People of the
"Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging" personality
are sometimes called "The Caregivers ". ESFJs are interested in others, and are warm and energetic. They are able to turn the specific, detailed information they gather about others into supportive judgments. Because they want to be liked and want everything to be pleasant, they always support others. They also want to be in control. ESFJs and are good at reading others, and often change their own manner to be more pleasing to whoever they're with at the moment. People are fond of ESFJs, because they can make people feel good about themselves.
ESFJs are very dependable, and take their responsibilities with a serious attitude. They need security and stability, and focus on the details of life. They are so caring that they may have a hard time seeing or accepting a difficult truth about someone they care about.
The ESFJ's value system is defined outwardly. They usually have very well-formed ideas about the way things should be, and are willing to express these ideas. However, they balance their values and morals against the world around them, rather than against an internally formed value system. They may have a strong moral sense, but it is defined by the environment that they live in, rather than by internal values within themselves.
ESFJs who have been brought up well will be very unselfish, kind and generous. ESFJs who have not been raised properly may develop very questionable values, and may believe firmly in the truth of their distorted value system. They have no internal understanding of values to set them straight. In balancing their values against our society, they easily find support for whatever moral offense they wish to give a good explanation for. This type of ESFJ is a dangerous person. Extraverted Feeling drives them to control and manipulate, and their lack of Intuition prevents them from seeing the big picture. They are usually quite popular and good with manipulating and being with people. Unlike their ENFJ cousin, they don't have Intuition to help them understand the real consequences of their actions. They are driven to manipulate others to achieve their own wants, and yet they think that they are following a solid moral code of conduct.
ESFJs want to control their environment, seek resolution, and demand structure and organization. They are comfortable with planned environments, and do not like doing things which are abstract, theoretical, or impersonal. They enjoy creating order and structure, and are very good at things that require these kinds of skills. ESFJs should be careful about controlling people in their lives who do not wish to be controlled.
ESFJs respect and believe in the laws and rules of authority, and believe that others should do so as well. They're prefer to do things in the established way and is traditional. Their need for security drives their ready acceptance and adherence to the policies of the established system. This tendency may cause them to sometimes blindly accept rules without questioning or understanding them.
An ESFJ who has not developed properly may be quite insecure, and focus all of their attention on pleasing others. ESFJs have many of the traits that are associated with women in our society. However, male ESFJs do not appear feminine. They are typically quite conscious about gender roles and like playing a role that suits their gender in our society. Male ESFJs will be quite masculine (albeit sensitive when you get to know them), and female ESFJs will be very feminine.
ESFJs are warm, sympathetic, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, and energetic. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.
Produced for Thinkquest Internet Challenge 2000.
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