The ESFJ, ‘The Consul’, ‘The Caregiver’
(Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
Making up around 12% of the population, ESFJs are, for lack of a better word, popular. At their hearts they are social creatures, and thrive on staying up to date with what their friends are doing. ESFJs enjoy supporting their friends and loved ones, organizing social gatherings and doing their best to make sure everyone is happy.
Supportive and outgoing, ESFJs can always be spotted at a party – they’re the ones finding time to chat and laugh with everyone. ESFJs value relationships and are also very concerned with social status, appearance, and what others perceive of each other. Scientific theories are not as interesting as gossip or practical matters to ESFJs, and they prefer to talk about concrete ideas or people. Valuing stability and security very highly, ESFJs are eager to preserve the status quo which makes them extremely loyal and trustworthy, and they are excellent at maintaining harmony in any situation. Teamwork and cooperation is a notion ESFJs hold close to their hearts.
ESFJs are bubbly and approachable, and love to be of service, enjoying any role that allows them to participate in a meaningful way, so long as they know that they are valued and appreciated. ESFJs struggle to make decisions alone, especially about matters that result in people judging them due to their interest in status and connections. Their ability to ‘work people’ makes them good at manipulation, however unlike their ENFJ cousin who is also able to do this, ESFJs don't have Intuition to help them understand the real consequences of their actions and can sometimes overstep lines in an attempt to get what they want or to achieve the structure and traditions Sentinels value so highly. Normally however, ESFJs make wonderful friends and very hard workers.
Practical, loyal, caring and interesting, ESFJs nurture and support those around them effectively and in a well organised way that hardly ever results in anything less than amazing and memorable. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.