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To understand the ESFJ’s development, we have to understand the hierarchy of mental functions for the ESFJ. The hierarchy of mental functions for the ESFJ is about which mental function (Sensing, Intuiting, Thinking or Feeling) the ESFJ is most comfortable with using and which they are least comfortable in using.
Without going too much into Type dynamics, let’s look at the ESFJ’s hierarchy of mental functions:
The ESFJ is most comfortable with using the Dominant Function Extraverted Feeling and least comfortable with the Inferior Function Introverted Thinking.
DEVELOPMENT OF EXTRAVERTED FEELING
As children, ESFJs will develop the Extraverted Feeling function. They deeply seek harmony and approval from their parents and will go all out of the way to please them.
They are highly sensitive to the social climate wherever they are, and will be deeply affected if there is rejection or disapproval. They are caring and compassionate children who have a heart for those around them.
If they have not properly developed this function, they may grow up to make erratic decisions or accept the judgments of others too easily.
DEVELOPMENT OF INTROVERTED SENSING
During puberty, ESFJs will start developing the auxiliary function, Introverted Sensing. They will show this development through their interest through action and activities in the real world as opposed to the use of their imagination.
They will also develop an interest in subjects that deal with facts like geography or the natural sciences. They will also display an extremely good memory both in their work and in their everyday life.
If they have not been allowed to develop this function, they may grow up to become judgmental; not seeing possibilities but making stubborn decisions without sufficient information.
Assuming an environment is supportive to their development, most ESFJs would have developed Extraverted Feeling and Introverted Sensing by 20 years old or so.
Their areas of improvement will most likely come from the underdeveloped sides of Extraverted Intuition and Introverted Thinking.
Here are some suggestions for improvement:
• Learn to state your stand assertively without getting too emotional
• Try to resolve conflicts instead of avoiding them
• Resist the urge to micromanage
• Give and receive negative feedback constructively
• Learn to accept uncertainties