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ENFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ENFJ personality type

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Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the ENFJ personality type is essential on the path of self-improvement and self-mastery. Leverage your infectious enthusiasm, grit, and altruistic perspective. Confront the need to rely on others for validation, maintain a rigid structure, and neglecting your own needs.

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Your ENFJ strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.


ENFJ Strengths

Natural strengths of an ENFJ
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Persuasion

ENFJs can be very persuasive. Their communication skills, reading the emotions of others, and charisma allow them to convince most others to do what they wish.

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Empathy

The ENFJ is naturally tuned in to the thoughts and feelings of others. The ability to empathize, seek out the underlying motivation, and connect with those around them provides the ENFJ great insight into how to communicate best to ensure their audience will hear the message.

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Benevolence

Driven by altruism, the ENFJ frames the world in ways that seek the greater good. They are often kind, compassionate, and will seek to understand those who have wronged them instead of holding a grudge.

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Reliability

ENFJs are mission-focused, and once that mission has been identified, there is little that can stop the ENFJ from completion. The desire to support and help others manifests as a reliable partner, friend, colleague, or another person that can be counted on.


ENFJ weaknesses

Natural areas where ENFJs could develop themselves
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Self-neglect

A hallmark characteristic of this personality type is acting in service of others. The challenge facing ENFJs is spreading themselves too thin, helping everyone else, and not addressing their own needs or desires.

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External Approval

The ENFJ finds joy in helping others, but these endeavors can hurt their psyche if their efforts aren't appreciated, desired, or effective. The ENFJ may rely too heavily upon the opinion and feedback of others.

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Impractical

Many ENFJs have a firm and formed moral compass. They may be unwilling to compromise on their principles when others don't share the same views. This overly idealistic perspective can act as an obstacle to taking concrete action.

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Conflict Avoidance

ENFJs tend to shy away from conflict. They prefer harmony and group consensus. However, if conflicts are avoided altogether when small and manageable, they may become large and unworkable.

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The strengths and weaknesses of an ENFJ are not set in stone. The strengths could be enhanced and the weaknesses diminished. This could result in the ENFJ readily taking on conflicts as they arise and standing more on their own two feet in the face of adversary.

 


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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.