ENFJ (Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Judging) is one of the sixteen personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test.
ENFJs, like other “E” types, are extremely sociable. They’re fascinated with other people’s lives and care deeply about those around them. They have a positive, idealistic outlook and love to help others improve themselves and solve their problems. They tend to be decisive and good planners, so they make excellent leaders, counselors, and facilitators.
Unfortunately, ENFJs can also come across as meddling, nosy, and controlling, and some ENFJs use their empathetic gifts to manipulate others for their benefit. But most ENFJs are an inspiring force in the lives of those who know them.
ENFJs are a relatively rare type, making up about 2% of the population — women tend to be ENFJs slightly more often than men. Here are some famous people who exemplify the ENFJ type.
ENFJ politicians tend to be inspiring leaders who excel at bringing people together.
- Barack Obama, U.S. President source
- Nancy Reagan, U.S. First Lady source
- Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary leader and President. source
- Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet premier. source
- Francois Mitterrand, French president. source
- Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright and president. source
- Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organization leader. source
- Elizabeth Dole, US Senator. source
- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propagandist. source
ENFJs are often drawn to religion as a way to help others.
- Pope John Paul II, Polish Catholic leader. source
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., US minister and civil rights activist. source
- Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, US minister and “positive thinking” proponent. source
These ancient figures fit the ENFJ type as well.
- David, Israeli hero and king. source
- Pericles, Greek statesman and general. source
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and philosopher. source
With their ability to understand others, many ENFJs are drawn to acting as a career.
- Jennifer Lawrence, U.S. actress. source
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, U.S. comedian and actress. source
- Morgan Freeman, U.S. actor. source
- Andy Griffith, U.S. actor. source
- Reese Witherspoon, U.S. actress. source
- Helena Bonham Carter, British actress. source
- Dakota Fanning, U.S. actress source
- Ben Affleck, U.S. actor. source
- Emma Stone, U.S. actress. source
- Jimmy Stewart, U.S. actor. source
- Matthew McConaughey, U.S. actor. source
- Sean Connery, Scottish actor. source
- Kirstie Alley, U.S. actress. source
- Teresa Palmer, Australian actress. source
- Lauren Graham, U.S. actress. source
- Kristen Wiig, U.S. comedienne and actress. source
JOURNALISTS and INTERVIEWERS
ENFJ journalists and television hosts are great at forming a bond with a subject.
- Oprah Winfrey, U.S. talk show host. source
- Diane Sawyer, U.S. journalist and news anchor. source
- Nigella Lawson, British cook and television personality. source
- James Lipton, U.S. actor and talk show host. source
- Charlie Rose, U.S. journalist and talk show host. source
ENFJ musicians tend to have strong messages of sympathy and improvement in their music.
- Bono, Irish musician and philanthropist. source
- Freddie Mercury, British musician. source
- KRS-One, U.S. rapper. source
- Zack de la Rocha, U.S. musician. source
- Demi Lovato, U.S. musician and actress. source
- Natasha Bedingfield, British musician. source
- Regina Spektor, Russian – U.S. musician. source
ENFJ athletes and coaches are inspirations who make everyone around them better.
- Michael Jordan, U.S. basketball player. source
- Peyton Manning, NFL quarterback. source
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer player. source
- Jeff Kent, U.S. baseball player. source
- John Wooden, U.S. basketball coach. source
- Pete Sampras, U.S. tennis player. source
- Juli Inkster, U.S. golfer. source
For ENFJ writers, their work is a way to reach out and help and inspire others.
- Maya Angelou, U.S. poet. source
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and philosopher. source
- William Cullen Bryant, U.S. poet and journalist. source
- Erasmus of Rotterdam, Dutch scholar and writer. source
- Matthieu Ricard, French writer and monk. source
Many leading psychologists are ENFJs, driven to understand how others think and how to improve their lives.
- Abraham Maslow, U.S. psychologist. source
- Alfred Adler, Austrian physician and psychotherapist. source
- Erich Fromm, German psychologist and sociologist. source
- Drew “Dr. Drew” Pinsky, U.S. psychologist and TV host. source
Just for fun, here are a few fictional characters who fit the ENFJ type!
Many of the classic heroines of women’s literature are ENFJ personalities.
- Emma Woodhouse from Emma source
- Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights source
- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice source
- Amy March from Little Women source
Recent fictional characters.
- Isobel Crawley from Downton Abbey. source
- Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones. source
- Clara Oswald from Doctor Who. source
- Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. source
- Judy Hopps from Zootopia. source
- Regina from Once Upon a Time. source
Prince Hans from Frozen and Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are both examples of ENFJs gone bad.