This blog provides a brief guide to the ESFP 4w3 personality type. SFP is a personality type derived from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality system. And 4w3 is one of the personality types outlined in the Enneagram of Personality. We will begin by covering the primary traits, strengths, weaknesses and other features of the ESFP and 4w3 personality types. We will then look at the likelihood of these two types occurring together.
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
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.
4w3 (The Enthusiast):
4w3 (4 wing 3) is an enneagram type. It indicates Type 4 personality with a 3 wing. This means that this personality primarily has Type 4 traits, but also a few of Type 3. 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.
According to the Enneagram, every personality type can be coupled with characteristics from one of its neighbouring personality types. Thus, type 4 is divided into two types: Type 4w3 and 4w5. 4w3s are creative, intelligent and full of life. They openly express their unique personalities and aim to impact society in positive and noticeable ways.
The basic fear of 4w3s is a fear that they are not significant or have no impact on the world. They fight this fear by constantly working to stand out and distinguish themselves from other people. Their basic desire is for a sense of uniqueness and individuality. They try to be as authentically different as possible, often resorting to creativity and self-expression to do so. However, in an effort to be different they may unintentionally adapt characteristics of others and thereby lose some authenticity. Their obsession with standing out can make them envious and sensitive to criticism.
Type 4s are not usually forthcoming, but the 3 wing gives them the courage to take risks and become less self-centred. The 3 wing also makes them more productive and action-oriented than other type 4s. It helps them go beyond their fantasies to actually implementing their ideas. 4w3s are good at marketing their work and predicting people’s reactions which makes it more likely that their work is appreciated by others. Compared to Type 3s, 4w3s are easily overwhelmed by their emotions which can affect their work. They are big spenders compared to their counterparts, 4w5s, who tend to be quiet thrifty.
· Deeply self-aware
· In tune with others needs and motivations
· Creative thinkers
· Consistently genuine and authentic
· React emotionally to difficulties and stress
· Highly image-conscious
· Self-doubt and insecurity
· Excessive approval seeking
· Grandiose sense of self
4w3s at work:
This personality type is made up of a combination of type 3 and 4 traits which makes them creative and ambitious people. They are drawn to work environments that foster their creative potential and allow them to engage with other people. 4w3s are very self-aware and enjoy expressing this awareness artistically.
Jobs that 4w3s are well suited for include: performer, writer, artist, photographer, stylist, music/dance teacher, journalist, motivational speaker.
4w3s in relationships:
Most Type 4s are introverted. But the 3 wing draws 4w3s out of their shells and into social and group settings. Because of their belief that they are different or exceptional, 4w3s often believe that others don’t understand them or don’t love them enough. However they are very self-aware and empathetic friends to have around. Additionally, they are good at anticipating the reactions of others which they use to their advantage in social interactions.
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 4w3.
Most Type 4s are dominant in the introverted intuiting function. Thus, personality types such as INFJ and INFP is more likely to co-occur with Type 4s than ESFPs. The type 4’s goals are twofold: self-awareness and self-expression. The first goal of self-awareness and the accompanying identity seeking behaviour is in line with MBTI types that have a dominant introverted intuiting function.
However, the second goal of self-expression is more in line with extraversion, which suggests that some 4w3s may identify as ESFPs. And indeed characteristics such as sensitivity to others emotions and a desire for love and acceptance are something 4w3s have in common with ESFPs. The 3 wing adds practicality to the mindset of 3w4s, which is also seen in ESFPs. Additionally, 4w3s are more likely to be extraverted than other Type 4s.
In this guide, we looked at ESFPs and 4w3s. We began by examining the traits, strengths, weaknesses and other aspects of these two types individually. We then shifted our focus to the likelihood of these two personality types co-occurring as ESFP 4w3.
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FAQ on ‘ESFP 4w3’:
What enneagram is ESFP?
ESFPs are most commonly associated with Type 7 on the enneagram. ESFPs dominant function, extraverted sensing, is linked to type 7. ESFP Type 7s tend to be very social and energetic.
What is the rarest Enneagram type?
The rarest Enneagram type is said to be Type 4. This is often because Type 4s go unnoticed because they tend to be introverted and withdrawn.
Are ESFP manipulative?
ESFPs are not usually manipulative. However, they are very trusting and take most tings at face value. This makes it easier for other people to manipulate them.
Who should an ESFP marry?
ESFPs are compatible with ISTJs and ISFJs which makes these personality types good marital partners. However, two healthy individuals can enjoy a good marital relationship, irrespective of personality compatibility.
What do the wings mean in Enneagram?
Wings refer to the type on either side of your basic enneagram personality type, on which you have the highest score. For example, if you test as a 2, your wings will either be 1 or 3, depending on which one has the higher score.
Can you be two Enneagram types?
It is not possible to have two Enneagram types. However, some types have traits in common, such as 1w2s and 2w1s. Additionally, types 7 and 1 often have traits in common.