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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Communicating with ENFPs


It's quite common for ENFPs to focus on people and their feelings more than data, facts, numbers, or analysis.  When speaking with ENFPs, you will want to show support, to cooperate, collaborate, and build rapport.  Many of them prefer people who are enthusiastic, and who openly display their feelings. 

ENFPs are often vocal people, so they will need time and opportunities to express themselves as well, and not just listen.  They are highly likely to participate in group activities or speak up in meetings.  Positive feedback is most effective when working with ENFPs.  They usually prefer those who help them, and provide suggestions or tips instead of people who want to order them around military-style. 

Most ENFPs will strongly resist efforts to control them.  They will often respond well to people who are inspiring and focus on the future and possibilities for improving the lives of others.  It pays to get to know ENFPs personally, as they usually appreciate the effort and will reciprocate.  Many ENFPs want to be acknowledged as individuals with unique talents and contributions to the group.

On the other hand, people who are very competitive, demanding, or judgmental will have a difficult time communicating with ENFPs.  They dislike those who use their position to make demands, regardless of how it affects people.  E.g., "You have to do it my way because I’m your boss and I'm ordering you to do it." 

Likewise, ENFPs dislike it when people purposely withhold information or new ideas.  Focusing exclusively on tasks will not make ENFPs happy.  Similarly, stating that something is "logical" or "obvious" will alienate many ENFPs.  What’s logical to one person might be nonsense to another.  Adhering rigidly to structure, rules, or procedures is not something most ENFPs like to do. 

Many of them are quite sensitive to criticism, and do not enjoy a "rigorous" debate, or long lists of facts or details.  Isolation is hard for many ENFPs, as is indifference, or being ignored by others.  Finally, be careful not to dismiss their feelings or emotions.


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