Profile: ENFP Revision: 1.2 Date of Revision: 2 Jan 94
            Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

            by Joe Butt (
ENFPs are friendly folks. Most are really enjoyable people. Some of the most soft-hearted people are ENFPs.

ENFPs have what some call a 'silly switch.' They can be intellectual, serious, all business for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN WILDCHILD, the scourge of the swimming pool, ticklers par excellence. Sometimes they may even appear intoxicated when the 'switch' is flipped.

One study has shown that ENFPs are significantly overrepresented in psychodrama. Most have a natural propensity for role-playing and acting.

ENFPs like to tell funny stories, especially about their friends. This penchant may be why many are attracted to journalism. I kid one of my ENFP friends that if I want the sixth fleet to know something, I'll just tell him.

ENFPs tend to be global learners. Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP, which has often driven me to distraction in dealing with my daughter about such things as piano practice ("three quarter notes or four ... what's the difference?" Surprisingly, she's very good at math, but it's been a painful learning process ... sees the patterns but tends to overlook the details.)

Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their end of the relationship, sometimes being taken advantage of by less caring individuals. ENFPs get energized by being around people. Some have real difficulty being alone, especially on a regular basis.

One ENFP colleague, a social worker, had such tremendous interpersonal skills that she put *me* at ease during her own job interview. She had the ability to make strangers feel like old friends.

Famous ENFPs:

Theodor "Dr." Seuss Geisel
Mickey Rooney
Barbara Walters
Geraldo Rivera
James Dobson, "Focus on the Family"
Andy Rooney
Elizabeth Montgomery, actress ("Bewitched") 
Dave Thomas, owner of Wendy's hamburger chain
Candice Cameron (D.J. on "Full House")
Dave Coulier    (Joey  "    "     "  )

Balkie ("Perfect Strangers")
Cathy (comic strip character)