Extraverted (E), Intuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P)
They say that ENFPs are free spirits in the truest sense of the word. Where an Explorer might compete with the Campaigner to be the class clown, or the life of the party, the Campaigners are more into the social connections and meeting new people, rather than the excitement and pleasure of the moment.
Campaigners are charming, independent, they bring energy into a situation, and they have heightened empathy and compassion. Campaigners make up about 7% of the population, but they have outsized presence in crowds and gatherings.
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
Campaigners aim to please, but that’s not the only goal. They respect and apply their intuitive (N) sense to a unique insight into people and situations by reading between the lines. We believe that life is a big unfolding origami where all the details fit together. Distinct from the Analysts, who might map the folds of the crane, ENFPs will see the full sheet of paper, and find deeper meaning in bringing out the art.
Independence is not to be taken lightly. If there is an axis between Freedom and Security, then they will consistently work toward the side of creativity and freedom.
Leadership may come to Campaigners, and others might find their energy attractive, even irresistible, but that’s not necessarily where the ENFP want to be. The spotlight has its limitations, and if fiercely independent, then the Campaigner might retreat to behind the scenes.
Boring jobs are the last thing a Campaigner wants to do. Routine or admin tasks are antithetical to the Campaigner lifestyle. Sometimes leadership means more paperwork, and that’s exactly what ENFPs want to avoid. Give us a problem and we love to come up with original solutions. Innovation requires freedom and we will quickly lose patience or give in to depression if boredom is the rule of the day.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
ENFPs can maximize relaxing. High energy is the preferred location, but give us a beach and beer and we can daydream for hours uninterrupted—turning on a dime from thrill to chill.
It’s probably a Campaigner who introduced hugging into the workplace. In any situation there is an emotional component to be recognized and reflected upon. The ability to read between the lines allows ENFPs to gain insights into other’s motivations and machinations. Beyond hugging it out, we’re good at talking things through.
Everything in moderation, and relying on intuition does have its limits. Misreading signals is a risk at all times. Sometimes the most simple and direct answer is the best one, and ENFPs need to remind themselves to take that route when offered.
The social aspect of everything will occupy much of ENFPs time. They will have many circles of friends to weave through, and a lot of challenging personalities to consider. But once they find a partnership or cohort group, they will be both loyal and highly productive.
7% of the population are ENFPs: 1 in 12 women, and 1 in 16 men.
60% of ENFPs are women, 40% are men.
ENFP Cognitive Functions
Every person engages the world through four Cognitive Functions. The ENFP’s primary function is Extraverted Intuition and secondary is Introverted Feeling.
This is the ENFP superpower. With their Intuition (N), ENFPs take in new information through first impressions, imagined possibilities and meanings pulled from between the lines. Extraverted Intuition allows them to see what other’s might miss; different angles, new paths or unusual ways. An ENFP never believes there is only one way to look at things.
Backing up their Intuition is the ENFPs use of inner sense. When Feeling (F), Advocates make coices based on their feelings, ENFPs can use their Introverted Feeling function to see exactly what they value. This vision is like seeing through others and knowing what they are like, as if the ENFP has X-ray vision. On the occasions that ENFPs find another like them, they will bond quickly as like-minded cohorts.
This is the ENFPs latent skill set. This function is another tool in the set. While Thinking (T), ENFPs can make their decisions based completely on logic. The Extraverted Thinking function allows them to categorieze and re-organize what’s before them—thoughts and arguments in particular. Within this sight is the ability to see the logical consequences of the choice of actions. Sequence aligns to organization and produces choice.
This is the last of theENFPs powers. Its not commonly used, but it is available. Through Sensing (S), ENFPs can process data with their five senses. The more senses are enabled, the better the results and the most long lasting the retention. By leveraging the Introverted Sensing function Campaigners can remember data in better detail, and recall it to compare anything with current information. It is the power to connect the present experience to the past experiences and find the connections.
Robert Downey Jr., Mark Twain, Dr. Suess, Andy Kaufman, Bill Moyers and Robin Williams.
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