Being an ENTP, I was planning to post this on the NT forum, but being something that would interest the NFs more, I'm posting it here instead. I'll be needing the perspective of an ENFP (being supposedly similar to an ENTP), since I think ENFPs can better handle and understand the situation.
I'm a member of a Unitarian Universalist focused group. It's one of those small groups that cater to, mostly, liberal progressive spiritual minds--a very ENFP dominated group. Suits me fine.
I came to wonder, if no such support groups exist, how do these ENFPs (or ENTPs, or the like) deal with a more natural social setting. Because in reality, we really seem like a small group of odd balls, yet at the same time, so extroverted.
What I mean is, what if there's no INTP, ENTP, INFJ, ENFP, INFP, or ENFP in there and the social circle that we encounter would include:
Lots of ESFJs, lots of ESFPs, lots of ESFPs, lots of ESTPs.
How do you thrive in such a "challenging" demographic without having to draw too much of a pretentious Fe mask?
Because honestly, sometimes, I feel that there's a bit of an artificial aspect to what a support group provides.
Over the past few years, I've understood MBTI well enough to get a better picture of how I can get along with people (at least of compatible archetypes to my own type). Empirically, the chemistry is proven to be there. I've gathered enough close friends to have a good social buffer.
I'm undergoing a phase right now, testing if I can extend this to more challenging archetypes, namely, ESFPs, ESFJs, and ESTPs, and honestly this has proven to be a make or break to me. I just can't fully do it right. In a way, this could be a slight jealously on how ENFJs do this flawlessly, but as an ENTP with only a tertiary Fe, this is proving to be an exhaustive challenge.
I've had major misunderstandings lately with friends of these archetypes. Good thing I have enough "odd ball" friends to provide buffer, but seriously, I hate the cycle of getting into tussles.
Do ENFPs encounter this on a cyclical basis, and if yuou guys do, how do you cope?