The ENFP MBTI® Personality Type and Learning Styles

In ENFP, Learning Styles, MBTI by Geeta Aneja

No matter what you do for a living, you’re always learning on-the-job, whether you’re a retail associate learning a new point of sale system, a medical professional perfecting a new procedure, or a carpenter mastering a new design. How fast you learn new skills can determine how successful you are in the short-term and in your career overall. Using the right learning strategies can help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need efficiently, so you can get back to making money.

Identifying the right learning strategies for you is another matter altogether—there is a plethora of advice, much of which is conflicting. Use your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type like a compass to guide you toward the best strategies for you. For example, let’s take a look at the learning strategies that most benefit people of the Extraverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Perceiving (ENFP) personality type.

ENFP Personality Types

Learn all about MBTI® ENFP Personality Types and their Learning Style tendencies.

Start here ENFPs are big-picture theoreticians. They like to cast a broad net and identify connections between seemingly unrelated ideas or issues. They also enjoy discovering implications and extrapolating from the information they are given rather than doing exhaustive research into the minutiae of a specific topic. ENFPs learn best through open-ended activities and discussions, but tend to lose focus in traditional lectures, where the instructor does all of the information processing for them. Moreover, lectures often focus on relatively minor details, which ENFPs have little interest in unless they understand their significance and relevance to the larger framework. To get ENFPs focused on the details, try giving them partial information and then asking leading questions or organizing a group activity to help them make inferences to fill in the gaps.

Because of their preference for student-centered learning, ENFPs benefit from instructors or facilitators who customize their teaching style based on what their students are most interested in. If you teach ENFPs, try to strike a balance between individual and group work. For example, debates, group brainstorming, discussions, and collaborative projects are all excellent ways for learners to work together while exploring how the content they are learning can be applied in different contexts and with different results. There are also benefits to independent reflection using graphic organizers, journaling or blogging, or even just having students spend a few minutes thinking about what they learned and what additional questions they have.

ENFPs typically work well in groups with their peers. They are typically well-liked, especially since they are open to others’ ideas and input, and often come up with innovative solutions to the problems with which they are confronted. That said, individuals who prefer more traditional learning approaches, like written assignments and lecture-based instruction, may be disconcerted by how strongly ENFPs seem to thrive in seemingly unstructured classrooms. If you are working with ENFPs, you may need to establish milestones or a rubric to help keep them on track.

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