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Type Statistics: ESFJ and ENFJ Contributors

Type Statistics: ESFJ and ENFJ Contributors

By Donna Dunning

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Individuals with these personality type preferences have a dominant function of Extraverted Feeling (Fe).

Together, people with preferences for ESFJ and ENFJ comprised 14.8 % of the national representative sample of personality type preferences collected in the USA by CPP Inc.

Of these two types, ESFJs are much more common than ENFJs.

Personality Type ESFJ

ESFJs comprise 12.3 % of the national sample. More females than males have this personality type pattern.

ESFJ males: 7.5% of the sample of men

ESFJ females: 16.9% of the sample of women

Personality Type ENFJ

People with ENFJ preferences comprised 2.5 % of the US national representative sample.

As with ESFJs, ENFJ preferences occurred more often in the female half of the sample than the male half.

ENFJ males: 1.6% of the sample of men

ENFJ females: 3.3% of the sample of women

The Sensing Preference is More Common

This trend of more Sensing than Intuitive preferences is not only found in Contributors. Just 28.3% of men and 25.1% of women in the entire personality type sample reported a preference for Intuition.

If you take any four-letter code, the Sensing combination is always more common than the Intuition combination for males and females of any type preferences. For example, ISTPs are more common than INTPs, ESTPs more common than ENTPs and so on.

What does this mean if you have a preference for Intuition? Are your communications sometimes misheard or misunderstood?

Have you learned to adapt to and communicate effectively with people who prefer Sensing? What tips and strategies do you recommend?

If you have preferences for ESFJ or ENFJ, it would be helpful for my readers to hear your career story. Please add it on my Contributors Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

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3 Responses to “Type Statistics: ESFJ and ENFJ Contributors”

  1. Amber Headlights says:

    Something to consider:

    If I’m not mistaken, the study you’re referring to was conducted in 1996, at a time when the internet was just beginning to be popularized. Over the past sixteen years, technology has become increasingly ubiquitous leading to a generation that has grown up navigating things like social networking sites, texting, and so forth. These sites typically change quickly, and increasingly online communication requires a lot of “reading between the lines.” As this has been an important part of the younger generation’s social and educational experience, I wonder if the S/N statistics are still accurate? I know that being “wired” is one of the key descriptors when you read about typical “Gen Y” attributes, so much so that it has made a big impact on higher education (including some rather controversial moves, such as having professors tweet their lectures to facilitate student engagement). It might be interesting to replicate the study to account for the younger generation.

  2. Donna Dunning says:

    Hi Amber Headlights, Thanks for your comment. Yes – The representative sample was done in the 1990s. Good question about how technology might affect our habits and preferences. It would certainly be interesting to see if the proportions of S/N preferences are different across age groups. I know my son (23 years old with a S preference) and daughter (26 years old with an N preference) are both “wired in”, but each of them uses the technology quite differently.

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