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ESFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ESFJ personality type

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Just like any personality type, an ESFJ is a mixture of positives and negatives. As an ESFJ, you might want to be wary of the more pernicious aspects of your personality. Self-awareness is a universally appreciated trait.

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Tapping into those strengths and eliminating the inherent shortcomings, some ESFJs will out-perform others in their pursuit to the top.

ESFJ Strengths

Natural strengths of an ESFJ

Gracious and diplomatic

ESFJs demonstrate excellent social skills in a variety of situations. They are quite skilled at managing expectations, smoothing over hurt feelings, and harmonizing interpersonal relationships.


Warm and Sensitive

ESFJs are often aware of what others need before they say anything, and they derive great personal satisfaction from providing services to others in tangible ways.


Relationship Builders

As dedicated listeners, they are genuinely interested in the welfare of their acquaintances when they have the opportunity to catch up.


Relationship Builders

ESFJs often make excellent leaders. They have a knack for balancing each team member's needs and honouring their valuable contributions while maintaining their focus on the task at hand.

ESFJ weaknesses

Natural areas where an ESFJ could develop themselves

Need for affirmation

Everyone relies on feedback to know that they are valued. Highly sensitive to this need, ESFJs are constantly showing appreciation and showering encouragement on others. If these efforts go unreciprocated, an ESFJ may assume that they are not actually valued, and they risk spiralling into anxiety. Constructive feedback that is not couched in ample affirmation can lead to despair.


Insecurity regarding social status

ESFJs are motivated secure and maintain a desirable place for themselves in the social order. If they don't receive ample positive feedback, they may worry that they are not contributing enough, that they are a detriment to the group, or that their position within their social group or organization is in jeopardy. They may withhold valuable ideas and insights out of a fear of rejection.


Resistance to change

A primary reason ESFJs prefer standard procedures, rules, schedules, and familiar traditions is that they gain confidence through repeated successes. They worry that failing at something new could jeopardize their social status. They view unproven and unconventional ideas as risky not only because they may not work out, but because they may lead to social rejection.


Selfless to a fault

Eager to maintain order and harmony, ESFJs frequently place the needs of the group and other individuals before their own. This can lead to burn out and self-neglect. If their dedication is not reciprocated, ESFJs may develop resentment, feel taken advantage of, or feel rejected.

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ESFJs love to socialise, however losing their social status can cause tremendous stress for an ESFJ.


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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.