.com

The Top 8 careers where ESFJs can really use their natural skills are:

Source: TeamTechnology.co.uk


In Leadership roles ESFJs take on a Get-things-going style.

“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, or excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.” 16Types.com

ESFJs in relationships are very kind and “warm-hearted individuals who highly value their close personal relationships. They are very service-oriented, and their own happiness is closely tied into the happiness and comfort of those around them. They are valued for their genuine warm and caring natures, and their special ability to bring out the best in others. They usually do not handle conflict well, and may tend to be very controlling or manipulative. Relationships are central to their lives, and they put forth a great amount of energy into developing and maintaining their close interpersonal relationships. They expect the same from others.” Their natural partner is the ISFP or INFP. Source: PersonalityPage.com

1 comment

1 Robin { 02.20.13 at 6:53 PM }

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Thank you -Mariano

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