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ESFJ Personality Type, Traits, and Characteristics

ESFJ Description

ESFJs are outgoing, practical, and highly organized. Their primary function is Extraverted Feeling, which allows them to express their emotions effectively. Their secondary function is Introverted Sensing, in which they take in outside information and compare it with their inner judgment. ESFJs prioritize the emotions of others above all else. They are always looking to protect others feelings. In decision making, they always consider how their choice will impact all those involved. They enjoy adhering to tradition and will go to great lengths to follow standard social protocols (Butt “ESFJ”).

ESFJ Traits

  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Enjoy creating order, structure and schedules
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Warm-hearted and sympathetic
  • Tend to put others’ needs above their own
  • Very good at giving practical care
  • Very cooperative, good team members
  • Practical and down-to-earth
  • Value peaceful living and security
  • Enjoy variety, but work well with routine tasks
  • Need approval from others
  • Receive satisfaction from giving to others
  • Live in the here and now – dislike theorizing about the future

ESFJ Strengths & Weakness

ESFJs are excellent leaders. They are driven and work hard in order to accomplish the task at hand. Their respect for protocol and tradition means that they strictly follow seniority and expect others to do the same. They tend to view the world as either right or wrong and have little tolerance for anything inbetween.


  • Kind and loyal

  • Outgoing

  • Organized

  • Practical and dependable

  • Enjoy helping others

  • Conscientious


  • Needy

  • Approval-seeking

  • Sensitive to criticism

  • Dislike change

  • Intolerant

  • Controlling

ESFJ Career Paths

There are many traits that make ESFJs ideal candidates for certain careers. For example, their dependability and natural inclination to take care of others often mean they excel in jobs that involve supporting and caring for people, such as nursing or teaching.

  • Home Economics
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Administrators
  • Managers
  • Religious Work
  • Counselors
  • Accounting
  • Physicians

Dealing With ESFJ's

Friendships: People with the ESFJ personality type are often so selfless that they neglect their own needs to make sure others are happy. If you want to be a good friend to someone with this personality type, tell them how much you appreciate their generosity and make sure to return the favor.

Parenting: If your child has an ESFJ personality type, they are likely responsible and enjoy family time. While this is great, it’s important to frequently encourage them. You can do this by appearing interested and supportive of the things they like and do.

Relationships: If you want to keep your ESFJ partner happy in a romantic relationship, be prepared to give them your full devotion, support, and loyalty. This type isn’t interested in casual hookups and would much rather focus on developing a long-term commitment. One way you can show your support is by expressing how much you love and appreciate them regularly. Another important thing for ESFJs is responsiveness; return their affectionate gestures and let them know that their feelings are reciprocated.

Working with ESFJ's

  • Follow protocol when working with an ESFJ.
  • Recall that the ESFJ will always take the feelings of others into account.
  • ESFJs prefer to be followers. However, if they are in a high position, respect them.
  • Be direct and concise with orders.
  • Do not insult/criticize their values.

Famous people with ESFJ

Famous ESFJs include 

  • Martha Stewart
  • Dave Thomas
  • Sam Walton
  • Barbara Walters
  • Ariana Grande
  • William Howard Taft
  • JC Penney
  • Sally Field
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Ray Kroc

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