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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    What makes an ESTJ go soft? What 'melts' them, allows one to move past their tough exterior?
    Thank you for blessing the forum with such an awesome question! I didn't know I had a tough exterior... I guess I do, in a way, though. (I had always thought of it as just being overly cautious/suspicious, but "tough" works too.) I suddenly feel like a badass! w00t!

    Are you talking about making friends with ESTJs, or just warming up to them?

    If you mean making friends, here's my suggestion: I'm not sure about other (read: male) ESTJs, but with me, the best way to see my marshmallow center is to show that you care. I'm not necessarily going to be the daring one in friendships, especially in the early stages. If you show that you want to go to that level, and if you and I are compatible, it won't be so hard.

    If you mean becoming a friendly acquaintance, I'd suggest making jokes, and pointing out shared interests. ESTJs are an EXTREMELY varied bunch, interest-wise (one ESTJ's passion can be another's taboo), so I wouldn't suggest one particular thing over another. (There's no reliable ESTJ conversation topic, like there might be with NTs [science, usually]). The "show that you care" thing applies here, too, to a lesser degree, since it's hard for two people to be friendly when one of them doesn't care what the other has to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Thank you for blessing the forum with such an awesome question! I didn't know I had a tough exterior... I guess I do, in a way, though. (I had always thought of it as just being overly cautious/suspicious, but "tough" works too.) I suddenly feel like a badass! w00t!

    Are you talking about making friends with ESTJs, or just warming up to them?

    If you mean making friends, here's my suggestion: I'm not sure about other (read: male) ESTJs, but with me, the best way to see my marshmallow center is to show that you care. I'm not necessarily going to be the daring one in friendships, especially in the early stages. If you show that you want to go to that level, and if you and I are compatible, it won't be so hard.

    If you mean becoming a friendly acquaintance, I'd suggest making jokes, and pointing out shared interests. ESTJs are an EXTREMELY varied bunch, interest-wise (one ESTJ's passion can be another's taboo), so I wouldn't suggest one particular thing over another. (There's no reliable ESTJ conversation topic, like there might be with NTs [science, usually]). The "show that you care" thing applies here, too, to a lesser degree, since it's hard for two people to be friendly when one of them doesn't care what the other has to say.
    I think this is good, I kind of come from the other end of the relationship spectrum though. I'm dating an ESTJ, and as much as they get beat up a bit here, I really love mine. What she loves, is basically, effort. And when you think about it, that's not a crazy demand. The best way to melt her heart is me showing effort, some attention to detail, and to show that I care about some of her values. She loves when I cook for her, and make a romantic dinner, partially because it shows I am capable of planning something, executing something, and putting in the work to make her happy. She loves that I remember her favorite candle scent, that I used two wine glasses she got us for our 2nd new years together, and that I always keep her favorite drinks and snacks stocked.

    So, just try as hard as she/he does. That's what I've discovered.



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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    I suddenly feel like a badass! w00t!
    Don't ever put an expiration date on your ass!

    Are you talking about making friends with ESTJs, or just warming up to them?
    My fadarrrr.

    the best way to see my marshmallow center is to show that you care.
    Yeah, that's the key (but isn't that so for all types? maybe more so for ESTJ). I guess my primary reason for asking is because growing up, my father and I didn't always see I-to-Aye!. He's the only one who makes me go from 0-60 in seconds. Full out, blow out.

    And, I've grown up. Our relationship has too. And, now he's the man I respect the most (including his character).

    And, I want to find ways to say 'thank you'. That I appreciate him. He's not much on words. Nor feelings. So, I ask to know what method would be most appropriate for showing appeciation.

    ESTJs are an EXTREMELY varied bunch, interest-wise (one ESTJ's passion can be another's taboo), so I wouldn't suggest one particular thing over another. (There's no reliable ESTJ conversation topic, like there might be with NTs [science, usually]).
    Very true. For someone who always is so rigid and stubborn with his pov, I have often been suprised with how much more open-minded he was about some things where my INFP mom would have judgements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    What she loves, is basically, effort. And when you think about it, that's not a crazy demand.

    So, just try as hard as she/he does. That's what I've discovered.
    Yes! Although it is a formidable feat, because now that I assess all that he does, without nary a peep demanding ('look at what I did!') recognition, he seems a bit like superman, I'm sure the effort of trying would be more than enough for him. He's simple like that, simply wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    Yeah, that's the key (but isn't that so for all types? maybe more so for ESTJ).
    I think it may actually be more true for ESTJs. I've read a bunch of things that say that when ESTJs get stressed, they feel incredibly unappreciated (and if they feel especially bad, they may start feeling like that unappreciation is for good reason... though, again, this might not be so for all ESTJs).

