Extroverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

March 22, 2008 at 12:48 pm (randoms)

right so i took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) twice recently. my result was ESTP both times, just slightly different from when i took it for the PSC profiling test in school. the one thing i remember about doing this test from secondary school days was my form teacher Mrs Lim walking into class after the PSC MBTI test and telling me “you are a E***, correct?” and she got it spot-on.

however, i’ve never been one to totally believe these sort of psychology tests thanks to a certain Forer effect, which (by no coincidence) is also something employed frequently by horoscopes to make people go “wow, my horoscope for this week is freakishly accurate!”

i’ve marked out the ESTP analysis according to how relevant to me it is as per the legend below:

1. bold means totally agree!

2. italics means hmmm, maybe..

3. and strikethrough i believe, is rather self-explanatory.

*if its not notated, it probably means its true too.

i think this will be a pretty interesting experiment for 20 years later when i can read this again and reflect on how much of it is actually accurate!


ESTPs are action oriented, pragmatic, outgoing and realistic people. They use their quickness and flexibility to find the most efficient route to accomplishing whatever needs to be done. They are lively, entertaining, and fun. They like to be where the action is and participate fully in what is happening. Characteristically, they are direct with their comments and mince no words. They are at their best in situations that require an orientation to the present and a direct, no-nonsense, pragmatic approach.


ESTP children are rambunctious, energetic, and freedom-loving individuals. They do what they want to do when they want to do it. ESTP children like life to be action packed and fun. They stir things up when they find life too boring. They do not like to sit still and are often involved in energy-intensive sports and other activities with their many friends. They seem unfazed by whatever comes along and prefer to hold a challenge or two. They usually enjoy lively activities in which they can use their motor and observation skills to respond quickly to the moment.

ESTP children experience and do things in order to learn about life. They are particularly inquisitive about inanimate things. They like having nice toys, games, and equipment, and take care of these material possessions willingly (well unless you count my barney soft toy i’ve had since kindergarten)

School is important to ESTPs as a place to meet their friends and to be involved in activities, and is less important to them as an educational or academic experience. ESTPs can exasperate their parents and teachers, who appreciate their abilities and want them to apply themselves so as to excel academically. However, ESTPs have different needs and wants. Pleasing themselves is their aim, not necessarily achieving top grades for others. Generally, they want to do things their own way and in their own time, and they are rather direct in telling others what is on their minds.

As teenagers, ESTPs continue to be action oriented. They are likely to be on sports teams or involved in other after-school activities. If they have a part-time job, they use the money to purchase or save for the things they want, such as sporting equipment, clothes, stereos, cars, and college education.

As young adults, ESTPs tend to fall into their careers. If they are mechanically oriented, they may find a career in mechanics; if their friends are going to college, they are likely to go to college; If their friends are joining and armed forces, the ESTP may go along as well. (wow!)

ESTPs look forward to their independence and are likely to leave home as soon as they can afford to. Being pragmatic types, however, they may find that home, if less restrictions can be negotiated, is a practical and good place to be, because it is cheaper and allows them more money for other important things.

In adult life, ESTPs often focus on work, where they can directly or vicariously experience high risk and high reward. These risks may be physical, intellectual, personal, or financial. They are likely to look for loopholes, special niches, or other unusual opportunities for finding high rewards for the investment of their time. They are willing to play by the rules but only the point of using the rules to help them be or do what they want. They often fill their lives with many activities besides work. They are busy primarily with their families and with friends when they have time.

If and when life becomes too routine for ESTPs, they find ways to jazz it up, either through their own actions or those of others. They may take unusual trips or add to their lives some excitement or big-game hunting. They like life filled with zest. They may choose to retire early so that they can have more time for activities that they consider fun. They enjoy being around others in pursuit of a good time.


ESTPs learn best in situations in which the subject matter applies directly to one of their interests, where the expectations are realistic, and where the explanations are clear. They like observation and hands-on experience, and have little tolerance for theory and material that could be, but that is not currently, useful. Teachers’ comments that knowing certain ideas or theories will someday pay off leave most ESTP’s cold. They want few constraints put on them. They prefer teachers who are entertaining and make learning active and fun.

One of the ESTP’s main strengths is using the five senses to notice what is happening, to find any flaws and inaccuracies that may exist, and to act quickly on them.


