The ESFP MBTI® Personality Types and Learning Styles

Geeta AnejaESFP, Learning Styles, MBTI

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People learn constantly and for all kinds of reasons. In your personal life, you might learn a recipe, how to use a new power tool, or how to become a better coach. At work, you might learn about a new technique or piece of equipment, negotiation strategies, and more. People who can master new information and skills quickly and effectively are highly competitive in today’s workplace environment.

Understanding your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type is key to helping you save time and absorb more content faster and more accurately. In this blog post, we will focus on The Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) personality types.

ESFPs have keen observation skills and are conscious of even the smallest changes in their environment. They act on this information and adapt to their environment so their production is as practical and effective as possible. ESFPs can leverage these tendencies as they learn by structured learning environments that allow them to focus on application.

Theoretical, high-level discussions are rarely valuable, memorable, or engaging to ESFPs. On the other hand, role plays, interactive activities, and hands-on simulations can help bring learning to life for an ESFP. The traditional classroom, where a teacher is the sole fount of knowledge and students are little more than sponges, bores ESFPs and can make them disengage. Traditional education provides little space for the interaction that is so vital to ESFPs’ learning.


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On the other hand, simulations that allow them to interact with their peers and demonstrate their knowledge are highly engaging, especially if they allow ESFPs to leverage their understanding to react to a changing situation, improvise a solution or conversation, or maneuver through a series of challenges. ESFPs respond particularly well to activities that encourage friendly competition and group communication.Because ESFPs are active and interactive learners, they thrive when instructors provide opportunities for them to experience their learning in a dynamic way. When training ESFPs, it is often helpful to focus on behavioral changes rather than knowledge transfer per se. In other words, ask yourself what behavioral changes you want to see in your trainees as a result of your training. This question will keep you action- and activity-oriented, while the more traditional question of “What should learners know?” may cause you to slip back into a knowledge-transfer or lecture style of training.

As you design learning experiences, use the full range of senses as well as tangible learning targets, to make the experience more impactful. Remember, always tie information to the real world. ESFPs will not retain information if they do not see an application for it. Another benefit of interactive approaches is that they often have built-in feedback. Learners should know immediately what they are doing correctly or incorrectly, and how to correct their behavior to set themselves up for success.

Building learning experiences and becoming a better learner takes time, but the payoff lasts a lifetime and can benefit you both personally and professionally.

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Introduction To Type and Learning. (Dunning, D, 2008. CPP)