ESTPs are down to earth, realistic, and spontaneous. They are masters of improvisation and will dive into a new adventure without a second thought if it seems interesting enough. Being the lovers of life that they are, entertainment is often a center focus of their lives. They thrive on action and do not like to sit idle doing nothing with their time. They are thrill seekers to the core and are always up for a challenge. Those with the ESTP personality type will have some eccentric qualities to their personality because their zest for life is really quite out of the ordinary. Even their career choices tend to be out of the ordinary and excitement driven. ESTPs themselves are spontaneous and entertaining people. They can garner the attention of those around them simply by being themselves because of their natural humor and stylish flair.
The dominant function of the ESTP personality type is Extraverted Sensing (Se). Se is all about the physical environment and what’s going on in the here and now. Any activity that relies on the 5 senses (taste, sight, touch, smell, and hearing) is where ESTPs really thrive. Typically anything new to their senses will be a big source of interest, food for example. ESTPs are also extremely perceptive of the world around them in the current moment. The present moment in general is very important to ESTPs. They do not like to worry too much about the future or the past, rather they like to focus on what’s going on right now. They like to make the most out of life and want to make each moment fun and exciting. They are very observant of their surroundings and can pick up on little details or changes in the environment that others seem to overlook. Even little changes in facial expressions or slight hand gestures can be easily read and analyzed. ESTPs can be incredibly hard to fool because of this and it gives them the upper hand when it comes to negotiating with people.
Introverted Thinking (Ti) is the auxiliary function of the ESTP personality type. With Ti they are able to understand the world and make sense of it logically. The world to an ESTP is made up of facts that the ESTP recognizes and accepts because they make sense. Ti is especially useful when there is a problem that needs to be solved or a method that needs to be improved. This is a second mode of operation and a more serious side to them compared to their fun loving Se dominant side. ESTPs are the masters of reading a situation and coming up with decisions on the fly but they certainly have the capability to plan as well, though they usually prefer not to. This is actually one of the biggest strengths that they possess because even without a plan they can do just as good, if not better than the next guy.
Extraverted Feeling (Fe) is their tertiary function and one of their weaker abilities but it nonetheless supports them throughout life. This is relevant in understanding how others are feeling. ESTPs in general tend to disregard the feelings of others, however, they often end up naturally developing their fe to a functioning degree at some point in their lives (usually in their mid 30s). Though they seldom rely on feelings in their daily living. ESTPs instead prefer to make decisions that are based on facts and logic rather than feelings.
Introverted Intuition (Ni) is the inferior function of the ESTP personality type. It is basically the opposite of Extraverted Sensing which is all about the present moment and taking action. Ni is about envisioning the future possibilities. This is the weakest ability that they possess and it often manifests itself in a negative manner. They can suffer from internal confusion and lack of motivation if they get stuck using their inferior Ni too much. This is one of the few times that these guys seriously stress themselves out because normally they are very easy going and relaxed.
Dominant function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)
Auxiliary function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Tertiary function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
Inferior function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)
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