At work, ESTPs contribute a straightforward attitude that calls on people to make things happen quickly. They keep things lively and are willing to take personal and organizational risks. They enjoy crises and like to dive right in and skillfully negotiate through them. Because ESTPs notice and remember factual information, they often contribute a realistic assessment of what is actually happening.

ESTPs value a quick response, they operate under the organizational principle that it is easier to beg for forgiveness after committing the act than to ask for permission in advance. The parts of their work environment or homes that are well-organized tend to relate to their interests.

The ESTPs’ final product, event, paper, or other accomplishment may be excellent, but it belies the ESTP process. ESTP’s tend to leave a trail of papers, piles of resources, and messy files and closets, but usually their work is well put together in the end. One ESTP said, “I hate a clean desk. My desk is workable and is organized and categorized as needed.”

ESTPs prefer occupations that allow flash and dash, ones in which they can respond dramatically with speed to the present needs. If they choose an occupation in which this is not the case, they bring these characteristics to their work. They do not like to be constrained in their activities and generally seek work that gives them a great deal of latitude.

Some occupations seems to be especially attractive to ESTPs: auditor, carpenter, craft worker, farmer, laborer, marketeer, law enforcement officer, sales representative, service worker, transportation operative, and other occupations that allow ESTPs to use their action-oriented sense of expediency.


ESTP leadership style is one that charge readily, especially in crisis. They have a direct and assertive style, and they move ahead without necessarily paying attention to all of the rules. They find the immediate cause of problems and seek immediate solutions. They can react to any given situation, expedite it, and make it work. They hear different sides of the problem, make decisions and keep things moving.


ESTPs love leisure, and they do all they can to maximize their leisure time. They are usually involved in activities, particularly sporting ones, either as players or as spectators. They may enjoy out-of-door, risk-taking activities. ESTPs may collect tangible things related to their hobbies.

ESTPs enjoy spending time in active pursuits, not necessarily needing others but not minding if they are there either. They like to be associated with individuals who have taken physical risks, even if they choose not to do so themselves. (im just a little bit of a sadist,especially around people like gerbert and frank who tend to voluntarily put themselves in compromising positions)


For the ESTP, love means finding someone to have fun with, sharing life’s ups and avoiding life’s downs. When an ESTP sees and intended partner as one with whom many exciting experiences can be shared, the ESTP will use persuasiveness and his or her outward, fun-loving orientation to impress and win the chosen partner. The ESTP may view this as a challenge and may use whatever expedient means are available. ESTPs enjoy falling in love but do so quite practically by finding common ground with their loved one. This companionship aspect, in which activities can be jointly pursued, is important to them.

Generally, ESTPs can be fairly straightforward about the more sensual side of love, regarding it as a major part of life’s enjoyment. They may like parties, and entertainment that has an earthy undertone, seeing these activities as a part of life not to be taken too seriously. For ESTPs in relationships, too much daily routine can feel confining and boring. When this happens, they are likely to”liven” things up by surprising their partners with a second honeymoon, a large or extravagant gift, or some other tangible expression of their love.

When scorned, ESTPs may wallow in their grief for some time, then decide that such behaviour is impractical and therefore cut their losses and move on. ESTPs usually approach the breakup of a relationship with a fairly straightforward and realistic orientation. After they have dealt with the emotional part, it is as if fate has taken its course. It is as though they might say, “The relationship is over. Life dealt me a blow, and it’s time to move on.”

ESTP Relationships

ESTPs are gregarious and fun-loving individuals who want to make the most of every moment. They love action, and always seem to be doing something. This enthusiasm is carried over to their personal relationships, which they approach with the desire to make the most of their relationships on a daily basis. They tend to get bored easily, and may be prone to switching relationships frequently unless they find an outlet for their boredom elsewhere. They approach life on a day-by-day basis, so long-term commitments are not naturally comfortable for the ESTP. They may feel tremendously committed, but they want to take their commitments day by day.

