The legendary creator of the 'Walt Disney' brand name, Walter Elias Disney showed characteristics of the ENFP personality type, but was once fired by his editor for, "Lacking imagination and having no good ideas."
We have all wondered at some point or the other about why we are the way we are, and what makes us different from the rest. But with that individuality, there also comes a need to relate with others around us so as to not feel alienated and too different. Psychology studies the human mind, and amongst the various parameters they study, personality is one of them. And based on research and theories formulated subsequently, they come up with typologies to group people based on shared traits. We will now see what ENFP stands for, their basic characteristics, and celebrities (fictional and non-fictional) with ENFP Personality type.
What is ENFP?
ENFP is one of 16 personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs, which was based on Carl Jung's typology based on his cognitive function theories deduced through clinical research. They use the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (developed by David Keirsey) to group the personalities based on a test taken.
Out of the 16 types, we focus on ENFP. So, what does it stand for, you ask?
E - Extraversion Preferred to Introversion
People who are extroverted are social animals, who like social interactions and seek adventures, which gives them an emotional boost and aids them to gain energy by being the center of attention.
N - Intuition Preferred to Sensing
The people dwell on the big picture and the future instead of the details and immediate reality.
F - Feeling Preferred to Thinking
They value individual needs over objective reasoning. They weigh social implications before taking up a task.
P - Perception Over Judgment
They don't enjoy decision-making, and delay their judgment. They rely on their own experiences to understand a situation rather than established norms.
- They are perceptive of the various possibilities that surround them.
- They put change into motion.
- They are warm, charming, risk-taking, enthusiastic and people-oriented, which stimulates those around them.
- They love starting things and working on new ideas, but don't enjoy following it through.
- They show full potential when put in a flexible setting that calls for creativity and imagination.
- They love novelty, and get disappointed when results fall short of their expectations.
- They are optimistic and yearn to express deep-seated emotions with a dramatic flair.
- They are sensitive and don't like being controlled. They have a strong idealistic system and try searching for a deeper meaning to life.
- They stand for what they believe in and are leaders.
- They are generally happy people who choose to share that with and spread it among others. So, they genuinely love helping people.
Now that we have a basic idea of what qualities they possess, let's have a look at all the famous people, be it actors, singers, scientists, politicians, and even fictional characters, whom we know and love, and what makes them a part of this unique personality type.
Actors with ENFP
Date of Birth: July 23, 1989 (age 25)
Description: He rose to fame as the beloved boy-wizard Harry Potter, but was an enthusiastic participant in school productions from a much younger age. And his love for acting shone, despite initial discouragement.
Noted Work: Harry Potter Series, December Boys, and Equus.
Famous Quote: "Go boldly and honestly through the world. Learn to love the fact that there is nobody else quite like you."
Born - Died: July, 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014 (age 63)
Description: Amongst his most famous works is his laughter riot Mrs. Doubtfire and the heart-moving Dead Poets Society. He started as a comedian, and his quest to bring a smile on everybody's face and improvisational skills have, today, left a mark on every heart, even when he is no longer there to entertain.
Noted Work: Popeye, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Night at the Museum, Old Dogs, RV, World's Greatest Dad.
Famous Quote: "I basically started performing for my mother, going, 'Love me!' What drives you to perform is the need for that primal connection. When I was little, my mother was funny with me, and I started to be charming and funny for her, and I learned that by being entertaining, you make a connection with another person."
Date of Birth: April 29, 1954 (age 60)
Description: Rose to fame after self-titled show, Seinfeld which is loosely based on his own personality. His humor is observational, which focuses on human relationships and awkward social interactions.
Noted Work: Seinfeld, Bee Movie.
Famous Quote: "And that's when I realized, when you're a kid you don't need a costume, you ARE superman."
Date of Birth: July 26, 1964 (age 50)
Description: She has wowed us with both her comic prowess and her ability to play dramatic roles, but capture our attention in equal measure all the same. She is also a very generous philanthropist.
