ENFP functions (3 functions)

This  blog answers the is about ENFP functions. And it also highlights and discusses the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of an ENFP to better understand this personality type.

What are the cognitive functions of ENFP?

  • Dominant extraverted intuition
  • Auxiliary introverted feeling
  • Tertiary extraverted thinking
  • Inferior introverted sensing

Dominant: Extraverted Intuition

It is the dominant and core function of all the functions. They use this function to draw up patterns, future possibilities, and to form connections while they talk or write.

ENTPS are generally daydreamers and focus so much on the world of possibilities rather than reality where there also the impossibilities

They do not have a keen eye for details and are likely to miss out on important things or details. ENTPs do better for as long as they avoid the things that require keen attention to detail, repetition, or even memorization

They like to think about the future, making them inventive

They thrive more in chaotic environments than in traditional and conventional environments because they extroverts who love to find patterns or information for their new ideas.

ENFPs would rather view situations as they might rather be than how they are.

ENFP individuals tend to create connections or patterns between people and circumstances making them good at relationships.

ENFPs are constantly in search of ideas, knowledge to derive new ideas, create hypotheses, and explore other possibilities. However not all these Ideas make it to the implementation stage, if they are not sure the idea will benefit others expressively

Auxiliary: introverted feeling

As much as it is called Feeling, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an internal emotion, but they are values that come from the inside.

This is also a decision-making process, and this function makes them interested in establishing their moral code and instincts on how they want to be treated. 

This function makes them feel aware of how they should be considerate to others and at the same time how this same consideration is reciprocated.

This introverted feeling makes them extremely self-aware and spend so much time alone on self-reflection

This Function requires mental solitude making them feel introverted while putting so much genuineness to high esteem and repelled by anything that’s made-up

They have a very active imagination and are always looking for meaning or a story in everything. E.g. in books, movies. due to this, they tend to assign meaning to everything

While making decisions, ENFPs tend to put feelings and values before logic and objective criterion

ENFP individuals tend to follow their hearts and let their emotions guide their decisions while empathizing with others. They are therefore very warm and caring to those close to them

ENFPs are loyal to their emotions and values. They find their principles to be trustworthy and valuable and feel intimidated when others try to impose their values

Tertiary: Extraverted Thinking

This is the third function, plays the supporting role, and is logically oriented for solving problems. This is the natural side of the ENFP, which tackles the problem, improves efficiency in their tasks.

Even though they take longer to make decisions because they want nothing going against their values and use this function to make impressive and effective decisions.

Extraverted thinkers love to “think out loud” while working through their issues. When caught up in a trouble and they must think their way out of the problem, an ENFP will first lay down all the information and will apply this function to sort and figure out a connection

This function dislikes being harsh and judgmental. People with this personality type, therefore, tend to approach other people from a place of understanding to maintain peace and harmony.

They sometimes use this function to criticize the system because it needs improvements. But sometimes the criticism could be unnecessary, and if they realize it, they tend to regret their actions as it does not reflect their true character.

Inferior: Introverted sensing

This being the last function, it’s fundamentally not as strong as the other functions. It runs subconsciously most of the time.

This function allows the ENFP to store all the interesting memories, knowledge, and insights about people in their minds in an organized manner for future reference.

ENFPs use this function often, to base their past experiences, memories, senses, emotions, and feelings to determine and form expectations for future events

This Function tends to be nostalgic and sentimental about environments and things that hold deep meaning for them

Who are ENFPs?

ENFP is among the 16 personality types of Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and it’s estimated that 5 to 7 percent of the people are ENFPs and females being more than the males.

ENFPs are also known as ‘champions’ due to their charismatic, enthusiastic, and creative nature. People with this personality type are very charming, energetic, and independent.

Individuals with this personality type treasure their autonomy and freedom because they use this space to be creative and innovative

ENFP” represents a preference of Extroversion, intuition, Feeling, and Perceiving. This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focuses on ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible.

When discussing personality typing, we use the acronym ENFP meaning someone who shows preferences for E, N, F, and P (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving).

What are the characteristics of an ENFP?

ENFPs are reliable and easily adapt to different spaces or changes, this is because they like to keep their options open however they may struggle to keep up with routine also a times disorganization and procrastination

They are enthusiastic, open-minded as well as idealistic due to their flexible personal traits.

ENFPs are novelty seekers who are constantly seeking new and interesting people, ideas, and possibilities.

ENFPs have remarkable people skills, understanding other people’s emotions hence that makes good listeners as well as leaders who care about others. This is possible due to their enthusiasm, zeal, charisma, and creativity

They are also among the least judgmental personality types. They are champions of diversity and multiculturalism

People with this personality type are great procrastinators to the extent that they will put away important responsibilities for the last minute, they prefer to sit and daydream about the future rather than getting things done

They hate working on boring or uninspiring tasks as they may end up not being completed or touched at all

Interested in the deep meaning and stories behind every individual and the general environment around them for they are authentic.

They enthusiastically share ideas and interests with others

What are the strengths and weaknesses of an ENFP?

Strengths

  • ENTPs are warm and enthusiastic
  • They are empathetic and caring
  •  ENTP individuals have strong people skills
  • They are fun and spontaneous
  • They are also highly creative

Weaknesses

  •  ENTPs feel like they always need approval from others
  •  They are disorganized individuals
  •  ENTPs can be overly emotional
  • They do a lot of overthinking
  • They struggle to follow rules

Conclusion.

The blog is about ENFP functions and to better understand the functions, questions relating to the topic of the blog were answered. Some of the questions that were answered in this blog are’ who are ENFPs’ the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of ENTPs were also discussed.

Frequently asked questions:  What are the enfp functions?

Why are ENFP personalities called ‘champions’?

ENFP individuals are referred to champions because they love to win in life and see those around them winning. They motivate others to believe in their dreams

How to become friends with an ENFP?

ENFP are dominant extroverts and like being around people therefore being friendly comes naturally to them.

Are ENFPs player types?

No, ENFPs are not players this is because they take other peoples’ emotions and feelings seriously

How rare is the ENFP personality type?

ENFPs are relatively a common personality type and happen to be the fifth most common among women. Generally, ENFPs make up

8% of the general population

10% of women

6% of men.

References

ENFP Personality: characteristics, myths, and cognitive functions;

https://www.verywellmind.com

NeFi (ENFP) – Type in mind; https://www.typeinmind.com

All about the ENFP personality type; http://www.truity.com

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.