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Narratives of Type: Contributors (ESFJs and ENFJs)

Narratives of Type: Contributors (ESFJs and ENFJs)

By Donna Dunning

Stories are as old as mankind but it seems we never get tired of hearing them. I’m always interested in hearing or reading authentic stories about people, their personality preferences, their careers, their strengths, and their challenges. From talking with people, writing books and facilitating courses I’ve learned that stories can communicate ideas that are otherwise difficult to explain.

It’s relatively easy to find descriptions of the 16 personality types, but more difficult to find websites that share the voices of people with different preferences. In this series of posts, I offer a few quotes from people who share specific personality types.

People who have preferences for ESFJ or ENFJ personality type share a common core process of Extraverted Feeling, sometimes referred to as Fe; an enthusiastic, compassionate, people-oriented approach. I call them Contributors and use the words Communicate and Cooperate to describe their characteristic approach.

Some quotes have been taken from interviews used in my book, What’s Your Type of Career?. Others are segments of stories shared by readers on my website. In this post, three of the quotes are from my book, as only one Contributor has shared a story on my site. I hope others will consider adding their voices to the Contributor Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

I keep editing to a minimum when I post the stories that people share to retain the authentic voice of the Contributor, but I have shortened these quotes to include variety and brevity in this blog.

A facilitator with ESFJ preferences – teaching people about personality type

“Each time I train a group or facilitate an individual in the discernment of their true type, I learn more about myself and become more convinced of the great benefit this instrument can be in helping people understand themselves and other people and its value in possibly even bringing about peace and harmony in our troubled world.”

An individual with ENFJ preferences – on being organized

“I like to have my activities organized and scheduled, although I can jump in and organize things on the spot if I have to. Fortunately. I have a well developed network of contacts I can tap into to get things done.”

An individual who prefers ESFJ – on serving the community

I like community work. I do feel an obligation to contribute, but I also get lots of satisfaction from being involved.”

From an individual with ENFJ preferences – on personal development

Lately I have fallen in love with the word NO at home and at work. This has helped me to limit the demands on my time and energy.

Sharing our stories helps us to understand each other and ourselves. If you have preferences for ESFJ or ENFJ please consider sharing your career story with my readers.

For the complete version of these success stories, look at the Contributor Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

If you would like more information, this site also describes preferences of Contributors at Work as well as a list of Occupations that Attract Contributors.

You can also search your four-letter type code or one of the names (ex. Expeditor, Enhancer) to find more information relevant to your preferences. See the Introduction to the 8 Ways of Working to familiarize yourself with the personality type names I use.

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