Are ENFJ Successful? (A Complete Guide)

In this guide, we will answer the question : Are ENFJ Successful?

We will also look at certain career options that are suited for the strengths of the ENFJ personality type.

Are ENFJ Successful? 

Success is a subjective term. It generally translates to one’s accomplishments. However, each one of us has the opportunity to define it for ourselves. One’s personality type is not directly related to “how successful” one might be. However, it might generally describe how a person belonging to a particular personality type might perceive success. Again, one’s perception will be based on a multitude of factors.

ENFJ stands for Extraverted (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F) and Judgement (J). They are outgoing and deeply thoughtful individuals. The empathic ENFJ is drawn towards helping others. Their empathy allows them to step into another person’s shoes. They will be able to experience situations from within the person’s frame of reference. They will not veer away from helping someone in need. Words of encouragement or support; the ENFJ will find a way to inspire this person. This stems from their natural tendency to make the world a better place.  They are adept at sensing distress in a situation. 

The ENFJ person has a refined understanding of the emotions of others. They wish to carry out work that will inspire a change in the lives of people and communities. They place emphasis on people. It is important for the ENFJ to be in a place that allows them to make a difference in someone’s lives. Thus, their aspirations and motivations in life, stem from this natural tendency. It is not uncommon to see an ENFJ excel in professions that allow them to support and empower other individuals. They feel successful when their accomplishments tantamount to a change in the lives of people around them. When they feel their efforts have enriched the life of another person, the ENFJ person is likely to feel a sense of satisfaction.

Strengths

The ENFJ has certain strengths that make them suitable for certain professions. Being aware of one’s strengths can help one nurture them in the long run. Employing them in the real world, might help them feel a greater sense of satisfaction. They are adept at expressing their feelings with great articulation. They make an effort to make others feel comfortable.They are able to perceive the negative and positive elements in a situation.They will try to find a solution that is likely to benefit every person. Individuals belonging to the ENFP personality type make for efficient leaders.

Introverted Intuition (Fi) is an auxiliary function in the ENFJ personality type. However, individuals who have been able to nurture this function will be able to see possibilities in situations. The cognitive function of Introverted Intuition (Fi) allows them to empathize with others. They are able to view a situation from multiple standpoints. The ENFJ person is able to chart out different solutions for a problem, before zeroing down on one. The ENFJ person is able to visualize different possibilities for the future. They are visionaries, inspiring people towards a future of change and possibilities.

Weakness

Each of us has strengths and weaknesses.Being aware of our weak areas allows us to make space to improve and work on them. The dominant function of the ENFJ is Extraverted Feeling (Fe). While this contributes to many positive qualities in the ENFJ, it might pose certain challenges too. The function of Extraverted Feeling might lead to the ENFJ to base their actions and behaviors solely on how others might appear to them. They are unlikely to objectively gauge a situation, being pulled by the emotional needs of another person. Resultanty, they may neglect their own personal needs and desires. They tend to place high value on their external value. In the process of comforting every other person in the room, the ENFJ might lose touch with their individuality. 

Tips for the ENFJ

  • Recognize and nurture your strengths. There are many natural strengths associated with the ENFJ personality type that make them adept in many situations.
  • Recognizing weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. Hence, it is important to acknowledge them and take steps accordingly.
  • Value your own feelings. As an ENFJ, it is easy to neglect one’s own desires and feelings. In the process of accommodating everyone’s feelings, take stock of how you’re feeling. It is okay to say no when you want to. Realize your feelings are equally valid.
  • It is okay to express your opinion even if it does not fit the general opinion. We are all entitled to having an opinion as human beings. It is okay if it is different from that of others.
  • Do not take criticism personally. Oftentimes, criticism can be viewed as an opportunity to improve.

