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Type theory

ESFJ - Providers

ESFJs are keen to maintain their integrity; they are mindful of their work ethic, and also issues of morality, dutifulness and dependability. They enjoy helping others even to the point of self-sacrifice; they require recognition for their efforts however, expecting others to reciprocate. ESFJs are outgoing and friendly, and excel in occupations that involve personal contact. They are good at understanding different points of view and are caring, kind and sympathetic. ESFJs enjoy being in charge and like to attempt tasks as part of a process via a step by step approach. ESFJs have a strong work ethic; in groups they are highly organized and strive for a sense of belonging, both for themselves and for other group members. 13% of the total population.

Personality traits

  • Most sociable of all types
  • Kind and sympathetic
  • Providers; enjoy helping others
  • Warm and engaging
  • Generous
  • Loyal, dependable and dutiful
  • Value security and stability
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Persevere
  • Devoted
  • Respect the rights of seniority
  • Approval-seeking

Interesting facts

  • Most likely than any other type to stay in college.
  • May assume that everything they read is authoritative.
  • Crushed by personal criticism.
  • Statistically below average among people suffering from substance abuse.
  • May assume that they already know what other people want, and may not listen hard enough to their needs.
  • Happiest when given the appreciation they deserve.
  • Sensitive to the feelings of others.
  • May neglect their own needs.

Common careers

  • education
  • physicians
  • entrepreneurs
  • lawyers
  • sales representatives
  • nurses
  • social workers
  • retail owners
  • receptionists
  • real estate agents

Famous ESFJs

  • Barbara Walters
  • Gerald Ford
  • Sam Walton
  • Martha Stewart
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Larry King

Quotes by famous ESFJs:

  • "It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man." - Barbara Walters
  • "To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling." - Barbara Walters
  • "Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time." - Gerald R. Ford
  • "The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself." - Gerald R. Ford
  • "We're all working together; that's the secret." - Sam Walton
  • "I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas." - Martha Stewart
  • "This is what truly interests us, why we all come to work every day ... our passion is and always should be to make life better." - Martha Stewart
  • "If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers." - Ed Sullivan
  • "Getting your house in order and reducing the confusion gives you more control over your life. Personal organization somehow releases or frees you to operate more effectively." - Larry King
  • "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening." - Larry King

Hobbies and recreation

  • volunteer in the community
  • president of a club or society
  • hosting the family holiday dinner
  • throwing a party for friends
  • church volunteer
  • planning the annual treasure hunt
  • debate society
  • cooking
  • competitive sports