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ENFJ Overview

Key principles of the ENFJ personality type with global survey data

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ENFJs are drawn to callings that are greater than themselves. Full of idealism, ENFJs strive to impact the world and those around them in a positive way. They tend to relish the opportunity to do good, even if doing so is difficult. ENFJs are natural leaders, and forward thinkers. Their natural charisma and passion for doing good can helps inspire others. It is no surprise that many successful politicians and teachers are ENFJs. The joy it can give them to coach and help others and loved ones is their catalyst to reach self-actualisation.


ENFJ Principles

What are the core principles behind the ENFJ personality type?

Those with the ENFJ personality are natural-born leaders, supporters, and communicators. They can sense the motivations of others and gain fulfillment by helping others live to their full potential. Often, they occupy positions of power not because they crave leadership, but because they genuinely want the world to be a better place, and they are not comfortable sitting idly while no progress is made. ENFJs live with a solid moral compass that guides their decision-making, even when it isn't easy. The primary driver for the ENFJ personality is a sense of duty to what is best for the community.

A significant challenge for the ENFJ is that their high importance to the community can be detrimental. ENFJs are comfortable overlooking their own needs in service of others, but if left unchecked, they will suffer consequences.

In general, all ENFJs display these traits:

  • Their motivations are pure.
  • They are excellent communicators.
  • They can motivate, inspire, and support others to accomplish greatness.
  • They often put others before themselves.

Altruistic

ENFJs are motivated by a strong sense of altruism, often putting others before themselves to support the greater good. Their drive, occupation of leadership positions, and skills creating compromise stem from this desire to move humanity forward.

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It is the nature of the ENFJ to put others before themselves.

Passionate

Driven by the sense of a greater purpose beyond themselves, ENFJs pour themselves into their work. Their excitement is contagious to those around them, and it only serves to bolster and reinvigorate their sense of mission when others join the cause to accomplish something for the greater good.

Hard work comes easy when the ENFJ knows their work has meaning beyond themselves.

Inspiring

With pure motives, excellent communications skills, and enthusiasm to share, the ENFJ excels at inspiring others to work alongside them. ENFJs are perceptive of the emotions and feelings of those around them and can tailor their messaging appropriately to ensure their audience hears the message in a way that lands.

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The ENFJ's charm, wit, and charisma ignite inspiration in others.

Determination

With burning, altruistic motives, it should be no surprise that ENFJs finish what they start. They have the grit and gumption to follow through on their work, and their code of ethics is such that if they give you their word that something will be done, you can trust them entirely that it will.

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Unwilling to let others down, the ENFJ keeps to their word.


Data: ENFJ World Heatmap

What is the global distribution of the ENFJ personality type?

Which countries have the highest percentage of ENFJs? Is this type more common in certain countries? Use our research data to find out.

Figure 1: Percent of population with ENFJ type

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What this chart shows

This heatmap shows the percent of each country's population who are ENFJ. This helps us to easily identify global distribution of this personality type. For example we see Chile has a high proportion of ENFJs and Fiji has a low proportion of ENFJs.

Notes:
  • 1. Countries with less than 0.001% share of global population have not been included due to sample size.
  • 2. n=27985
  • 3. Population: all
  • 4. Live dataset last updated:

Figure 2: Regions with highest and lowest percent of ENFJ types

Top ten countries with highest and lowest percent of respondents with ENFJ personality type

regions with highest percent

What this chart shows

This chart shows the top ten countries with the highest proportion of people with ENFJ personality type and ten countries with the lowest proportion of people with ENFJ personality type.

Notes:
  • 1. Countries with less than 0.001% share of global population have not been included due to sample size.
  • 2. n=27985
  • 3. Population: all
  • 4. Live dataset last updated:

ENFJ: The Four Letters Explained

What does ENFJ stand for?

The four letters of the ENFJ personality stand for: (E)xtraverted, i(N)tuitive, (F)eeling, and (J)udging. Let's consider each of these four traits.

extraverted

Extraverted

(I)ntroverted vs (E)xtraverted

An extravert is a social, assertive, and energetic individual, who is comfortable interacting with the external world. They prefer exploring the wider environment than their own internal thought processes, and find alone time to be demotivating.

  • Prefer spending time with people
  • Full of energy and enthusiasm
  • Large social networks
  • Prefer talking to writing
  • Enjoys meeting new people

Introverts and extraverts can be separated based on how they regain energy. Introverts prefer minimally stimulating environments, and they need time alone to recharge. Extraverts refuel by being with others.

intuitive

Intuitive

I(N)tuitive vs (S)ensing

Intuitive types focus on impressions or underlying patterns of information they see. They prefer learning by thinking it through rather than by hands-on experience.

  • Remember the sense of events
  • Read between the lines and looks for meaning.
  • Like to see the big picture
  • Daydream about possibilities
  • Make decisions based on hunches

Intuitive types take a high-level view and may experience dissatisfaction when attention to detail is required. People with an Intuition preference doubt and test everything. They value innovation and imagination, and present information through figures of speech.

feeling

Feeling

(T)hinking vs (F)eeling

Feeling types follow their emotions, feelings, and personal moral principles when making key decisions. Congruence with personal principles is essential to them. When solving problems or making choices, emotional intelligence is preferred over cold rationality.

  • Expresses empathy
  • Follows their heart
  • Truly believes in their principles
  • Shows emotional intelligence
  • Is guided by emotion

Feeling types are deeply empathetic, readily sympathizing with those around them. As a result, they are recognized for their interpersonal warmth and genuine concern for others.

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Judging

(J)udging vs (P)erceiving

Judging types approach life in a structured, organized and carefully calibrated way, creating plans to help them achieve their goals. Schedules and to-do lists are comforting to them. They prefer knowing what they are getting into and feel frustrated in situations of ambiguity and change.

  • Act decisively
  • Organized and structured
  • Are finishers. They like plans and deadlines.
  • Like closure
  • Prefer structured setting

Judging types gain a sense of control by taking charge of their environment. They are self-disciplined and decisive, going for closure at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid stress.


Data: What percentage of people are ENFJ?

Which MBTI® type is the rarest and which is the most common?

Figure 3: Global distribution of ENFJ types

How does the percent of ENFJ type people compare with other types?

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What this chart shows

This chart highlights the percentage of the population who are ENFJ. We see that INTJ is the rarest and ESTJ is the most common. ENFJ is roughly in the middle at 4.9% of the population.

Notes:
  • 1. n=29746
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Data: ENFJ Age Statistics

Are ENFJs more or less likely to be in a particular age group?

Figure 4: percentage of ENFJ types by age

How does the proportion of ENFJ types vary by age?

ENFJ by age

What this chart shows

This chart shows what percent of each age group are ENFJ.

Notes:
  • 1. n=40574
  • 2. Population: Global
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Data: ENFJ Genders

Survey data on ENFJ types by genders

ENFJs are mostly female (60.2%) with 39.4% female and 0.3% other.

Figure 5: Type ENFJ by gender

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What this chart shows

The split between genders across the ENFJ population is 60.2% female, 39.4% male, 0.3% other. Compared to the average population, ENFJs have a higher proportion of females.

Notes:
  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: global
  • 3. Dataset last updated:
  • 4. Data is derived from users' self-report responses to the question "What is your gender?"

 


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.