The ENFJ Person

The dominant function of Extraverted Feeling (Fe) leads them to form opinions of the world based on their feelings. They will perceive this as objective. They will adhere to this strongly. This inability to see the world outside their world view, might push people away from the ENFJ. Resultantly, the ENFJ will take this as a sign of failure in relationships. They might be overcome by a sense of guilt. This will push them into manipulating others to adhere to their view of the world or they might go on to neglect their own feelings and needs. The auxiliary function of the ENFJ will help them balance this tendency. Introverted Intuition is their auxiliary function. This allows them to see the many possibilities underlying a situation. They are able to adopt a  more holistic view of a situation.

It is a remarkable ENFJ quality that allows them to view each person’s unique potential and value. However, in the process of doing so, one might end up driving them away. They might appear to be overbearing. Be gentle with them, listen and be understanding.

ENFJ At Work

The ENFJ person is likely to excel in career opportunities that allow them to implement change. Usually, they are drawn to jobs with a humanitarian focus. They are adept at solving problems. They acknowledge the unique potential they work with. They will not shy away from empowering/ motivating them. They enjoy working in teams. They make for very efficient leaders. They are able to visualize possibilities for the future. The ENFJ leader will responsibly delegate work among the team members. They strive to create a harmonious environment at work.

They can very easily fit in to a high paying career prospect.

Career Options for the ENFJ Personality Type

Community and Social Service

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

Communication and Media

  • Author
  • Photographer
  • Editor
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Reporter

Education

  • Teacher
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Principal
  • College Administrator

Business, Sales and Management

  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Fundraiser
  • Advertising Manager

Entertainment, Arts and Design

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Singer
  • Director
  • Designer (Floral,, Industrial,Interior, Fashion)

Sciences

  • Psychologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Sociologist
Healthcare
  • Audiologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nutritionist/ Dietitian
  • Genetic Counselor

Legal

  • Lawyer
  • Legal Mediator

Entrepreneurship

ENFJ individuals may also be drawn to entrepreneurship. Many of their qualities as a personality type allow them to become efficient entrepreneurs. The ENFJ person will be persistent in their goals. Entrepreneurship might pose many challenges. One of them being failure. An entrepreneur might encounter many bumps on the way. However the persistent ENFJ is unlikely to give up easily. They will continue to pursue the path they have taken. They are adept at finding their way through the many complexities of human connections. This comes handy when they have to build connections and networks for the business. They also find it easier to pitch their products. Although they are generally emotional in nature, the ENFJ person plans out their work. This helps them to carry out their business with efficiency.

The Downside

They are not too good with criticism . They are more likely to take it personally. Further, they tend to get so invested in their work that they fail to take time out for themselves. If the business hits rough waters, the ENFJ person might direct the blame inwards. This is likely to affect their self-esteem. Further, their passion and dedication towards their work can find them pushing themselves to a point of complete exhaustion.

Conclusion

In this blog, we answered the question: Are ENFJ Successful?. We also looked at certain career options that are suited for the strengths of the ENFJ personality type.

Frequently Asked Questions : Are ENFJ Successful? 

Are ENFJs selfish?

Typically, the ENFJ personality type is inclined to think about others. They are empathic, considerate, and understanding. Oftentimes, people may take advantage of their helpful nature in order to guilt-trip them into offering more or to make them feel bad about themselves (psychologyjunkie.com).

Are ENFJs clingy?

The natural tendency of the ENFJ personality type leads them to help others. They will go out of their way to make sure others are happy. Sometimes, people may misconstrue this as being clingy or overbearing. For the ENFJ, being supportive of a loved one is a natural habit (personalitygrowth.com).

Is ENFJ a rare personality type?

According to psychologyjunkie.com, like the INFJ personality type, the ENFJ personality type is one of the rarest among the 16 types. The make up for 2-3% of the population.

What makes an ENFJ happy?

The ENFJ personality type is known for their ability to understand people. They derive a sense of happiness from helping and serving others. They have a genuine interest in humankind and an intuitive awareness of people. (personalitypage.com)

References

ENFJ Personal Growth

https://www.personalitypage.com/html/ENFJ_per.html

ENFJ Entrepreneurs: The Pros and Cons of Being an ENFJ Entrepreneur

ENFJ  

The Teacher

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/ENFJ/careers

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.