ESTP s are Energetic, Independent, Realistic and Effective individuals. They are often described as the most likely to live a happy life, because they live so very much in the present moment. Because of this they are also one of the most adaptable types and are extremely good at coming up with the most effective solutions to immediate problems, making them exceptionally good entrepreneurs, athletes, marketers or salesmen. They also have a distinct talent to adapt their personality and style to appeal to the present crowd, which also makes them very good actors and politicians. The ESTP is the poster child for our ideal of the entrepreneur, without whom action, character and indulgence would vanish from society.
ESTP s are extremely social people who are looking for experience and impact when they are dealing with people. They like to be up to date with the latest trends, slangs and cool expressions and know well how to use them to get the people in their surrounding hyped up, whether it’s for a party, getting stuff done or simply to spice up the moment. They are keenly aware of the people around them and have a special talent to adapt their style to fit their crowd. ESTP s know what they want and they know how to get it. Life is generally seen as a game that must be won which makes their language direct, fun and playful. They like to tease and play and if a game is lost, the situation is quickly and skillfully diverted to something new, leaving whatever happened in the past. ESTP s are very charming and have a special ability to talk their way out of any situation and achieve a desirable outcome.
ESTP s are usually no big fans of study, because they are more interested in action and what can be done right now rather than pounding around for hours with information that seems far fetched, abstract and not immediately relevant. Although this often gives them a hard time at school, it makes them particularly successful in later life as entrepreneurs or occupations that require fast paced in the moment decisions and adaptability. As they do have a good capacity for logics and also a respectable memory, ESTP s become fast learners when they are put in an environment where they can immediately see the benefits of their study materials. for example, while an ESTP will have a hard time learning Spanish in a classroom of an english speaking country, they will learn faster than most other types when traveling through a spanish speaking country and pick up the words from the many people they’ll interact with.
ESTP s don’t like to be alone for longer periods of time. They don’t like to dwell on the past, however, when they’re alone they may analyze the happenings in their lives pragmatically and logically or even use their intuition to consider the state of the worlds, come up with creative solutions for their problems and figure out complicated relationships. Rather sooner than later however, the ESTP wants to get up and get out, interact with people, get things moving and rejoin the game. The ESTP is also not prone to having elaborate expectations of life and focuses on making the best of the moment. When faced with a problem, the ESTP has faith in their good fortune and is usually confident that their charm and good will makes sure that something desirable will come along very soon.
ESTP s sometimes have difficulties maintaining long-term relationships, which is especially true during their early dating lives. While others may be looking for commitments, safety and calm, this prospect seems rather dull to the ESTP who’d rather tease, experiment and experience head-on the thrill of the uncertain in human relationships. ESTP s like to treat most of life as a game, and this one MUST be won! Later in life, ESTP s are likely to bond with a mature ISFJ who can provide the ESTP with tender care and stability in exchange for some much needed excitement. This kind of union is poetically symbolized in the adventurous hero ESTP who comes home to his loving ISFJ nurse, soothing his wounds from battle, passionate loving and then back outinto the wild and dangerous world.
Growing up, ESTP s seek independence and sensory stimulation. This means getting out, eating good food, seeing places, meeting people, playing sports, driving fast cars, dancing, loving and all the best life has to offer. Racking up these experiences is very important to develop the ESTP s best strengths, which is dealing with people and being adaptable in the present moment. If they do not get these experiences they run danger of living in an estranged world for which their talents find no application. Therefore, ESTP children who don’t receive the freedom they need to develop their skills are likely to become rebellious to our social institutions and develop problems with their parents, family and school. ESTP children who are left enough independence to satisfy their thirst for human experience however are likely to find interests in productive activities and form well developed personalities that are in tune with their surrounding.
Energetic and Effective
Practical and Adaptable
Able to understand people's motivations
Competitive and Strong
Highly aware of their momentary surroundings
May become manipulative of others
May have difficulties to commit
May be ignorantly overconfident
May neglect their personal needs and
uncaring of other’s feelings
Susceptible to antagonism
ESTP s are notoriously easy to deal with, because they are so focused on making the best out of the present moment. This can turn into problems for people who are very close to them, because the ESTP tends to forget about their loved ones when they are out and about. This doesn’t mean that they actually forget about you, as there is nothing more they seek then a true home and people they can always come back to. However, if loved ones expect commitments that they cannot give, the ESTP can feel imprisoned and suffocated, which forces them to reinforce their independence, leading to effects opposite of those intended by both sides. Therefore, for people close to the ESTP it is important to grant them their autonomy. All types have their strengths and weaknesses and especially with the ESTP it is important to focus and foster their strengths. Once the ESTP feels that they are loved and supported in whatever their adventures are, they develop deep love and a tendency to spoil and please those close to them.
As your type is a strongly independent type and may feel strongly uncomfortable when your freedom is challenged, you should be aware that other types have different priorities from you and cannot always understand the ways in which you love and care. It is therefore important that instead of rebelling against commitment you communicate your need for independence to your loved ones and that that doesn’t mean that you do not care. Instead of acting to make a point that you are free, you can try to verbalize your affection to others more often and communicate that although you cannot always comply, you understand their need for commitment. If people are more aware of your true feelings they become more likely to support you in your adventures and accepting of your independence, which will result in more happiness for both you and the people close to you.