ESTP Strengths

• Can be quite charming

• Witty, clever, and popular

• Earthy and sensual

• Not personally threatened by conflict or criticism

• Excellent and clear-headed dealing with emergency situations

• Enthusiastic and fun-loving, they try to make everything enjoyable

• As “big kids” themselves, they’re eager, willing and able to spend time with their kids

• Likely to enjoy lavishing their loved ones with big gifts (both a strength and a weakness)

ESTP Weaknesses

• Not naturally in tune with what others are feeling

• Not naturally good at expressing feelings and emotions

• May inadvertently hurt others with insensitive language

• May be very good with money, but highly risky with it as well

• Living in the present, they’re not usually good long-range planners

• May fall into the habit of ignoring conflict, rather than solving it

• Don’t naturally make lifelong commitments – they take things one day at a time

• Prone to get bored easily

• More likely than other type to leave relationships quickly when they get bored

• Likely to enjoy lavishing their loved ones with big gifts (both a strength and a weakness)

ESTPs as Lovers

ESTPs are enthusiastic and friendly people who approach everything in a big way. They can be extremely charming, especially in the beginning of a relationship. They’re also quite generous, and known for “sweeping their partners off their feet”. They’re very sensual and earthy, and are usually live fast-paced lives where their focus is on the present moment. They bring a lot of fun and energy into their personal relationships.

Commitment is not a strong point for the ESTP. Living almost entirely in the present moment, they’re not comfortable with making plans far in advance for their future. If this tendency is not addressed in the ESTP, they may fall into a pattern of jumping from relationship to relationship without ever making a real commitment. If this is okay with the ESTP, then that behavior is fine. Most people at some point in their lives do wish to settle down. If the ESTP reaches that point, there’s no reason they can’t make a commitment as long as they consciously renew it to themselves daily.

Sexually, the ESTP approaches intimacy as a tangible, fun way to make the most of the relationship in the present moment. They’re keenly aware of their senses, and so are very sensual and earthy lovers. They are likely to view intimacy from a lighter, physical perspective rather than as an opportunity for expressing a lot of verbal affection and affirmation. If partnered with someone who has the Feeling preference, they should consciously make the effort to sometimes verbally express affection during intimacy.

ESTP’s are not naturally in tune with what others are feeling, and may lack in the areas of giving affirmation, gratitude, and support to their partners. They tend to believe that actions speak louder than words, and so don’t understand the need to say things which should be obvious. Types with the Feeling preference require positive feedback in a way that ESTPs don’t. The best gift that the ESTP partner can give to their Feeling mate is often the expression of their love.

Although two well-developed individuals of any type can enjoy a healthy relationship, ESTP’s natural partner is the ISFJ, or the ISTJ. ESTP’s dominant function of Extraverted Sensing is best matched with a personality type that is dominated by Introverted Sensing.

ESTPs as Parents

There is a little bit of kid in every grown-up ESTP, so they’re likely to really enjoy spending time “playing” with their children. The ESTP’s goal with regards to parenthood is usually not structured or organized. They tend to take things as they come, and teach their kids what seems appropriate when situations occur. The ESTP is enthusiastic about both teaching their children and learning from them. They’re likely to value their kids as individuals, and allow them to have their own voices in the family unit.

The ESTP doesn’t believe that they have all the answers. They believe that many things in life have no obvious answer. They tend to be very down to earth individuals who do not believe that they’re better than others, or that they have some great voice of authority within them. Therefore, they’re likely to be their children’s friend and companion more than a disciplinary guide. However, the ESTP will not have a problem with issuing punishment and discipline when necessary. But, the ESTP has such easy-going ways that they’re not likely to see the need for discipline as frequently as some other types do. This may be a point of contention between the ESTP and their mate.

Highly practical and quick-acting, the ESTP is excellent to have around in an emergency. They’re tuned in to everyday needs, and are likely to be good providers of practical care. They will not be overly expressive of their feelings for their children, and may be gruff and unnatural when expressing love.

In general, ESTPs are enthusiastic parents who usually form strong bonds of friendship with their offspring.

ESTPs as Friends

ESTPs are very good with people. They have excellent skills of observation, and know how to act appropriately with all types of people. Consequently, the ESTP can get along with just about any personality type.

The ESTP is not likely to choose to be around all of the personality types. They have little patience for iNtuitive Thinking types, who seem very abstract and theoretical to the ESTP, who values action. The ESTP is likely to choose to be around people who have similar interests to their own – such as sports-oriented interests. They will probably spend time with their friends doing things, rather than just sitting around hanging out.

The ESTP is usually quite popular, because they’re enthusiastic, fast-paced, friendly, talkative, and know how to have a good time. Some ESTPs tend to “move on” quickly in life, and don’t form very long friendships. Many ESTPs have lifelong friends, because although they take life day by day, they feel tremendous loyal and “brotherhood” towards their peers. They’re highly valued by their friends for their fun-loving natures and loyalty.



1 Comment

  1. Little Mint said,

    Where did u get this MBTI analysis from?

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