An ESTP is someone with the Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving personality traits. It stands for Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. ESTP indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extroverted), who focuses on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ESTPs are sometimes referred to as Dynamo personalities because of their high-energy, active approach to life.
Some Qualities of ESTP:
ESTPs are spontaneous, active, and act on their impulses. Active and playful, ESTPs have a good sense of humor. Activities involving great power, speed, thrill, and risk are attractive to the ESTP. ESTPs love to be at center stage, demonstrating feats of wonder and daring, laughing and entertaining with a blunt humor. ESTPs are energetic thrillseekers who are at their best when putting out fires, whether literal or metaphorical. They bring a sense of dynamic energy to their interactions with others and the world around them. They assess situations quickly and move adeptly to respond to immediate problems with practical solutions. ESTPs prefer to keep things fast-paced and silly rather than emotional or serious. ESTPs are excellent in emergencies, when they can apply their logical reasoning to situations where immediate action is necessary. Long-term goals are less interesting to the ESTP, who prefers to see tangible results in the moment.
ESTPs are full of energy and are natural athletes. They are mostly highly coordinated. They like to use this physical aptitude in the pursuit of excitement and adventure, and they often enjoy putting their skills to the test in risky or even dangerous activities. ESTPs like playing sports like skydiving, motorcycle racing, or enjoying other extreme sports, or engaging in various physical activities, especially ones with an element of danger. Their interest in individuals may not last long; they love to be with everyone, having a laugh with everyone, then they are to engage with any one person.
Positive attitude – It is looking adversity in the eye… and laughing. ESTPs process information very fast and improvise as they go rather than planning ahead. This makes them excellent in emergency situations as they respond reflexively They have a can-do approach to life and work is strength for them.
Bold attitude – Attitude is basically a mindset or a standpoint an individual braces up that influences one’s way of living. ESTPs are mentally strong and tough and have a sense of competition that makes them relentless in pursuing what they are after. They are full of life and energy. They are efficient, clever, bold, and driven. And as a result, they mostly get what they are after and aren’t afraid to take a few risks or step out of their comfort zone to get there.
Personable and sociable – ESTPs have a pleasing appearance or manner; are friendly and amiable. They are people-focused and get along well with just anyone. They are observant and perceptive, and they read people well. This has the benefit of helping others to feel that they are cared about because the ESTP pays attention and responds appropriately.
Direct – ESTPs are efficient, direct and to the point. They are very precise and don’t like to beat around the bush, hence are mostly direct in their conversation and communicate clearly. Many people appreciate their honesty and even their bluntness; you always know where you stand with an ESTP. They aren’t afraid to call it like they see it.
Rational and practical – ESTPs are quite logically bent and love knowledge and philosophy, which helps them in finding ideas that are actionable and drilling into the details so they can put them to use. If a discussion is completely arbitrary, they can get easily dejected.
Innovative – Combining their boldness and practicality, ESTPs love to experiment with new ideas and solutions. This makes them quite innovative and original.
Perceptive – This originality is helped by ESTPs unique ability in noticing small changes. Small shifts in habits and appearances or a broken habit cannot go unnoticed by the ESTPs. This personality type is easily able to pick up hidden thoughts and motives or anything specific and they use these observations to help create connections with others.
Judgmental – ESTPs may get into having or displaying an overly critical point of view. This can be detrimental in creating friction in their relationships. They are observant and so are quick to prejudge situations and people, and to categorize them based upon initial perceptions. The downfall of this is that they potentially sacrifice many opportunities for profitable or enjoyable relationships or experiences simply on the basis of initial outward appearances.
Impatient – ESTPs can be quickly irritated or provoked mostly by people who are very emotional, or who are slow thinkers and lack common sense As they are quick thinkers and doers, they resent emotional battles and also give less weight to arguments based on intuition and feelings.
Unstructured – ESTPs are quite unplanned as they relish urgency and emergencies. Though they may be comfortable with this pattern of living, it can be chaotic for everyone around them and can impede their professional and personal relationships. ESTPs are often unplanned, irregular and undisciplined, exercising poor time management skills and taking on far more than they can handle; often because they have a hard time saying no or they refuse to admit they can’t fit it all in.
Commitment phobic – ESTPs have a fear of any kind of commitment made to other people. ESTPs hate to be bored and want life to always be new, stimulating and interesting. The reality is that life is many a time not interesting and relationships can get a little dull at certain points. They often lack the patience and the drive to stick it out through the low points.
Observant nature – ESTPs are highly observant and use these observations immediately, calling out the change and asking questions, often with little regard for sensitivity and sometimes get to the extent of being rude. They need to understand that not everyone wants their secrets and decisions broadcast. Although in emergency situations the observant and action-oriented nature of ESTPs is the best fit.
Risky behavior – ESTPs make a lifestyle of risky behavior. They live in the moment and are in action at any time. They enjoy drama, passion, and pleasure, not for emotional thrills, but because it’s so stimulating to their logical minds. They work on the stimulus-response. This behavior at times could be dangerous if they are too over-board.
