Learning About My Personality Type ENFJ: The Protagonist

 
Happy Saturday! I’m sitting here watching the snow fall on this lovely weekend day, and I even pulled the coffee maker out of the cabinet (the first time I’ve done so since we moved), and have enjoyed drinking coffee out of a new mug that my friend Heather gave me as a bridesmaid gift. Basically, I couldn’t be more content.
 
I have a question: who here has taken a personality quiz before? It’s been a few years since I took one (Myers-Briggs), and this week I took another one – the 16Personalities quiz – for an upcoming work retreat with my team. It took about 10 minutes to complete and asks a lot of different kinds of questions. 
 
As a reference, the quiz I took can be found here. My advice is to try to be as honest as possible when deciding on which answers to choose – this will ensure the most accurate representation of your personality as possible.

My 16Personalities Quiz Results

My personality quiz results came to be ENFJ, known as “The Protagonist”. The first sentence that I read on the results page was a quote that reads:
 
“Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.” – David Deida
 
This very much resonates with me; I know that I wear my emotions on my sleeve. People can read me like a book. 
 
Right away, the personality description seemed so on-point:
 
“ENFJs are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are oftentimes our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, ENFJs take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.”
 
I’ve been a “teacher” so to speak, ever since I can remember. I absolutely loved school, would tutor my friends throughout high school and college, and honestly love learning. I’ve always said that I’ll be in education forever – the channels of educating may change, but this girl right here is a teacher through and through. 
 

ENFJ Strengths

The most prominent strengths of protagonists include being tolerant, reliable, charismatic, altruistic, and natural leaders. I’ve had conversations with my boyfriend about all things under the sun, and he often points out how tolerant and empathetic I am, which aligns well with what my personality results say. Cesar also says that I belong on TV because of “how natural I am at presenting”, which I often do at events for my job (I may be good at presenting but don’t know if I want to be on TV!). 

ENFJ Weaknesses

This section seemed to jump out at me, ringing all too true. Overly idealistic, too selfless, too sensitive, fluctuating self-esteem, and struggling to make tough decisions are the main weaknesses of protagonists. #dingdingding I’ve struggled with fluctuating self-esteem as long as I can remember. 
 
My results say, “ENFJs define their self-esteem by whether they are able to live up to their ideals, and sometimes ask for criticism more out of insecurity than out of confidence, always wondering what they could do better. If they fail to meet a goal or to help someone they said they’d help, their self-confidence will undoubtedly plummet.”
 
I always enjoy the process of goal-setting and working towards my goals. I’ve never thought too deeply about WHY goal-setting feels so important to me, but now I realize that I feel best about myself whenever I accomplish something, and goals are a means to that end.  

ENFJs on Work

Since I was taking this personality quiz for work, the career and workplace habit results were what I originally was most interested in learning about. 
 
ENFJs have a warm, approachable sociability that does well in various careers in teaching, coaching, event coordinating, HR, and politics – roles that help a community or organization operate more smoothly. The results go on to say, “At the heart of it, ENFJs need to see how the story ends, to feel and experience the gratitude and appreciation of the people they’ve helped in order to be happy.”
 
I vividly remember one of my colleagues telling me how once I was hired, she didn’t know I was going to be so nice. I laughed out loud. Working in New York City, you meet and work with a lot of different people, some nice, and others not so nice, but I feel fortunate to mostly meet and work with good-hearted people.  It’s just not in my nature to be ill-mannered, ya know?

Famous ENFJ Protagonists

You can imagine how ecstatic I was to find out that Oprah (OPRAH – my love!), Demi Lovato (#girlcrush), AND President Obama are all protagonist personalities. That was the cherry on top for my personality results.

These results really helped me take some time to reflect on who I am, how I work, and created a heightened sense of awareness regarding my strengths and weaknesses. Now I want to know the personality types of all of my friends, family, and favorite influencers!
 
Again, to take the free 16Personality quiz, go here
 
What result did you get? Was it spot-on or surprising? Share in the comments below. 
 
Enjoy the weekend!  xx
 
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