Can an ENFP be a doctor? (A complete guide)

In this brief guide, we will look at answering the question “can an ENFP be a doctor?” as well as other topics like the personality type of surgeons, and career matches for ENFP. 

Can an ENFP be a Doctor?

Yes, ENFP can be a doctor, as they have an innate love for learning and a thirst for knowledge that doesn’t seem to get satisfied easily, which means that they may make very smart doctors; it does not matter what your personality type is, however, it matters if you want to be a doctor.

The ENFP does tend to have the habit of getting somewhat emotional and they may get stressed easily as well, so they may not necessarily do well in situations or specialties that involve a lot of high-pressure situations or being constantly stretched out thinly, as the ENFP tends to not deal with concepts like that as much as they do with emotions and energetic things.

The ENFP may be a good doctor in cases where they need to figure out the diagnosis or figure out what kind of treatment plan the patient needs, and they may even make fine psychiatrists or something like that, but they are likely to be attracted to fields which involve a lot of scope for learning and they will likely make for good researchers in the field of medicine as well.

Eventually what it comes down to is whether you want to do it and if you have the capacity to study that hard and for that long, because being a doctor is incredibly hard work, and even after you finish studying you need to stay on top of things with research and so on, so if you are okay with putting in that much work you should go for it, whether or not it fits the notions of your Jungian personality or not.

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ENFP Strengths and Weaknesses

Before understanding what the ENFP career choices might be like or what kind of medical specialty would be good for them it is important to take note of what the strengths and weaknesses of the ENFP personality are.

Strengths 

ENFPs are incredibly curious people, and when it comes to new ideas, an ENFP may not spend any time mulling it over or brooding, they may straight-up want to go out and experience things.

There is no hesitation in the ENFP when they want to do something or when something has caught their fancy, and they immediately jump into whatever it is they want to do.

The ENFP personality type is also very imaginative and open-minded, and even though they are supposed to be the intuitive kind of personality, they are very observant and see a lot of details and connected parts of the puzzle of life around them.

The ENFP personality may believe that nothing is irrelevant and that every seemingly little thing could mean something in the grand scheme of thing and this also leads them to believe that every little bit they do or help others do, matters.

Noticing all the things around them not only satisfies their curiosity, but it also helps them satisfy this feeling of paying attention to the little things around them.

The ENFP personality is also extremely energetic and enthusiastic and their intuition function allows them to form new connections and ideas all the time as they direct all this energy into exploring the environment around them.

ENFPs are also excellent communicators and are very honest about everything, very little may stay inside these people, and they usually say things in a very articulate and concise manner.

The ENFP is also easily excitable and when they discover something new they immediately get excited about their findings and share them with anyone who’ll listen. 

The ENFPs are also good listeners and talkers, and they may be great to have a deep and meaningful conversation with.

The ENFP personality may also generally be pretty great at relaxing, and after a long time of working hard they will not think twice about doing something they enjoy, and they will make sure they relish in the feeling.

The ENFP is known for their bursts of enthusiastic energy can surprise even their closest friends and this tends to make them incredibly popular and friendly, as they get along with nearly everyone whenever they go, which makes it extremely easy to talk to them as well.

Weaknesses 

To start with, the tendency the ENFP has to think that everything is part of the larger and bigger picture and so on, may sometimes make them overthink every little thing and this overthinking may sometimes get to be too much even for them.

The ENFP may also get stressed easily and when they get stressed out they may not always know how to get back from it.

This personality type may also be somewhat prone to emotional outbursts when they are worried or anxious about something, or just generally stressed out.

The ENFP may sometimes take being honest way too far and cross the line into blunt and rude almost, because they may not realize it.

Because they are constantly picking things up from their environment and they are almost always gathering information, sometimes without even knowing about it, the ENFPs may find it a little hard to focus on singular objects around them.

Going off of a similar problem as in the last point, the ENFP may also find it somewhat difficult to be practical and find practical solutions to problems, and they may try to get by on brute force and enthusiasm alone sometimes.

The ENFP may loathe being micromanaged and restrained by heavy-handed rules, as they see themselves as independent masters who do not want to be tied down in the least.

They may rebel especially hard under any management they consider arbitrary and whole rules do not make sense to them personally.

ENFP Doctor Specialties

There are 4 doctor specialties in particular that have been assumed to be great as ENFP doctor specialties, according to their strengths and weaknesses that have been discussed previously.

