MBTI® Test ESTP Personality Types and Emotional Intelligence

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Your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment type can do more than describe your personality—it can help you understand why you think and act the way you do, including in situations involving your or another’s emotions.

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To further open yourself to understanding and acting upon your own emotions and the emotions of others, it behooves you to learn about your MBTI type’s level of emotional intelligence. Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Thinking ESTP types, for example, are quick to analyze and interpret emotions, opting for living in the moment over dwelling on the past or future. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Emotional intelligence is defined as “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP) Myers Briggs® Test ESTP Types, as mentioned before, are go-getters, choosing to live in the moment in everything they do. Because of this, they usually go with their gut instinct or feeling, taking action swiftly depending on external stimuli. They prefer to be hands-on, with high levels of energy going into their everyday actions. They enjoy adventure, diversity, and taking opportunities as they present themselves. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Being so speedy to make decisions and attempt to understand how they (or someone else) are feeling can often be a problem for ESTP’s. Although they are enjoyable to be around, they can become annoyed if others are not on their same level of excitement or at the same rate of turn-around. For example, if an ESTP Type is listening to a friend or peer talk about their feelings, they may grow bored with what is happening if it isn’t an immediately solvable issue. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

When it comes to the self-evaluation of their emotions, MBTI Test ESTP Types are often practical and convinced that they are taking the best course of action. However, because of their live-in-the-moment mentality, they may make hasty decisions or choose quick solutions over quality solutions. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

To overcome these shortcomings in emotional maturity, it’s very important for ESTP Types to slow down their impulses to act quickly, and learn to exhibit patience in the face of their peers and use their reasonable abilities to offer them help in their troubles. They are usually very comfortable and proficient in their relationships and friendships, and by taking the time to listen to what is ailing their friends and weighing different options instead of jumping to conclusions, they can deepen these bonds and really help their friends in times of need. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Another way that Myers Briggs ESTP Types can enhance their emotional intelligence is if they show more compassion and sympathy outwardly as opposed to shrugging off their emotions as superfluous or momentary. By working on their patience threshold and showing genuine concern for the wellbeing and deeper emotional health of their peers, ESTP’s will in turn learn to take time with their own emotional needs—not rushing to conclusions or simply brushing something off in favor of a more exciting moment—and therefore really increase their emotional intelligence. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


Discover how your personality best manages conflict, how the different parts of your personality work together to make decisions or gather information, how your personality type best communicates with others, and how you best deal with change in your life.


Learn to communicate more efficiently by understanding how your personality type best interacts with others with the MBTI test below:



Introduction To Type® and Emotional Intelligence. (Pearman, R. CPP, 2002)

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ESTP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Automotive Specialty Technician, Construction Laborer, Counter and rental clerk,Electrician, Farm and Ranch Managers, Firefighters, Freight Handler, Loan Officer, Restaurant Cook and Construction supervisors.

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