This section Distinguishing ESFJ and ENFJ is to help you verify your type if you're still unsure after doing the test and reading the type descriptions.

ESFJs and ENFJs are very different personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, the ENFJ belongs to the Idealist (NFs) type personality while the ESFJ belongs to the Guardian (SJs) type personality.

As such there are several distinguishing characteristics of both personalities that will easily help you clarify your type.

  • ENFJs often dress a little more uniquely while ESFJs often have a mainstream fashion sense.

    One clear distinction between the ENFJ and ESFJ is their fashion sense. ENFJs often have a unique, artsy feel to their dressing; it could be the outrageously coloured dyed hair or an interesting looking accessory. Either way, ENFJs do not give you a sense they are concerned about the current fashion trends.

    ESFJs are often very mainstream in their taste for fashion. They are fashionable, trendy, and love their material possessions. They often rely on tried and tested styles and hence have a preference for classic, branded products.  ESFJs dress well too, but unlike the ENFJs, they look like they have an understanding of what’s fashionable currently.

  • ENFJs use language as an art while ESFJs use it as a tool.

    ENFJs sees language as an art and often they enjoy using analogies, metaphors and play on words like puns to get their point across. When offended, they can be extremely good at using sarcasm to put down the other party. Hence, it is often very challenging to try to outtalk an ENFJ.

    ESFJs don’t use language in that way. They see language as a tool of connecting with others, and will speak literally. Their recollection and interpretation of events are literal; seldom will you hear any analogy or metaphors attributed to those events.

  •  ENFJs make great communicators while ESFJs make strong administrators.

    While both ENFJs and ESFJs are adept at connecting with people and leading them, ENFJs find their strength in articulating and communicating with language much more so than the ESFJ, who may have problems expressing themselves at times with the right words. Hence, ENFJs often find themselves in careers that have to deal with communication like Public Relations or Corporate Communications.

    ESFJs have a clear strength in administration. They are very good with details and are systematic in their approach to work. They take work step by step and therefore they do not miss details often. They could find themselves in careers that deal with a lot of data and detail like Finance, Accounting or Risk Management.

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These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing ESFJ and ENFJ. While there are other more subtle differences, the above-mentioned points are the more observable differences in behavior.

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