ESTP Personality Type, Traits, and Characteristics

ESTPs are people who “do”, as opposed to sit around and plan. They’re spontaneous and always looking for new thrills. The primary way they take in the world is through their senses, which means they like concrete evidence over theoretical concepts. However, they aren’t just impulsive – they also have Introverted Thinking, which allows them to categorize data logically. ESTPs care more about action than theory and concepts. They prefer to focus on what needs to be done rather than thinking about it too much. They see rules as guidelines that they will follow as long as it is convenient for them. ESTPs are often enthusiastic when starting projects but can lose interest before the project is completed (Butt “ESTP”).

ESTP Traits

  • Action-oriented
  • Live in the present moment
  • Dislike abstract theory without practical application
  • Like to see immediate results for their efforts
  • Fast-paced and energetic
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Resourceful
  • Seldom work from a plan – make things up as they go
  • Fun to be around
  • Highly observant
  • Excellent memory for details
  • Excellent people skills
  • Good-natured
  • Excellent ability to see an immediate problem and quickly devise a solution
  • Attracted to adventure and risk
  • May be flashy or showy
  • Like initiating things – not necessarily following them through to completion

ESTP Strengths & Weakness

ESTPs have an abundance of enthusiasm and can easily motivate those around them to work. They enjoy conversation and have a well-developed sense for the attitudes of others. They are direct, handson, risk-takers, and have little tolerance for those who hold them back from their goals. They can be insensitive of others feelings, but this is because of their drive to get things done.


  • Gregarious, funny, and energetic

  • Influential and persuasive

  • Action-oriented

  • Adaptable and resourceful

  • Observant


  • Impulsive

  • Competitive

  • Dramatic at times

  • Easily bored

  • Insensitive

ESTP Career Paths

There are several personality characteristics that make ESTPs well-suited for certain careers. Their strong people skills tend to make them very successful in sales and marketing roles. Since they are able to act quickly and efficiently, people with this personality type are ideal for first-responder positions that require fast thinking and quick responses, such as emergency medical personnel and police officers.

  • Sales Representative
  • Marketing
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paramedic
  • PC Technician
  • Technical Support
  • Entrepreneur
  • Athlete

Dealing With ESTP's

Friendships: You ESTPs will always want to be on the go and up for anything new. You can make a great friend by being willing to try something different or making plans that are exciting.

Parenting: Children with the ESTP personality type are adventure-seekers who enjoy independence. They need parents to set boundaries and provide consistent, fair discipline. These kids benefit from lots of hands-on activities to keep them busy, but may struggle in traditional classroom settings where they quickly become bored with routines.

Relationships: ESTPs’ exciting and fun-loving personality means they can grow bored easily with routines. They would rather keep conversations flowing by discussing shared interests, instead of getting caught up in long discussions about one topic. Keep in mind that your partner probably prefers to take things day by day and might have difficulty making plans for the future or committing to anything long-term.

Working with ESTP's

  • Give tasks which provide immediate results.
  • Do not expect the ESTP to follow a set plan: they will complete their work in their own fashion.
  • Allow this type to be the initial motivator of a project.
  • Let the ESTP to work with their own methods rather than stifle their creativity.

Famous people with ESTP

Famous ESTPs include 

  • Donald Trump
  • George W. Bush
  • Winston Churchill
  • Mae West
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Bruce Willis
  • Madonna
  • Evel Knievel

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