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    I just met a girl and I'm having trouble identifiying her type. How do you distinguish between an ENFJ and an ENFP? What characterises them both? I'm an ISTJ so obviously there's a huge difference between the types, but conflicting relations aren't so evident upon first contact.
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    The ENFj pretends to be emotional the ENFp is emotional
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    Realize if the person needs a static ISTj aggressor
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    I had this dilemma a while back when I mistook my ENFj friend for an ENFp. I've had extensive experience with both types, so hopefully my input will help. I won't be describing the functions of the two types as much as the appearance of the two types, because you told me your main goal was to figure out your friend's type.
    ENFjs are incredibly effusive, expressive, and emotional people. They project their emotions outward and are very interested in others. They will likely ask all kinds of questions about who you are, what you're interested in, and what your life is like. Initially they might seem invasive or prying, but in most cases their interest is sincere. Some are more intense than others, but being people-focused is their main distinguishing factor.
    ENFps' emotions are directed largely inward. They are incredibly kind, outgoing, and dynamic people (which is why you might confuse them with ENFjs), but they express their emotions very differently than ENFjs. In essence, they don't have the intense that ENFjs do. They can be nice to people, but in many cases they're actually quite shy and reserve their most intense emotions for their close friends. ENFjs spread their like wildfire - their personal energy and dynamism is off the wall, while ENFps tend to be a bit more subdued. ENFps tend to be more reflective with their emotions.
    While ENFjs' personal energy is largely directed toward interpersonal relationships, ENFp's personal energy is largely directed toward ideas and creative pursuits. ENFps are often interested everything and anything esoteric, bizarre, unique, and out-of-this-world. They have that special brand of humor (here's an example: www.myspace.com/ryanrodney - read his blog), which is quirkiness personified. Basically, involves seeing all of the possibilities, re-examining them, and putting your own personal (and oftentimes crazy) spin on them. Creativity comes first for ENFps.
    Another key area of difference is working habits. ENFjs are usually workaholics - their hidden agenda is to be successful. Many of them find their niches in upper-management because they have a strong drive to succeed coupled with a strong need for control. Other professions include the caring professions (nursing, counseling), business, politics, and communications. They're also usually neat freaks and are very planful with their time.
    ENFps usually prefer working for themselves in some kind of creative capacity. Many are writers, teachers, designers, artists, etc. They're also very involved in politics and the caring professions. Their hidden agenda is to know, so they're very often interested in a range of academic subjects, particularly philosophy and the sciences. They can be very successful, but they usually don't work for the sake of working - they value their free time and are usually most productive when they're passionate about what they're doing. As for their management of their personal lives, they tend to be on the messy side and are more spontaneous than ENFjs.
    I know this description is somewhat incomplete, but I have to go, so I'll leave you with this:
    ENFjs - INTENSE personal dynamism and interest in others. They tend to appear more conventional and accepting of social norms
    ENFps - INTENSE personal creativity and interest in ideas. They tend to be more offbeat and rebellious toward social norms
    Since both are extroverted feelers, each loves people and is talkative, but when you tip the scales, ENFjs are more people-focused while ENFps are more idea-focused.
    Here are some real-life examples of each type (and I'm sure people will disagree with me, but I'm pretty confident in my typing):
    ENFp - Ryan Reynolds, whose blog I linked you to
    ENFj - Oprah (I couldn't think of anyone else at the moment)
    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :wink:

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    If you want the simplest way to distinguish between the two, ask yourself this: is she more quirky/offbeat (ENFp) or more refined/conventional (ENFj)? Once again, it's not that each type is always one or the other, but each is usually more of one than the other.

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    The kind of conversation.

    ENFj are single minded. They take a topic an speak a lot about it without switching to another. This keeps their dual, ISTj, at peace.
    ENFp are very changing. They take a topic and at without the lightest warning they switch over another again and again. This confuses Ne PoLR types (ISFj and ISTj) a lot, because they can't keep on with the jumps and become irritated.
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    ENFjs are more spiritually "woo!" the one i know best is very into astrology/evil eye/omen stuff, as per gulenko's description. she's a lot more "intense" in an EJ sort of way and will go on and on about how "unoriginal" something is. she likes uniqueness in everything. she is an incredibly (as in, scary) hard worker and extremely self-disciplined like a lot of beta quadra members are. she takes a ton of care of her appearance and will like, work out in a sort of maddening way where you're wondering if she's even human (like whoa where do you get the energy to work out, work 80 bajillion hours a week, plus have 3 kids?? wth?) on the other hand their self-sacrifice or whatever, can be really impressive? that is supposedly one of the reasons they get on well with ISTjs (like they "break through" to the ISTj with their excessively hard-working nature.)

