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    Senior Member Gauche's Avatar
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    Default How to distinguish ESFP and ENFP?

    Well, how could one distinguish ESFP and ENFP?

    Tell me concrete examples in particular.


    Why do I ask? Because I have a strange feeling, you know, that there are many ESFPs who are being typed as ENFP, but actually they are ESFPs. How do you see it?

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    We act the same, so its hard.
    ESFP's can be flaky and unobservant and miss things, which make us look very un S-like. (I'm not sure why we are this way, I used to think I was an N for this reason.)
    ENFP's can be the same way.
    We both may appear to be boundlessly happy and silly all the time. But there is a very fundamental difference in our thinking. Since you can't read minds, its hard to tell.

    Usually I can tell because ESFP's will talk about facts and details in their stories, and use no imagination
    ENFP's are more likely to trail off into "wouldn't it have been funny if I said this" or "I wonder what would happen if," or "I can picture so-and-so doing this." and its actually not facts at all, really, its theory, (even if its not always theory in the intellectual sense.) Also, I think ENFP's may be more likely to be caught in the act of exaggerrating something that happened or change it around a bit, or miss important details in general.

    Its definitely not in the actions, anyway, its all in the conversation.

    I wish I could think of a good example but I can't right now. I'm at a loss for example.

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    We're both awesome, so who cares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChick View Post
    We're both awesome, so who cares.
    +1.

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    i think short has a point...do they take things literal or not? i think n's translate things in multiple ways at once and go with whatever vibe they think is correct or interests them more....i think we trail off in tangents and may forget our original point.

    also i think we may seem like our thoughts are somewhere else most of the time...and they are.

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    Arent ESFP's also more conscious of how they look? I don't mean that in a bad way, but for instance, they'll like play around with nailpolish and experiment with crazy accessories like us, but we're a bit more nonchalant and chaotic about it so it turns out less..organized as a whole. Also, we're more likely to like have our blouse on inside-out and bump into things, I'm sure. Seriously am jealous at that, since I like taking care of my appearance but somehow always seem to lack their attention to detail.
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    I can go DAYS without looking in the mirror, much to my family's :horor:.

    I didn't think this was an ENFP thing though, perhaps it is?
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    right that's a good point...how likely are they to run into a wall? haha

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    Oh same here, but when I do make an effort, I like it to be...well..as close to perfect as possible. And somehow I always fumble it up *grin*
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    I've noticed that too. Here's some stuff I pulled out of my bum to help differentiate between the two:

    When an ExFP describes someone, see if the content of the description is physical (ESFP) or a shameless attempt at psychoanalysis (ENFP).

    When discussing philosophy, does the ExFP get bored after 5 minutes and change the subject (ESFP), or come up with some bull s#!t theory of their own made up on the spot (ENFP). I'd say in general, the more bull s#!tty and out-there the theory, the more ENFP they'll be.

    Lastly, and this is from personal experience, ESFPs and ENFPs react very differently to criticism. The ESFP typically gets defensive and pretends not to care, or starts blabbing about why they shouldn't care. The ENFP will panic for a second, put on a brave face, then retreat to a private place to meditate and lick their wounds.

    I tried not to make this sound like one is better than the other. It should go without saying that such an attitude is absurd.

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