ENFP vs. INFP
ENFP: Ne Fi Te Si
INFP: Fi Ne Si Te
-The #1 difference between ENFPs and INFPs is that ENFPs tend to question their extroversion, while INFPs know for sure that they’re introverted. ENFPs often feel conflicted between their love of connecting with people, and their need for alone time to self-reflect. On the other hand, INFPs tend to be very sure about their preference for being in their own company.
-ENFPs, being extroverts (and prone to Ne-Te loops), are more at risk of losing touch with their personal feelings in pursuit of external validation and control, especially when stressed, and may have a tendency to run away from their problems by seeking sensory stimulation. INFPs are more at risk of losing touch with the outside world based in reality - they are more comfortable inside their own head than without, and may feel paralyzed to avoid taking action when under stress.
-ENFPs, who thrive on the energy of novel and exciting ideas and territory as yet unexplored, can jump into new projects without doing a lot of critical thinking about the logistics ahead of time. INFPs, on the other hand, feel that they need to figure out how things work (and especially how THEY feel about a new venture) BEFORE they’re comfortable jumping in with both feet.
-ENFPs are more likely to enjoy being the recipient of attention (though they may feel a need to retreat from it every once in a while to recharge). INFPs would rather be behind the scenes than in the spotlight.
-ENFPs, who lead with Ne, will speculate and brainstorm first, and then decide how they feel about it second. INFPs, who are more comfortable in their own head, will hang back and decide how they feel about something first, and then brainstorm second. ENFPs will leap before they look, jumping headlong into new projects first before withdrawing to decide how they feel about it. INFPs will first analyze whether the idea or project lines up with their own authentic selves, and only then will they determine which option best reflects who they are.
-When comforting a loved one who is upset, an ENFP will be more likely to offer concrete suggestions that make the person feel empowered in their own ability to get through the hardship. INFPs, on the other hand, will respond by validating that the person’s feelings are legitimate, and try to gently nudge the person into changing the context of the situation so that they feel differently about it (even if the situation itself has not changed).
-ENFPs search for the different physical experiences they can have, and often struggle to settle on just one thing - they don’t want to feel constricted. INFPs instead will fantasize about the emotions associated with concrete experiences.
-ENFPs are friendly, open, and accommodating to new people (although being such does not necessarily mean that they feel comfortable revealing their true selves to others). INFPs take a much longer time to reveal their true selves to others, and will only really do it after they feel that the person is somebody they can trust. ENFPs also tend to come off as energetic and excitable around others, while INFPs are excitable only around people that they know and trust.
-ENFPs prefer to engage with people in order to learn about them, while INFPs are much more comfortable observing from afar.