Noted Work: Demolition Man, Speed, While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality 1 and 2, 28 Days, The Lake House, The Proposal, The Blind Side, Infamous, Gravity.
Famous Quote: "Human beings exist that have integrity, that know how to keep their mouth shut, that know the bigger picture, that don't sell out their friends."
Date of Birth: September 25, 1968 (age 45)
Description: Whether he was rapper Fresh Prince, Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, he has portrayed a wide range of emotions that have captivated us through and through.
Noted Work: As rapper Fresh Prince, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Independence Day, Men in Black series, Bad Boys series, Enemy of the State, Hitch, Hancock, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds.
Famous Quote: "Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings & emotions."
Date of Birth: February 11, 1969 (age 45)
Description: Her role of the quirky and fashionable Rachel Green has inspired many girls and women alike from around the globe and is still talked about till date. But she has shown the same talent when it comes to the rom-coms she has featured in.
Noted Work: Friends, Bruce Almighty, Along Came Polly, The Break-Up, Marley and Me, The Bounty Hunter, Just Go With It, We're the Millers.
Famous Quote: "The fun stuff comes when someone is not so strict on sticking to the script."
Date of Birth: November 15, 1991 (age 22)
Description: Her claim to fame was her portrayal of a teen mom Amy Juergens in the TV series The Secret Life of an American Teenager, and later as Alexandra King in the movie The Descendants. Her fearlessness in taking up complex roles and the ease with which she depicts them make her very likable, and someone we can relate to.
Noted Work: The Secret Life of an American Teenager, The Descendants, The Spectacular Now.
Famous Quote: "I'd like to be like a hummingbird. You see them every now and then. You don't see them everywhere."
Date of Birth: September 30, 1975 (age 38)
Description: Despite her exceeding talent, she is very down-to-earth and easygoing. She has played characters with varied roles with ease, and has also won the Oscar for the same.
Noted Work: Big Fish, Taxi, La Vie en Rose, Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, Rust and Bone, The Immigrants, Two Days, One Night, A Good Year, The Dark Knight Rises.
Famous Quote: "As a teenager, I didn't want to be me; I wanted to be many different people. Maybe I realized that they all lived inside me and that if I managed to connect with them, they would become aspects of me."
Musicians with ENFP
Date of Birth: October 3, 1969 (age 44)
Description: Be it a lead singer of a band, a solo artist, a reality TV judge or a fashion designer, Gwen Stefani handles her different roles effortlessly and with panache.
Noted Work: "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All" with No Doubt, "Let Me Blow Your Mind" with Eve, "South Side" with Moby, "Hollaback Girl" "Wind Up", "4 in the Morning", and "The Sweet Escape" as a solo artist, and fashion line named L.A.M.B.
Famous Quote: "I don't have a strong sense of self-worth unless I'm doing something."
Date of Birth: January 31, 1981 (age 33)
Description: From an adorable Disney child star, to a hearthrob in a boy-band, to an even hotter solo artist and actor, JT knows how to grab the attention of his audience.
Noted Work: The Mickey Mouse Club, stint with NSync, "Señorita", "Like I Love You", "Cry Me a River", "Rock Your Body", Futuresex/Lovesounds album, The 20/20 Experience album, The Love Guru, The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits, In Time.
Famous Quote: "The most boring thing in the world? Silence."
Date of Birth: July 9, 1975 (age 39)
Description: From an almost-a-priest to an eccentric yet brilliant musician and occasional actor, Jack White has created a very individualistic niche for himself.
Noted Work: Stint with The White Stripes, "Another Way To Die" with Alicia Keys, "Love Interruption", "Sixteen Saltines", "Lazaretto", "Loving Cup" with The Rolling Stones, Cold Mountain, Walk Hard.
Famous Quote: "Im one of those people that you have to keep your eye on or i'll wander off into the woods and forget to come back."
Date of Birth: January 10, 1945 (age 69)
Description: He has wowed the crowd with his unique style of music, bringing heavy metal, new wave, and soft rock on the same page, both with his bands and solo.
