ESFP - Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving

"Don't Worry, Be Happy!"
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I enjoy people and have a real zest for living. I am playful and vivacious and make things more fun for others by my pure unabashed enjoyment.

Adaptable and easygoing, I am warm, friendly and generous. I am extremely sociable and am often “on stage” with others. I enthusiastically and cooperatively join in activities and games and am usually juggling several activities at once.

I am a realistic observer and see and accept things as they are. I tend to trust what I can hear smell, taste, touch and see instead of theoretical explanations. Because I like concrete facts and have good memory for detail, I learn best from hands on experience. My common sense gives my practical ability with people and things. I prefer to gather information and see what solutions naturally arise.

Tolerant and accepting of myself and others, I don’t try to impose my will on other people. Tactful and sympathetic, I am generally and genuinely liked by many people. I am usually able to get people to adopt my suggestions, so I am good at helping conflicting factions get back together. I seek out the company of others and am a good conversationalist. I enjoy helping other people but prefer to assist in real tangible ways.

Spontaneous and charming, I am persuasive. I love surprises and finding ways of bringing delight and unexpected pleasure to others.

POSSIBLE BLIND SPOTS

Because I place such a strong priority on experiencing and enjoying life, I sometimes allow my other responsibilities to suffer. My constant socializing can interfere and get me into trouble. Because I am so easily tempted, I have difficulty disciplining myself. My tendency to become distracted from finishing the tasks I start can make me lazy. By working to prioritize my activities and finding a balance between work and play, I will gain a broader perspective and longer-range vision for my life. Using successful and accepted methods of organization and time management helps me overcome this natural predisposition.

My active life keeps me so busy, that I fail to plan ahead. This can leave my unprepared for life’s changes that would be easier to cope with if clues of their approach had been noticed. I need to try to anticipate what might be coming down the road and develop an alternative plan in case things become unpleasant.

I also tend to make decisions without considering the logical consequences of my actions. My own personal feelings are trusted and used to the exclusion of more objective data. Friends are so highly valued by me that I tend to only look at their positive side. I need to take a step back to consider the cause and effect of my actions and work towards becoming more tough-minded. Saying no will not be nearly so difficult if I do. 




THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME TO FOCUS ON ARE: 


1. Think about future implications

2. Don't take things so personally

3. Follow through on commitments


MY STRENGTHS

-Lots of energy and enjoyment of being active
-Ability to adapt well to change and shift gears quickly
-Sensitivity to people’s needs and desire to help them in real ways
-Caring nature; I’m a cooperative team player
-Ability to make work fun and exciting -Practicality and great common sense
-Loyalty to the people and organizations I care about
-Process-oriented approach; I create a lively and fun atmosphere at work
-Flexibility and willingness to take calculated risks and try new approaches
-Desire to cooperate, pitch in, and help people in real and concrete ways
-Ability to clearly assess current resources and conditions and immediately see what needs to be done

MY WEAKNESSES

-Difficulty working alone, especially for extended periods of time
-Tendency to accept things at face value and miss deeper implications
-Dislike of advance preparation; I have trouble organizing my time
-Difficulty seeing opportunities and options that don’t exist at the moment
-Tendency to take criticism and negative feedback very personally
-Trouble making decisions
-Impulsiveness and tendency to be easily tempted or distracted
-Dislike of excessive rules and structured bureaucracy
-Difficulty making logical decisions if they conflict with personal feelings
-Resistance to setting long-term goals and difficulty meeting deadlines
-Difficulty disciplining myself or others.


BE WILLING TO COMPROMISE. BE FLEXIBLE IN NEGOTIATIONS

-Decide ahead of time what criteria are of critical importance to me and which ones are not. 

-Demonstrate my flexibility by giving in on less important points.



INVEST THE TIME PREPARING BEFORE JUMPING IN

 

-Spend some time reflecting on where I have been and where I wish to see myself in the near and distant future to add a long-range perspective to my thinking
-Examine my real needs for my life and my true motivations before rushing into action.



CONSIDER POSSIBILITIES IN ADDITION TO THOSE THAT CURRENTLY EXIST

 

-Generate a list of possibilities without prejudging any of them during the process. Include even those that seem outlandish or those for which I may not have considered myself qualified.
-Ask a creative friend to help me imagine what I might do outside of my current involvement and list how my skills might transfer to another area.


DEVELOP AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY PLANS

 

-Even the tedious parts of a task are important to getting something done
-Resist the urge to drop what I’ve started when a more interesting situation arises or to socialize.


-Make sure I get enough time to interact with co-workers and colleagues.
-Consider taking a time management course. Try to find people with opposite strengths to consult with
-Ask people to be clear about their expectations, repeat it back to be sure I’ve understood.
-Find time during the day to get outside and do something physical
-Volunteer to help run and/or participate in recreational or socially responsible activities. 
-Make sure I have a variety of tasks to perform; try to avoid routine jobs
-Set some short-term achievable goals 

-Think about where I want to be five years from now.

 

To learn more about your personality type, purchase the book, "DO WHAT YOU ARE" by Barbara Barron-Tieger & Paul Tieger

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