or as I call it, the puppy dog of the world. Jumping up and down going "Like me like me like me!!"
Is this me or what?
From D. Keirsey:
The Champion Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in accomplishing their aims, and informative and extraverted when relating with others. For Champions, nothing occurs which does not have some deep ethical significance, and this, coupled with their uncanny sense of the motivations of others, gives them a talent for seeing life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil. This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population, but they have great influence because of their extraordinary impact on others. Champions are inclined to go everywhere and look into everything that has to do with the advance of good and the retreat of evil in the world. They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives. And then they are eager to relate the stories they've uncovered, hoping to disclose the "truth" of people and issues, and to advocate causes. This strong drive to unveil current events can make them tireless in conversing with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out.
Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part of themselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience. Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in some danger of losing touch with their real feelings, which eNFps possess in a wide range and variety. In the same vein, eNFps strive toward a kind of spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to "be themselves" is usually communicated nonverbally to others, who find it quite attractive. All too often, however, eNFps fall short in their efforts to be authentic, and they tend to heap coals of fire on themselves, berating themselves for the slightest self-conscious role-playing.
From Marina Margaret Heiss:
General: ENFPs are both "idea"-people and "people"-people, who see everyone and
everything as part of an often bizarre cosmic whole. They want to both help (at least, their
own definition of "help") and be liked and admired by other people, on bo th an individual
and a humanitarian level. They are interested in new ideas on principle, but ultimately
discard most of them for one reason or another.
Social/Personal Relationships: ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate
them to the more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality. They are outgoing, fun, and
genuinely like people. As SOs/mates they are warm, affectionate (l ots of PDA), and
disconcertingly spontaneous. However, attention span in relationships can be short; ENFPs
are easily intrigued and distracted by new friends and acquaintances, forgetting about the
older ones for long stretches at a time. Less mature E NFPs may need to feel they are the
center of attention all the time, to reassure them that everyone thinks they're a wonderful
and fascinating person.
ENFPs often have strong, if unconvential, convictions on various issues related to their
Cosmic View. They usually try to use their social skills and contacts to persuade people
gently of the rightness of these views; his sometimes results in their negle cting their nearest
and dearest while flitting around trying to save the world.
Work Environment: ENFPs are pleasant, easygoing, and usually fun to work with. They come
up with great ideas, and are a major asset in brainstorming sessions. Followthrough tends to
be a problem, however; they tend to get bored quickly, especially if a newer, more interesting
project comes along. They also tend to be procrastinators, both about meeting hard deadlines
and about performing any small, uninteresting tasks that they've been assigned. ENFPs are
at their most useful when working in a group w ith a J or two to take up the slack.
ENFPs hate bureaucracy, both in principle and in practice; they will always make a point of
launching one of their crusades against some aspect of it.
From Joe Butt (man, what an unfortunate name):
ENFPs are friendly folks. Most are really enjoyable people. Some of the most soft-hearted
people are ENFPs.
ENFPs have what some call a "silly switch." They can be intellectual, serious, all business
for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN
WILDCHILD, the scourge of the swimming pool, ticklers par excellence. Som etimes they
may even appear intoxicated when the "switch" is flipped.
One study has shown that ENFPs are significantly overrepresented in psychodrama. Most
have a natural propensity for role-playing and acting.
ENFPs like to tell funny stories, especially about their friends. This penchant may be why
many are attracted to journalism. I kid one of my ENFP friends that if I want the sixth fleet to
know something, I'll just tell him.
ENFPs are global learners. Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP, which may unnerve
more precise thinking types, especially with such things as piano practice ("three quarter
notes or four ... what's the difference?") Amazingly, some ENFPs are adept at exacting
disciplines such as mathematics.
Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their
end of the relationship, sometimes being victimized by less caring individuals. ENFPs are
energized by being around people. Some have real difficulty being alone , especially on a
One ENFP colleague, a social worker, had such tremendous interpersonal skills that she put
her interviewers at ease during her own job interview. She had the ability to make strangers
feel like old friends.
ENFPs sometimes can be blindsided by their secondary Feeling function. Hasty decisions
based on deeply felt values may boil over with unpredictable results. More than one ENFP
has abruptly quit a job in such a moment.
The physical world, both geos and kosmos, is the ENFP's primary source of information.
Rather than sensing things as they are, dominant intuition is sensitive to things as they might
be. These extraverted intuitives are most adept with patterns and connections. Their natural
inclination is toward relationships, especially among people or living things.
Intuition leans heavily on feeling for meaning and focus. Its best patterns reflect the
interesting points of people, giving rise to caricatures of manner, speech and expression.
Auxiliary feeling is nonverbally implied more often than it is openly expressed. When
expressed, this logic has an aura of romance and purity that may seem out of place in this
flawed, imperfect world. In its own defense, feeling judgement frequently and fleetly gives
way to humor. ENFPs who publicize their feelings too often may put off some of the crowd of
friends they naturally attract.
Thinking, the process which runs to impersonal conclusions, holds the extraverted tertiary
position. Used on an occasional basis, ENFPs may benefit greatly from this ability. Less
mature and lacking the polish of higher order functions, Thinking is not well suited to be used
as a prominent function. As with other FP types, the ENFP unwary of Thinking's limitations
may find themselves most positively mistaken.
Sensing, the least discernible ENFP function, resides in the inner world where reality is
reduced to symbols and icons--ideas representing essences of external realities. Under the
influence of the ever-present intuition, the ENFP's sensory perceptions are in danger of
being replaced by hypothetical data consistent with pattern and paradigm. When it is
protected and nourished, introverted sensing provides information about the fixed. From such
firm anchoring ENFPs are best equipped to launch into thousands of plausibilities and
curiosities yet to be imagined.
Perhaps the combination of introverted Feeling and childlike introverted Sensing is
responsible for the silent pull of ENFPs to the wishes of parents, authority figures and
friends. Or perhaps it's the predominance of indecisive intuition in combination with the
ambiguity of secondary Fi and tertiary Te that induces these kind souls to capitulate even
life-affecting decisions. Whatever the dynamic, ENFPs are strongly influenced by the
opinions of their friends.
Franz Joseph Haydn, composer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Will Rogers, humorist
Theodor "Dr." Seuss Geisel, children's author (The Cat in the Hat)
Mickey Rooney, actor
James Dobson, "Focus on the Family"
Andy Rooney, television news commentator
Carol Burnett, comedian
Paul Harvey, radio announcer
Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched)
Bill Cosby, comedian, actor (Ghost Dad)
Dom Delouise, actor
Dave Thomas, owner of Wendy's hamburger chain
Lewis Grizzard, newspaper columnist
I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University
Martin Short, actor-comedian
Meg Ryan, actress (When Harry Met Sally)
Robin Williams, actor, comedian (Dead Poet's Society, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Sandra Bullock, actress (Speed, While You Were Sleeping)
Robert Downey (Heart and Souls)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)
Dr. Doug Ross (ER)
Balkie (Perfect Strangers)
Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
So, what do you think?