ENFPs are great people to be around. They give meaning to their lives by defending one or several causes.
The people's people
There is something striking about ENFPs: they seem to be friends with everyone and always surrounded by people. The reason is simple: they genuinely care about others and are often great communicators. When you are not doing well, they sometimes just need to take a glance at you to know what is going on. Also, they will often know just what to do to perk you up! They are real enthusiasm-generating machines!
The forward thinkers
This interest in people often leads them down a path where they find themselves standing up to authority in order to protect others or defend “what is right”. For this reason, Keirsey calls them Champions: people who defend a cause which they believe in.This forward-thinking attitude brings with it two other traits that make Champions very adaptable. The first one is the willingness to think outside the box to find a solution. The second is the courage to face the difficulties that change always brings.
A curious mind
Change is indeed something that Champions appreciate. They love nothing more than trying new things, often becoming good at them in the process. This curiosity often leads them to investigate a vast array of new interests, which suits well their willingness to see the broader picture and the implications of their choices and beliefs.
The flip side of the coin
What is a strength in a certain situation becomes a weakness in another one. Therefore, our strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin and very much depend on circumstances.ENFPs need to be aware that some of their strong points can sometimes dis-serve them:
- Impatience with rigid people: when you always try to be likeable and helpful to others, you could be forgiven for not understanding why not everybody shares your enthusiasm. Especially when it comes to change. The truth is that structures are in place for a reason and that the world needs people to look after them. Champions should use their ability to see the big picture to try to understand the position of the people who they see as inflexible.
- Sometimes disorganised: when flexibility is pushed to an extreme, it becomes disorganisation. Champions are usually the first ones to admit that they are not very organised. One way to alleviate that trait is to partner with, and learn, from somebody who is naturally organised.
- Tendency to get easily bored: as Champions like to vary their interests, doing too much of the same thing can quickly drag them down. This something that they need to be aware of to be able to convince themselves to “stick to it” when they need to.
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