The MBTI® Test ESFP Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

Taylor MicaelaEmotional Intelligence, ESFP, MBTI

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Each Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI test) personality type has a different way of assessing, processing, and understanding emotions, whether inwardly, externally, or not at all. Learning about your MBTI type can help you discover how to best develop your emotional intelligence—involving what could help you be more receptive to the emotions of others, what could make your own emotions easier to understand, etc. This week, we’ll learn about the emotional intelligence of Extraverted Sensing and Introverted Feeling (ESFP) types, and how they can improve on their already strong emotional intelligence.

We define emotional intelligence as “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP) With this definition, we can see that emotional intelligence isn’t just a matter of being able to understand and cope with your own emotions, but although those of others.

ESFP personality types are very aware of their feelings and are social creatures. They enjoy being around others, developing relationships and are fully conscious of the atmosphere or feelings currently encompassing their friend group. They get along with most people, bringing a fun energy to social situations. MBTI ESFP types find enjoyment in constant stimulus and activity. They are happiest when everyone is getting along and life is going swimmingly. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

ESFP types are also happy with themselves and their image of themselves. They like to stay active and healthy, and bring this aura of sportsmanship to their relationships. They are often uncomfortable if in environments where they are not being supported as they are supporting others. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Myers-Briggs test ESFP types are reasonable and fair, which they carry in their activities and in their relationships. If similar feelings are not expressed by their peers (i.e. if someone is attacking them emotionally or proving overly rude), they will do their best to act as an understanding and courteous individual, even if they are feeling otherwise—as long as the atmosphere of the situation remains clear of discomfort and conflict. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Although fairly emotional adept, both with their own feelings and with those of others, MBTI ESFP types could still benefit from changing some of their habits. For example, they may spend so much of their time trying to make a good impression that they fail to develop deeper connections with people in the beginning. In a similar way, thinking more about broader implications in general could really benefit ESFP types and their perceptions of what is happening in any given situations. Because they rely so much on the environment for social cues, they may miss bigger-picture causes for someone’s (or their own) feelings. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Through learning about their emotional intelligence, MBTI test ESFP types can better assess the situations that they are in, and understand more how these situations may be shaping the way they perceive emotions. Further learning about their emotional intelligence will also help ESFP’s strengthen that which they find most important: building and nourishing relationships. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


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