Kelly. 17. ENFP. Hopeless romantic. I love New Girl, Parks and Rec, Castle, Avatar, musicals, Legend of Zelda, Dance Moms, The West Wing, Parenthood, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Cougar Town, Demi Lovato, Billy Joel, Amy Poehler, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Sutton Foster.
ENFPs love new ideas, concepts, abstracts, and theoretical discussions. They are whimsical, dreamers, and romantics who are as interested in the idea and story behind something as in the object itself; the object means less to them than the meaning behind it. Their brains are random, moving from one thing to the next very quickly, building unseen connections and presenting them with ideas that they consider valid, even if they are contradictory (which one of these explanations is true? maybe both, or neither!). They love to brainstorm and float ideas by other people; they can “juggle” many ideas at the same time without focusing on just one; this means their conversational style is somewhat hectic, as they leap from one topic to another very quickly. Their Ne allows them to read others and at times, mirror their behavior, personality quirks, etc.
Since there is so much going on inside their heads all at once, ENFPs can have trouble zeroing in on something to finish it; this is why they have a tendency to start a project and lose interest in it before it is finished. (As they get older, and start utilizing their Te more, this happens less frequently.) Part of dealing with that problem is learning not to think too far in advance; once Ne solves something, it wants to move on, so in the case of writing, ENFPs would do best to focus on it in small bursts, allowing the bigger picture to build naturally as a result of their vivid imagination.
Their imagination channels directly into their Fi, which has a heavy desire to “personalize” things and give them meaning; it likes individuality and the freedom to be unique. Fi enables ENFPs to recognize what is important to them, to weigh things by that measure of importance (how much do I care about this cause, and is it of greater value than another cause?), and to act on their emotions. They have a strong personal sense of right and wrong, but have little interest in controlling other people or enforcing their moral views on others (my life and my morals are my own; you can have your own). Instead, it acts on their beliefs, values, and decisions using Te: a function driven to action, to making a difference in the real world (hence why so many ENFPs are natural leaders for causes), to organization, and acting on their feelings.
Finally, inferior Si gives them problems with handling the details of things (they are so interested in the concept that the details are insignificant and boring). They often don’t want to participate in traditions for their own sake, until they learn to respect and value the ways of those who have come before them. In time, they may come to desire a more settled life rather than one full of novelty, but in the meantime they have their memories and a surprising ability to recount details of personal importance when reminiscing about the past.
Who non-ENFPs think ENFPs are
Who ENFPs really are
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