ESTP is one of the sixteen personality types as classified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. ESTP is an acronym for extraversion, sensing, thinking and perceiving.
E is for Extraversion
People with ESTP 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 ESTP 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.
T is for Thinking
The ‘T’ is thinking and that makes such a personality very objective. People with this personality will always give priority to facts, logic, rational or objective assessment. They would not focus on sentiments, emotions, personal preferences or biases.
P is for Perception
A person with ESTP personality will allow perceptions to prevail and would delay inferential analysis. They would not judge a situation or a person objectively or factually and would rather have their perception dictate the path forward.
This is a unique personality type because of the contradicting traits of thinking and perceiving. Such people will always have a tussle of choosing between what they think and perceive. It is rare that thinking and perceiving are exactly the same.
Some of the most popular people with ESTP personality type are Jack Nicholson, Ernest Hemingway, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Madonna, James Buchanan and Michael J. Fox.
People with ESTP characteristics are bold, practical and rational. They would always see logic or look for the rationale in arguments and in everything around them. They will have a practical approach of assessing everything. They would also be perceptive at the same time but they would not allow perception to remain unsubstantiated. This is why such people make great entrepreneurs. They are also bold. Such people will come up with bold ideas and will want to push the traditional boundaries. An original approach to most things in life and direct communication are two very desirable ESTP characteristics.
While people with ESTP personality are sociable, they may be insensitive in some cases. They may not always comprehend emotions well. They can be impatient, prone to take risks, their approach may be unstructured in most cases and might not always see the larger implication of what they do.