The ENFP doctor specialties that the ENFP personality are likely to be great at are:

Pediatrics

According to most theorists and researchers, a pediatrist needs to be observant, intelligent, persistent, level-headed, open-minded, and resourceful, which are all qualities that may be found in the ENFP personality.

Pediatrics is a medical specialty that involves treating children, which means that a podiatrist needs to be fun and energetic to keep up with the children, and at the same time, they also need to be keenly observant and curious to find out more about the child because children and their parents may not necessarily always be the most forthcoming or easy patients.

A pediatrist also needs to have persistence so they can solve complex diagnostic problems with the least information, as they are likely to get the minimum possible things from their patients.

Dermatologists

A dermatologist is a doctor that attends to skin and hair related disorders or issues, and an ENFP may be well suited to this field due to their innate skill and their tendency to be good with people.

Dermatologists need to be investigative individuals, and they need to have the ability to be inquisitive and curious, and at the same time as being able to deal with people effectively, they also need to be able to spend time alone with their thoughts so they can princess the information they have taken in from their patients.

A dermatologist also needs to be social, meaning that they need to thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people while also being nice and honest.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist treats mental health issues, and they usually do so with medicines, unlike a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist, who uses therapy and psychological tools to diagnose and threaten mental health issues.

A psychiatrist needs to be aa good listener but at the same time, they need to be intuitive enough to be able to craft an actual diagnosis out of the random symptoms mental illness affected individuals often describe.

For instance, a patient might complain of nothing else but a heavy head and trouble sleeping, and the psychiatrist needs to have the investigative power to be able to get more symptoms out of them and formulate some kind of diagnosis and get an accurate idea of the person’s issues.

ENFP Careers

Here are some careers that may be good fits for an ENFP personality:

  • Actor
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Music Director or Composer
  • Musician or Singer
  • Producer or Director
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Meeting or Convention Planner
  • Training or Development Specialist
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Librarian
  • Childcare Center Director
  • College Professor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant

As may be seen above, the ENFP needs to have a career where they may be able to express themselves well and somehow also be in a position to help others. 

ENFPs may fit in well in many fields, and the way to know if the ENFP is happy with what they are doing is to see if they are able to bring creativity and originality into their daily work, as that is a true sign of a happy ENFP.

Surgeon Personality Type

There has been a lot of debate about what a surgeon’s personality type might be, given the high-powered nature of this job profile and the amount of pressure most surgeons thrive under.

Surgeons often tend to be very driven and focused, as well as ambitious people who don’t care much about the interaction with patients, and they are more in tune with the technical things, which is also necessary for a way because they are put in some very difficult positions with their patients, and if they get too attached the possibility of a grave mistake is much more than in might be with any other doctor.

Research also indicates that surgeons tend to be high on personality traits like narcissism, and they may be more than a little bit arrogant, likely due to the same qualities of the job that also make them so pressured all the time.

There are many stereotypes about surgeons’ personality types, namely that surgeons are arrogant or mean or too selfish or driven, but this is not always true, and surgeons can also be the nicest people who at the same time do something so incredibly difficult and stressful.

Under MBTI, most surgeons are likely to come under some kind of thinking heavy personality types, like ESTJ, or ISTJ, and they are also likely to identify with a personality type that is introverted but intuitive, like INTJ or INTP.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at answering the question “can an ENFP be a doctor?” as well as other topics like the personality type of surgeons, and career matches for ENFP. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Can an ENFP be a doctor?

What personality type are doctors?

The junior doctor’s personality type tends to be ESTJ (15.4%), INTP (12.8%), and ESFJ (10.3%), while in the attending physician’s category of doctors, the most common personality types are ISTJ (23.7%) and ESTJ (18.6%). 

What is the best job for an ENFP?

Here are some of the best jobs for an ENFP:

Human Resources Manager
Entrepreneur
Social Worker. 
Salesperson/Assistant/Manager. 
Teacher. 
Designer. 
Actor, Musical Performer, Artist or Writer. 
Brand Manager. 

Who Should an Enfp marry?

An ENFP should marry someone with a complementary function stack to their perosnality type, like an INTJ.

The ENFP could also marry someone like an INFJ, as they need someone with an Introverted intuition and both INTJ and INFJ has that.

Citations

https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-strengths-and-weaknesses

https://work.chron.com/personality-qualities-involved-being-pediatrician-10404.html#:~:text=Pediatricians%20should%20be%20observant%2C%20intelligent,patient’s%20condition%20and%20act%20accordingly.

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.