"ENFP" Themes and Relationships

By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.

Personality Type:    ENFP - Discoverer Advocate
Temperament:   Catalyst (NF)
Interaction Style*:    Get-Things-Going
Likely Social Style: Expressive

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ENFP Snapshot

  • Theme is inspiration, both of themselves and others.
  • Talents lie in grasping profound significance, revealing truths, and motivating others.
  • Very perceptive of others’ hidden motives and purposes.
  • Interested in everything about individuals and their stories as long as they are genuine.
  • Contagious enthusiasm for “causes” that further good and develop latent potential and the same zeal for disclosing dishonesty and inauthenticity.
  • Frequently moved to enthusiastically communicate their “message.”

Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**


ENFP Theme

For Discoverer Advocates, life is a process of inspiring and facilitating others to find and reach their full potential. They have a talent for seeing the core of someone, the unspoken essential goodness. They become the spokesperson for others, for what is needed most and for their higher purpose. They enjoy exploring perceptions and sharing deep emotional content, the “real stuff.” This sharing is a magic moment when they truly connect. They constantly seek to have ideal relationships where they can have many ideal moments. To not have these empathic moments is like being cut off from themselves.

Life is like a story. Stories provide ways to find meaning and to make a difference and provide the connecting thread that helps them know and understand others and work through situations.

Their thought processes seem random; however, they are connective and relational. They are able to mediate differences and conflict by seeing the ways the differences connect. They often become the “voice” for the unspoken meanings they so easily pick up. They strive to keep communication channels open to make the best of a situation. They have a way of making things work without knowing why, which gives them the air of being magical as they respond courageously to their insights. The creative process is an important part of their lives.

In the interpersonal arena, they often instantly like people or not. Liking the people they are with is important. With their talent for seeing what’s not being said, they often respond to others’ needs while putting their own needs and wants on hold. They like to spark something in others that others don’t see in themselves. They must be able to authentically live with themselves and seek to recognize happiness wherever it is.

They often feel a strong need to discover a definitive direction for themselves. They want the magical situation to be permanent so are paradoxically on a continual quest for direction, resulting in a feeling of unrest.

ENFP Relationships

For Discoverer Advocates, relationships are about being on the same wavelength. People often get the sense they are understood perfectly by them. They are so perceptive in the moment that they read and mirror the other person’s mood, the meanings of the other person’s behavior, and when they’re on, they’re really right and everything feels in sync. The downside is they can make a lot of assumptions and projections that are sometimes really wrong. They can establish rapport instantly, can be charming and flirtatious in a way that uniquely connects with the other person. They frequently do whatever it takes to understand the deep meaning in what others do. Others may feel strangely connected with them, as if they have known them forever, and yet know nothing about them. They are uncanny at being the center of attention without being the topic of conversation. Getting at deep issues is important to them, and in the process, they are often catalysts for change. They want everyone to engage.

In their close relationships, they are romanticizing and idealistic. They want to share interests, ideas, and activities. Their ideal is a twin-like relationship, participating with each other, sharing the experience of it, where the relationship is real-time, live and in-person, with each other’s beliefs the same. When that ideal connection is not there, they can become disillusioned and disappointed. They are often supportive of their partner’s efforts to develop his or her potential and want to be supported and nurtured in return.

This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ENFP,"
A Personality Type Description.

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For a complete set of Personality Type Descriptions by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi please see: "The 16 Sixteen Personality Types - Descriptions for Self-Discovery"

*Interaction Styles as developed by Linda Berens, is a powerful lens with which to better understand people. For a complete understanding of Interaction Styles see:
"Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to Interaction Styles"

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