ESFJ is one of the sixteen personality types as classified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. ESFJ is an acronym for extraversion, sensing, feeling and judging.
E is for Extraversion
People with ESFJ personality are outgoing. They rejoice their associations or camaraderie with others and would often be more interested in interactions with others than keeping to oneself. They like to be among people and they love to socialize.
S is for Sensing
A person with ESFJ personality will be sensible or in other words, pragmatic. He or she will be drawn more by what is tangible or concrete than what is abstract or intangible.
F is for Feeling
The ‘F’ is feeling as it dominates reasoning and decision making. People with such a personality are more willing to consider personal values and interpersonal relations than objectivity while making any kind of decision or choice. Logic takes a backseat.
J is for Judgement
This propels a person to be proactive and keen to plan their actions and routines. Such an attribute makes a person like predictability and the sense of being in control of situations.
Some of the most popular people with ESFJ personality type are Bill Clinton, Jennifer Garner, William McKinley, Tyra Banks, Nancy Kerrigan, Danny Glover and Sally Field.
ESFJ Functions and Characteristics
Like all personality types, ESFJ has its share of strengths and weaknesses. The most notable of all ESFJ functions and characteristics are pragmatism, practical skills, sense of loyalty and duty. People with ESFJ personality are usually excellent at routine tasks or daily chores. They can be very effective managers. Other than doing things or getting tasks accomplished on their own, they can also make sure that others get their job done. At the same time, such people would take sufficient care of others, especially those who are relatively close or have some kind of bonhomie.
People with ESFJ personality would always be responsible and would be forever aware and committed to their obligations. Whether it is a liability or something that is righteous, social expectations or just something that needs to be done, they would stand up to it and deliver. Even if delivery is beyond the realms of possibility, they would still try and give in their best. The sense of loyalty is also striking in people with ESFJ personality. They treasure security and stability, they like the concept and preservation of any kind of status quo, they are trustworthy, honest and an excellent support system. Not only are they very bankable employees but they can also be excellent spouses. It is the people with such personality who are often the most reliant person in a family, group of friends or in a community.
ESFJ personalities are sensitive and that is one reason why they have the urge to be responsible, dutiful and also helpful to others. Their affinity for stability makes them seek harmony and peace. They aren’t venomous and don’t offend others. Likewise, they expect others to have the same treatment meted out to them. ESFJ personalities are great orators or they would at least be articulate with their communications. They can socialize easily and can easily blend in a group or crowd. They are comfortable being around people and are quite likable due to their easy outgoing nature.
While ESFJ personality is likable, there are several characteristics that aren’t exactly very desirable. Such people are consistently anxious about their social status. Their social influence and the manner in which society or people treat them make such people vulnerable to fear of failure. Their decisions are often influenced by such fears and anxieties. Owing to this sense of importance that such people feel about themselves, their opinions or decisions, views and even arguments or discussions are often inflexible. They can be rigid at times. These aren’t negative attributes but giving too much importance to oneself or considering social status, perception and influence to be the demarcation of what is good and what is bad can have a negative bearing on the personality and this their character.
Reluctance to improvise or innovate and being vulnerable to any kind of criticism are also traits of such a personality and these too emanate from the same aspect of social recognition and likability that such people cherish. They don’t like to venture out of their comfort zone. They may not have the fear of failure whenever they venture out but they do have the fear of being or feeling different. They don’t want to be anywhere or anyone other than where they are comfortable and the recognition they have attained.
ESFJ personalities can be selfless. While it is admirable, it can be stretched too far which may end up harming the individual or their interests. Also, they expect a lot of appreciation at all times which can often be unrealistic or undeliverable.