    i don't think ENFps are "lazy" as much as much as, like uninspired said, they aren't just working for the sake of working and they value their free time more (the hidden agenda is absent.)

    i find ENFjs to generally be more sarcastic and sometimes they can have a morbid sense of humor which is great.

    the ENFj i know best always goes on about how you shouldn't touch other people's things and such. this keeps the ISTj, her dual, at peace. (;
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    Thanks everyone.

    Come to think of it, I think she might be INFp. I'll give you a little description about her. She hates it when strange guys touch her at parties and lashes out at them. She writes notes to herself and posts them around her room so she doesn't forget the little things. She enjoys going out but not working. She enjoys going to local places to hang out where she'll bump into friends rather than going to the city. She studies media and is quite creative and know's how to create a warm atmosphere. - I know this isn't much to go by but I'll post more when I find out more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG
    The ENFj pretends to be emotional the ENFp is emotional
    It's funny that you say that; recently an Fe-dominant (one who at least seems very emotional) said to me how an ENFp was more emotional than she was. I always assumed that Fe-dominants were actually more emotional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    Quote Originally Posted by FDG
    The ENFj pretends to be emotional the ENFp is emotional
    It's funny that you say that; recently an Fe-dominant (one who at least seems very emotional) said to me how an ENFp was more emotional than she was. I always assumed that Fe-dominants were actually more emotional.
    it also helps to explain why Fi's tend to think of Fe's emotional shows as being faked
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    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise
    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    Quote Originally Posted by FDG
    The ENFj pretends to be emotional the ENFp is emotional
    It's funny that you say that; recently an Fe-dominant (one who at least seems very emotional) said to me how an ENFp was more emotional than she was. I always assumed that Fe-dominants were actually more emotional.
    it also helps to explain why Fi's tend to think of Fe's emotional shows as being faked
    Yeah. I mean, they both have cried in public before, but for different reasons. The Fe-dominant would cry because she got a C on a test whereas the ENFp would because her aunt and uncle were getting divorced. That said, I think I prefer superficial emotions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    That said, I think I prefer superficial emotions.
    i was thinking soon after writing my previous post here that it'd be easier for a TiXe to be around FeXi because of the magnified expressions of emotions and how the FeXi allows little to no vagueness as to what the emotional focus is, and how the emotion is related to it.

    when in a group setting, this accepting Fe allows the FeXi to mirror what's going on in the group, and magnifies it clearly enough for the TiXe to catch on
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    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise
    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    That said, I think I prefer superficial emotions.
    i was thinking soon after writing my previous post here that it'd be easier for a TiXe to be around FeXi because of the magnified expressions of emotions and how the FeXi allows little to no vagueness as to what the emotional focus is, and how the emotion is related to it.

    when in a group setting, this accepting Fe allows the FeXi to mirror what's going on in the group, and magnifies it clearly enough for the TiXe to catch on
    How well put, I think every type does this with their dominant function:


    FeXi magnify the group dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("You're a LIAR!!!").

    TeXi magnify the project dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("Absolutely USELESS!!!").

    NeXi magnify the underlying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This is TYRANNY!!!").

    SeXi magnify the overlaying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("BOOOORING!!!").

    TiXe magnify the rational justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("It makes NO SENSE!!!").

    FiXe magnify the ethical justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("People WILL DIE!!!!").

    SiXe magnify the relations in ones environmental clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This doesn't belong HERE!!!").

    NiXe magnify the environment development clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("FUTILE!!!").


    at least I think it would be like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snegledmaca
    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise
    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    That said, I think I prefer superficial emotions.
    i was thinking soon after writing my previous post here that it'd be easier for a TiXe to be around FeXi because of the magnified expressions of emotions and how the FeXi allows little to no vagueness as to what the emotional focus is, and how the emotion is related to it.

    when in a group setting, this accepting Fe allows the FeXi to mirror what's going on in the group, and magnifies it clearly enough for the TiXe to catch on
    How well put, I think every type does this with their dominant function:


    FeXi magnify the group dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("You're a LIAR!!!").