Noted Work: Worked with bands The Jeff Beck Group and Faces, "Tonight's the Night", "Killing of Georgie" 1 & 2, "You're in my Heart", "Hot Legs", "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?","Baby Jane", "Forever Young", "It Takes Two" with Tina Turner, "All For Love" with Sting and Bryan Adams.
Famous Quote: "A set list? Set lists were for wimps. Wimps and professionals. Better to just get out there and communicate the set by shouting the old Faces' battle cry: "What number are we doing?"
Date of Birth: December 3, 1948 (age 65)
Description: His dark, yet mesmerizing voice, his crazy bat-eating stage antics, and his fun-loving family-man persona keeps us coming back for more. Every time!
Noted Work: Work with band Black Sabbath, "Dreamer", "Paranoid", "Close My Eyes Forever" with Lita Ford.
Famous Quote: "Hating people isn't a productive way of living. So what's the point in hating anyone? There's enough hate in the world as it is, without me adding to it."
Date of Birth: July 22, 1953 (age 61)
Description: Not only did she show people that women can rock and roll too, she brought punk into pop and carried her unique style with grace. Her work with LGBT and activism for the same has earned her a lot of respect.
Noted Work: The Threepenny Opera, "Time After Time", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "True Colors", "I Drove All Night", "Disco Inferno", "Unchained Melody", Kinky Boots.
Famous Quote: "In the darkest place, shed the brightest light."
Born - Died: October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980 (age 40)
Description: He came into the music scene and changed the way we perceived it forever. Not only was he a brilliant singer-songwriter, he was also a humanitarian and activist who people revere even today.
Noted Work: With band The Beatles, "Imagine", "Mother", "Working Class Hero", "Power to the People", "How Do You Sleep", and "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" with Elton John.
Famous Quote: "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."
Date of Birth: March 2, 1977 (age 37)
Description: He has a voice that has got us all swooning and begging for more. His sleepless nights as an insomniac may well have given us some of the best songs of our time.
Noted Work: Work with band Coldplay, "Beach Chair" with Jay-Z, "Homecoming" with Kanye West.
Famous Quote: "Anything that we think is incredible and beautiful and wonderful, we ascribe to something that we don't know what it is."
Carly Rae Jepsen
Date of Birth: November 21, 1985 (age 28)
Description: Her sweet vocals and even sweeter personality make her a lovable celebrity to the fans.
Noted Work: "Call Me Maybe", "Tug of War", "Curiosity", "Good Time", "Bucket", "Sour Candy", "Tonight I'm Getting Over You".
Famous Quote: "I always wanted to be known as a songwriter and not just a songbird."
Politicians with ENFP
Date of Birth: August 4, 1961 (age 53)
Description: He is noted as the first African-American president of the United States of America and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose efforts at strengthening diplomatic relationships and cooperation among individuals have got him the love and support of many.
Noted Work: United States Senator from Illinois, member of Illinois State from 13th District, and 44th President of the United States of America for two terms presently.
Famous Quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Born - Died: July 28, 1954 - March 5, 2013 (age 58)
Description: A controversial politician, his political reforms and work as a President have been met with mixed feelings of appreciation and criticism.
Noted Work: Lieutenant Colonel in Venezuelan Army, President of Venezuela.
Famous Quote: "I'm a man with many defects. I love. I sing. I dream. I was born in the poor countryside. I was raised in the countryside, planting corn and selling sweets made by my grandmother. My children, my two daughters are with me and I want a better world for my grandchildren, for your grandchildren."
Date of Birth: August 19, 1946 (age 68)
Description: His indiscretions may not have been his proudest moment, but the reform he brought about and his humanitarian work during and post his presidency have still won him many supporters.
Noted Work: Attorney General of Arkansas, 40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas, 42 ndPresident of the United States of America.
Famous Quote: "When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old."
Fictional Characters with ENFP
Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader)
First Appeared on: November, 1977
Description: A character from the Star Wars series, he is the father of of Luke Skywalker and more famously known as Darth Vader who is a ruthless cyborg serving the Galactic Empire.