    And, I want to find ways to say 'thank you'. That I appreciate him. He's not much on words. Nor feelings. So, I ask to know what method would be most appropriate for showing appeciation.
    I agree with Jock on this one - find little things to do for him that show that you know him, and know what he needs/wants. Maybe help him out when he's overworked, or treating him to something he really likes. He may ask what the occasion is, or why you're treating him to things, and you might respond "Oh, it's just that you do so much for everyone(/me/us/whatever), and I wanted to give something back"... or something to that effect that sounds less lame. You get the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    yes, the control issue. That was *always* where I would butt up against them. I can't tell you how many times I said, "Yes, I know what you want, and what the ideal process should be... but here are the options you actually DO get... and you are KILLING yourself by not being realistic here. you need to ease up and accept the parameters you've been given."

    iow, the situation was gray; and in their desire for b/w, they were just hurting themselves and others by jamming the square pegs into the round holes over and over.
    Is there any way out of this situation with an ESTJ? Besides just throwing your hands up in the air and walking away?

    To be honest I have never really had a normal conversation with my ESTJ father. Always leads back to something thats wrong with me or that I'm morally corrupt. I'm no F but damn its hurtful even for me! I could picture some serious tears happening for some F types if it was said to them. I have totally given up and lost hope, there is no way he will ever talk to me just because he is interested in how I am.

    Often times I don't even get a "hello, how are you" its just straight into the onslaught. you didn't do this how dare you blah blah blah

    Then I'll say "Yeah I haven't seen you in a few days, it's nice to see you too" then he will force a "hello, how are you" then I say "you say that now? just leave me be"

    Luckily not all ESTJs are like this but when an ESTJ goes bad they go really bad.

    I don't think he was always like this... from the little I can remember of when I was younger

    Unhealthy ESTJ types are very noticeable! More so than any other type I think

    To throw a positive in. Healthy ESTJs do such amazing and kind jobs that a lot of people just wouldn't have the courage to do. I actually look forward to meeting some new ESTJs that may be more tolerant of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediM05 View Post
    I was wondering why some people think ESTJs are overly critical and have no imagination. For example, when I am correcting someone, I try to do it in as nice of a way as possible. Also, as far as imagination goes, I love movies such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, and enjoy reading those type books as well.

    (one thing that is correct that people think about is how ESTJs think and like to go into details. For example, I had to retype this whole thing just to eliminate the small details. And as you can see, this is beginning to go into small details as well, so i'll stop here. )

    Do many people just have a misunderstanding of ESTJs, or am I just abnormal? lol.

    Well, ESTJs can definitely be imaginative! That's not the problem--the problem I think most people have with them is that they tend to assume that their particular imaginative vision is the only way, and sometimes they have trouble letting other people's imagination come into play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukepd View Post
    Is there any way out of this situation with an ESTJ? Besides just throwing your hands up in the air and walking away?
    I'm afraid not, and that's what turns so many people off from them. I find that doing whatever I can to allow them to at least believe they still have control of the situation helps to open them up a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simulatedworld View Post
    Well, ESTJs can definitely be imaginative! That's not the problem--the problem I think most people have with them is that they tend to assume that their particular imaginative vision is the only way, and sometimes they have trouble letting other people's imagination come into play.
    That's one way to say it.

    One of the ESTJs I became good friends with was heavily into fanfic and the Trek franchise and organized the TrekTrak forum for years down at Atlanta's Dragon*Con. He just tended to approach "imaginative" stuff with ESTJ sensibilities, rather than being artsy-fartsy or freeform about it.

    At first he thought I was sort of flaky because I was whimsical and not as structured/disciplined as him, but when we talked enough and he saw me work through some situations in a rational manner and with a good sense of the realistic aspects of things, he gave me his respect.

    And that's sort of how to approach them: They might not see where you're coming from right off if you're not taking a very methodical, hard-edged approach to working a situation and trying to bring closure to it, but if you share enough of your thoughts that they can perceive you're actually thinking through it and have reasons for doing what you're doing, then they can be more supportive. The ones I knew also seem to respect diligence, responsibility, having an ideal of excellence in one's work, and taking initiative.
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