ESFP – Entertainer (Description + Functions + Examples)

Life can be stressful. In times where it seems like everything is going wrong, entertainment can give us an escape. Entertainers are good people to have around when things get tough. They use their talents, whether they are in art, music, or comedy, to lift the spirits of people around them and give them a reason to smile and connect with others. 

Your favorite entertainers, both in your personal life and on the big screen, might just be an Entertainer in the eyes of personality psychologists. Out of the 16 personality types, one takes the crown for being “The Entertainer”: ESFPs. 

This video is going to go through the ins and outs of ESFPs, from their individual traits to basic stats about ESFPs that might surprise you. Entertainers are such an important part of our society, and this will give you some insight into how they think and see the world around them! 

Description

What makes an ESFP a natural entertainer? Let’s find out by breaking down the different traits of ESFP: E, S, F, and P. 

First, E is for extrovert (as opposed to introvert.) This indicates that an ESFP is likely to lean toward external stimulation rather than internal thoughts and feelings. They want to be up onstage, hearing the roar of the crowd. Extroverts also like to be in the middle of crowds, surrounded by friends, family, or strangers. They recharge by surrounding themselves with people. This often leads people to think that extroverts are loud, bold, and outgoing. This isn’t always the case, but extroverts certainly prefer a crowded bar over a quiet museum.

S is for sensing (as opposed to intuition.) This is also identified as “observant.” Rather than relying on intuition, ESFPs look at what is happening in the present moment. They look for the most obvious solutions and use straightforward, logical methods of thinking to help them get there. By being in the moment, they can interact with others with ease.

F is for feeling (as opposed to thinking.) Of course, people with both “feeling” and “thinking” in their personality type can do the other. ESFPs may rely more on how they, and more importantly others, feel. They want other people to feel good! If they have to make a decision, they are more likely to consult other people. ESFPs are great at “reading the room” for this reason. 

Finally, P is for perception (as opposed to judgment.) Although “judgers” tend to enjoy structure, people with perception in their personality type are likely to keep their options open. (This trait is also known as “prospecting.”) They logically see all of the possibilities in front of them, and know that there is always more to learn about a situation. Some of the world’s most well-known ESFPs are known for reaching “both sides of the aisle” and bringing people together. This requires a keen understanding of all perspectives. 

All of these traits support entertainers as they connect with people and bring some joy to the world. Also known as “The Performer,” ESFPs are great on stage and great one-on-one interacting with people. 

Function

Let’s keep diving into the mind of an ESFP. In addition to four traits, each personality type performs four different functions at varying levels. Starting off with the dominant function of ESFP types is Extroverted Sensing (Se.) ESFPs enjoy focusing on the present moment instead of worrying about the future and what it holds. They are very flexible when it comes to planning and even trust themselves to problem solve spontaneously. This function also gives them a greater interest in facts rather than abstract ideas.

Next is the auxiliary function of ESFP types: Introverted Feeling (Fi.) When decision-making, ESFPs use their introverted feeling to determine the right decision regarding their morals and values. They have a good sense of their own emotions as well as others, making them very empathetic.

The tertiary function of ESFP types is Extroverted Thinking (Te.) This function presents another route for ESFPs to solve problems in a way that is more grounded in logic. It causes them to naturally improve upon solutions that are already in place. However, as one of their weaker function, ESFPs will have trouble sharing their judgments or thoughts to keep situations peaceful.

Finally, the inferior function of ESFP types is Introverted Intuition (Ni.) Introverted Intuition is ESFPs weakest function and can be very unhealthy or exhausting for them to use over their more dominant functions. This function allows them to make connections within their observations, occasionally leading to surprising insights. 

Real-Life Examples of ESFPs

The most famous ESFPs that you know are - you guessed it - entertainers! Even the ESFPs who do not have an artistic background have been able to entertain people for years with their stories or thrilling personalities. Have you been entertained by any of these ESFPs? 

  • Bill Clinton
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Justin Bieber
  • Elvis Presley
  • Dolly Parton
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Mark Cuban
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Will Smith
  • Steve Irwin
  • Dennis Rodman

Of course, ESFPs make great entertainers or musical performers. But they are also great in many careers that require them to capture the attention of others. ESFPs often become teachers, nurses, social workers, or fitness trainers. If you are an ESFP, don’t feel boxed into any one career path. Whatever job you choose to hold, you’ll likely find an opportunity to connect with others and entertain the people around you. 

Strengths and Weaknesses of ESFPs

Not everyone can get up onstage and entertain people, but ESFPs have a set of strengths that play into this daunting activity. Of course, they are more than just singers, actors, or storytellers. Here are some of the strengths that people assign to ESFPs: 

  • Bold
  • Original
  • Aesthetics & Showmanship
  • Practical
  • Observant
  • Excellent People Skills
  • Supportive
  • Positivity

Are ESFPs perfect? Absolutely not. They also have some weaknesses that can hold them back. Entertainment isn’t everything! Here are some ways that you might describe an ESFP (but maybe not to their face!) 

  • Tend to Avoid Conflict
  • Sensitive
  • Easily Bored
  • Poor Long-Term Planners
  • Unfocused

Working and Living with ESFPs

In their personal relationships, ESFPs like to keep things fun and enjoy making the people in their lives happy. They are more attracted to simplicity in their relationships to avoid conflict or complex situations that require hard work/effort. While they like to keep things light, they are profoundly kind-hearted and affectionate.

In romantic relationships, they like to take things day by day and are resistant to relationships that require planning for a future together. They are very social and free-spirited, which keeps their romance exciting but also unpredictable. If they sense that the exciting energy of their relationship is fading, they will jump ship easily.

Basic Stats of ESFP

You probably have one ESFP in your friend group to keep things interesting. ESFPs make up 9% of the general population. They are more likely to be women! One out of 10 women are ESFPs - that’s 10%! To compare, 7% of men are ESFPs. 

Assertive vs. Turbulent ESFPs

Did you know that there aren’t just four sets of traits anymore? In recent years, personality psychologists have added another set of traits to the 16 personalities. Each of these personalities fits into the “assertive” or “turbulent” category. Here’s what these two traits mean for ESFPs.

Assertive ESFPs (ESFP-A) are more comfortable in stressful situations and overall more likely to be confident in themselves. As ESFPs, they are very in touch with their emotions and find it easy to forgive others who may hurt their feelings.

When turbulent ESFPs (ESFP-T) are faced with difficult situations, they are more likely to give in to stress. However, this trait can also give them a stronger awareness of problems they can share with others. All ESFPs are in touch with their emotions, but ESFP-Ts are better at expressing their feelings.

How to reference this article:

Theodore. (2021, April). ESFP – Entertainer (Description + Functions + Examples). Retrieved from https://practicalpie.com/esfp/.

About the author 

Theodore

Theodore created PracticalPsychology while in college and has transformed the educational online space of psychology. His goal is to help people improve their lives by understanding how their brains work. 1,700,000 Youtube subscribers and a growing team of psychologists, the dream continues strong!

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