ENFP is an acronym which stands for extraversion, intuition, feeling and perception. It defines one of the sixteen personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI. This system of assessment was developed from the work of the famous psychiatrist Carl G.Jung by Isabel Briggs Myers, Katharine Cook Briggs, and Keirsey. Jung typed the personalities on the basis of his clinical observations. ENFP constitute about 7% of the world population; or 8% of of females, and 6% of men. In addition to gender, their occurrence is also influenced by geographical locations. Statistical data analysis reveals the occurrence of ENFPs is 7.6 % in American population, 6.3 % in U.K, 5.5% in New Zealand and 10.11% in the Australian population. The MBTI evaluates the personality on the criteria of an individual being extraverted or introverted, sensitive or intutive, a thinker or a feeler, and a perceiver or a judge.
1. Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama II, commonly known as Barack Obama, was born to Barack Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham, on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. He is the 44th and current President of the United States of America. He is the first African American to be elected the U.S. President. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School and taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Barack Obama is an ENFP according to the MBTI typology. The ENFP is described as some who inspires and as a champion. Obama has undoubtedly inspired the nation in the sense that it elected an African American without any hesitation to lead it. As it is typical for an ENFP to follow the heartfelt course, more than the timid and wise approach, he has shown this trait through his actions. Going after Osama bin Laden, he did not give any consideration relating to the international law about the sovereignty of a nation and ordered a direct intrusion into the boundaries of Pakistan, without any prior consultation, confidence building, or security sharing. He is highly interactive and communicates well both with the blacks and whites and with equal dexterity with good and bad guys.
2. Walt Disney
Walt Disney was born to Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, U.S. He died on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65 years in Burbank, California, U.S. He was an international icon, philanthropist, film producer, animator, voice actor, and screenwriter. He founded Walt Disney Production, currently known as The Walt Disney Company. It is one of the most popular motion picture producers in the world and generated about US$36 billion in the 2010. Disney was an ENFP and could predict the future of the company by looking at the big picture. He said, ‘I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” His creative capability is evidenced by the creation of characters like Micky Mouse. He won numerous awards and gave his name to Disney theme parks, found the world over.
3. Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born to Jane Lampton and John Marshall Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He died on April 21, 1910 at the age of 74 years in Redding, Connecticut, U.S. He was an American humorist and an ENFP type person. His works are regarded American classics and reflect upon his perception of things. He used to see the bigger picture of things in their abstract form and was always inclined to follow his heart. His novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885, is considered a great, if not the greatest, American novel.
4. Fidel Castro
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, commonly known as Fidel Castro, was born to Lina on August 13, 1926. He is a charismatic personality, and loves to communicate and interact. He was the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and was the President of Cuba from 1976 to 2008.On account of his inclination towards Soviet Union, the U.S. Governments of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy tried to remove him, but failed to do so. Castro is regarded an ENFP on account his being extraverted and for meeting the other criteria. He believes in expressing one’s ideas boldly. According to him, ‘Revolutionaries must proclaim their ideas courageously … and express their intentions so that no one is deceived’.
5. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born to Elizabeth Jane DeGeneres and Elliott Everett DeGeneres on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, United States. She is a stand up comedian and is best known for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she has hosted since 2003.She has won thirteen Emmy awards. A distinguishing feature of the ENFPs is that they care about others feelings and can communicate honestly whatever they feel, as DeGeneres did when she publicly expressed her feelings about her attraction towards the same sex. She opines that, ‘You’re not supposed to shove your feelings under the rug.’
Agathon was an Athenian poet of tragedy. Most of his works are lost. He is best known for his physical beauty. Plato mentioned about his appearance in his Symposium, when he was awarded the first prize. Aristophane also mentioned him in his works. As a playwright, Agathon met the King of Macedon. He was a very social and creative poet as he was the first poet to introduce the choral in Greek tragedy. Plato spoke highly of his personality and oratorical skills. He portrayed him as ‘a handsome young man, well dressed, of polished manners, courted by the fashion, wealth and wisdom of Athens, and dispensing hospitality with ease and refinement. The epideictic speech in praise of love which Agathon recites in the Symposium is full of beautiful but artificial rhetorical expressions’.
7. Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez was born to Hugo de los Reyes Chavez and Elena Frias de Chavez on July 28, 1954 and died on March 5, 2013 at the age of 58 years in Venezuela. He was the President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. He was an ENFP and as an extrovert was best known for his criticism against America, which he considered was responsible for the 2002 failed coup against him. He criticized the oil executives, the church, and the U.S.Government. He said, ‘The United States should be less concerned with being an empire and more concerned with their people who don’t have health insurance.’
8. Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was born to Sir William Wilde and Jane Francesca Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He died on November 30, 1900 at the age of 46 years in Paris, France. He was an extrovert, known for his satire. He lived in London and moved into its fashionable and social circles; being social is one of the distinguishing features of ENFPs. He was known for his glitzy dress and glittering conversation. He was inspired by Walter Pater and John Ruskin and was known for his involvement in the new and popular philosophy of aestheticism.
9. Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens, better known as Charles Dickens, was born to John Dickens and Elizabeth Dickens on February 7, 1812 at Landport, Portsmouth, and Hampshire, England. He died on June 9, 1870 at the age of 58 years at Gad’s Hill Palace, Hingham, Kent, England. Creativity is an outstanding trait of the ENFPs and Charles Dickens created some of the world’s most renowned fictional characters. He came into prominence in 1836 after the publication of The Pickwick Papers. He is regarded the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and his works like Oliver Twist and David Copperfield are considered English classics.
10. Anne Frank
Anne Frank was born to Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Hollander on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She died in early March, 1945 at the age of only 15 years, in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Lower Saxony, Nazi Germany. In July 1942 Anne went into hiding in Otto Frank’s office building, but having been betrayed she was ultimately sent to the Nazi concentration camp, where she died. Her story is preserved in The Diary of a Young Girl, written during the hiding. It reflects her ENFP traits. Nelson Mandela said he had ‘read Anne Frank’s diary on Robben Island and derived much encouragement from it’.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI, does not mean that the human personalities are confined in sixteen watertight compartments. MBTI is rather an indicator reflecting the most prominent traits and trends of a personality, and helps an individual and those around him or her realize their weaknesses and strengths. It is useful for job seekers to know where they should try to seek a job and it is helpful for the employers to enable them short-list the potential candidates.