ESFP 1w2 (A 7 point Guide)

In this blog we will look at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type ESFP and the Enneagram type 1w2 and how they are related to each other. We will look at their primary characteristics, strengths, weaknesses as well as how these personality types function in relationships and at work.

ESFP (The Entertainer):

ESFP is an MBTI personality type. The MBTI is a classification of 16 personality types. It is measured by the MBTI indicator and encompasses the different ways in which people perceive and engage with the world. The tool assigns people along 4 dimensions:  introversion vs. extraversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, judging vs. perceiving and generates one of 16 possible combinations as the final result. ESFP is one of the possible results you can get on the MBTI. ESFPs are effervescent and charming and draw people to them. They are spontaneous and energetic and take pleasure in everything around them.  

ESFPs are outgoing and like to engage in new and vibrant experiences. They have a keen eye for aesthetics and are always open to new experiences. ESFPs are ardently social and love bringing people together through fun and laughter. ESFPs like to be the centre of attention and are usually the individuals who are the ‘life of the party’. Although they may appear self-absorbed, ESFPs are actually very observant and sensitive to others feelings. They are supportive and always available to talk about someone’s problem. However, if the problem is about them, they prefer to avoid rather than address the issues.

ESFPs can be impulsive and focus on immediate pleasure rather than analysing and planning for the future. They usually rely on luck or a friend to keep them on track. Additionally, because ESFPs are so focused on having fun they go out of their way to avoid situations that interfere with this.


·        Extraverted: Energised by spending time with other people.

·        Sensing: Focus on tangible experiences or facts rather than ideas and concepts

·        Feeling: Decisions are guided by feelings and values rather than cognition

·        Perceiving: Avoid planning and organising and adopt a spontaneous approach


·        Bold and open to new experiences

·        Original. Like to stand out

·        Good aesthetic sense

·        Prefer to see, do and experience rather than think

·        Focus on the here and now

·        Observant. Strong awareness of their surroundings and the needs of others

·        Excellent social skills. Witty, talkative and enjoy company.


·        Sensitive to criticism and highly emotional

·        Tendency to avoid conflict

·        Impulsivity and difficulty with long-term planning

·        Risky or over-indulgent behaviour

·        Easily bored

·        Difficulties with prolonged focus and persistence on tasks

·        Difficulty dealing in abstractions

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ESFPs at work:

ESFPs are born entertainers and love engaging with people. They prefer an active and social work environment. Owing to their keen aesthetic sense, ESFPs thrive in careers in music, art, food or fashion. Work that does not produce immediate results and environments that are extremely rule-bound and bureaucratic are not suited to ESFPs. Because they are so tuned to people’s needs, ESFPs thrive in careers where they can serve others. ESFPs prefer hands-on working experiences and are good at practical problem solving. Jobs that an ESFP would be well suited for include: actor, artist, designer, teacher, psychologist, social worker, real estate agent, public relations manager, corporate trainer etc.

ESFPs in relationships:

ESFPs have a natural interest in forming connections with people. They are warm, friendly and openly affectionate. They often go out of their way to make their loved ones happy. However, they dislike dealing with the complexities of relationships and have a tendency to avoid conflicts. Because of their focus on the here and now, ESFPs often neglect thinking about the future course of their relationship and find it difficult to maintain long term relationships.

1w2 ( The Activist):

1 wing 2 is an enneagram type. It indicates a Type 1 core with a two-wing. The enneagram is a personality typology system that focuses on the basic fears and motivations that guide the lives of individuals. It has been used widely in business and spiritual settings. This system is made up of nine primary personality types. A nine point diagram helps to demonstrate how these nine types are connected to each other. In addition to the basic nine types, the system includes 27 different subtypes or wings as well as three primary central factors focusing on thinking, feeling and behaviour.

Type 1 is divided into two wings. 1s with nine-wing (1w9) and 1s with two-wing (1w2). 1w2s have characteristics of both type 1 and type 2 of the Enneagram. Type 1s are idealistic and lead their lives according to inner standards and principles. On the other hand, Type 2s  seek affection by looking out for others and their needs. At the core of 1w2 is Type 1. Like type 1s, the 1w2 type emphasises justice and equality. However they also tend to be more interpersonally skilled and compassionate compared to other type 1s, courtesy of their two wing. Type 1w2s love to take charge and influence those around them. At the same time, they try to be friendly with the people they lead and establish personal connections.

