In this article, we will look at the spirit animal of ENFJ personality type. We will explore the animal associated with ENFJ along with its 7 unique traits.
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The spirit animal of ENFJ is man’s best friend, the Dog!
The personality traits of an ENFJ include Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Judging and they are also known to be among the rare personality types.
7 Common traits of the Dog and ENFJ personality type:
Loyalty is probably the most pronounced characteristic of dogs. ENFJ are loyal to the bone and you can count on them to not betray your trust.
If you ever had a friend that stood up for you when no one else did, and ended up facing serious consequences, chances are they might be an ENFJ. That’s just how it is with ENFJ, they always go out of their way to stand up for the people that they believe in.
If you have an ENFJ in your life you should consider yourself lucky because they are your support system, and you can be assured that they won’t betray or abandon you in the face of adversity.
“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren (psychologist and author, The Intelligence of Dogs)
The ENFJ are extroverts by nature and another commonality of the ENFJ personality type and dogs is their sociability. Very few people are as enthusiastic and passionate about their social lives like the ENFJ. ENFJs are warm, appealing and also very talkative. In awkward social situations they may be the first ones to break the ice and get the conversation started.
Befriending people is effortless for the ENFJ. People find themselves drawn to their charisma and their optimistic and supportive nature adds to their social appeal. However, if unevolved, these people may resort to people-pleasing and prying into other people’s lives. Social interactions literally energize them.
Just like dogs, ENFJs have a deep insatiable curiosity.
The ENFJ tend to be extremely bold and brave people. This trait surfaces when they stand up for the people they love, and never back down when they have to defend them. Just like dogs tend to defend their hooman even if the fight seems hopeless, they still fight to protect and safeguard, even if it means getting torn apart in the process. You can count on them to protect you even in life or death situations.
Take for example my sweet little girl Sandy (a British Cockerspaniel) whenever I took her out for a walk and she perceived an approaching threat (a bigger German Shepard) she used to put up a fighting stance and try to appear as big and formidable as she could. They will stand beside you no matter what and never abandon you.
If you have an ENFJ friend, they will be your very own pooch and never abandon you in a fight. They will stand up to the bullies and get beaten up but somehow save your hide.
Dogs are known to be affectionate and extremely loving so are the ENFJ. They are extremely caring individuals and they might be the first ones to offer you a hug when you’re feeling down. Unlike most people who tend to abandon you when you are sad, the ENFJ are most likely to sit with you through your sadness come hell or high water.
Now, you must have observed that dogs exhibit similar behaviour and tend to comfort their hoomans when sad. The ENFJ just like dogs will go above and beyond to show love and it will emanate from their eyes. They will go to the ends of the world to support and comfort you.
“A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, ‘What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.’ Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep [I never have] is another matter. The dog is willing.” – Roy Blount Jr. (Author, Now, Where Were We?)
Known to be incredibly perceptive, dogs respond well to praise and tend to feel down when admonished. They are also intuitive and sensitive and can tell when their hooman is feeling low. They respond to this situation by offering their loving presence, and showing other affectionate behaviours, like snuggling and nose boops and every other gesture of love that they have in their arsenal.
The ENFJ personality type is similar in this regard and also tends to be perceptive and insightful. You cannot hide your feelings if you are upset, the ENFJ will be the first to notice and come to the rescue. This ability also comes from the ENFJ being so people centered, that reading people is like second nature to them.
Have you ever seen how a dog behaves around their hooman? If you have, then you must be aware of the fact that dogs are total people pleasers! They make their hooman the center of their worlds and do everything in their power to please them, often putting their needs aside and focusing on what their hooman wants from them.
Research has also proved that dogs are able to feel the emotion of guilt, which probably explains the guilty expression that dogs give after misbehaving or shredding your toilet paper. Dogs also readily accept punishment after any such episode because the guilt makes them believe that they are worthy of being punished. Are they not the most lovable floofy cuddly puffs?
The ENFJ are quite similar in this regard as well because they tend to be people pleasers to some extent mostly because they have a fear of hurting others to the extent that they only seek to please. If this behaviour remains unchecked they may develop chronic people pleasing tendencies which in time may lead to them abandoning their own needs.
Have you ever heard the term ‘dogged determination’? The word ‘dogged’ is used before determination because it is in a dog’s nature to pursue the object of their desire relentlessly no matter how difficult or dangerous it gets. Now you know where the term ‘dogged’ determination originates from!
The ENFJ are also dogged in their pursuit of whatever grasps their interest.
Just like dogs love playing fetch, ENFJs like chasing after their goals and achieving them because it gives them immense satisfaction.
‘Like a dog with a bone’ is also used to signify the tenacity of dogs.
The ENFJ personality type also tends to be very convincing, just like your doggo is when asking for treats! They are usually goal oriented and keep chasing their goals until they attain them.
Man’s Best Friend
There are countless life forms on planet Earth and the Dog is the only creature that has formed an alliance and pledged loyalty to humans. They have proved to be allies of humanity time and again. This is also telling about the nature of ENFJs, they are humanitarians who have an aptitude for social work. Dogs like ENFJs will always remember and cherish the connection you share with them.
Mirroring is a social behaviour that includes imitating gestures, attitudes and patterns of speech, it is exhibited by humans to develop connections and build rapport with others.
Research has proved that dogs also practice mirroring with their hoomans, it’s just their way of showing that they are there for you and probably even validate your emotions. ENFJs are also very skilled at not only reading people but also mirroring them in order to forge bonds that last.
In this brief article we explored the spirit animal of the ENFJ personality type and also looked at its 7 unique traits. If you have any questions or views on this topic please feel free to reach out!
Frequently Asked Questions: ENFJ Spirit Animal: The Dog
Why is Enfj so rare?
The ENFJs comprise about 4% of the population which makes them rare. Also, more importantly the Ni types are rare.
Do ENFJs get bored easily?
ENFJs like to have many things on their plate at the same time because they need high stimulation in order to remain active and fully functioning. Staying still for too long is a big no no for them. They need to be out and about in order to feel alive.
Who are Enfj attracted to?
Self assured and confident people are most likely to attract an ENFJ because they are beguiled by strength of character and also mysteriousness. They may also be attracted to individuals who do not reveal too much about themselves.
Do ENFJs fall in love easily?
Despite their high social popularity ENFJs are not flaky by nature. They do not believe in jumping from one relationship to another and when they fall in love they are in it for the long haul.
Are ENFJs clingy?
When it comes to their loved ones, ENFJs do tend to become clingy and overly attached which might make them emotionally dependent but it’s only because they want to be there for them in every way possible.
Are ENFJs obsessive?
Unlike most people who associate shame and guilt with their obsessions, ENFJs are quite open about the things they are obsessed about which makes them more child-like and carefree. They most definitely display an obsessive streak, when it comes to the things and people they love.