Famous Quote: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
First Appeared on: April, 1943
Description: Portrayed by Michael Caine in the film adaptation of the Batman series, Alfred is a resourceful and intellectual assistant to Bruce Wayne (Batman) and a former actor who can impersonate Batman himself, and is good with disguises and a man of medicine.
Famous Quote: "Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Jonathan "J.D." Dorian
First Appeared on: October 2, 2001
Description: Played by Zach Braff in the series Scrubs, J.D. is a humorous, quirky daydreamer whose quick wit and medical skills make him a favorite amongst the other characters in the show.
Famous Quote: "It's funny how our perceptions can be so off. Like when you're searching for a place to fit in and you don't realize you've been there the whole time. Or how a bunch of posters can't turn you into a role model if you've already been one for years. Of course, in my case I knew exactly where I stood and it didn't feel that good."
Peregrin Took (Pippin)
First Appeared on: July 29, 1954
Description: A Fellowship hobbit from the Lord of the Rings, he is a funny and lighthearted character, being both loyal and adventurous. He was the son of Paladin Took II and is portrayed by Billy Boyd in the film adaptation.
Famous Quote: "The closer we are to danger, the further we are from harm!"
First Appeared on: September 14, 2008
Description: Josh Hutcherson plays this character in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Peeta is an accomplished baker and painter with a flair for public speeches, hand-to-hand combat, wielding knives, starting fires, and camouflaging.
Famous Quote: "Having an eye for beauty isn't the same thing as weakness. Except possibly when it comes to you."
First Appeared on: August, 1996
Description: She is a beautiful but cunning woman with a quick temper, big ambitions, and a thirst for power. She is played by Lena Headey in the TV series Game of Thrones.
Famous Quote: "A true man does what he will, not what he must."
Authors with ENFP
|Born - Died:
||July 26, 1894 - November 22, 1963 (age 69)
||A prominent writer who gave us book which presented his satirical skills along with his inclination towards pacifism and humanism, he has opened our eyes to the effects of urbanism and technological advancement on human relationships.
||Brave New World, Time Must Have a Stop, The Doors of Perception, Art of Seeing, Island, Limbo, Brief Candles.
||"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude."
|Born - Died:
||February 7, 1812- June 9, 1870 (age 58)
||Charles Dickens has written many classics that have been a favorite amongst children and adults alike. His books give you both morals and insights into the human psyche.
||The Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, The Adventure of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Hard Times: For These Times, Great Expectations, The Haunted House.
||"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
Hunter S. Thompson
|Born - Died:
||July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005 (age 67)
||An author whose research for his books involved direct experience and participation, his books have given us something to value and hold on to.
||Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, The Rum Diary, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.
||"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"
|Born - Died:
||November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910 (age 74)
||He was an author who could merge humor with social criticism in a way that seemed cohesive. This resulted in his work turning out to be classics, which are still read and appreciated today.
||The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, The Horse's Tail.
||"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
|Born - Died:
||October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900 (age 46)
||A prolific writer who was able to write poems, novels, and plays that described the characters and the aesthetics with precision, he has given us work that is still widely enjoyed and even portrayed in other art forms like movies and other adaptations.
||The Decay of Lying, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, A Woman of No Importance, Salomé, The Importance of Being Earnest, De Profundis.
||"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel
|Born - Died:
||March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991 (age 87)
||He has given us wonderful children's books that have generated characters of wonder and intrigue. Adaptations of his work are still widely popular.
||Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Daisy-Head Mayzie, My Many Colored Days,The Seven Lady Godivas.
||"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
|Born - Died:
||June 12, 1929- March 1945 (age 15)
||A holocaust witness who has given us one of the most heart-warming diaries of all time, Anne was a girl full of hope and wisdom.
||The Diary of a Young Girl.
||"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Our personality differences and qualities is what makes us unique and in the true sense, an individual. These are some of the famous personalities who share the ENFP Personality Type with many of us. So who is your favorite?