(Source: personality cafe, user Stars an INFP)
Three different flavors of ENFP
There are many different type of ENFP and coming from someone whose two best friends are ENFP, who knows several other very good ENFP friends in real life and who has dated an ENFP girl, I feel like I’m at least a little qualified to comment on some of the different ENFPs I’ve met. I think that alot of their differences are related to their Enneagram Types. The three most common Types for ENFP are Type 2, Type 7 and Type 4. I know that some ENFPs are not among these Types but I can’t really comment on them. My apologies. Also, this is by no means the whole truth about ENFP subtypes. This is just my opinion based on the experience of spending years upon years with so many ENFPs. That being said, here’s what I see:
Type 2 ENFP
Like most ENFPs, they’re quite silly and strange. Unlike the Type 7 and Type 4 ENFPs, Type 2s don’t really show this silliness until you’re good friends with them, out of fear that it would be off-putting and unappealing. The face they show to the world is one of sunshine, happiness and good will towards others. They’re masters at making you feel good all over and can easily be mistaken for ENFJs. Even better, this happiness is contagious and makes you want to be more loving…and also more productive at your job. This Type seems very common to me among the youth pastors I’ve met. More frequently found in leadership positions than Type 7 ENFP or Type 4 ENFP. Unhealthy people of this Type basically epitomize Histrionic Personality Disorder: Flirtatious and attention-seeking to the extreme, with an almost toxic reaction to anyone disapproving of them.
Type 7 ENFP
In Type 7 ENFPs, the weirdness is about as upfront and blatant. They scare the hell out of “normal” people and like it that way. So do I. The ENFP tendency to be fascinated by everyone and everything is amplified here. They’re frequently fans of crude humor and I’d bet a lot of 4chan/Encyclopedia Dramatica users are this type. Conversations with them are usually amazing to me because they know so much and they’re so interested in talking about all of it. They have a wide range of talents and they work hard at mastering them. More likely than the other two types to behave aggressively and rudely towards others. They’re nice people but their sensitivity doesn’t really come out until you explain to them that you’re in trouble. After that they become very loyal and will sacrifice a lot to help you.
Type 4 ENFP
Type 4 ENFPs are also upfront eccentrics, but whereas the Type 7 wants to be eccentric for the sake of it, the Type 4 uses eccentricity as a means to be admired. Sense of humor is sometimes crude but is usually very witty. Female Type 4 ENFPs are quite sweet and bubbly. Both genders are amazing to talk to; they’re much easier to talk to about serious subjects than either 2 or 7, and they long for deep connections. Archetype of the hopeless romantic or melodramatic is frequently found in them. They want to get to know your heart, mind and soul. Tends to wear stylish, multi-colored clothing. Hippie fashion is also very common. Unhealthy Type 4 ENFPs are quite competitive with those around them and feel hurt, ashamed and envious when they don’t measure up to everyone elses performances. If left unchecked, this envy sometimes turns into full-on spite.