ESFJ and ESFP
section Distinguishing ESFJ and ESFP is to help you verify your type if you're still unsure after doing the test and reading the type descriptions.
ESFJs and ESFPs have one preference difference, they can be quite different
personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, the ESFJ belongs
to the Guardian (SJs) type personality and the ESFP belongs to the Artisan
(SPs) type personality.
are very similar in orientation, a few slight differences in behavior will
likely help you distinguish the two.
tend to appear more serious during work than ESFPs.
In the social context, ESFJs and ESFPs appear
very similar, almost indistinguishable. However, when it comes to working,
ESFJs put on a work hat and can appear very task-oriented and serious, appearing
more like an ESTJ at times. Sometimes their intensity in their work can come
across as overbearing.
ESFPs are playful, even at work. It does not
mean that they take their work any less seriously; it is just simply that they
enjoy doing work with a light-hearted, friendly atmosphere. Sometimes, their
playfulness can be deemed by others as being not committed to their work.
find it harder to give up memories than ESFPs.
ESFJs are more past-oriented than ESFPs. The
ESFJs will find it much harder to move on from past relationships; they often
have a problem forgetting the emotions of the past and therefore often tell others
they cannot move on. If they have a hurt from a past relationship, they are far
more likely to carry it to the present and become afraid of similar hurts in
future potential relationships.
ESFPs tend to live in the moment. They move on
from old relationships with much more ease than the ESFJs. Although they can
still recall the memories of the past, one will find that they do not seem
carry the baggage of past hurts into the present. They are likely to forget the
emotions arising from past relationships and will plunge into a new
relationship when a suitable partner comes along.
appear more organized, and responsible compared to ESFPs.
ESFJs are more
organized in their lives than ESFPs. ESFJs often do their best to serve the
institutions they belong to, like family, church or company. In fact, they may
even feel that they’re not contributing enough, even though they are
overworking themselves already. As such, ESFJs often come across as being
highly responsible people.
are disorganized with their schedules, unless they have had appropriate
cultural training. ESFPs don’t feel the same obligation to serve the
institutions they belong to; not to say they don’t serve, but that they rarely
feel they’re not doing enough. They also highly value their personal freedom
and hence sometimes come across as irresponsible to others.
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These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing ESFJ and ESFP. While there are other more subtle differences, the above-mentioned points are the most observable differences in behavior.
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