According to this test, I’m an ESFP.
And my career directions are:
2) Public Relations Specialist
3) Sales/Marketing Specialist
(true — I’ve done this before)
4) Fashion Merchandising
(somewhat true — I’ve dabbled with this before)
“Almost every ESFP loves to talk. Some can be identified by the twenty minute conversation required to ask or answer a simple factual question.” — Hahaha…how apt!
Performers have the special ability, even among the Artisans, to delight those around them with their warmth, their good humor, and with their often extraordinary skills in music, comedy, and drama. Whether on the job, with friends, or with their families, Performers are exciting and full of fun, and their great social interest lies in stimulating those around them to take a break from work and worry, to lighten up and enjoy life (I’m quite fun, no? =P).
The dominant function of ESFPs is concerned with the reality that is perceived through the senses. This type’s prime directive is to examine the tangible through taste, touch, sight, feeling and hearing. ESFPs’ need for new experiences surely results from this function. Feeling gives focus to the collected information, producing the amiable nature of this type. As perceivers, ESFPs do not linger on moral concerns unless it is in service of a Greater Good and/or a unifying cause.
Feeling, which tends to decision-making in the interest of individual beings, is auxiliary to sensing. As with all introverted functions, feeling for ESFPs has a surreal, cryptic, quintessential nature. It is more often implied than verbally expressed, more apparent in countenance and deed rather than word or creed. Feeling takes care that playful pokes and pranks do no harm to the victim.
This tertiary function is at the ready to give definitive answers when the world requires them. It provides a measure of balance to Introverted Feeling, allowing the ESFP some level of boundary and protection from those who would take advantage. When overused or overestimated, however, Thinking becomes a liability. ESFPs do well to seek out confirmation of the soundness of tough-minded decisions.
This function is least visible. As is the nature of the inferior (fourth) function, ESFP intuition lacks a sense of balance. This type seems most successful in deducing patterns and seeing connections only after a thorough examination of the facts (which process appears quite unorganized and haphazard to non-SPs). Although some ESFPs may develop such abilities, the mastery of logic, analysis and abstraction is usually difficult and wearying, and not very much fun (NOTE: Yes, I hate anything to do with physics, calculations and even DIY projects. Ask me to become an accountant and I’ll vomit blood for you. Ask me to try and assemble a shelf/table and I’ll run away!).