The MBTI® Test ENFP Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

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ENFP types are very dependent on support from their peers.

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Depending on your Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality type, you may process, engage with, and deal with your emotions differently. By educating yourself on the emotional intelligence of your MBTI test type, you can learn how to better work with your emotions and the emotions of others, so that you can develop into a more stable, more empathetic person. This week, we’ll discuss how Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling (ENFP) types can augment their emotional intelligence.

For clarification, we’ll 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) ENFP types are outwardly very in control of their emotions, as well as very perceptive of how their peers are feeling. Better yet, ENFP types often are quick to understand their friends’ emotions, and work toward bettering a problem should one exist. They are constantly working toward furthering themselves and others, whether that involves developing physically or emotionally. ENFP types are also very comfortable in their own skin, and adept at dealing with their emotions. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Myers-Briggs® ENFP types are very dependent on support from their peers. They find that they can better handle stress when they have others who are compassionate cheering them on in their endeavors. This extends from friends and family to coworkers and acquaintances. Oftentimes, when ENFP personality types feel that they aren’t receiving the support they need, or if someone is being ungrateful or rude, they can lose control of their emotions. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

The extraverted nature of ENFP types makes them well suited for group interaction and relationships, and they are often drawn to moments that involve collaborative creativity and discussion. They are incredible supportive of others and accommodating of their friends’ beliefs and values. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

As comfortable with their emotions (and with those of others) as ENFP types are, there is still room for growth. For example, it’s possible for MBTI test ENFP types to be so involved in their peers’ emotional growth that they fail to take an objective look at what is happening. By stepping back and weighing the emotional and logical sides of feelings, ENFP types can better aid others (and themselves) in dealing with their options. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

Also, it behooves ENFP personality types to consider all aspects of an emotional problem—such as what caused the problem, what possible outcomes could arise from this problem, and what solutions would better obliterate this problem in the long run—as opposed to just finding a quick fix for emotional turmoil. Proactively asking for advice and feedback is also important to the emotional development of ENFP types, allowing them to understand various types of support and be comfortable with occasional negative criticisms. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

By concentrating their efforts in development and growth on these emotional tactics, ENFP types can become even more emotionally adept individuals. Furthermore, learning about an MBTI test ENFP types shortcomings can help them understand what areas they are best at (understanding and aiding in others’ emotions) and need some work on (criticism, staying logical in the face of emotions). (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


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