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ESFJ type

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Is the glass half full or half empty? I can't believe someone would leave this dirty glass out here! Clean up this mess right now!

Prayer Lord, give me patience and I mean right NOW.

Animal personality Dolphin

Helpless? In danger? Going to be eaten? Don't worry, the dolphin, as a willing helper, will always come to save you.

Cat personality "Mommycat"

Even if kittenless or male, adopts everyone, including her "owners". Will groom you until you've got a rash; will groom other cats until they snap at her and run away.

Collective noun A cotillion of ESFJ's

Percentage of total population 13%

Interesting facts

  • Proponents of traditions, "faith preservers".
  • Most likely than any other type to stay in college.
  • Love to entertain.
  • May assume that everything they read is authoritative.
  • Usually make family and friends their top priority.
  • Crushed by personal criticism.
  • Statistically below average among people suffering from substance abuse.
  • May assume that they already know what other people want, and may not listen hard enough to their needs.
  • Happiest when given the appreciation they deserve.
  • Sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • May neglect their own needs.

Common careers

  • education
  • physicians
  • entrepreneurs
  • lawyers
  • sales representatives
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • retail owners
  • receptionists
  • real estate agents

Famous ESFJs

  • Barbara Walters
  • Gerald Ford
  • Sam Walton
  • Martha Stewart
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Larry King

Quotes by famous ESFJs:

  • "It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man." - Barbara Walters
  • "To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling." - Barbara Walters
  • "Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time." - Gerald R. Ford
  • "The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself." - Gerald R. Ford
  • "We're all working together; that's the secret." - Sam Walton
  • "I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas." - Martha Stewart
  • "This is what truly interests us, why we all come to work every day ... our passion is and always should be to make life better." - Martha Stewart
  • "If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers." - Ed Sullivan
  • "Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization somehow releases or frees you to operate more effectively." - Larry King
  • "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening." - Larry King

Hobbies and recreation

  • volunteer in the community
  • president of a club or society
  • hosting the family holiday dinner
  • throwing a party for friends
  • church volunteer
  • planning the annual treasure hunt
  • debate society
  • cooking
  • competitive sports

All 16 types

Your type is a combination of four preferences. Each preference was made by choosing between 2 letters in a dichotomy. The four dichotomies are:


Defines where you direct your energy. Extroversion indicates outwards towards the world, and Introversion indicates a tendency inwards towards your thoughts and ideas.


Defines how you process information. Do you prefer to process information through your five senses (Sensing) or do you prefer to trust your hunches and read between the lines? (iNtuition)


Defines how you make decisions. Do you prefer logical analysis (Thinking), or contemplating about how each option affects people? (Feeling)


Defines how you order your life. Do you prefer making plans and keeping to schedules (Judging), or do you usually keep things open? (Perceiving)

There are 16 types in total. Now that you know your type, check out your type description by following the appropriate link below!

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