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ESTP - The "Persuader"

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ESTPs are action-loving, "here and now" realists with excellent people skills. Informal, risk-taking, fast-paced and adaptable, they are not always in agreeance with rules and regulations. They are tactical problem solvers that desire quick results. ESTPs, who present a friendly and enthusiastic face, are straightshooters that are able to handle criticism. See MyPersonality PRO™ for a full description of your personality type.

ESTP Representation



SP (Creator)

ESTP Population
Total: 10%
Male: 12.5%
Female: 7.5%

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About the ESTP
Expert Quotes & Links

"These are the ultimate realists. Extraverted Sensors are at one with objects and experiences now, in the only living, pulsing moment that ever really exists. The Sensor is compelled to see, touch, taste, smell and feel all that moves, wafts, tingles, tinkles, scintillates, vibrates or resonates"
- ESTP Profile (TypeLogic)

"Promoters are men and women of action. When someone of this personality is present, things begin to happen: the lights come on, the music plays, the game begins."
"likes to lead, likes sports, risk taker, tends to dominate conversations, fearless, can handle criticism"
- Jung Type Descriptions (ESTP) (
"Enthusiastic and excitable, ESTPs are "doers" who live in the world of action. Blunt, straight-forward risk-takers, they are willing to plunge right into things and get their hands dirty. They live in the here-and-now, and place little importance on introspection or theory. The look at the facts of a situation, quickly decide what should be done, execute the action, and move on to the next thing."
- Portrait of an ESTP (The Personality Page)

"At work, ESTPs contribute a straightforward attitude that calls on people to make things happen quickly. They keep things lively and are willing to take personal and organizational risks. They enjoy crises and like to dive right in and skillfully negotiate through them."
- ESTP - The Adventurer (Lifexplore)

Famous ESTPs

Real ESTP People

Fictional ESTPs (Characters)

  • Louie DePalma - Taxi
  • Sidney Falco - Sweet Smell of Success
  • Sonny Corleone - Godfather
  • Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
  • Tuco - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Vincent Vega - Pulp Fiction

ESTP Career Matches

ESTPs are often happy with the following jobs which tend to match well with the Persuader/Creator personality.

  • Agent
  • Auditor
  • Computer Technician
  • Craftsman
  • Computer Tech Support
  • Comedian
  • Carpenter
  • Driver
  • Detective
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineer
  • Firefighter
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Military
  • Marketer
  • Network Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Police
  • Sales Representative

ESTP Communities

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More ESTP Information

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