    TeXi magnify the project dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("Absolutely USELESS!!!").

    NeXi magnify the underlying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This is TYRANNY!!!").

    SeXi magnify the overlaying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("BOOOORING!!!").

    TiXe magnify the rational justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("It makes NO SENSE!!!").

    FiXe magnify the ethical justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("People WILL DIE!!!!").

    SiXe magnify the relations in ones environmental clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This doesn't belong HERE!!!").

    NiXe magnify the environment development clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("FUTILE!!!").


    at least I think it would be like this.
    lol, that's good. I would switch Ne & Se, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    Quote Originally Posted by snegledmaca
    How well put, I think every type does this with their dominant function:


    FeXi magnify the group dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("You're a LIAR!!!").

    TeXi magnify the project dynamics clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("Absolutely USELESS!!!").

    NeXi magnify the underlying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This is TYRANNY!!!").

    SeXi magnify the overlaying state clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("BOOOORING!!!").

    TiXe magnify the rational justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("It makes NO SENSE!!!").

    FiXe magnify the ethical justification clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("People WILL DIE!!!!").

    SiXe magnify the relations in ones environmental clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("This doesn't belong HERE!!!").

    NiXe magnify the environment development clearly enough for anybody to catch on ("FUTILE!!!").


    at least I think it would be like this.
    lol, that's good. I would switch Ne & Se, though.
    Ne keeping the underlying state (because N is implicit)
    Se keeping the overlaying state (because S is explicit)
    just switch the tyranny/boring examples?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise
    just switch the tyranny/boring examples?
    Yes, I was referring to the examples.

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    I was actually wondering about Si and Te and whether they are good because I assumed what they should be purely theoretically.

    How about a "What a mess" or "It sticks out like a sore thumb"or the emotional version "Because it SUCKS!!!" for Se? I just can't see something as theoretical as an elaboration on state of affairs being a trademark of Se dominance, I can see them either brushing the matter aside or taking care of it but actually indulging in the matter seems very Ne to me.

    I was actually split at where exactly to place the boring example, it seems to fit both Se and Ne dominance IME.

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    what are the fundamental differences? not in the sense of enfjs value Fe over Fi, that stuff is obvious, Im talking real world examples, how do they come off differently, in the same situations what would they do? etc. Im trying to find out if Im one or the other and the whole preferring Se or Si line of thought really isn't helping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thePirate View Post
    what are the fundamental differences? not in the sense of enfjs value Fe over Fi, that stuff is obvious, Im talking real world examples, how do they come off differently, in the same situations what would they do? etc. Im trying to find out if Im one or the other and the whole preferring Se or Si line of thought really isn't helping.
    hmmm, well my aunt is enfj and my mother is enfp. My aunt is far more argumentative and opinionated. My mother is more flighty and totally Ne, tosses out ideas left and right. My aunt is more outwardly expressive of what she's feeling, whether negative or positive and doesn't try to hide it. My mom is more reserved and never knows what she thinks about stuff. Let me try to think of more specific examples.
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    ENFj



    ENFp



    ENFp-Ne (possibly ENTp)

    “Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.”

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    You've done yourself a huge favor developmentally by mustering the balls to do something really fucking scary... in about the most vulnerable situation possible.

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    That is a strange question. ENFjs and ENFps have almost nothing in common!

    Quote Originally Posted by socionionics.com
    ENFjs always warn others about impending trouble. They often dramatise reality a little too much as they seem to see the world in shades of grey. When interacting, they are sometimes parasitic and intrusive with their opinions and comments. They also have the ability to persuade others that their opinions are right. They have also tendency to create problems where there are not any and moreover to convince others of it.

    ENFps are quite comfortable to talk to and are talented interlocutors. They often help people to extricate themselves from difficult situations. ENFps are often optimistic and it is not uncommon for them to transfer this optimism to others. Wherever ENFps go they have a characteristic ability to create a circle of friends and acquaintances and be at the centre of attention. They respect and preserve the opinions of the circle, taking an active part in defending and promoting them.
    In other words: ENFjs create problems and make trouble - ENFps solve problems and pacify others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDo View Post
    That is a strange question. ENFjs and ENFps have almost nothing in common!

    In other words: ENFjs create problems and make trouble - ENFps solve problems and pacify others.
    I like how you spelled your source. Do they sell onions there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkster View Post
    I like how you spelled your source. Do they sell onions there?
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