We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.
– Joseph Campbell
Today we are going to talk about the Myers-Briggs Personality type, the ENFJ. ENFJs tend to be natural leaders who are very concerned about the welfare of others.
Before we look at this character as a whole, I would like to take a few minutes and talk about how the letters, the functions, make up this personality type. First there is the E which stands for Extrovert, this means that they tend to get their energy from being with others rather than being alone. Then comes N which stands for iNtuive and means that they tend to look at the big picture and the abstract rather than the details and the tangible. After that comes F standing for Feeling and this means that they tend to make their decisions with their emotions rather than with logic. Lastly there is the J this stands for Judging and this means that they tend to plan ahead rather than just go with the flow.
Now that we understand the parts of the personality type a bit better, let’s talk about how they work together to form this personality type, the ENFJ.
ENFJs tend to be very much focused on the people around them. They usually have excellent people skills. They tend to be very good at understanding others and their emotions.
ENFJs tend to place the needs of others first, and often are at their happiest when they are helping someone who really needs it.
They tend to be amazing leaders. Although, the ENFJ themself may not believe this.
ENFJs have very strong moral codes. They know what is right and wrong and they will try to do what is right. They will also try to help others follow the right path although they will not push that person if that person is not willing.
Despite the fact that ENFJs are extroverts they do need time alone. They also tend to be reserved which is another more surprising trait in an extrovert.
Even among people the ENFJ will often feel alone because they does not feel like they cannot reveal a part of themselves to others.
ENFJs even when they are feeling alone and out of place in a crowd tend to be fun, charismatic people to be with.
ENFJs tend to be good at planning ahead.
They are very responsible and loyal. If someone needs the ENFJ they will be there for them even if their own life is in chaos at that time.
At this time I would like to take a minute or so to look at the dark side of the ENFJ. This is the ENFJ in a worse case scenario, the kind of ENFJ who would be the villain in a story.
The ENFJ’s dark side is most likely to show up when they feel that one of their loved ones has been hurt. When this happens they can be very aggressive in protecting that person and they can also become quite manipulative.
Before I finish this post I would like to share with you some people and fictional characters who have this personality type.
Real Life ENFJs Include:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fictional ENFJs Include:
Amy March (Little Women)
Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)
Mufasa (Disney’s The Lion King)
Padme Amidala (Starwars)
Prince Phillip (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty)
Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
I hope that this has helped you to understand this Myers-Briggs Personality type, the ENFJ, better. If you are interested in learning more this site might be a good place to start: ENFJ. That site is the site that I mainly used when I was first learning about Myers-Briggs Personality types.