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ESTP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ESTP personality type

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It's important to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of an ESTP. Ironically, some of the strengths that naturally draw others to ESTPs are also some of their greatest weaknesses at the same time.

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

ESTP Strengths

Natural strengths of an ESTP

Ambitious Go-Getter

ESTPs love a challenge they can face head on in the moment. They are able to quickly analyze situations and find creative & innovative solutions for the immediate problem at hand.



One of an ESTPs greatest strengths is their natural social ability. Their outgoing, impulsive love for adventure naturally draws others towards them. Their energy is infectious and will always encourage you to enjoy every second, and to live in the moment.



ESTPs are quick to act, and thrive being able to think on their feet for immediate action in situations. They are known to think rationally and energetically solve any issue at hand with a can-do attitude.


Courageous and Motivated

With an ESTPs undying love for adventure, they are known for being risk-takers even if it means they can have a good time. Their courage to boldly be themselves constantly motivates those around them, and often pushes them outside of their comfort zones allowing them an amazing opportunity for growth.

ESTP weaknesses

Natural areas where ESTPs could develop themselves

Lack of Commitment

ESTPs do not enjoy making plans or being committed to anyone or anything long-term. This can make it difficult for others to stick around long-term because they feel their relationship (both friendship and love oriented) will never go beyond a surface level of interaction.



ESTPs tend to focus so much on their partners physical needs, they forget to take the time to hone in on their emotional needs. This can lead ESTPs to unintentionally do and/or say insensitive things to their partners.


Desire for Independence

ESTPs are sometimes so honed in on their desire for independence, it can lead them to shun authority. They believe they can get things done their own way, and move around long-term accepted structures and ideas.


Time Management

With their impulsiveness and constant need of adventure, ESTPs are known for lacking in their time management. They do not like to commit to projects, relationships, plans, etc. that require anything long-term. ESTPs will do their best to avoid committing to anything outside the realm of living in the moment or short-term plans/projects.

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The nature of weaknesses is that they can be overcome and strengths can be accentuated. An ESTP will benefit greatly from better managing their time, this can start with small things or in areas where it is needed most for them right then, whether that be with work, family or for themselves.


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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.