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ESFJ - The "Supporter"

Jungian Personality Types, Take the Personality Test

ESFJs are social butterflies that value relationships, supporting and nurturing others. Never one to shy away from social events, they are often the host. They are great encouragers of teamwork. ESFJs are responsible, dutiful, observe traditions and follow rules. ESFJs have a deep concern for others and often end up as caretakers. They are sensitive to criticism and have a need to be appreciated for the good they do for others. ESFJs are understanding, generous, have a quick wit and a knack for composition and beautification. See MyPersonality PRO™ for a full description of your personality type.

ESFJ Representation



SJ (Protector)

ESFJ Population
Total: 12%
Male: 7%
Female: 17%

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About the ESFJ
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"Guardians of birthdays, holidays and celebrations, ESFJs are entertainers. They enjoy and joyfully observe traditions and are liberal in giving, especially where custom prescribes."
- ESFJ Profile (TypeLogic)

"ESFJs are people persons - they love people. They are warmly interested in others. They use their Sensing and Judging characteristics to gather specific, detailed information about others, and turn this information into supportive judgments. They want to like people, and have a special skill at bringing out the best in others. They are extremely good at reading others, and understanding their point of view. The ESFJ's strong desire to be liked and for everything to be pleasant makes them highly supportive of others."
- Portrait of an ESFJ (The Personality Page)

"...values relationships and families over intellectual pursuits, group oriented, follows the rules..."
- Jung Type Descriptions (ESFJ) (
"...take it upon themselves to arrange for the health and welfare of those in their care, but they are also the most sociable of all the SJs, and thus are the great nurturers of established institutions such as schools, businesses, churches, social clubs, and civic groups."
"At work, ESFJs contribute their ability to cooperate with others and to complete tasks in a timely and accurate way. They respect rules and authority, and handle daily operations efficiently. They tend to be well informed and up-to-date on organizational actions that matter to people. They do what they can to make sure that personal relationships are running smoothly. Because they pay close attention to people's needs and wants, they are often involved in work activities that meet people's practical, day-to-day desires."
- ESFJ - The Helper (Lifexplore)

Famous ESFJs

Real ESFJ People

Fictional ESFJs (Characters)

ESFJ Career Matches

ESFJs are often happy with the following jobs which tend to match well with the Supporter/Protector personality.

  • Accountant
  • Administrator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Counselor
  • Child Care
  • Church Worker
  • Dental Assistant
  • Family Doctor
  • Human Resources
  • Homemaker
  • Marketer
  • Nurse
  • Office Manager
  • Organization Leader
  • Researcher
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Receptionist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Worker
  • Trainer
  • Teacher

ESFJ Communities

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More ESFJ Information

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