ESTPs hate monotony – Lack of variety, tedious repetition, and routine is not the ball game for ESTPs. This makes a highly organized environment a challenge for ESTPs. They are smart, and they can do well, but the regimented, lecturing approach of formal education is just so far from the hands-on learning that ESTPs enjoy. It takes a great deal of maturity to see this process as a necessary means to an end, something that creates more exciting opportunities. It makes more sense for them to use their own principles than someone else’s. They can become the trouble makers if their energy is not channelized properly and their action-oriented nature is not put to use correctly.
ESTP Growth and Development:
In order to reach their full potential, ESTPs should:
Look inward – ESTPs should examine, contemplate, and analyze their thoughts, feelings, and action. They are mostly focusing externally, constantly responding to their environments, and the needs of the moment. They should attempt to directly access one’s own internal psychological processes, judgments, perceptions, or states. This will help them to understand their own character, body, and mind. It will also help them to address personal blind spots.
Consider the consequences – An unplanned, adventurous and risk-taking nature can have not so good consequences. ESTPs thrive on these qualities, are accurate in personal assessment, and are confident in their abilities but it is recommended that they should think about the outcomes and consequences before taking any action or decision.
Future planning – ESTPs live life in the present and are mostly incapable of effectively planning for the future. ESTPs will find they benefit from composing at least a loose plan or framework. It isn’t necessary to follow it exactly, but it can help ensure that they move in the right direction. They may benefit from help with future planning and also developing time management skills.
Completion – ESTPs are so much involved in the present that many a time they fail to look at the bigger picture or even focusing on the goal to complete a task or project. For the ESTP it is easy, and even comfortable, to jump from urgency to urgency, putting out fires one by one. This could be vital and necessary for a given task or project but anything started needs to be finished and wrapped up before starting a fresh job.
Following tradition – ESTPs make their own rulebook and are bad at following what others have to say. They are the rule-breakers, most of the time because they don’t care to read the rulebook or even know that certain rules exist. Following a structured environment could be resentful for the ESTP personality type. This may end up in conflicts and unnecessary tensions which can be avoided.
Work Front for the ESTP:
Your personality type and corresponding preferences can make it easier to work in some occupations, and harder to work in others. As a result, people with certain personality traits find themselves in certain types of occupations and workplaces more often than in others. In order to be content and fulfilled in the workplace, it is important to match your occupation and work environment to your personality type. This is because job satisfaction is at its highest when your job engages your strong personality traits. Similarly, it boosts professional fulfillment when your job is in line with your attitude, values, and preferences. Job-related stress is lower when your responsibilities at work correspond to your personality-related preferences. Having to meet job requirements that conflict with your personality type may lead to significant dissatisfaction. For instance, if you are an expressed introvert and your job requires frequent, prolonged social interaction, it can make for a very frustrating situation that may lead to burnout. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a compilation of a few examples to illustrate the idea.
ESTPs like to be in occupations that require action and quick decisions. ESTPs social intelligence combined with boldness and improvisational skills make sales, business negotiations, marketing, acting, freelancing, etc. a great fit for them. They mostly end up choosing less stable but more exciting careers over secure but boring jobs. People with this personality type live life on their own terms, and this makes them brilliant business people and freelancers. A highly structured environment, rules and restrictions, procedures, and plans are not their cup of tea. They are highly observant yet impatient, enabling them to take in the whole of a situation at a glance, and act. Any emergency response role is great for ESTPs, whether it be as paramedics, police officers, or soldiers. ESTPs like a job that is a bit unpredictable, and offers them some fun and adventure throughout the workday. They like solving logical problems in the moment and because they understand the facts of the present, they are often able to quickly see a way out of difficult situations.
Careers for the ESTP:
It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ESTP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ESTP. Occupations that require the ESTP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ESTPs who are choosing a career.
Top careers for the ESTP include:
Air Traffic Controller, Airline Pilot, Athletic Trainer, Bartender, Biologist, Budget Analyst, Building Inspector, Carpenter, Chef, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chiropractor, Civil Engineer, Cost Estimator, Exercise Physiologist, Factory Supervisor, Farmer or Rancher, Financial Planner, Firefighter, Fitness Instructor, Flight Attendant, Flight Engineer, Forester, General Contractor, Hotel Manager, Insurance Agent, Land Developer, Landscape Architect, Mechanical Engineer, Military Officer, Paramedic, Photographer, Police Officer, Property Manager, Radiology Technician, Real Estate Broker, Respiratory Therapist, Restaurant Owner, Sales Engineer, Sales Manager, Stockbroker, Surveyor, Television Reporter, Vocational Teacher
ESTP Careers to Avoid:
The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ESTPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.
Animator, Chemical Engineer, Chemist, Clergy, Craft Artist, Curator, Dental Hygienist, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Technician, Librarian, Market Researcher, Medical Assistant, Organizational Psychologist, Physician Assistant, Preschool Teacher, Public Health Nurse, Veterinary Technician, Writer
ESTPs tend to be persuasive, energetic communicators and are action-oriented most of the time acting without planning or thinking much of the consequences. They make an impact on their immediate surroundings. External world is more important for them than the internal.