When compared to type 1s, who tend to be fairly rigid, 1w2s are more flexible and tolerant. 1w2s have strong opinions about things. Although they accept that others may have different views than them, they feel it is incumbent on them to convince others that their view is right. This need to influence others is often at conflict with the 1w2’s need to get along with other people. Additionally, 1w2s are termed ‘true altruists’ because their motivation to help others is seldom self-serving.

The basic fear of a 1w2 is a fear of making immoral or unethical decisions. Their basic desire is to help others and make the world a better place. They are advocates for social justice and are sensitive to the needs of others. They are extremely principled individuals and let their values and ethics guide all their decisions. 1w2 enjoy the company of other people and seek affection from others.


·        Standing up for others

·        Standing up for what is right even when it’s hard

·        Action takers

·        Empathy and sensitivity to the needs of others

·        Capacity to participate in and help their community

·        Creative ideas and solutions to problems

·        Selfless and open to making personal sacrifices for the greater good


·        Easily frustrated with others

·        Obsessive or too focused on how they appear to people

·        Perfectionistic. Need to do things the ‘right’ way

·        Self-righteous and controlling

·        Prone to black-and-white thinking

·        Highly critical of self and others

1w2s at work:

In the workplace, 1w2 like to be taken seriously and build intimate connections with their colleagues and superiors. They like to express their ideas and prefer to deal in specific terms rather than generalities. They are motivated in jobs that allow them to work closely with other people and where they can have a positive impact on society and on the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. Jobs that 1w2 would be well-suited to include: lawyer, judge, politician, social worker, religious worker, doctor, nurse, real estate agent etc.

1w2s in relationships:

1w2s seek out love and affection from others and enjoy spending time with people. Their sensitivity to the needs of others and willingness to make sacrifices, helps them thrive in relationships. The strengths of 1w2s in their interpersonal relationships are their warmth and emotional availability. However, 1w2s are quite critical of other people, which could put off those they interact with. 1w2s also have trouble processing criticism and negative feedback, particularly from those they respect. Because they believe in their own principles and values so much, they may try to impose these on others. Often, they hold other people to the same high expectations as themselves. These factors can impair a 1w2’s relationship.

ESFP 1w2:

The MBTI and the Enneagram of Personality are two of the most popular personality classification systems. A number of attempts have been made to correlate the different types outlined in these two systems. These correlations may make it possible to provide individuals with a combined personality result, such as ESFP 1w2. Most type 1s don’t correspond to ESFPs. However, the two-wing changes this. The two wing adds a more empathetic and nurturing side to the type 1 core in 1w2s, which corresponds to the Feeling type in ESFPs. The emphasis 1w2s place on morals and a need to help others is compatible with the Feeling type.

One of the primary factors both ESFPs and 1w2s share is a sensitivity to the needs of others. Additionally, both are sociable and value personal connections with people. They are happiest when they are in a group of people and like being the centre of attention and influencing those around them. Thus, ESFPs 1w2s are extraverts. The career recommendations made to ESFPs and 1w2s are also similar. Jobs such as real estate agent, social worker or psychologist are suited to both types. Thus, both personality types thrive in workplaces where they can engage with people and make a difference to society.


In this blog we looked at the ESFP 1w2 personality and their primary traits, their strengths and their weaknesses and the way these types approach their work and interpersonal relationships.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

FAQ on ‘ESFP 1w2’ :

How rare is ESFP?

ESFPs are rare and make up about 9% of the general population. Women are more likely to be ESFPs than men. It is the third most common MBTI for women and the seventh most common for men.

What Enneagram is ESFP?

EFSPs often receive a Type 7 as their enneagram type. The ESFPs dominant function, extraverted sensing, corresponds to the Type 7 enneagram or ‘The Enthusiast’. Both Type 7s and ESFPs are highly sociable and energetic.

What is the rarest enneagram type?

The rarest enneagram type is said to be Type 4 or the Individualist. Type 4s are hard to spot because they are usually introverts who like to keep to themselves.

Are ESFP manipulative?

ESFPs are not manipulative. However, they are one of the easiest personality types to manipulate. ESFPs are straightforward and are not usually sceptical of people, especially those they trust. This makes it easy for people to manipulate them.


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